NON-NURSE BEVERLY BOSWELL CLAIMS PROTESTERS WANT TO MURDER GUN OWNERS: State Rep. Beverly Boswell, a Republican from the coast, suggested on her Facebook page that speakers at the marches expressed violent intentions. "Many of the speakers at these rallies were calling for gun registration, confiscation, Second Amendment repeal and even the murder of those who would not turn over their guns to the government,” Boswell wrote on her campaign Facebook page. But PolitiFact found no credible evidence of rally speakers calling for violence against gun owners who might refuse to relinquish their guns. Most speakers at the Washington march and other marches across the country spoke about stricter gun laws and warned politicians of forthcoming punishment at the ballot box.
PARKLAND STUDENTS ATTEND ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE RALLY AT UNC CHAPEL HILL: More than a dozen groups from across central North Carolina met at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday evening for a rally to continue the nation's conversation about preventing gun violence, ending mass shootings and protecting schools. "We have had to witness mass shooting after mass shooting. It happened to me, it could happen to you," said one speaker at the rally. Survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were joined by students from Duke University, UNC, North Carolina State University and Elon University. Members of other groups, including Mom's Demand Action, NCGV, Stop Handgun Violence, Young Democrats, The BSM, and the NAACP were also in attendance.
TRANSLATING MARCH FOR OUR LIVES INTO ELECTION CHANGES FACES UPHILL CLIMB: For their movement to have a political impact, leaders will have to motivate what has historically been a less active group of voters. In 2016, 53 percent of those ages 18 to 25 voted in the general election in North Carolina, compared to 69 percent of the population overall. But young people are a significant portion of what the nonpartisan Voter Participation Center calls “dropoff voters” — those who vote in a presidential election year, but not the midterms. The organization predicts that just over 1 million “drop-off voters” — which includes millennials, people of color and unmarried women — who turned out to vote in North Carolina in 2016 will not vote in 2018. Just 18 percent of voters aged 18 to 25 voted in the 2014 midterms in North Carolina.
MEDIA OUTLETS PRESS JUDGE TO KEEP RECORDS OPEN IN HARNETT SHERIFF LAWSUIT: Five North Carolina media companies told a federal court this week that they oppose a move to keep records secret in a lawsuit against the Harnett County Sheriff's Office over excessive use of force. Six Harnett County residents filed the suit in U.S. District Court in November 2016, alleging that Harnett County deputies have engaged for years in a pattern of wrongful conduct ignored by former Sheriff Larry Rollins and his successor, Wayne Coats. The plaintiffs include the mother of 33-year-old John Livingston, who was shot and killed on the front porch of his Spring Lake home by a deputy in 2015. Attorneys for the Harnett County Sheriff's Office filed a motion to seal deposition transcripts, exhibits and other discovery material on the grounds that the evidence includes confidential personnel and law enforcement documents.
SPACE JUNK ALERT: CHINESE ORBITING LABORATORY OUT OF CONTROL, WILL COME DOWN THIS WEEKEND: The European Space Agency predicts the station will re-enter the atmosphere between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon — an estimate it calls “highly variable,” likely because the ever-changing shape of the upper atmosphere affects the speed of objects falling into it. Based on Tiangong 1′s orbit, it will come to Earth somewhere between latitudes of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south, or roughly somewhere over most of the United States, China, Africa, southern Europe, Australia and South America. Out of range are Russia, Canada and northern Europe. Based on its size, only about 10 percent of the spacecraft will likely survive being burned up on re-entry, mainly its heavier components such as its engines. The chances of any one person on Earth being hit by debris is considered less than one in a trillion.