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Former Ebola patients to mark 5 years since treatment in US
ATLANTA (AP) – As a new Ebola outbreak rages in Congo, some of the first Ebola virus patients to be successfully treated in the United States during the deadliest recorded outbreak five years ago are reuniting with their doctors.
Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Ian Crozier were three of four Americans who were treated at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital in 2014 and recovered.
They plan to join Emory medical staff for a media briefing Friday, the fifth anniversary of Brantly’s arrival. He was the first to come to Emory after being infected while working in Liberia.
The current outbreak in Congo has already killed more than 1,800 people, nearly a third of them children.
The 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,300 people.
UNC HOSPITAL INVESTIGATION
Review of UNC hospital unit ‘in crisis’ finds no deficiency
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say an investigation into the University of North Carolina Hospital’s pediatric cardiology unit found “no current deficiencies” after a New York Times article described higher death rates in the unit that performs child heart surgeries.
In a Thursday statement, the state Department of Health and Human Services said it and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reviewed the Congenital Heart Program after the newspaper’s May 30 story. The paper reported it received recordings of the chief of pediatric cardiology saying during a meeting: “We are in crisis, and everyone is aware of that.” UNC released cardiology mortality rate data to the paper showing more deaths than at many other hospitals.
Hospital officials confirmed receiving the DHHS report, but declined to comment further.
North Carolina police officer shoots, kills armed suspect
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says one of its officers shot and killed a man during a domestic disturbance call.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a Twitter video that officers were called to a home for a second time in a span of hours early Friday morning. Kerr said detectives heard shots inside the home. The Charlotte Observer reports a woman with a gunshot wound exited the house and told police her brother-in-law shot her and she thought the suspect was going to kill her.
Kerr says officers entered the home and an officer opened fire on an armed man they believed posed a “lethal threat.”
The man later died at the hospital. The paper reports the wounded woman’s injuries were not life threatening.
The department is investigating.
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.