BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
_ WILD HORSES-SWAMP CANCER: After a fungus-like disease known as “swamp cancer” claimed the lives of seven wild ponies on a Virginia island, wild horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks are being monitored for signs of a similar outbreak.
_ PRAYER LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA: The years-long fight over a North Carolina county commission’s practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join is over, with commissioners agreeing to pay $285,000 in legal fees.
_ YOUTH-SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: A North Carolina county sheriff has ended the jail’s practice of holding 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement.
_ BOJANGLES SALE: A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuits chain is one step closer to having new, New-York based owners.
_ POLICE SHOOTING: North Carolina police say a man accused of wounding a Raleigh police officer broke into a home beforehand and stole six guns.
OGDEN, Utah —Federal workers received pay stubs Friday with nothing but zeroes on them as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government employees missed their paychecks for first time since the shutdown began three weeks ago. By Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
RICHMOND, Va. _ A singer crooned “La Paloma” as a Norfolk crowd showered two “legislative debutantes” with flowers and sent them off to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1924. Sarah Lee Fain and Helen T. Henderson were the first women elected to the General Assembly. Virginians can now explore the history of who has served in the House, which is marking its 400th anniversary as America’s first law-making body. The House Clerk’s Office has launched an online database chronicling the nearly 10,000 people elected to the House of Delegates or its predecessor, the House of Burgesses, over the past four centuries. In the #MeToo era, the database shows a stark disparity: It contains 9,522 men _ but just 91 women. By Rosemarie O’Connor of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m.
_ FLAMETHROWER-SENTENCE-APPEAL: A black counterprotester is no longer appealing his conviction for using an improvised flamethrower during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
_ CONFEDERATE FLAG-PROPOSED EXHIBIT: A Virginia museum has renewed plans to display a battle flag used by a Confederate regiment during the Civil War following a review of its origins.
_ VCU-FRATERNITY SUSPENDED: A fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University has suspended operations months after a hazing allegation.
_ JAIL-MENTAL ILLNESS: A recently retired Virginia jail superintendent and another official have been convicted of contempt of court for failing to obey a judge’s order to transfer a mentally ill inmate to a hospital.
_ MUSLIM FAMILY-HOSPITAL DISCRIMINATION: A Muslim family says staff at a Virginia hospital told them they looked “scary” and threatened to kick them out when they went to visit a newborn relative in December.
_ MARRIOTT DATA BREACH-LAWSUIT: A group of class-action law firms has filed the largest-to-date lawsuit related to hotel chain Marriott’s data breach.
_ CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS ASSAULTED: Authorities say a prison lockdown that lasted several days was caused by an assault on two correctional officers in Maryland.
_ 90 BIRTHDAY CANDLES-ALARM: A Maryland woman had some unexpected visitors turn up as she celebrated her 90th birthday.
_ NAKED DRIVER-POLICE CHASE: Authorities say a naked man who led law enforcement on a chase through Delaware and Pennsylvania has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
_ STUDENT MEALS-FURLOUGHED WORKERS: A Maryland school district is raising money to help provide meals for students affected by the partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
PORTLAND, Ore _ The Charlotte Hornets have lost four of their last six going into Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers in Portland. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PT.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Former Carolina player Jeff Skinner, the NHL’s second-leading goal-scorer, makes his return to Raleigh when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Hurricanes. Carolina traded Skinner in the offseason. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. start.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 22 Indiana faces surging Maryland, which brings a four-game winning streak into this Big Ten matchup. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.
BKC--ACC THIS WEEK
Top-ranked Duke visits No. 13 Florida State to headline the Atlantic Coast Conference’s weekend schedule. The week ahead includes a top-10 instate matchup between No. 4 Virginia and No. 9 Virginia Tech, while Boston College’s Ky Bowman is putting up big numbers entering a weekend trip to Notre Dame. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 450 words, photos
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