MAY-DAY MARCHES IN US MAINLY ANTI-TRUMP IN NATURE: May 1 is International Workers' Day and protesters from the Philippines to Paris celebrated by demanding better working conditions. But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new president. Trump, in his first 100 days, has intensified immigration enforcement, including executive orders for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. "It is sad to see that now being an immigrant is equivalent to almost being a criminal," said Mary Quezada, a 58-year-old North Carolina woman who joined those marching on Washington. She offered a pointed message to Trump: "Stop bullying immigrants."
PROTESTERS IN DURHAM DEMAND POLICE BE LESS AGGRESSIVE: Before Monday night’s city council meeting started, protesters marched downtown and blocked traffic in the streets. The protesters, from a number of organizations, were calling for a stop to what they call over-policing. Demonstrators temporarily took over the City Council meeting to make their demands. They want to end license check points and want a moratorium on minor traffic stops. They do not want the police budget expanded and want officers to stop cooperating with federal immigration enforcement.
BRAWLEY CONTINUES TO FIGHT EVEN LIMITED RELEASE OF POLICE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE: Less than seven months after a state law restricting the release of footage from police body and dashboard cameras took effect, lawmakers once again engaged in a heated debate Thursday over who should have access to those videos. "A town council is not in the chain of command for the investigation and prosecution of a criminal matter," said Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg. Granting access to police videos to a city council or review board would politicize whatever is depicted on those videos, Brawley said. "People with an ax to grind will go to the press and give their viewpoints," he said, noting the bill didn't include any penalties for violating the confidentiality agreements.
TRUMP COMMERCE SECRETARY: BOMBING SYRIA WAS AFTER-DINNER ENTERTAINMENT: “Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, according to Variety. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.” The crowd laughed, according to Variety. “The thing was, it didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment,” Ross said. The Milken Institute Global Conference offers to “expand your network of accomplished and influential people – 3,500 attendees from 50 countries, all senior decision-makers in their fields.”
CLIMATE CHANGE FACTS: 2017 WILMINGTON'S HOTTEST APRIL IN RECORDED HISTORY: Last month was the hottest April in history in Wilmington since records began in 1874, according to National Weather Service in Wilmington. This April broke records for daily high temperatures, low temperatures and average temperatures. According to the local weather service office, the average high in April is usually 74.2 degrees and the low 51.6 degrees. April 2017′s average high was 78 degrees while its low was 57.9 degrees. The month included 14 days where temperatures surpassed 80 degrees compared to an average of eight days.