KKK ANNOUNCES CROSS BURNING, RALLY IN N.C. TOWN (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Details on a KKK rally in Asheboro, N.C., are scarce, but a website says the event will feature speeches, dinner and a cross burning at dark. The event was scheduled by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Pelham – an unincorporated community about 45 minutes north of Burlington, near the Virginia line. Two Klan leaders, who organized a “White Lives Matter” rally that turned violent in Anaheim, Calif., in 2016, were arrested in North Carolina in December in connection with a stabbing before a Klan parade, according to a New York Times story. The Times said the men — William Hagen, grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights, and Chris Baker — were accused of stabbing a third Klan member.
HISTORIC AFRICAN-AMERICAN TOWN OFFICIAL PLEADS FOR HELP (AP) -- The town of Princeville, the historic African-American town destroyed by hurricane-induced floods twice in 17 years, is not getting the help it needs to rebuild from either the state or federal governments, its town manager said Friday. After Floyd, Princeville rebuilt, and residents returned. But five months after Matthew hit, that rebuilding isn't happening, said Gerald, who says that of Princeville's approximately 750 single-family homes, 241 had major damage and 229 others had less severe damage.
3 ARRESTED AT CHARLOTTE AIRPORT FOR HAVING LOADED GUNS (AP) -- Authorities say they stopped three separate travelers from bringing loaded handguns onto planes at a North Carolina airport. The statement said TSA officers staffing the X-ray machines at the respective checkpoints spotted the firearms and ammunition as the carry-on bags passed along the conveyor belt. The officers contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, who questioned the travelers and arrested them on a local charge of carrying a firearm on airport property.
PROTESTS AGAINST ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY (Fayetteville Observer) -- Opponents of the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline plan to hold a rally in Fayetteville on Sunday as part of an ongoing protest against the project. The Stop The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Rally is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Eutaw United Church Of Christ, 900 Stamper Road. It is the first of several protest events planned for Fayetteville and Robeson County in the next several days, according to the news releases and the website of The N.C. Alliance To Protect Our People & The Places We Live.