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

December 26, 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

EXCHANGE-FORMER SLAVE-HISTORICAL MARKER

RALEIGH, N.C. — As a young slave, Lunsford Lane glimpsed a path to freedom when he sold a basket of peaches and collected 30 cents — the first money he’d ever touched. By Josh Shaffer of The News & Observer of Raleigh. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CUSTOMER SHOOTS ROBBERS: A customer held at gunpoint during a convenience-store robbery in North Carolina interrupted the suspects’ plan by opening fire on them.

_ JOGGER INJURED: A member of the Elon University cross country team who was seriously injured when she was struck by a car has settled with both the driver and the school.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-VANDALISM: A Confederate monument in North Carolina has been vandalized again.

_ BAKED GOOD-NOISY NEIGHBOR: A woman from North Carolina was able to solve an issue with a noisy neighbor with three simple ingredients: ingenuity, kindness and pound cake.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-SPORTS GAMBLING

FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Three northern Virginia lawmakers will be introducing different bills that would legalize sports gambling in the state. The proposals differ in some details, but all seek to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year that opened the door for states other than Nevada to open sportsbooks. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 760 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HURRICANE COSTS: The state of Virginia has paid $31 million to a contractor to set up emergency shelters for a hurricane that ultimately spared much of the commonwealth.

_ MUSLIM CEMETERY: A Muslim nonprofit is asking a Virginia county to waive an ordinance that essentially blocks a proposed cemetery and has led to a federal investigation into religious discrimination.

_ LIQUOR SALES: Virginians bought more alcohol in the state’s beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw record sales for the 20th year in a row.

_ ORPHANED BEAR CUBS: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says a man killed a black bear over bird seed this summer, leaving her two cubs to fend for themselves.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-FRACTURED FORCE

BALTIMORE _ There is hardly any public confidence in the Baltimore Police Department _ with good reason. In the wake of a major corruption scandal that brought down an entire squad, a fact-finding panel is now exploring the open question on everyone’s mind: How deep does the rot go? Simultaneously, the city is trying to decide on its next top cop _ the fourth leader of the dysfunctional department this year alone. The challenge facing Baltimore’s fractured force cannot be understated: It is under pressure to bring down a violent crime rate that’s among the country’s worst while under court orders to overhaul a department that for years routinely violated residents’ civil rights. The result is a law enforcement agency that can often seem to be running in circles. By David McFadden. SENT: 760 words, photos.

ABANDONED PROPERTY LAWSUIT

DOVER, Del. _ Delaware has been targeted with yet another lawsuit over the state’s abandoned property collections, despite a law enacted last year to ward off such litigation. Delaware is the legal home for more than 1 million business entities, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500. That means it is able to lay claim to the abandoned property of those businesses, such as uncashed checks and unclaimed stocks and bonds. By Randall Chase. SENT: 750 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE ESCAPE: Authorities in Delaware are searching for an inmate who escaped a corrections center on Christmas Day.

_ ROCK CLIMBER DEATH: New York State Police say a 41-year-old Maryland man has died from a fall while rock climbing on the Shawangunk Ridge.

_ CHRISTMAS CRASH-PEDESTRIAN KILLED: One Maryland teenager has been killed and another has been hospitalized with serious injuries following a Christmas Day crash.

_ BALTIMORE-SQUEEGEE KIDS: Two of Baltimore’s “squeegee kids” have been accused of throwing rocks and spraying Windex at a driver.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SHOOTING: Authorities in Delaware say a Lincoln man shot his girlfriend in her torso on Christmas while two children were home.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS ROOKIES

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Lamar Jackson gets most of the headlines, yet he’s merely one of several rookies whose contributions have brought the Ravens to the cusp of a playoff berth as AFC North champions. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS-QUARTERBACKS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Panthers have placed last Sunday’s starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke on injured with an elbow injury, meaning Kyle Allen is likely to start Sunday against the Saints. By Steve Reed. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW

SHREVEPORT, La. _ Duke and Temple meet for the first time on the football field when they play on Thursday in the Independence Bowl. The Blue Devils are trying to end the season with a positive after a disappointing last half of the year. Temple is trying to earn its ninth win despite losing head coach Geoff Collins to Georgia Tech after the regular season. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 3 p.m. CT.

_With: FBC--INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW CAPSULE _ Sent

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