AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
CHICAGO — A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 810 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. The North Carolina minister who’s been arrested at least 14 times as he fights for poor people and civil rights issues said Thursday that he’s overwhelmed to have received a MacArthur grant, also known as a genius grant. “There’s more work to do, not less,” the Rev. William Barber said in a phone interview. “They don’t share these grants so that you sit down. They hope and believe that you’ll do more things.” By Martha Waggoner. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m. AP Photos.
NEW BERN, N.C. — The next step has been taken in righting a 100-plus-year-old wrong as archaeologists searched for remains in old graves at Greenwood Cemetery. By Bill Hand of The Sun Journal. SENT: 530 words.
— UNC STADIUM NAME: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will remove references to William Kenan on a plaque at Kenan Memorial Stadium, replacing him with another William Kenan — his son. The university is distancing itself from William Rand Kenan Sr.’s
— JAIL DEATH-LAWSUIT: A lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died while being held in a North Carolina jail says she died “an agonizing death under inhumane conditions.”
— FLORENCE-BATTERED FLAG: An Ohio family says they bought the U.S. flag captured on a live camera as it was being torn to shreds by Hurricane Florence to honor the memory of a family member who recently died from cancer.
SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER
ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul insisted Thursday that a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its building before disappearing, directly contradicting Turkish officials who say they believe the writer is still inside. By Jon Gambrell and Ayse Wieting. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— With: SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST
WEROWOCOMOCO, Va. — On land once occupied by their ancestors, members of seven Virginia Indian tribes gathered Wednesday to celebrate being formally recognized by the federal government. It was an emotional day for tribal leaders, who partook in traditional Native American dances with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, representatives from the Virginia governor’s and U.S. Senate’s offices, and officials from the National Park Service. By Marie Albiges of the Daily Press. SENT: 480 words.
— SUPERVISOR-SHOOTING TWEET: A Virginia Republican has drawn criticism for a tweet suggesting he could gun down pro-marijuana protesters who stormed Rep. Andy Harris’ Capitol Hill office and assaulted the congressman.
— FLU SHOTS: The Virginia Department of Health is encouraging residents to get their annual flu shots.
— NATURE PRESERVES: Virginia has added nearly 100 new acres of protected natural areas meant to help rare or declining plant and animal species.
— CONTRACEPTION FUNDING: Twelve health care providers across the state are getting additional funding to help expand access to long-acting reversible contraceptives among low-income women.
— RADFORD UNIVERSITY-DINATION: A Virginia university says it will be naming its business college after a Blacksburg couple who donated $8 million.
WASHINGTON —The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an election-season battle that has consumed the nation. A showdown roll call over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video, audio.
EXCHANGE-VOICE OF AGGIES
ARLINGTON, Texas — When the Texas A&M football radio broadcast took the air for the first time in the 2018 season, longtime color analyst and former football player Dave Elmendorf opened the call with an introduction to the new “Voice of the Aggies,” Andrew Monaco. The Eagle reports despite insisting not to make the moment about him, the gesture has stood out amongst a whirlwind first five games of his Aggie tenure. Last Saturday, Monaco traveled with his new family to the big stage, calling his first game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as the Aggies faced Arkansas in the annual neutral-site trophy game. Texas A&M won the Southwest Classic, 24-17. By Travis L. Brown, The Eagle. SENT: 580 words.
— BEYOND PLUTO: The NASA spacecraft that explored Pluto has adjusted course as its next target looms.
— PONY MOLESTED-SHOOTING: The owner of a barn where a miniature horse was sexually assaulted in the summer has shot a trespasser.
— SCHOOL BATHROOM-DEAD BABY: Authorities say a baby was found dead in a high school bathroom in a Maryland suburb of Washington.
— BALTIMORE POLICE-OFFICER DUI: A Baltimore police officer has been fired after he was found intoxicated and slumped over at the wheel of his patrol vehicle.
— DUPONT LOGO: Ahead of next year’s spinoff, the division that will retain the DuPont name has a new look.
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