Saturday News: Unwanted


DARRELL ALLISON STUBBORNLY HOLDS ONTO CHANCELLOR APPOINTMENT AT FSU: FSU students protested the chancellor search process, saying their voices were excluded. Members of the FSU Faculty Senate passed a resolution calling it “a failed search” that puts the school’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at risk. Allison also has been criticized for his support of the secret deal that gave the Silent Sam Confederate statue and $2.5 million to a confederate group. That deal was later overturned. An online petition to remove Allison from the FSU job has collected more than 2,500 signatures as of Friday. “We all know that the perceptions can be distorted,” Allison said. “The reality is they’ll get a chance to see the real Darrell, not what someone else said or alleged.” Referring to yourself in the 3rd person (Illeism) is not a good sign, pal.

NC SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CHARGE AGAINST BLOGGER FORCED TO PUBLISH PRO-COURT ESSAY: A judge in Western North Carolina didn’t go too far when he charged and convicted a blogger of a crime for recording a court hearing, then forced the blogger to write a lengthy essay about respect, post it online and delete any negative comments people might write, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday. The case has previously raised concerns about First Amendment freedoms in North Carolina. The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s actions back in 2019, but not without a dissenting opinion. The dissent by Judge Christopher Brook said it was OK for the judge to restrict recording in the courtroom and find the blogger guilty of contempt of court — but not OK to force him to publish an essay on “respect for the court system” and then censor anyone who criticized it. The case all started in 2018 when William Coward, a Macon County judge, criminally charged Davin Eldridge — from the local news site “Trappalachia” — for recording a video on his phone from court.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULES AGAINST NC DEQ ON MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE: A proposed extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline from Virginia into North Carolina has gained new life in an ongoing court battle. The Roanoke Times reported Thursday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a decision by North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality. The appeals court ruled that the state agency did not properly explain the reasons why it had denied a water quality certification for that portion of the natural gas pipeline. The portion is called MVP Southgate. And it would start at the main pipeline's terminus in Virginia's Pittsylvania County and run for 75 miles into North Carolina. The federal appeals court ordered North Carolina regulators to address why certification was denied outright instead of giving it conditional approval. The court also asked the regulators to address inconsistent statements about the project's impact on bodies of water. The terminus is in Alamance County, after running alongside the Haw River for several miles. The Haw River feeds into Jordan Lake, which provides drinking water for 700,000 Triangle residents.

FAMILY OF GEORGE FLOYD GETS $27 MILLION SETTLEMENT, CRIMINAL CASE CONTINUES: The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial. Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer. Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called it the largest pretrial settlement ever for a civil rights claim, and thanked city leaders for “showing you care about George Floyd.” “It’s going to be a long journey to justice. This is just one step on the journey to justice," Crump said. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter.” L. Chris Stewart, another attorney who worked with the family, said the size of the settlement "changes evaluations and civil rights for a Black person when they die.”

SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND JOIN CALLS FOR ANDREW CUOMO TO RESIGN OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT: The sudden mass defection of members of Mr. Cuomo’s own party marked one of the most stinging rebukes of a sitting governor in the state’s history, prompting new questions about his ability to weather the most severe political crisis of his decade-long tenure. “Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York,” said Mr. Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and one of the highest-ranking members of Congress. “Governor Cuomo must resign.” But Mr. Cuomo suggested hours later that his fellow New York Democrats pressing for his resignation were doing so because of “political expediency,” and “without knowing any facts and substance.” Several women, some of them current or former state employees, have accused the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, including an unidentified aide who this week said Mr. Cuomo groped her in the Executive Mansion. Last month, Lindsey Boylan, a former administration official, said the governor gave her an unsolicited kiss on the lips, and Charlotte Bennett, a former aide who is 25, said the governor had asked her invasive questions, such as whether she had sex with older men. As members of his own party and former allies turned against him, Mr. Cuomo — a 40-year-veteran of New York politics and the son of a former governor — also sought to make his isolation into a virtue, suggesting that he was being punished because he was “not part of the political club.” All told, 16 of the state’s 19 House Democrats have demanded Mr. Cuomo’s resignation, as well as its two Democratic senators. Most of New York’s eight Republican representatives had already said the governor should step down.