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PRINCIPAL APOLOGIZES-RACIAL REMARK
N. Carolina principal sorry for racial remark during meeting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A school principal in North Carolina apologized after making a reference to “colored folks” during a staff meeting. The Charlotte Observer reports the apology by Charlotte’s Ardrey Kell High School Principal David Switzer was made in a follow-up staff meeting to the cultural training in August. Switzer says in a recording obtained by the Observer that he thought he said persons of color instead of colored folks. Switzer told the Observer that he made the comment while noting the importance of “cultural proficiency” training that is available for staff at the school. The Observer reports the comments follow a string of racial incidents at the school.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina governor signs $1.6 billion COVID-19 bills
North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper has signed legislation pumping $1.6 billion into schools, hospitals, local governments and researchers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper signed the two bills during a conference call on Monday. They represent a compromise between measures approved separately in the Senate and House last week, with input from the governor and legislative Democrats seeking items in Cooper’s own $1.4 billion request. The $1.6 billion is less than half of North Carolina’s share received from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law that Congress approved last month.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-UNC WILMINGTON
UNC Wilmington extends cancellation of summer programs
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina at Wilmington says it is extending the cancellation of its summer programs, camps and non-athletic conferences due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school had initially announced that its summer programming was canceled through June 24. Another announcement from the school said the programming is now canceled through Aug. 5. UNCW said in a statement that that some camps and programs will be offering participation online and urges those interested to check individual programs’ websites for information. UNCW Athletics will announce a decision about its camps by May 15.
Biden pressed to choose a black woman as his running mate
DETROIT (AP) – As Joe Biden’s search for a vice presidential running mate heats up, he is facing growing pressure to choose a black woman. The move could further energize the Democratic Party’s loyal base of African American voters. But the public conversation is more nuanced. Biden has already committed to selecting a woman as his second-in-command, but the choice won’t be easy. While some believe race shouldn’t necessarily drive his selection, experts are warning it could be risky for his camp to assume black voters would still turn out in record numbers in November without a diverse ticket and tangible return for their fierce loyalty.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RACE AND REOPENING
In clamor to reopen, many blacks feel their safety ignored
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Many African Americans watching protests calling for easing restrictions meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus see them as one more example of how their health and their rights just don’t seem to matter. To many, it seems that the people protesting – who have been predominantly white – are agitating for reopening because they won’t be the ones to suffer the consequences of it. Instead, those will fall disproportionately on the shoulders of black people and other marginalized groups. The pandemic has highlighted gaping inequalities in the United States. Black people are dying in disproportionate numbers from COVID-19 in the U.S.
AP-VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-SWEET GESTURE
Giant cinnamon rolls raise money, feed ‘bellies and souls’
What began as an effort by Whitney Rutz to cheer herself up ended up lifting the spirits of many others – one giant cinnamon roll at a time. Rutz’s rolls have raised more than $35,000 for the Oregon Food Bank. At first, she was auctioning the rolls off – the first went for $300. Now, Rutz, with some help, bakes a giant roll, 12 inches across and weighing more than five pounds, for every $500 raised. The highest contributor of the day decides where the roll goes – and most have sent them to health care workers.
Police discover 2 bodies inside car in North Carolina woods
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina confirm two bodies have been discovered inside of a car that was found in a wooded area. The Wilmington Police Department said in a statement that officers were called to an area near the Cape Fear River after 3 p.m. Monday where they found a grey 2013 Dodge Dart “deep in the woods.” Police said that investigators couldn’t immediately identify the bodies because of significant decomposition. WRAL-TV reported that officials confirmed the car was connected to a missing persons case involving two Wilmington women who were last seen April 15. Police were continuing to investigate.
Body of drowning victim recovered from North Carolina lake
MONCURE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have recovered the body of a man who drowned in a North Carolina lake. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to a section of Jordan Lake near Moncure around 3:30 p.m. Monday after a witness reported seeing someone who appeared to be in their late teens struggling to stay above the water. The agency said a body was recovered three hours later. Officials didn’t immediately identify the victim, pending notification of family. North Carolina State Parks Police, state Wildlife Law Enforcement, the Army Corps of Engineers and local law enforcement agencies assisted in the effort.