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HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
2018 Capitals, 10 others enter DC Sports Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are among 11 new entrants into Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.
The Capitals earned entry after bringing the National Hockey League title to Washington for the first time. Owner Ted Leonsis accepted the induction plaque in a ceremony Sunday at Nationals Park.
Other honorees included: former Redskins defensive end Charles Mann; Tom Brown, who played for the Senators and Redskins; University of Maryland women’s lacrosse coach Cathy Reese; former DeMatha Catholic High School and Duke basketball player Danny Ferry; Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirovski; two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Tom Dolan; horse racing writer Andrew Beyer; and Kevin Payne, first president and CEO of DC United (soccer).
Inducted posthumously: Ray Flaherty, the first coach of the Washington Redskins, and Allie Ritzenberg, a longtime fixture of D.C.’s tennis community.
Each honoree will have their names added to the Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park.
FOSSIL FUELS DIVESTMENT
UNC-Asheville drops fossil fuel investments
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina-Asheville has moved to divest a portion of its $50 million endowment away from fossil fuels.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports it is the first school in the UNC system to do so.
The school’s board of trustees recently voted to shift about $5 million of its endowed funds to a private asset manager that focuses on investments billed as socially responsible.
In recent years, some of the nation’s universities have drawn criticism for making investments in certain industries that activists say run counter to the schools’ mission.
Colleges are split. Some have stopped investing in industries such as fossil fuels or prisons. Others put few restrictions on their investments.
MULTIPLE SHOOTING VICTIMS
Police: 3 people shot in Durham after an argument
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are investigating a shooting incident that left three people injured.
Durham police said three adults were shot early Sunday following an argument. Police said the injuries do not appear life threatening.
Police said two people were transported to a local hospital and another person arrived at the hospital later.
Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting to contact authorities.
MANY LOTTERY WINNERS
Jackpot: More than 2,000 winners in North Carolina lottery
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Turns out that zero can be a lucky number.
North Carolina’s state lottery Saturday said it set a record payout after the winning numbers in a Pick 4 game came back “0-0-0-0.”
The lottery said about 1,000 tickets at $1 were sold and will pay out at $5,000. Another 1,000 tickets were sold for 50 cents, and they will pay out at $2,500. Lottery officials said winners should expect “extended waiting times” when picking up their prizes.
The state said the total payout is $7.8 million. The previous record was $7.5 million in 2012, when the winning Pick 4 numbers were “1-1-1-1.”
Communities get help with keeping the power on during storms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina and the federal government are paying over $1.4 million for 24 generators and other help so communities can keep the power on at public infrastructure during storms and disasters.
The money will go mostly toward generators, with the town of Plymouth in eastern North Carolina getting five and Whiteville getting two. In two locations, transfer switches will be installed, and one generator will be relocated.
The state Department of Public Safety says in a news release that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying more than $1 million and North Carolina is paying nearly $359,000 for the project.
Money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides goes to state and local governments to elevate, buy out or reconstruct homes. The money also is used to strengthen public infrastructure.
Police: pregnant teen is victim of shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are investigating a shooting that left a pregnant woman and her child facing life-threatening injuries.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said a 19-year-old pregnant woman was shot in a parking lot of a shopping center Saturday. The woman was transported to a local hospital where her baby was delivered. Police said both face life-threatening injuries.
Police did not immediately identify the woman and are asking the public for help in providing any relevant information about the shooting.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
Auburn University president leaving after 2 years on the job
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Auburn University says its president, Steven Leath, is leaving after two years on the job.
The university said in a statement Friday that Leath and the Board of Trustees’ presidential assessment working group mutually decided to part ways.
The president pro tempore of the university’s board, Wayne T. Smith, said trustees are grateful to Leath “for his dedication and commitment as Auburn made strides as a world-class public university.”
Leath says he believes the university is stronger now than before he arrived.
Before going to Auburn in 2017, Leath was president of Iowa State University and vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System.
Smith says the Auburn board will soon name an interim president.
FIRE TRUCK FESTIVAL
More than 90 fire trucks expected at annual NC festival
SPENCER, N.C. (AP) – Almost 100 fire trucks are expected at the festival in their honor being held at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
The 5th annual Fire Truck Festival happens Saturday at the museum in Spencer . At least 90 trucks are registered for the festival, including the Charlotte Fire Department’s 1861 Neptune Hand-Powered Pumper and special commemorative locomotives from Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX.
The N.C. Forest Service helicopter will be there, weather permitting.
The events include a tribute to firefighters, a fire safety obstacle course and a fire truck parade. Admission starts at $6 for adults and is less for seniors, military members, firefighters and children.
The museum also will offer rides aboard the regular passenger train and the caboose train. Admission that includes a train ride starts at $12.