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Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

Liberty University has filed a civil lawsuit against its former leader, Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking tens of millions in damages after the two parted ways acrimo…

Neighbor calls police on Black teenager practicing ROTC drills in neighborhood


Police: Man Drags Hutchinson Officer With Car, Hits Him With Hammer After Face Mask Dispute – WCCO | CBS Minnesota


All about a face mask. Not tased nor shot.

But Race ain’t an issue!

Man pays tribute to slain activist at council meeting | Local News |

Indianapolis shooting: 8 people killed in shooting at FedEx facility, police say – CNN

So sad!

Former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne will receive pension after winning lawsuit – CBS News

Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew refuses to accept a promotional vehicle after car dealer’s insensitive remark on TV

Black Man Walking Minding His Business

A grown ass Black Man walking through a neighborhood minding his business.

Soldier charged with assault after video shows him shoving Black man

Damn Shame!

Army sergeant pushes Black man, demands he leave neighborhood in viral video – TheGrio

Damn Shame!

These Special C’s have lost their minds.

Clinic offers free beer for vaccinations

When it comes to encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been some different approaches taken.

In Sterling Heights, Mich., a drive-thru site was held indoors in what was once a Sears Automotive Center. In Jenks, Okla., a clinic was held at the Oklahoma Aquarium where, after getting the vaccine, people could purchase a ticket and tour the aquarium.

And of course, there is the effort to reward folks who got the vaccine with a free donut every day for the rest of the year from Krispy Kreme.

In Tarboro, there was a different twist on delivery altogether — “A Shot for a Shot.”

Thorne Drug, which has served Tarboro and Edgecombe County for 70 years and whose owners are members of Calvary Episcopal Church, reached out to Dee Shaffer, the rector at Calvary, who had the idea to hold the vaccination clinic at Tarboro Brewing Co. and offer an incentive.

The clinic was part of Calvary’s Christian Social Ministries.

Each person who received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine — a shot — got a free pint of beer from the brewery. (Read More: Rocky Mount Telegram)

Data shows downward trend in crimes in city | Crime |

Crime in the city decreased in many categories in March compared to March 2020, with a major exception having been in the category of breaking and entering businesses.

The police department has released the latest crime data and interim Chief Charles Williams appeared Monday before the city council to make the department’s monthly presentation of such information.

The total number of crimes in March was 130 compared to 164 in March 2020, which was a nearly 21 percent decrease.

The total number of violent crimes in March was 21 compared to 28 in March 2020, while the total number of crimes against property was 109 in March compared to 136 in March 2020.

A key factor in those lower numbers was a decrease in larcenies by 30 — 71 in March compared to 101 in March 2020.

Source: Data shows downward trend in crimes in city | Crime |

ECC President Tapped for International Award – Edgecombe Community College

Dr. Greg McLeod, president of Edgecombe Community College, is an international MVP.

On April 9, he was one of 22 college presidents worldwide selected to receive a Paragon Award for New Presidents, presented by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for students attending two-year schools. More than 500 college presidents were eligible to receive the award.

The award was presented during the honor society’s annual convention, held virtually April 8-10.

Paragon Awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Dr. McLeod was nominated by ECC’s Alpha Omega Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

PTK students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support of PTK increases member success and the depth of their college experience.

“This is an incredible honor!” Dr. McLeod says. “From the time I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in 2009 as an honorary member, to serving as the All-USA Academic team nominator for one of my previous college employers, to attending the annual convention in 2014, and now to serving as president of Edgecombe Community College, home to the great Alpha Omega Nu chapter led by outstanding chapter advisor Tamara Frank-Pourvady, I have grown personally and professionally in many ways thanks to Phi Theta Kappa. Thank you so much for this distinction.”

Dr. McLeod joined ECC as president in August 2018. “Since his arrival at ECC, Dr. McLeod has made it clear that Phi Theta Kappa is among his priorities,” says Frank-Pourvady. “He has been very supportive of our chapter and very involved with our events. He participates in our induction ceremonies, sends congratulatory emails to students who are new inductees, attends orientation sessions for new inductees, and works alongside faculty and students during our biannual Adopt-A-Highway events, to name just a few.”

Other staff at ECC have received international Phi Theta Kappa awards. In 2015, Tamara Frank-Pourvady, chapter advisor, received the International Continued Excellence Advisor Award. In 2012, she earned the International Distinguished Advisor Award. In 2014, Michael Jordan, vice president of student services, won an International Distinguished College Administrator Award.

Five Edgecombe Community College students have received International Distinguished Member Awards, including Robert “Chap” Lachapelle IV in 2019, Michael Parker Jr. in 2018, Melanie Goff Bradley in 2015, Phyllis Williams in 2007, and Teresa Webb in 2006. Melanie Goff Bradley also won an International Alumni Award.

To be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed 12 credit hours in an associate degree program and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must then maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average to remain in the group.

Source: ECC President Tapped for International Award – Edgecombe Community College

Sheriff: High school teacher killed trying to rob drug stash house near Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A teacher and coach at a charter school near Charlotte was killed last week in a shootout in Alamance County while trying to rob a drug cartel’s stash house, authorities said Wednesday.

Barney Dale Harris and his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., had been tracking the activities of the Sinaloa cartel moving drugs from Mexico through North Carolina in order to find the group’s drug stash houses, Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said at a news conference.

A week ago, the pair went to a mobile home park in the Green Level community east of Burlington and broke into a home, where they lay in wait for the occupants, Johnson said. When Alonso Beltran Lara came home, he was bound hand and foot and killed execution-style, with two shots to the back of his head, the sheriff said.

Deputies were called to the scene on Wyatt Road shortly before 1 a.m. on April 8, when several people called 911 to report gunfire.

"It was almost like an old western shootout," Johnson said, noting investigators found 30 shell casings inside and outside the home and that bullet holes were in three nearby homes.

Harris, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, a mask and gloves, was dead inside the home, which had been ransacked by someone "looking for money, drugs or both," the sheriff said. A kilogram of cocaine was found in a bag near Lara’s body, he said. (Source: WRAL)

North Carolina teacher killed in shootout with drug cartel: police – News Break

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