Tag: North Carolina

North Carolina: Where ‘No’ Doesn’t Mean ‘No’ When It Comes to Rape and Sexual Assault

Photo: iStock In this era of #MeToo and laws forcing women to have their rapists’ babies, a North Carolina bill that would have made it illegal to continue having sex with someone who told them to stop failed to even make it out of committee for a vote in that state’s Senate. Yes, in the […]

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How Gerrymandering Leads to Radical Abortion Laws

Stacey Abrams still hasn’t conceded that she lost to Brian Kemp in last year’s gubernatorial race in Georgia, and perhaps justifiably so. Kemp, formerly the secretary of state there, administered his own election, shuttered precincts in black communities, and presided over a last-minute voting roll purge that targeted predominantly minority voters. Despite all that help, […]

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North Carolina Republicans to Pick Candidate for Congress in Fraud-Tainted District

North Carolina Republicans have controlled the state’s Ninth Congressional District since 1963. In November, the long streak appeared unbroken, and the party celebrated, relieved by a narrow 905-vote victory over the Democratic candidate. But on Tuesday, Republican voters will return to the polls to pick someone to represent the party in a do-over election after […]

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Riley Howell’s Parents Say He Was Shot 3 Times While Tackling the U.N.C. Charlotte Gunman

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — He kept charging. A bullet to the torso did not stop Riley Howell. A second bullet to the body did not prevent him from reaching his goal and hurling himself at the gunman who opened fire last week inside a classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The third bullet […]

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What We Know About the Shooting at U.N.C. Charlotte

Two people were killed and four others injured on Tuesday when a man opened fire with a handgun at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the authorities said. Here is what we know so far. The victims The chancellor of the university, Philip Dubois, identified the six victims in an interview on WBT radio […]

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Fixes: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

First of three articles. In her 2018 book, “Give People Money,” the journalist Annie Lowrey delivered a stinging criticism of the ways in which the United States has essentially won the race to the bottom when it comes to distribution of wealth: “We tolerate levels of poverty that are grotesque and entirely unique among developed […]

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‘You Told Me To’: North Carolina Police Officer Shoots Black Man As He Was Lowering His Weapon

Photo: iStock Newly released body-cam footage shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Wende Kerl shouting for Danquirs Franklin, 27, to lower his weapon. The video obtained by the Charlotte Observer then shows Kerl firing on Franklin, killing him. Footage also shows Franklin attempting to lower his gun, adhering to police commands. Franklin reached his right hand toward […]

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North Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Faces Complaints of Racially Insensitive Comments

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The families of several University of North Carolina women’s basketball players complained last week of racially insensitive remarks by Sylvia Hatchell, the school’s Hall of Fame coach who was subsequently put on leave, according to two people with direct knowledge of the allegations. Hatchell’s lawyer, Wade M. Smith, said in an […]

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North Carolina G.O.P. Chairman Indicted in Corruption Probe

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party has been charged in connection with an effort to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner through campaign donations, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Tuesday. The party chairman, Robin Hayes, was charged with five counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. […]

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Girls at North Carolina School Don’t Have to Wear Skirts, Judge Rules

Three girls in North Carolina were fed up with a school policy prohibiting female students from wearing pants. Skirts, they said, were uncomfortable and restrictive. They wanted to be free to play at recess, do cartwheels with the boys and focus on learning in the classroom — not the position of their legs. So the […]

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N.C.A.A. Basketball: North Carolina Is Ousted by Fifth-Seeded Auburn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Top-seeded North Carolina’s quest for an eighth national championship in men’s basketball was derailed by the Auburn Tigers, who defeated the Tar Heels, 97-80, in the semifinals of the N.C.A.A. Midwest Region here on Friday. [A more comprehensive article will be published soon.] North Carolina (29-7) came into the tournament as […]

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For the Good of Democracy, End Partisan Gerrymandering

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court once again took up the issue of partisan gerrymandering, hearing two cases that could allow the justices to put an end to the practice of drawing legislative maps for no other reason than to give an electoral edge to the party doing the drawing. Or as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg […]

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The Patriot’s Guide to Election Fraud

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Election meddling needn’t be a foreign power planting fictions on Facebook and courting the ragtag disciples of a real estate magnate. It can be local. It can be low-tech: going door to door to round up and forge absentee ballots in a candidate’s favor. That’s what apparently happened last fall in North […]

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Justices Divided in New Cases on Voting Maps Warped by Politics

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court returned to the subject of partisan gerrymandering on Tuesday, considering for a second time in two years whether drawing election maps to help the party in power ever violates the Constitution. Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the court’s newest member and the one who may possess the decisive vote, expressed […]

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on the Future of Political Gerrymandering

Photo: Getty This year, a Supreme Court stacked with conservative judges may finally decide the fate of political gerrymandering. The issue comes up to the Supreme Court again on Tuesday when judges will hear oral arguments involving redrawn district maps—one involving a Democrat-controlled legislature in Maryland, the other a Republican legislature in North Carolina. If […]

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