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Friday News: Dr. Phil? Not even close...

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BERGER'S FUNDRAISING E-MAIL SAYS TO IGNORE CDC MASK GUIDELINES: Senate Leader Phil Berger called the CDC’s guidance on wearing masks as something similar to that of eating raw cookie dough: “guidance to ignore.” A fundraising email sent Wednesday morning said the latest CDC guidelines aren’t based on science but a method by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the media and liberals to control the American people. When asked if Berger had any concerns that his email could cause a distrust of the CDC among North Carolinians, Watts responded, “The CDC is doing a perfectly capable job of that itself.” The News & Observer emailed NCDHHS for comment on Berger’s email but did not immediately get a response. 28 people died between yesterday and today, so take your cookie dough and shove it.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253086373.html

Thursday News: Here we go again...

BLACK TRUMP-LOVER WANTS TO BE DURHAM'S NEXT MAYOR: Lane hosts the online series “Mind of Jamal,” which he describes as a “news reporting platform.” Since 2016, he has amassed over 300,000 followers on Facebook and almost 35,000 subscribers on YouTube. On his videos he has expressed support for former President Donald Trump; outrage over COVID-19 mask mandates; and disdain for the Black Lives Matter movement, efforts to defund the police and the media. In an interview with The N&O, Lane, who is Black, said his top priorities if elected would be crime and gun violence. “I believe that Durham crime is out of control because too many people are compassionate toward the criminals instead of putting the compassion towards the victims,” he said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article253078383.html

Wednesday News: The company you keep

HILLSBOROUGH BAR (AND CHAMBER) HAVE A PROUD BOY PROBLEM: Hot Tin Roof patron, Colin Dodd, sparked the controversy with a series of posts about a Hillsborough resident and known Proud Boy who had been frequenting the bar and occasionally bringing some of his friends with him. Kim Tesoro, a co-owner of the bar Hot Tin Roof, was hired as CEO of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce in 2017. The issues surrounding the Proud Boys patronizing the bar “are in the hands of the ownership of Hot Tin Roof and their legal counsel,” the board said. Tesoro has referred questions to the bar’s attorney, Lynne Holtkamp, who issued a statement on July 7 but has not returned The N&O’s phone calls. I don't give AF about "diverse" opinions, Proud Boys are dangerous. They've attacked people in public several times, and took part in attempted coup of our elected government. They don't get a seat at the table, or the bar.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article252958883.html

Monday News: Thirteen thousand, five hundred seventy

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DELTA VARIANT PUSHES NC'S COVID NUMBERS BACK UP: At least 1,031,929 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 13,570 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,998 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 1,800 on Thursday. At least 817 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, up from 751 the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day available, 6.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 60% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 57% have been fully vaccinated. State health officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number. I'm glad to see those vax numbers rising again.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article252989868.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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"GUT & REPLACE" TACTIC HIDES LEGISLATORS' ACCOUNTABILITY TO VOTERS: House Bill 128 started as legislation to increase access to sporting venues in schools when it passed the state House on a 77-42 vote. In the Senate last month it was transformed into legislation to dealing with how much compensation unemployed workers could receive. Is that what the 119 representatives were voting on back on March 3? Not even close. House Bill 334 was clarifying tax relief to North Carolina businesses receiving pandemic PPP funds under the federal Cares Act. It was transformed in the Senate to legislation that cuts the corporate income tax rate to zero by 2028. Did House member know they were voting to eliminate business income taxes when they voted to approve the bill 111-2 on April 15? Absolutely not. This tactic makes things -- the good or bad of the legislation, what needs it meets or misses, who it benefits or hurts – irrelevant. It renders critical votes moving it along in the legislative process meaningless. I second that emotion.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-gut-replace-tactic-hides-legislators-accountability-to-voters/19785325/

Saturday News: Because women are chattel?

WAKE GOP KEEPS USING PEEPING TOM'S VENUE FOR EVENTS: The Wake County Republican Party is holding a concert fundraiser Saturday at a local farm whose owner faces a felony charge for allegedly hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom there. The party also held its Flag Day celebration there last month, raising questions about why it keeps choosing to hold events at Lin Honeycutt’s Fieldstream Farm near Garner. Honeycutt was arrested in January and charged with one count of secret peeping, a felony. Alan Swain, chair of the Wake County GOP, told The News & Observer on Friday that he knows about the charge but believes Honeycutt deserves his day in court before anyone passes judgment. If they had any respect for women at all that place would be off-limits at least until charges are resolved.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article252980833.html

Friday News: Proud of what?

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PROUD BOY NABBED WHILE VISITING HIS NORTH CAROLINA BUDDIES: A man charged with joining alleged members of the Proud Boys in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was arrested in Fayetteville last Thursday. Edward George Jr., 33, of Clearwater, Fla., was visiting North Carolina last week when he was taken into custody, Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told The News & Observer Tuesday. George was named in a nine-count indictment dated July 7, alongside four other defendants: Kevin A. Tuck, Nathaniel Tuck, Arthur Jackman and Paul Rae. Jackman and Rae were originally charged in late March, and identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, according to court records.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article252902618.html

Thursday News: Puerile Parenting

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ANTI-MASKERS DISRUPT WAKE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Seven of 10 speakers urged Wake school board members to make masks optional when students return, and at least a dozen more cheered them from a nearby room as they watched the meeting via a live feed, chanting, “No more masks!” “Little children can’t see smiles,” said Chanel Marshall, a mental health therapist, her voice breaking. “Little children are dying. They are having suicidal thoughts. I deal with these students every single day. Children need to have these masks removed. It’s not OK.” But the bulk of Tuesday night’s speakers opposed them outright, and some on the anti-mask side yelled from the audience as school board member Jim Martin read statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services. This drew two warnings from board Chairman Keith Sutton, and one audience member was led from the room before the meeting ended. In case you weren't aware, school board meetings in NC are the new target for Trumpbots. Kick 'em all out if they can't behave like adults.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article252915073.html

Wednesday News: In a word, crazy

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ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS BELIEVE COVID VACCINES HAVE MICROCHIPS: Around 20% of Americans believe the government uses COVID vaccines to microchip people, according to a recent poll. An Economist/YouGov survey conducted July 10-13 based on a sample size of 1,500 adults found that 15% of respondents said it was “probably true” that vaccines contain microchips while 5% said it was “definitely true.” The poll found that believers of the conspiracy theory tend to be white men without a college degree. Twenty percent of white men without a college degree said the theory was “probably true” compared to 17% of white women without a college degree, and 16% of all Black and Hispanic respondents. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a Friday briefing that more than 97% of people who are getting hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated, CNN reported.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article252883663.html

Monday News: Not just UNC...

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LENOIR-RHYNE GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS SUE UNIVERSITY OVER CENSORSHIP: One player, Laney Fox, released an audio recording of a Zoom meeting in March during which Smith said he did not want her back. Fox, who is white, later posted an angry four-page letter on Facebook accusing university President Fred Whitt of “failing Black students and athletes on this campus.” Now, the divisions within the Lutheran-affiliated university have surfaced 60 miles away in the Mecklenburg County courts as a $26 million lawsuit pitting the departing student-athletes against their former coach and school. In their complaint, the players — including Butler High graduate Michaela Dixon of Matthews — say they were either thrown off the team or pressured to quit in retaliation for their stands against racism and police violence and in support of social justice. Five of the plaintiffs are white; four are black. Fox’s dismissal, the president said at the time, resulted from “a legitimate coaching decision, and suggestions to the contrary are simply false.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article252782763.html

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