BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, VA
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
GREENSBORO, N.C. _ It was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for. “I said, ‘Wow, that’s a real pretty uniform,’” recalls Thompson, now 94. It took President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 executive order banning discrimination in government and defense industry employment because of “race, creed, color, or national origin” to give the teenage son of black South Carolina sharecroppers a chance to serve as a Marine during World War II. By Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 1,020 words, AP Photo, AP Video.
PENN STATE-GROPING ALLEGATION
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. _ A woman says she told Penn State University’s head fencing coach that one of his assistants had groped her on a plane, but the coach failed to report her accusation to the school as required. Jennifer Oldham, a North Carolina fencing coach, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that she was aboard a December 2017 flight with a group of fencing coaches returning from a competition when Penn State assistant George “Gia” Abashidze repeatedly asked her for sex, touched her knee, arm and upper leg, then grabbed her crotch. SENT: 480 words.
_ DEPUTY FATAL SHOOTING _ Three North Carolina deputies who killed a man in February have been cleared of wrongdoing.
_ HATTERAS BEACH ACCESS _ A new beach access and parking area is opening along Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
_ ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-NORTH CAROLINA _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making his first public appearances in North Carolina for his 2020 presidential bid as part of a long weekend traveling through the South.
_ PARENT TEACHER CONVENTION _ North Carolina’s PTA is holding its annual convention and the group’s welcome for the state’s schools superintendent is getting some opposition from some members.
_ ROAD CONSTRUCTION CLOSURE _ State transportation officials say a construction project will close an interchange in eastern North Carolina for a month.
_ METH-DOG FOOD _ A North Carolina man was convicted of drug charges after authorities say he was caught trying to make a transaction with methamphetamine hidden in dog food bags.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ A former CIA officer could get up to life in prison when he’s sentenced on his conviction of spying for China. The sentencing for Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia, has been delayed multiple times, in part because prosecutors and defense attorneys still disagree on the extent of Mallory’s misconduct. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE
RICHMOND, Va. _ A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the Trump administration violated federal statute when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without adequately explaining why. The ruling overturns a lower court ruling a judge in Maryland made last year, which Trump had previously praised via Twitter. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 380 words, AP Photo.
_ ALEXANDER HAMILTON LETTER _ A 1780 letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago has been found and now an effort is underway to get it back.
_ MINE RECLAMATION FUNDING _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new round of grant money available to help reclaim abandoned coal mines in southwest Virginia.
_ PRISONER RELEASED-ROBBERY _ Virginia man who was lauded for turning his life around after getting out of prison now faces nearly 16 years imprisonment for robbery.
_ KILLING MISDIRECTION _ Police in Virginia say a note left on the body of a slain man was an attempt to misdirect investigators.
RIVERDALE, Md. _ A missing Maryland teen has been found dead in a Riverdale creek, where authorities say she was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed with a machete by teens involved with MS-13. Prince George’s County police tell news outlets that the teens were afraid 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz would alert authorities about a crime they committed together in April. Washington, D.C. police have said that crime was a gang-related kidnapping in which a man was snatched from near a Metro station, taken to an abandoned house and robbed. Police say two people were arrested in that crime. SENT: 310 words, AP Photo.
_ MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD _ Authorities say a body found in the Hudson River this week has been identified as a 27-year-old Maryland man who went missing earlier this month while visiting friends in New Jersey.
_ JOHNS HOPKINS-MEDICAL DEBT _ Johns Hopkins Hospital has filed thousands of lawsuits since 2009 against patients with unpaid medical bills.
_ ABORTION-MARYLAND COMPTROLLER _ Maryland’s comptroller says he’s urging the state’s pension system to divest itself from Alabama-based companies due to the state’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban.
BALTIMORE _ Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert sit side by side in the corner of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course sizing up the Preakness. “A lot of speed in there,” Baffert says. Lukas responds without missing a beat, “My horse is fast.” By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 940 words, AP Photos.
BALTIMORE _ The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a “musical chairs” feel to it. Of the 13 jockeys in Saturday’s race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. Most notably, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar trainer Bob Baffert, bumping Irad Ortiz to Bourbon War. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos.
UNDATED _ The last time that the Preakness was run without the Kentucky Derby winner was 1996, when Grindstone was retired because of knee issues. The last time none of the top four Derby finishers went to the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown season was 1951, because none of them were nominated in time. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 720 words, AP Photos.
BALTIMORE _Point of Honor and Always Shopping are the morning line favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, featuring many of the world’s best 3-year-old fillies. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP photos. Developing from 5 p.m. post.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Boston Bruins have earned a break before their biggest series in a few years. Their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final has afforded them a few extra days to rest up before their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 a.m.
CONCORD, N.C. _ NASCAR will be using the 2019 All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a research and development project on how to improve their cars and create better and more exciting competition for next year, By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos by 6 p.m. EDT
CONCORD, N.C. _ Mandatory pit stops are expected to play a factor in the unique All-Star race qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Qualifying begins at 7 p.m. EDT.
CLEVELAND _ Their bats warming with the weather, the Indians try to make it three straight wins as they continue their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Cleveland has scored 23 runs in its past two games. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.
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