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NATIVE AMERICAN STATUE REMOVED
Car dealership removes Native American statue after 50 years
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina car dealership has taken down a 23-foot fiberglass statue of a Native American that has drawn complaints over its 50-year history.
The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Harry’s On the Hill was prompted to take down the statue known as “Chief Pontiac” partly because of a bad experience by a female customer who’s a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The newspaper said an employee was fired after sending an offensive text message to the customer in June. Even before that, some Native Americans had complained about the statue.
The statue was removed Friday with a crane. It’s being donated to the Pontiac-Oakland Transportation Museum in Michigan.
Pat Grimes, owner of Harry’s, said he received offers to buy the statue but felt that the museum was best for it.
GOP CONVENTION-NORTH CAROLINA
GOP convention could come to Democrat-friendly Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte, North Carolina, a city dominated by Democrats, is a front-runner to host the 2020 Republican Convention where President Donald Trump seeks an anointing to run for a second term.
Charlotte’s mayor says that would be just fine.
But some local Democratic officials say: Not so fast.
The City Council has scheduled a special meeting Monday to decide whether to accept a yet-to-be-extended offer from the GOP. Published reports suggest Charlotte is favored to land the convention. Las Vegas is the other leading contender.
Democrat Vi Lyles is Charlotte’s first black-female mayor. She says hosting a GOP convention would enable Charlotte to spotlight its inclusiveness.
Opponents have cited Trump’s statements denigrating minorities, Muslims, women and the LGBTQ population.
In 2012, Charlotte hosted the convention which launched Barack Obama’s second run for The White House.
CHARLOTTE SHOOTING DEATH
Police: North Carolina victim, gunman knew each other
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina’s largest city say a suspect has been charged with murder after an early morning shooting death.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says in a news release that officers got to the scene in the western part of the city around 1 a.m. Sunday.
A man with a gunshot wound, 18-year-old Jamie Bright, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jermarion David Pernell Worthy, 17, was charged with murder and being held Sunday. No phone listing for him could be found, and online jail records didn’t indicate if he has an attorney.
Authorities say the suspect and victim appeared to have known each other.
DURHAM SHOOTING DEATH
North Carolina police investigate shooting death
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department is investigating after a man was killed in an early morning shooting.
The Durham Police Department issued a news release saying that officers arrived at the scene around 2 a.m. Sunday. They found a man lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene in the Northern part of the city. His name and age weren’t immediately released.
The Herald-Sun reports that there have been at least 13 killings in Durham this year through the end of June, representing an increase from the previous year.