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House impeachment inquiry becomes teachable moment across US
BEAR CREEK, N.C. (AP) – The House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has become a teachable moment in classrooms around the country as educators incorporate the events in Washington into their lesson plans.
They are using the debate in Congress to teach students about the Constitution and presidential power, provide history lessons about earlier impeachment cases and hold mock votes that mirror divisions in American politics.
In Aedrin Albright’s civics class at Chatham Central High School in rural North Carolina, her 10th graders studied the impeachment process last month. Then Tuesday they voted, with the majority opposing impeachment. The school is based in Bear Creek, which voted 55 percent for Trump in 2016.
Experts say telling students their views is a personal choice for teachers but should be weighed carefully. Albright didn’t reveal hers.
ELECTION 2020-WARREN-BLACK WOMEN
Warren wins 2020 backing of influential group of black women
A group of more than 100 black female activists is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president, saying her stances on a range of issues speak directly to black voters.
In a letter released on Thursday, the group Black Womxn For says its endorsement is an extension of activism that has helped shape a progressive agenda in the 2020 Democratic primary. The group calls Warren a “leader” and “partner” with a proven track record and understanding of structural racism and inequality who is willing to be held accountable.
The group’s director, Angela Peoples, says she hopes the letter will encourage other black women to support the Massachusetts senator publicly.
Warren is scheduled to visit the historically black college North Carolina A&T State University later Thursday.
Activists dispute review of ‘Silent Sam’ protest arrests
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A group of students and faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill have protested a review of campus police that says officers mostly acted appropriately when arresting students and other anti-racist activists.
The News & Observer reports the review released Tuesday was conducted by former FBI executive Chris Swecker, who investigated four incidents related to protests over the Confederate “Silent Sam” monument on campus. Members of the group that protested Wednesday afternoon say the review disparages students and unjustly defends campus police.
The review says a campus police officer gave false testimony against a graduate student arrested last year. It also says officers were wrong for not arresting an openly armed demonstrator. The review also found that officers didn’t show “favoritism towards the white supremacist cause” when arresting student activists.
SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina no longer an outlier on sex and consent
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor has signed a sexual assault bill that says women can revoke consent during sex.
Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release Thursday that he had signed the bill, which undoes a 1979 court decision that made North Carolina the only state where women can’t revoke consent.
The law also undoes a court ruling from 2008 that said sexual assault laws don’t apply to people who were incapacitated because of their own action as victims, such as by taking drugs or alcohol. It also increases penalties for child abusers.
The law goes into effect Dec. 1.
Both houses of the legislature approved the bill unanimously last week. Cooper says the bipartisan legislation “will help more people seek justice against abusers.”
WILMINGTON COUP MARKER
Highway marker describes 1898 Wilmington violence as ‘coup’
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The state of North Carolina is moving away from using the phrase “race riot” to describe the violent overthrow of the Wilmington government in 1898 and is instead using the word “coup” on the highway historical marker that will commemorate the dark event.
The heading on the marker reads “Wilmington Coup,” but the originally approved text used referred to a “race riot,” which eventually was deleted. The marker will be dedicated Friday in Wilmington.
Ansley Herring Wegner is administrator of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. She says the term “race riot” is wrong because African Americans were being massacred, not rioting.
In 1898, white Democrats violently overthrew the government of legitimately elected blacks and white Republicans in Wilmington in what’s viewed the only successful coup d’etat in American history.
GRETA THUNBERG-YOUTH PROTEST
Greta Thunberg plans to join North Carolina climate strike
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she plans to attend a youth-lead climate rally in North Carolina this week.
Thunberg tweeted Wednesday that she will join the strike Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Thunberg gained international attention for a speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September.
News outlets report the protest Friday is being organized by the student-led N.C. Climate Strike movement. Hundreds of people attended a rally the group hosted in September, the same day millions of people around the world skipped school and work to urge government action on climate change.
JUVENILE MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE
Family turns in escaped boy, 13, suspected in double murder
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A 13-year-old suspect in a double homicide who escaped custody has been returned to authorities.
News outlets report the teen’s mother, Nikki Jacobs, turned him over to U.S. Marshals in Lumberton on Wednesday night. The teen escaped from Juvenile Court around noon Tuesday.
WRAL-TV reports Jacobs says her son spent Tuesday and Wednesday at his grandmother’s old house, which is abandoned. He then found a bike and rode it to his uncle’s home.
The teen’s uncle, Wayne Lambert, says he allowed the boy to shower and eat before calling authorities.
The teen and a 19-year-old Derrick Deshawn Hunt are charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of two brothers found dead inside a home last month.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-WARREN
Warren holding first campaign events in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina voters will get their first in-person look at Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren with events in the Triangle and Triad.
The Massachusetts senator is holding a town hall-style meeting Thursday evening at Raleigh’s Broughton High School. Earlier in the day the public can attend a Warren interview on the North Carolina A&T State University campus in Greensboro. On Friday morning, she’ll participate in a Raleigh forum assembled by groups focused on issues important to the Latino community.
These are Warren’s first campaign events in North Carolina, which is expected to be a presidential battleground state next November. North Carolina’s presidential primary is one of many scheduled for March 3 and is just three days after the key Democratic primary in South Carolina.