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Zahav, Ashley Christensen win big at James Beard Awards
CHICAGO (AP) – The top honors at this year’s James Beard Awards went to North Carolina Chef Ashley Christensen and Philadelphia’s Zahav restaurant.
The awards were presented Monday evening in Chicago. Many consider them to be the Oscars of the culinary world.
Christensen took home the outstanding chef honor. She opened Poole’s Diner more than a decade ago in Raleigh. Zahav, with its modern Israeli cuisine, won the outstanding restaurant award. The honor comes two years after Zahav co-owner and Chef Michael Solomonov received the outstanding chef award.
This year’s best new restaurant was Frenchette in New York, and the lifetime achievement award went to Patrick O’Connell, who owns The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.
The medals were given out at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, where the Beard Awards moved in 2015 after being based in New York for more than 20 years.
NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION
N Carolina Republicans to debate in race for US House seat
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – Many of the 10 Republicans who want to be North Carolina’s newest U.S. House member plan to discuss their differences.
Candidates for the GOP nomination in the 9th Congressional District hold a debate Tuesday night in Monroe. Candidate forums have already been held in Fayetteville and Charlotte ahead of the May 14 primary election.
Early, in-person and mail-in voting has been under way.
Catawba College professor Michael Bitzer analyzed the early voters and found that half are 65 or older. More are from Mecklenburg County than any of the district’s other seven counties.
The special election was ordered because Mark Harris, the Republican in last year’s race against Democrat Dan McCready, used a political operative accused of collecting mail-in ballots.
Harris didn’t run again. McCready faces no primary opponent.
NC museum to host exhibit of art by musician Scott Avett
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Museum of Art will host the first solo museum exhibition of the art of Scott Avett, a member of the musical group The Avett Brothers.
The exhibit titled I N V I S I B L E will feature large-scale portraits, prints and paintings.
Avett says that he always thinking visually, even when he’s writing music. He says the artworks are “snapshots” of his life “as it moves and changes” from the point of view of his conscience.
The show opens Oct. 12 and will go through Feb. 2, 2020.
The 42-year-old Avett founded The Avett Brothers with his brother, Seth. He’s a graduate of East Carolina University who lives in Concord.
The Avett Brothers were nominated for one Grammy Award in 2012 and two in 2016.
Camp Lejeune Marine drowns off North Carolina coast
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities on the North Carolina coast say a Camp Lejeune Marine has drowned.
Emerald Isle police say 28-year-old Lance Cpl. Justin A. Hinds of Avondale, Arizona, was pulled from the surf by friends last Saturday. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Investigators have not said if Hinds was caught in a rip current, although yellow flags were displayed on the beach on Saturday, indicating a moderate risk of strong currents.
Hinds’ death is the fourth drowning on the North Carolina coast so far this year. A Chapel Hill man was found dead April 25 in the surf near the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, and two Wake Forest High School students got caught in a rip current April 22 off Emerald Isle.
Hinds deployed to Afghanistan in June 2011.
VOTING RECORDS-NORTH CAROLINA
Elections boards told how to collect records for prosecutors
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Elections workers in more than 30 eastern North Carolina counties have been told how to collect records, ballots and other documents from hundreds of voters in response to federal prosecutors’ initial demands last summer for information.
A State Board of Elections lawyer wrote local elections boards Friday. Josh Lawson reminded officials the importance of keeping secret identities of registered voters on which documents are collected.
U.S. Attorney Bobby Higdon’s office had issued subpoenas seeking records going back to 2010 in the state’s 100 counties. The state board said that would have been over 20 million pages and fought the subpoenas. A February board memo said records of nearly 300 individuals would now be targeted.
Federal prosecutors haven’t said specifically why they sought the records on behalf of immigration enforcement investigators.
General Assembly working through dozens of bills at deadline
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina House and Senate are trying to pass dozens of bills before a self-imposed deadline designed to winnow policy ideas with enough support from those that lack it.
The General Assembly set Thursday as the “crossover” date for this two-year session. Essentially any measure unrelated to taxes or spending that doesn’t pass one chamber by then is considered dead through 2020. There are exceptions and ways around the rule.
The House is trying to finish its pre-crossover work by Tuesday. On Monday the chamber approved measures regulating zip line and aerial ropes course operators and creating new crimes against drug dealers whose clients die by taking controlled substances. After some parliamentary maneuvers, the House defeated a measure allowing electronic license-plate readers in state highway rights of way.
DEPUTY BITTEN-WOMAN CHARGED
Authorities: Woman bites deputy, swallows crack cocaine
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have filed charges against a North Carolina woman who they say bit a deputy while swallowing crack cocaine.
WNCN-TV in Raleigh reports the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office says a state trooper was chasing a woman who was on the way to the county jail on Sunday to pick up her husband after his release.
Deputies said Rebecca Carter was placed in the trooper’s car, then was seen putting a small plastic bag containing crack cocaine in her mouth. According to the sheriff’s office, when a deputy squeezed her cheeks to prevent her from swallowing it, she bit his thumb and drew blood.
Multiple charges were filed after authorities said cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in Carter’s vehicle, and more cocaine was found in Carter’s waistband.
It’s unclear whether she has an attorney who could comment.
ELECTION 2018-COLUMBUS SHERIFF
Republican ruled winner of disputed N Carolina sheriff race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s elections board is overruling an effort to disqualify the Republican candidate in a still-unresolved election for sheriff, deciding his legal residence was the recreational vehicle he parked on farm land he owned in the county.
The state elections board ruled Monday that Jody Greene lived in Columbus County well before the required year ahead of November’s election. That decision and other votes dismissing complaints of election irregularities means Greene could take office over Democratic incumbent Lewis Hatcher.
The decisions can be appealed in court.
Greene was sworn in in December after a recount showed him 37 votes ahead of Hatcher.
The state didn’t authorize the outcome because appeals remained pending.
A caretaker has been running the sheriff’s department while Greene and Hatcher wait for a conclusion.