Associated Press Published 10:36 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 Raleigh, N.C. – Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar. News outlets report 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. The woman told Raleigh police she was inside the bar’s bathroom in December when Harrell and Fowler started verbally abusing her, exposed themselves and started touching her. The woman says Harrell and Fowler continued to assault her outside the bathroom and ignored her and the bartender’s orders to stop. The two women were released on bond; it’s unclear if they have lawyers. Public bathrooms have been a flashpoint in North Carolina since Republican lawmakers in 2016 required transgender people to use rooms matching their birth certificates. The requirement was rescinded last year. … [Read more...] about Cops: 2 assault transgender woman in N.C. bathroom
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — An intern was helping do some routine cleaning at a North Carolina wildlife center when a lion attacked and swiftly killed her, authorities said. Visitors were rushed out while the staff and authorities tried vainly to tranquilize the animal and reach the young woman’s body. But in the end, deputies shot and killed the lion. Alexandra Black of New Palestine, Indiana, had been at the Conservators Center for about two weeks. The 22-year-old recent college graduate is being remembered for her passionate pursuit of a career working with animals. “This person’s passion was the zoological industry. This was not this person’s first internship. This person wanted to spend a lifetime around these animals, and I believe that the family was very supportive of that,” the privately run center’s executive director, Mindy Stinner, told reporters Sunday. Stinner said Black was accompanying professional staff members at the facility near … [Read more...] about Person killed by lion at N.C. wildlife center was 22-year-old intern
Fiona Kelliher Detroit Free Press Published 4:42 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 The Detroit Free Press' columnist Rochelle Riley will be inducted into the N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame this April. Riley has been a columnist since 2000 at the Free Press, where she has been a leading voice on government responsibility, education, race and children's issues. Judges wrote that she is "a crusader for justice in the best journalistic tradition." The Hall of Fame aims to highlight journalists who have left a "significant impact on the professions and the communities they serve," according to its website. Aside from her prolific writings for the Free Press, Riley also authored the 2018 book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery" and co-founded Letters to Black Girls, which aims to empower young black girls with words of encouragement from women. Among other awards, Riley received the 2017 Eugene … [Read more...] about Rochelle Riley to be inducted into N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame
Emery P. Dalesio Associated Press Published 9:51 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 Raleigh, N.C. — Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee,” said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and consultant to former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and others for more than 40 years. “That’s how I read those tea leaves.” If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation — if allowed to go into law by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — would require new primary elections in the 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election. That would allow … [Read more...] about New primary may replace GOP candidate in N.C.
Detroit News staff and wires Published 10:01 PM EST Nov 22, 2018 Cancun, Mexico — Kiara Leslie and Grace Hunter each had a double-double, Aislinn Konig had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and six assists, and the No. 15 N.C. State women beat Michigan State, 78-74, on Thursday night in the Cancun Challenge. Leslie finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Hunter scored 16 with 11 boards. Erika Cassell scored 12 points for N.C. State (5-0). Victoria Gaines scored seven points during a 9-3 spurt that trimmed Michigan State’s deficit to 74-72 with 15 seconds left. Cassell hit two free throws on the other end and, after Gaines made a jumper with two seconds left, Hunter capped the scoring with two foul shots. Shay Colley led Michigan State (3-1) with 20 points, Taryn McCutcheon scored 16 and Gaines finished 15, including nine in the final 3:30. Hunter scored the final five points in a 14-0 run to close the first quarter that made it 25-12 going into the second … [Read more...] about Thursday’s college basketball: No. 15 N.C. State hands MSU women first loss