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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD

September 27, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — An opioid task force arrested 76 people on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on western North Carolina tribal land, federal officials said Thursday. Federal, state, local and tribal officers fanned out in recent days to serve arrest warrants on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ reservation and nearby communities as the culmination of an undercover operation begun weeks ago, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said at a news conference in Asheville. He said officers seized about 250 pounds (113 kilograms) of heroin, methamphetamine, pills and other drugs with a $2 million street value. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 350 words.


— TROPICAL WEATHER: The death toll from Hurricane Florence has increased again, nearly two weeks after the eye of the storm reached the Carolinas.

— OCTOGENARIAN-SEX CRIMES: An 87-year-old man has been accused of sex crimes against two children under the age of 13.

— MISSING TEEN-BODY-BIGAMY: The adoptive brother of a North Carolina teen whose remains were found five years after she disappeared has been accused of bigamy.

— HURRICANE FLORENCE-COWBOYS: A team of people led by a Virginia man called the “Hurricane Cowboy” is working to rescue animals in the Carolinas abandoned during Hurricane Florence.

— FLORENCE BREEDS MOSQUITOES: A North Carolina city dealing with fallout from Hurricane Florence has been swarmed by aggressive mosquitoes nearly three times larger than regular mosquitoes.




RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers are set to consider proposed new legislative maps ahead of a court-ordered deadline. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


— CRAB MEAT-FALSE LABELS: The owner of a Virginia seafood company has pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsely label foreign crabmeat as fresh Chesapeake blue crab.

— NO KOMBUCHA-PARK: A picnic for a 60-year-old grandfather fizzled out pretty quickly when he and his grandsons were kicked out of a park in Virginia for drinking kombucha.

— BARRICADED SUSPECT-RAPE: Police in the nation’s capital say a man accused of rape in Virginia has barricaded himself inside a home in a northwest Washington neighborhood.

— LAW FOUNDATION GRANTS: The Virginia Law Foundation has awarded $440,000 in grants to support law-related projects and organizations throughout the state.

— LIBERTY UNIVERSITY-KAVANAUGH: Several hundred Liberty University students are planning to travel to Washington to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.




WASHINGTON —Christine Blasey Ford declared Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as he and a friend shared “uproarious laughter” in a locked room at a 1980s high school gathering, recounting her allegations to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation in a drama that threatens to derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,450 words, photo, video, audio.



WASHINGTON — The letters are scrawled in blue ink across a calendar page from June 1982: BEACH WEEK. The big, bold font seems to indicate the importance of this nine-day stretch on the social calendar of a young Brett Kavanaugh, especially amid more mundane entries like “haircut” and “pick up pictures.” By Stephen Braun. SENT: 810 words, photo.


— GOOSE PATROL-DOGS: A Maryland town besieged by birds is calling on goose busters — more commonly known as border collies.

— FATAL HEARSE CRASH: The driver of a hearse who crashed into a pole near Washington has died.

— LEGO WHEELCHAIR TURTLE: A wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while he’s on the mend at the Maryland Zoo.

— FORMER ATHLETE-RAPE CHARGES: A former University of Delaware baseball player released on bond after being charged with rape is facing a bail review hearing after being accused of five more sexual assaults.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT: Police say they’ve identified two suspects in a school shooting threat at a Delaware middle school in Ogletown.



BALTIMORE — The Houston Astros and right-hander Gerrit Cole get ready for the playoffs in the opener of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, who are staggering to the finish of the worst season in franchise history. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid is back in the NFL. The Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract. Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL in October of 2017, alleging that team owners and the league colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities. Reid, along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice. By Steve Reed. SENT: 425 words, photos.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you are still thinking Christian McCaffrey is just a receiving back, it may be time to reconsider. McCaffrey, who had 184 yards on 28 carries in a win over the Bengals, is proving he can be an every down back. By Steve Reed. 729 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use

— FBN--RAVENS-STEELERS. Moving in advance for weekend use


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No. 16 Miami opens defense of its Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title on Thursday night, taking on North Carolina. Game begins 8 p.m. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State had made roughly half its field-goal attempts over the past two seasons, including a notable miss with a chance to upset eventual national champion Clemson. That’s why there’s optimism about freshman kicker Christopher Dunn’s solid first month entering Saturday’s game against Virginia. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 500 words, photos


DURHAM, N.C. — Call it the battle of the backups. When No. 22 Duke plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday night, neither team will have its regular starting quarterback. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos


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