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CHRISTMAS PARADE CANCELED-CONFEDERATES
Town parade canceled over possible Confederate float issues
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
GARNER, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina town has canceled its annual Christmas parade over possible issues with a float sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Garner spokesman Rick Mercier tells The News & Observer that online chatter about the float led officials to conclude the event could be targeted for disruption.
He says online posts didn’t threaten to disrupt the parade, but officials wanted to err on the side of public safety given protests about Confederate monuments and symbols in recent years. Video of last year’s parade was shared and criticized Monday by the “Move Silent Sam” Twitter account.
Members of Col. Leonidas L. Polk Camp No. 1486 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have been involved in the parade for years. Group commander Don Scott says he understands the town’s concerns.
COAST GUARD FLAG RETURNED
WWII veteran returns Coast Guard flag to ship after decades
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – A World War II veteran has returned a U.S. Coast Guard flag to its home ship after the flag spent nearly 80 years in a wooden trunk.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the flag belonged to 96-year-old Alex Obrizok of Selma, North Carolina. He returned it last week to the USS Tampa, a Coast Guard cutter that’s based in Portsmouth, Virginia.
During Obrizok’s time in World War II, the USS Tampa escorted merchant ships with soldiers and supplies that were bound for Europe.
Obrizok took the ship’s flag home after the war. It stayed in his possession for decades.
But he met a woman this fall who recently served on the USS Tampa. That’s when Obrizok decided to return the flag. He said it belonged on the ship.
COAST GUARD RESCUE
Coast Guard hoists man from damaged boat off North Carolina
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says that a helicopter crew hoisted a man to safety from a disabled sailing vessel off North Carolina.
A Coast Guard news release said the rescue happened Thursday afternoon approximately 170 miles (274 kilomters) east of the Pamlico Sound.
A Coast Guard command center was notified by an electronic beacon aboard the man’s ship, and a family member confirmed that he had recently set sail to the Bahamas.
Upon locating the vessel, the crew from an MH-60 Jayhawk made contact with the boat owner and learned the main mast of the vessel had collapsed.
The man was hoisted from the vessel due to worsening weather conditions. He had no medical issues and was dropped off on the shore by air crews.
Police: Mother shoots adult daughter on Thanksgiving
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say violence erupted on Thanksgiving Day in a North Carolina apartment when a mother shot and killed her daughter.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release that officers were called to the apartment shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.
There they found a woman with a gunshot wound who was transported to the hospital. The woman, identified as 37-year-old Chante Lavarche Alexander, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A police news release said the woman’s mother, 56-year-old Elvira Elizabeth Alexander, has been charged with murder and possession of a stolen firearm.
Investigators described the crime as “domestic related.”
A police spokesman said he didn’t know whether the suspect has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.
Woman gives daughter born at airport apt middle name
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A woman who gave birth at an airport in North Carolina has given the baby a name tied to where she was born.
News outlets report Nereida Araujo went into labor Wednesday on a flight from Tampa, Florida, to Charlotte, North Carolina. American Airlines spokeswoman Crystal Byrd says the flight crew radioed medics who helped deliver the baby on the plane once it landed.
Araujo says she named her newborn daughter Lizyana Sky Taylor. She says the middle name Sky was chosen because the girl was born at the airport.
Passenger Eric Linne says on Facebook that a crowd burst into spontaneous applause when Araujo and the baby were brought off the plane.
Araujo, her husband and two other children had been traveling to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving.
STOLEN SALVATION ARMY KETTLES
Salvation Army worried thieves might use stolen red kettles
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The Salvation Army is concerned that thieves who stole several donation kettles in North Carolina may try to pose as legitimate bell ringers.
News outlets report six red kettles, bells and aprons went missing from various locations Monday in Winston-Salem.
Salvation Army area commander Maj. Jim Rickard told WGHP-TV he can only envision the thieves using the kettles to “hoodoo the public and get somebody to donate to them.”
The charity’s goal this year is to raise $150 million through the red kettle campaign, which typically makes up 10% of its annual budget. Donations fund programs providing housing, food and other support to people in poverty.
Rickard says Salvation Army volunteers do not seek donations on Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. They regularly seek ring bells until around 8 p.m. and their buckets are labeled with Salvation Army stickers.
Health officials report 1 flu death for previous week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina has recorded another flu-related death, bringing the total so far this season to three.
Records from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services show the most recent death was reported last week. The state did not provide any identifying information.
The current flu season began Oct. 29 and runs through May 26.
The state logged more than 200 flu-related deaths last season, more than half were people age 65 and older.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Legal settlement will keep Confederate statue off UNC campus
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina has agreed to hand over a felled Confederate monument to a group in a legal agreement that will ensure it doesn’t return to campus.
The University of North Carolina System said in a news release Wednesday that a judge approved a settlement concerning the “Silent Sam” statue. The settlement will leave the monument in the hands of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which will keep the monument outside the 14 counties where there are university system campuses.
The university system says the settlement complies with a North Carolina state law restricting the removal of Confederate monuments.
“Silent Sam” stood in a main quad for more than a century before it was torn down in 2018 by protesters who called it a racist symbol.