HISPANIC GIRL ENDURES RACIST COMMENTS AT NC HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL MATCH: A North Carolina high school volleyball team is seeking an apology from a recent opponent after players said they were targeted with racist and sexist comments. News outlets report the Mallard Creek High School varsity girls' volleyball team said students from Lake Norman High School chanted "U-S-A, U-S-A" when a Hispanic player from Mallard Creek was on the floor during a match on Sept. 25. Parents said the students also made offensive sexual comments. Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson wrote to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox apologizing for the incident and said the students involved would be disciplined. Parents of the Mallard Creek players said they want an apology offered to their children. Commissioner Que Tucker of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association said her organization is now involved.
POST-FLORENCE MOLD CLEAN-UP DELAYS REOPENING OF PENDER COUNTY SCHOOLS: Pender County Schools will push its return day for students back to Oct. 10 at the earliest amid ongoing mold clean-up at several schools. After an emergency meeting Wednesday with the Board of Education, Pender County Schools officials announced that staff at traditional schools would be able to return no earlier than Oct. 9. Penderlea School staff could be allowed to return to school this Friday, with Penderlea’s students returning Tuesday. According to a news release, all return dates are tentative. “Pender County Schools is in the process of completing needed air quality testing, surface testing and repairs to ensure its facilities are safe for the return of staff and students,” a news release read. School leaders had originally hoped to open most district schools Oct. 8. But mold clean-up at several schools that suffered water damage -- expected to cost the district millions -- is still ongoing. Pender High School is also still serving as a shelter for county residents.
WITH HELP FROM CONSERVADEM JOE MANCHIN, KAVANAUGH WILL LIKELY BE APPROVED TODAY: It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call almost solidly along party lines. That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks. Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking, making him the only Democrat supporting the nominee. Manchin faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points. "My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life," Manchin said. But he added that based on the FBI report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him." Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.
CHICAGO COP CONVICTED FOR SHOOTING BLACK YOUTH MULTIPLE TIMES AS HE WALKED AWAY: A white Chicago officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from police. The video, some of the most graphic police footage to emerge in years, stoked outrage nationwide and put the nation's third-largest city at the center of the debate about police misconduct and use of force. The shooting also led to a federal inquiry and calls to reform the Chicago Police Department. Jason Van Dyke, 40, was the first Chicago officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in about 50 years. He was taken into custody moments after the verdict was read. The second-degree verdict reflected the jury's finding that Van Dyke believed his life was in danger but that the belief was unreasonable.
FORMER SEX SLAVE OF ISLAMIC STATE WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Murad, 25, was one of an estimated 3,000 girls and women from Iraq's Yazidi minority group who were kidnapped in 2014 by IS militants and sold into sexual slavery. She was raped, beaten and tortured before managing to escape three months later. After getting treatment in Germany, she chose to speak to the world about the horrors faced by Yazidi women, regardless of the stigma in her culture surrounding rape. In 2016 she was named the United Nations' first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, and her advocacy helped spur a U.N. investigation that is collecting evidence of war crimes by Islamic State extremists. In a statement, Murad said she was "incredibly honored" by the prize. "As a survivor, I am grateful for this opportunity to draw international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people who have suffered unimaginable crimes since the genocide" by IS, she said. "Many Yazidis will look upon this prize and think of family members that were lost, are still unaccounted for, and of the 1,300 women and children, which remain in captivity."