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Ultra-marathoner to run in NC park for 27 straight hours
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An ultra-marathoner is marking his 27th year of recovery by running for 27 continuous hours through a North Carolina park.
Charlie Engle of Raleigh says he’ll start running at 8 a.m. Saturday and won’t stop until 11 a.m. Sunday in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. He wants to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and to promote Healing Transitions, a nonprofit that provides free drug addiction recovery services to more than 300 homeless, uninsured and underserved people.
Engle has written a memoir titled “Running Man.” His feats include running across the Sahara Desert. Last year, he ran 118 miles over 26 hours to mark his recovery.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST-ATTORNEY
Judge files order against lawyer with ties to Southern group
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An attorney who previously led the North Carolina chapter of a group that advocates for Southern secession has been ordered not to handle clients’ money.
A Wake County judge filed an order that prohibits Harold Ray Crews of Walkertown from accepting or disbursing client funds. The order signed Monday says the North Carolina State Bar received information that Crews had mishandled money entrusted to him.
It also says that Crews wants to cooperate and won’t appeal the order.
As recently as 2017, Crews was chairman of the state chapter of the Alabama-based League of the South, which advocates for Southern secession.
After a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Crews sought charges against DeAndre Harris, a black man who was severely beaten during the rally. A judge acquitted Harris.
2020 GOP convention logo has star-studded elephant, crown
WASHINGTON (AP) – The logo for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, features a star-studded red elephant standing before a navy crown.
The August convention may not be a coronation, but it’s where President Donald Trump is all but certain to be nominated for a second term.
The GOP on Thursday released the elephant and crown logo, which features the symbols of the Republican Party and North Carolina’s most populated city.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says “the convention logo reflects both the energy of this vibrant city and traditions of the Republican Party.”
Trump faces no serious challenge to the Republican nomination, and his campaign has worked to weed out anti-Trump Republicans in the hope that the convention will be a weeklong infomercial for the president’s reelection campaign.
Rescuers find man missing in Great Smoky Mountains park
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say rescuers have found a 58-year-old man who has dementia and disappeared in the Great Smoky Mountains National park this week.
Citing a National Park Service statement, news outlets report Kevin Mark Lynch was alert and responsive when he was found in North Carolina on Wednesday.
The statement says a hat and sunglasses were found that afternoon just southeast of where Lynch was last seen Saturday. It says a secondary sweep of the area uncovered what appeared to be fresh footprints that led to Lynch, who was responding to searcher yells.
The New Jersey man didn’t have camping equipment when he was last seen Saturday near the Cataloochee Divide Trail. It’s unclear if he had food or water. More than 200 hundred people searched about 5 square miles (12.9 square kilometers) for him.
Sheriff: Woman gives deputies sister’s name at checkpoint
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office has charged a woman with felonious identity theft after deputies say she gave her sister’s name at a checkpoint.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office says deputies asked 38-year-old Kristle Andrea Matthews to produce her license and registration on Wednesday. According to a news release, the woman said she didn’t have her license with her and when deputies asked for her name and date of birth, she gave her sister’s information instead.
When deputies asked again, Matthews gave her real name.
Authorities also cited Matthews for driving on a revoked license, driving a vehicle with no insurance and possession of a fictitious license plate. She’s jailed on a $5,000 bail, and it’s not known if she has an attorney.
OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT
Atlanta to add context about racism to historic monuments
ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta will soon add lessons about the South’s racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments.
Officials say the first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday.
In Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, a 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation will get context noting that its inscription promotes a narrative centered on white veterans, while ignoring African Americans.
Georgia law bars the removal of such monuments. Other states with laws protecting Confederate monuments include Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale says the project puts the city ahead of other communities grappling with what to do about their monuments.
Hale says context provided by the markers will help people to have civil discussions based on facts.
E-cigarette giant Juul’s campaign donations favor Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) – E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry.
The donations from Juul’s political action committee represent a sharp increase over last year’s total, according to a Federal Election Commission report released Thursday that shows most of the money went to Democrats.
The boost in contributions is the latest sign of the company’s expanding influence operation in Washington and around the country. An explosion of vaping by minors has put Juul in the crosshairs of a number of Democrats, who have charged the company’s early advertising and marketing led to the current wave of vaping by American teens.
North Carolina man cited after dog left inside minivan
(Information from: WITN-TV, http://www.witn.com/)
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man has been cited for animal cruelty after authorities found his dog left inside a minivan.
WITN reports Animal Protective Services in Greenville says the dog was left in David Current’s minivan for between 30 and 45 minutes on Thursday.
Current, who police said is from Huntersville, told a reporter that he was involved in pit bull rescues and had left a cup of water for the dog, while the temperature outside the minivan had reached 90 degrees.