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

October 5, 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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

— PEOPLE-AVETT BROTHERS-HURRICANE: North Carolina’s Avett Brothers will perform next month at a show to benefit organizations that are helping Hurricane Florence victims.

— HIGH SCHOOL-INFECTED PLAYERS: A North Carolina high school has postponed its football games this week after 25 players were affected by an undisclosed skin infection.

— SCHOOL THREATS: Authorities say three high schools in North Carolina’s capital received called-in threats on the same day, prompting lockdowns.

— FATAL SHOOTING: An autopsy report of a man found dead in a North Carolina lake says he was tied up and shot in the head with a shotgun.

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VIRGINIA

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER

ISTANBUL —The Washington Post printed a blank column in its newspaper Friday in solidarity with a Saudi contributor who went missing while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, raising concerns about his safety. By Ayse Wieting and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 390 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— METH IN COFFEE: A Virginia man accused of trying to kill his mother-in-law by putting methamphetamine in her coffee has been sentenced to six years in prison.

— WEST NILE VIRUS: Virginia health officials have identified a record number of human West Nile virus cases in the state this year.

— WAR ON SCOOTERS: With no agreement in sight, two Virginia cities are ramping up hostilities with a dockless electric scooter company.

— 2 DEATHS-NO NEWS RELEASE: A Virginia police department has issued news releases for every homicide this year, save for one involving a high-profile couple’s murder-suicide.

— ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING-OFFICER: A Virginia Capitol Police officer has shot and wounded himself in his leg while training.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MATTRESS FIRM-BANKRUPTCY

HOUSTON — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation’s largest mattress retailer, is filing for bankruptcy protection and plans to close up to 700 stores around the country. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

CNS-YOGA-JUVENILES

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Several Maryland juvenile detention facilities use yoga to teach anger management skills and help youth relieve stress. By Savannah Williams of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 2 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— COUNCILMAN-POSTS ABOUT MUSLIMS: A Maryland councilman has apologized to the president of a local Muslim council for sharing social media posts some say were Islamophobic and xenophobic.

— RAPE SUSPECT: Authorities in Delaware are looking for a man accused of raping a then 6-year-old girl in 2011.

— SCHOOL -BOMB THREAT: A Delaware school district was placed on lockdown for more than an hour in response to several threats.

— PARADE GRINCH: A structurally deficient bridge is the Grinch that’s stealing one Delaware town’s Christmas parade.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-WAKE FOREST PREVIEW

Trevor Lawrence has yet to play a full game for No. 4 Clemson. The Tigers hope the only reason their freshman quarterback won’t finish this one is because it’s another blowout of Wake Forest. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words, photos

FBC--T25-BOSTON COLLEGE-NC STATE PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. — Boston College has been one of the nation’s best big-play offenses behind the running of AJ Dillon. Yet it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready for Saturday’s trip to face No. 23 North Carolina State and the Wolfpack’s overhauled defense. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 675 words, photos

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-VIRGINIA TECH PREVIEW

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is already tired of “Enter Sandman,” the Metallica song that plays such a major role in the way No. 24 Virginia Tech stirs up its fans for the start of football games at Lane Stadium. The No. 6 Fighting Irish will get to experience that atmosphere in person on Saturday night. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 800 words, photos

FBC--T25-MARYLAND-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s offensive line has been much maligned in recent years, getting the brunt of criticism for an offense without a consistent running or passing game. The 15th-ranked Wolverines are far from perfect on offense, but their line has been opening holes for Karan Higdon and giving quarterback Shea Patterson time to pass. By Larry Lage. SENT: 575 words, photos

FBC--NAVY-AIR FORCE PREVIEW

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — There’s no need to stress the importance of Saturday’s game to Air Force and Navy. This is for bragging right. This is for that Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in the round-robin competition. Army is the reigning champion, with Air Force winning it in 2016. “We need to bring it back,” Navy fullback Anthony Gargiulo said. “It’s been a minute since we’ve had it here.” By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

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