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Monday News: One thousand three hundred twenty two

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NC'S CORONAVIRUS TESTING PERSISTS AT 10% POSITIVE RATE: At least 62,142 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 1,322 have died, according to state and county health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported an additional 1,605 cases of the virus, down from 1,719 on Saturday. Four deaths were reported. At least 890 North Carolinians were hospitalized with COVID-19 Sunday, up slightly from 888 on Saturday. On Sunday, 78% of hospitals reported data to the state, compared to 90% Saturday. Health officials on Sunday reported completing an additional 16,774 coronavirus tests, for a total of 871,905. The percentage of positive tests Sunday was 10%. It was the third consecutive day in which the percentage of positive tests was 10%, according to state data.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article243859427.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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AMERICA DIDN'T GIVE UP ON COVID 19, REPUBLICANS DID: At the beginning of this year Donald Trump’s reelection message was all about economic triumphalism: Unemployment was low, stocks were up, and he was counting on good numbers to carry him through November. He and his officials wasted crucial weeks refusing to acknowledge the viral threat because they didn’t want to hear any bad news. And they pushed for premature reopening because they wanted things to return to what they seemed to be back in February. Indeed, just a few days ago the same Trump officials who initially assured us that COVID-19 was no big deal were out there dismissing the risks of a second wave. I’d suggest, however, that the GOP’s coronavirus denial also has roots that go beyond Trump and his electoral prospects. The key point, I’d argue, is that COVID-19 is like climate change: It isn’t the kind of menace the party wants to acknowledge. It’s not that the right is averse to fearmongering. But it doesn’t want you to fear impersonal threats that require an effective policy response, not to mention inconveniences like wearing face masks; it wants you to be afraid of people you can hate — people of a different race or supercilious liberals.
https://www.wral.com/america-didn-t-give-up-on-covid-19-republicans-did/19162097/

Saturday News: It's time to party?

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RALEIGH BARS OPEN THEIR DOORS DESPITE GOVERNOR'S ORDER: On Friday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper ordered bars to remain closed during the pandemic, citing an upward trend of coronavirus cases in the state. But this weekend, some downtown Raleigh bars were reopening on Friday anyway. Bar owners who spoke to WRAL News said it's the first time they've been open since the shutdown in March. Initially, bars would not be allowed to open until Phase 3 of Cooper's plan to reopen the state amid the pandemic. However, Cooper delayed that reopening because of worrisome upward trends in coronavirus cases in North Carolina. As of Saturday, about 10% of coronavirus tests done by the state are expected to come back positive. Texas and Florida had to also clamp down on bars due to coronavirus infections reaching an all-time daily high. In one day, Florida saw nearly 9,000 new cases. Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has been critiqued for not shutting down more businesses -- particularly bars -- in Florida. That changed after cases surged this week.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/several-raleigh-bars-open-in-defiance-of-state-order-nc-coronavirus...

Friday News: Posturing Dandy

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FOREST PLANS TO SUE GOVERNOR COOPER OVER EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act,” the post said. “The Governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State.” During a press conference on Wednesday, Cooper announced he is extending Phase Two of the state’s reopening until July 17. It was scheduled to expire on June 26. Cooper also issued a statewide mandate requiring the use of masks or face coverings. There were 1,009 new cases reported Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services after it reported 1,721 cases on Wednesday, which was the second-highest total during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243800277.html

Thursday News: Phase Two, continued

GOVERNOR REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS TO SLOW VIRUS SPREAD: A concerned North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday the state will remain in Phase Two for another three weeks while making face coverings mandatory in public. The order that moved the state into Phase 2 on May 22 was scheduled to expire on Friday. It has been extended until July 17. The mask requirement takes effect Friday at 5 p.m. “We know next week we’ve got another important announcement about schools and how we’ll open those up,” Cooper said during a press briefing. “We are hopeful that July 17 we can move even further on restrictions and we can have our kids in school this fall.” Cooper said the state needs to stay in Phase Two for three more weeks to give experts enough time to analyze data and trends.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243760267.html

