Monday News: Escalation

VIOLENCE BREAKS OUT IN PITTSBORO OVER CONFEDERATE STATUE: The arrests began late Saturday morning, when police took away two men in handcuffs after a fight on East Street next to the traffic circle that surrounds the statue and the Chatham County Historic Courthouse at the center of town. Chatham County sheriff’s deputies and Pittsboro police shut down that section of the street to traffic for roughly 30 minutes. Allan Wayne Hall, 52, was charged with inciting a riot and simple affray, while Calvin James Megginson, 29, was charged with simple assault, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. A third man, Robert Butler, 63, was also arrested and charged with inciting a riot, the sheriff’s office said. All three men live in Pittsboro.

WESTBORO BAPTIST WILL DEMONSTRATE NEAR DUKE UNIVERSITY TODAY: Representatives from Westboro Baptist Church plan to speak at several locations across North Carolina on Monday, including near Duke University. The church originally announced its plans to speak at Duke School of Law on Monday at 12 p.m., but the Duke Chronicle reports that the hate group will not be allowed on Duke’s campus, citing a university policy. According to the Duke Chronicle, Westboro Baptist Church will instead rally at the corner of Erwin Road and Towerview Road, on the edge of Duke’s campus. More than a dozen student organizations from Duke University signed a letter of solidarity obtained by The Chronicle “to those affected by this hate group and other groups like them.” In the letter, the groups explain their decision to not hold a counter protest. "This group is empowered by being given a platform to spread their hate," the letter reads. "Despite the anger many of us feel at their presence, we will not be hosting a counter protest. We hope that, in doing so, we further deplatform them and remove the means by which they can spread messages of hatred and intolerance."

"ROLLING ROADBLOCKS" WILL SLOW TRAFFIC ON TRIANGLE EXPRESSWAY TO ALLOW BLASTING: Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be doing some blasting work near the Triangle Expressway in the coming weeks, and authorities have found a way to do it without completely closing the highway. It’s called a rolling roadblock. A line of trucks will slow traffic down on either side of the work zone, giving workers time to detonate explosives to loosen rock for the extension of Louis Stephens Drive under the highway. The traffic slowdowns are expected to happen twice a day, except Sundays and Thanksgiving weekend, from Monday until Dec. 12. Weather permitting, drivers can expect to experience rolling roadblocks at about 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., giving contractors a 10-minute window for blasting. In addition, drivers will not be able to get on the Triangle Expressway headed eastbound from N.C. 55 or westbound from N.C. 147 while the blasting occurs.

TRUMP'S UNSCHEDULED TRIP TO WALTER REED ELICITS USUAL DENIALS: “Oh, the rumors are always flying,” Grisham said Saturday when asked during an interview with Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro whether there was any truth to the speculation that the visit was out of the ordinary. “Absolutely not. He is healthy as can be. I put a statement out about that. He’s got more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6 a.m. until, you know, very, very late at night. He’s doing just fine.” Trump, 73, made a visit Saturday afternoon to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The trip came on a day when the president had no public events on his schedule. “Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center,” he said. “Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.”

HONG KONG STUDENTS STILL OCCUPYING UNIVERSITY CAMPUS AFTER POLICE ATTACK IN FORCE: Running out of weapons and supplies, protesters at PolyU on Monday sought to flee the campus, only to find all of their routes blocked by a cordon of heavily armed riot police officers and a hailstorm of tear gas and rubber bullets. The students on Monday afternoon tried unsuccessfully to rush a police cordon only to be pushed back into the campus. Despite running out of options, the students fear that following police instructions to “drop their weapons” and leave through one designated exit will result in their arrest. The protesters, many of them university and high school students, have occupied the campus for a week. On Sunday night and well into Monday morning they clashed with the police in one of the most violent confrontations in months of conflict. At least 500 protesters remained on campus by Monday afternoon, after the police tried to enter the campus that morning but were pushed back.



It's only a matter of time

before one of those gun-toting, confederate-statue-worshiping nut-jobs opens fire in Pittsboro. They need to bring that statue down like yesterday, so there won't be anything left to "protect."