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July 06, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Man threatened for challenging black mom at pool

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer says a white man who challenged a black mother's use of a neighborhood pool has had to leave his North Carolina house after receiving death threats.

The attorney, John Vermitsky, issued a statement Friday on behalf of his client Adam Bloom. Bloom was captured on video in the aftermath of asking a black mother for her ID and calling police to a gated pool in Winston-Salem. The video received millions of views and prompted a social media backlash.

Vermitsky said his client has had to take his wife and children away from their home to a safe location.

In Bloom's seven years as chairman of the neighborhood pool, he's occasionally had to ask people of all ages and races to leave for violating pool rules, according to the statement.

Vermitsky said his client feels terrible about the situation and didn't intend to discriminate against the woman.


Motorcycle officer injured in wreck should survive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer thrown from his motorcycle during a wreck should survive.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said 27-year-old Lamonda Sloan turned her car into the path of the officer around 9:50 a.m. Friday just north of downtown Charlotte.

Authorities say Officer Michael Homan and his motorcycle hit he left front of the car and went airborne.

Police said in a statement that Homan suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Sloan was charged with failure to yield right of way, unsafe movement, driving while license revoked, fictitious registration play and no liability insurance. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.


North Carolina consumers could see $5B coal-ash cleanup bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a $5 billion bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power.

State utilities regulators late last month decided that both North Carolina divisions of the country's No. 2 power company could charge ratepayers for the cleanup. The North Carolina Utilities Commission decided in that recent ruling and another in February that consumers should start paying the first $778 million chunk of Duke Energy's cleanup.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said he's going to court to stop that from happening. He said corporate mismanagement increased costs that shareholders should also be forced to bear.

A decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court isn't likely before next year.


Marker honors Native Americans who drove out the KKK

(Information from: The Robesonian,

MAXTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's latest historical highway marker commemorates the Lumbee Tribe driving the Ku Klux Klan out of their county in 1958.

The Robesonian reports the Battle of Hayes Pond sign was dedicated Thursday, during the 50th Annual Lumbee Homecoming in Robeson County.

The marker honors the confrontation between the Lumbee and Klansmen who showed up for a rally on a January day 60 years ago. The outnumbered Klansmen fled in the face of gunfire from the Lumbee. There were no casualties on either side.

The marker idea was proposed by students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, who sought the tribe's approval before proceeding.

Thursday's dedication was attended by Woodrow Dial, who was 17 when he accompanied his father to confront the KKK.



Pilot walks away from crash of small plane in North Carolina

LOUISBURG, N.C. (AP) — A pilot was able to walk away from the crash of a small plane in North Carolina.

News outlets reported the plane came down around 3:30 p.m. Thursday less than a half mile from the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg in Franklin County.

Authorities said pilot Maurice Evans was the only person on the single-engine plane when it came down in some woods. Officials said he was practicing takeoffs and landing when the crash occurred.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


Sheriff: Man set ablaze mobile home with 5 kids inside

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is accused of setting the mobile home containing his five children on fire.

News outlets cite a release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office that says 37-year-old Floyd Elmer Tate IV locked himself and his children inside the home Wednesday after pouring and lighting gasoline on fire. Deputies responding to a call found the caller and Tate outside, with the fire extinguished.

An investigation revealed that Tate extinguished the fire before it could cause major damage. Deputies removed the five children from the home. The sheriff's office says the children were between the ages of 5 and 12. No injuries were reported.

Tate is charged with arson, communicating threats and child abuse. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.


N Carolina relocated 17 graves in advance of bridge work

(Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram,

PINETOPS, N.C. (AP) — The planned development of a new bridge in North Carolina has led to the relocation of a cemetery with graves dating to the 19th century.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the North Carolina Department of Transportation covered the cost of the relocating the Old Sparta Riverside Cemetery. It's been moved to the Old Sparta Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, in advance of replacing the N.C. 42 bridge.

A departmental public relations officer, Andrew Barksdale, says moving graves is rare and requires the approval of the State Historical Preservation Office. Of the 17 relocated graves, only one is marked.

The DOT had considered relocating an 80-foot-long (24-meter-long) sunken ship on the opposite side of the cemetery, instead. But the state said it would have been destroyed during the move.



Americans playfully ponder pro-Trump scholar's 'shunning'

BOSTON (AP) — How have you been shunned?

It's a question Americans have been playfully pondering since retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz complained of being ostracized on Martha's Vineyard for supporting Republican President Donald Trump.

The tony island off Massachusetts long has been a summer playground for the liberal elite and Trump's Democratic predecessors, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

People of all political persuasions have taken to social media to weigh in on Dershowitz's grumbling about dinner invitations drying up.

But they've also been sharing their own silly and sardonic stories of feeling unwelcome — not just on the Vineyard but at other affluent hangouts like New York's chic Hamptons.

Many are taking playful digs at the idle rich.

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