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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 140 mph winds and drenching rain that could last for days. Up to a foot of rain is now predicted places in the southern Appalachian mountains. Florenace is the most dangerous of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,130 words, with photos, video.
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DALLAS — The Dallas police chief has called for a full review and plans to meet with protest leaders after learning reports that police used pepper-spray projectiles at a demonstration over a black man’s death. Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement Tuesday that the projectiles, called pepper balls and usually contain the chemical in pepper spray, should only be used if there is an immediate threat to the public or if an on-scene commander calls for them to be used. Monday’s demonstration came a day after a white Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was arrested for manslaughter in the off-duty shooting death of her male neighbor, Botham Jean. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 670 words, with photos, video. Also moved on the wire Tuesday night.
— DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-RESPONSE. By David Warren. SENT: 780 words, with photos. Also moved on the wire Tuesday night.
AUSTIN, Texas — The State Board of Education is backing away from an advisory group’s curriculum recommendation to remove “heroic defenders” when describing those who fought at the Alamo, following a barrage of criticism. 250 words
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HOUSTON — Young Vanessa Wyche sat hunched over a piece of paper, drawing the childish outline of a U.S. president in crayon for a class assignment. The Houston Chronicle reports when it came time to shade in the two-dimensional man’s face, Wyche instinctively reached for the brown crayon. It was her skin tone, after all: why couldn’t it be a president’s? But her second-grade teacher was furious. It was the early 1970s and South Carolina schools had just been desegregated. A black man could not be president, her teacher said. It’s the first time that Wyche — now 54 and second in command at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston — can remember her parents, both educators, standing up for her in the face of oppression. By Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,190 words, pursuing photos.
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