N.C. speaker OKs payments to resigning staffers

RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis on Thursday defended payments to two high-level staff members who resigned because of inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, suggesting the money in part compensated them for working for free at the start of their tenures. (More)

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Tarboro festival expected to draw thousands

Thousands of people are expected to attend a happening celebration of art and music in Tarboro this weekend.

The Happening on the Common draws between 2,000 to 3,000 people each year to the Tarboro Town Common, luring in arts and crafts vendors from several counties in the region and entertainers from Eastern North Carolina. (More)

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Why Black Preachers Pretend a Key Civil-Rights Leader Didn’t Exist – The Daily Beast

Bayard Rustin?

If the name gave you pause, you’re not alone. Rustin was a central figure in the civil-rights movement, yet most people haven’t heard of him. A long-time pacifist, Rustin was the principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington—which culminated in King’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech—and he developed much of the strategy utilized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and by activists on the battlefields across the South. (More)