TRIANGLE MAYORS PROTEST INTRUSIVE ICE RAIDS TEARING FAMILIES APART: Mayor Steve Schewel has condemned last week's immigration raids that took 25 people into custody in the Triangle, including people in the country illegally who were not the initial targets. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency made arrests of valued Durham residents, including people who are parents of U.S. citizens," Schewel said in a statement. "As mayor of the City of Durham, I condemn these arrests in the strongest possible terms." Last week's raids also brought condemnation from the mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, who said their towns did not know about the raids ahead of time and their police departments did not assist in them. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said he also did not have prior knowledge.
DURHAM CITY COUNCIL WILL NOT ALLOW POLICE TO TRAIN WITH ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES: The Durham City Council voted Monday night to bar the city’s police department from engaging in international exchanges where officers receive “military-style training.” The Council voted 6-0 to adopt the statement of policy, which explains “such exchanges do not support the kind of policing we want here in the City of Durham.” The statement is the result of a petition created by the group Jewish Voice for Peace, which called on the City Council to “immediately halt any partnerships that the Durham Police Department has or might enter into with the Israeli Defense Forces and/or the Israel Police.” Proponents of the petition claim that Israeli tactics promote racial bias and militarization of police. Its opponents, including the group Voice for Israel, call those claims false, politically-motivated, and antisemitic.
KAY HAGAN SUFFERS BOUT OF PNEUMONIA WHILE SLOWLY RECOVERING FROM ENCEPHALITIS: Democrats who gathered for a fundraising dinner Saturday hoped that former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan would be able to see the program planned as a tribute to her, though she has trouble speaking and uses a wheelchair as a result of a rare illness contracted more than a year ago. Hagan was unable to make the trip from Greensboro. She was hospitalized late last week with pneumonia. But the tribute continued with testimonials in person from her family and on video from former President Barack Obama and former Gov. Jim Hunt and with reminiscences by friend and former colleague U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the featured speaker at the dinner. In December 2016, she fell ill in Washington, D.C. She was diagnosed with encephalitis, or brain inflammation, caused by a rare virus spread from ticks to humans.
HORROR STORIES EMERGE IN WAKE OF TORNADO THAT RAVAGED PARTS OF GREENSBORO: “We heard this sound, and we’ve already heard people say it sounded like a locomotive or train or something. Believe me, it did. We were scared stiff,” resident Luther Cheek said. Cheek and his wife were home when the tornado ripped through their house, uprooting trees and part of their driveway. The tornado nearly destroyed the home Jeremiah Martinez moved into four months ago and demolished the family's cars. He said debris fell on family members and they had to dig his wife out of the bathroom. Two streets over, Brianna Floyd was terrified as she waited with her 84-year-old mother and her daughter, Destiny, for the storm to pass. "As I was jumping off the bed, it just sounded likt the ground was cracking, because trees were falling in the room I was in and she was screaming 'mommy, mommy, it's a storm," Floyd said. A chorus of chainsaws echoed through Greensboro neighborhoods Monday afternoon, while teachers and counselors from nearby schools used their time away from class to teach the art of caring.
TURKEY BEGINS TRIAL OF NC EVANGELIST ON TERRORISM CHARGES TODAY: An American pastor accused of ties to terror groups and spying in Turkey went on trial on Monday, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.” He was arrested in the aftermath of a failed military coup in 2016, for alleged links to both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and a network led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed by Turkey for the coup attempt. Brunson, who served as the pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church with a small Protestant congregation and has lived in Turkey for 23 years, denies all allegations.