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The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried
The Lost Summer of 2020 is drawing to a close with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another surge in coronavirus cases like the one that followed Memorial Day. Downtown Atlanta was quiet as the 85,000 or so people who come dressed as their favorite superheroes or science fiction characters for the annual Dragon Con convention met online instead. Huge college football stadiums in places like Ohio State and the University of Texas sat empty. Many Labor Day parades were called off, and masks were usually required at the few that went on.
SBI investigating western North Carolina police shooting
An investigation is underway after officers in western North Carolina shot a suspect who police say was armed with a knife. TV station WLOS reported Monday that officers with the Spruce Pine Police Department shot the suspect Sunday. The condition of the person shot was not immediately clear. Officials say the shooting is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. An SBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.
N. Carolina beach rental companies prepare for a busy fall
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Many coastal North Carolina vacation rental companies say it’s been a busy summer despite the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re not expecting a slowdown any time soon. While Labor Day marks a ceremonial end to summer, long-term rentals for the fall are pouring in, representatives for companies along the coast told The StarNews. Many parents are teleworking and students are taking classes online. One company’s project manager says the rest of September and October will be “insanely busy,” with some longer-term rentals coming off the market for two or three months.
Man charged after hitting 187 mph along N. Carolina highway
FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man is facing numerous charges after speeding at nearly 190 mph along Interstate 95 over the weekend. A State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop the driver Sunday after he sped through a work zone on the interstate, TV station WRAL reported. The car reached a maximum of 187 mph in an area with a posted limit of 65. Troopers say the man eventually crashed into bushes in the Four Oaks area while attempting to avoid stop sticks. No one was injured. He was being held under a $125,000 bond.
Shroud that covered Asheville monument won’t be replaced
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A shroud that had been covering a Confederate monument in downtown Asheville won’t be replaced after wind tore it off. TV station WLOS reports the city says the shroud on the Vance monument won’t be replaced but scaffolding that had been holding it up will remain until a taskforce makes a decision on the monument’s future. The city paid $18,500 to put up the shroud. The city has also been paying a $2,600 monthly scaffolding rental fee. A 12-member taskforce is expected to present recommendations for the monument’s future in three months.
Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military. Some service members bristle at the remarks and others question whether they happened. Supporters of the president don’t believe the reports and credit Trump for backing veterans and active-duty service members. Others have no trouble accepting that Trump made the comments. They recall how he mocked the late Sen. John McCain because he was captured during the Vietnam War. Military families were broadly supportive of Trump in 2016. A survey last year found that veterans were more supportive of Trump than the general public.
Body of Montana man washes ashore in North Carolina
CASWELL BEACH, N.C. (AP) – Law enforcement authorities say the body of a Montana man washed ahore on a North Carolina beach Friday. News outlets reported Sunday that the Caswell Beach Police Department said beachgoers found the body on Caswell Beach. The man was identified as 78-year-old Jon Eden, of Bozeman, Montana. Authorities say Eden frequently visited Caswell Beach, a small seaside community in southeastern North Carolina. But they were unaware of other connections to the area. Police say the cause of death has not been determined. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.
North Carolina-Virginia chase leaves 3 injured, 1 arrested
NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A suspect is in custody after a high-speed police chase began Saturday in North Carolina and ended in Virginia. The chase left two people and a deputy injured. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina said officers responded around 7 p.m. to a call that reported someone firing gunshots at random cars on Interstate 95. Officers began pursuing the suspected shooter in southern Nash County. They continued through Halifax County before heading across the North Carolina-Virginia state line. The pursuit ended near Emporia, Virginia. The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken in custody and brought to a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.