Wednesday News: Insidious

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DR. FAUCI ISSUES WARNING ABOUT NC'S INCREASE IN COVID 19 POSITIVES: “When you have those kinds of increases, you must implement on the ground as effectively as possible the manpower, the system, the tests to do identification, isolation and contact tracing to try and blunt that surge of cases,” he said. “Hopefully that will be successful in the blunting of those cases, because if not, then you have the danger of having a gradual, insidious increase in community spread, which will be much more difficult to contain as the community spread amplifies itself.” There were 848 new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday by DHHS. The positive rate of tests for the virus was 10%, DHHS reported. The death total from coronavirus in the state was 1,251, according to DHHS, with 28 new deaths.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243731677.html

Tuesday News: Petty retribution

ANGRY ABOUT CONFEDERATE STATUE REMOVALS, REPUBLICANS HOLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN MONUMENT HOSTAGE: Over the weekend, protesters brought down two Confederate statues on the grounds of the North Carolina Capitol building in downtown Raleigh and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the rest of the Confederate statues at the Capitol removed as well. On Monday in the state legislature, Republicans put a pause on discussion of funding monuments to African Americans on the Capitol grounds and another block downtown. A week after $4 million in funding for the proposed monuments passed the Senate easily in a surprise vote, the money was set to be discussed in a House committee Monday, but was pulled from the agenda. “I do disagree with mob violence. I do disagree with simply relinquishing control of state property regardless of what’s on the property, to be destroyed. It’s going to be a greater discussion,” Saine said. Saine said it’s not up to him to decide how long that “pause” will be.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243721362.html

Monday News: Cleaning house

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GOVERNOR COOPER REMOVES ALL CONFEDERATE STATUES FROM CAPITOL GROUNDS: Raleigh’s tallest Confederate monument began coming down early Sunday, a gesture aimed at healing more than a century of racial division. Crews brought a crane, cherry picker and flatbed to disassemble the 75-foot obelisk on the Capitol lawn, which has stood for 125 years. As they worked, a crowd gathered on Hillsborough Street, cheering and giving thumbs-ups to the workmen. Crews removed the Wyatt Monument and the Women of the Confederacy statues Saturday morning. “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way,” Cooper said in his statement.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243693472.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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PROTESTS' CALL FOR CHANGE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH ACTION: Four hundred years of institutionalized racism has allowed our governments bureaucracies to treat black and brown communities as less entitled – subjecting them disproportionately to the ravages of natural disasters and the impacts of pandemics, such as the COVID-19 crisis we are in the midst of now. The time to end this discrimination is now. Theirs is a call for action. There is no magic to this. It is only a matter of will and the commitment to EVERYONE, regardless of race, color, religion, sex and national origin, for an opportunity to a quality life. We allow police to use too much force and turn it on racial minorities while enacting laws that disproportionately send more black and brown people to prison. End brutal police practices and reform our judicial system and prison policies. Failure now will be addressed at the polls in November. Voting has never been more important.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-protests-call-for-change-needs-to-be-addressed-with-action/19149459/

Saturday News: Take them all down

PROTESTERS PULL DOWN TWO CONFEDERATE STATUES IN RALEIGH: Protesters pulled down the bronze soldiers on the 75-foot Confederate monument at the state Capitol Friday night, then hung the statue of a cavalryman by its neck from a streetlight. The other statue, an artilleryman, was dragged through the streets to the Wake County courthouse, and later carried away by police in a golf cart. At one point, a protester pressed a knee into the neck of the statue at the courthouse, a reference to George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer took the same position for more than eight minutes. Protesters put a Black Lives Matter sign listing the names of black people killed by police on the statue’s chest. Earlier in the day, groups convened in Raleigh and Durham to celebrate Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and to remind politicians that demands for true equality for African Americans remain unmet.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243661027.html

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