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City Council appears poised to play hardball with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Tourism Development Authority over a funding request for Elizabeth City State University’s football program.

Five volunteer fire departments in the region, including the South Mills Fire Department in Camden County, will each receive $50,000 in state funding, thanks to state Rep. Ed Goodwin and other members of the General Assembly.

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In many cases, the difference between a “right-wing conspiracy” or “disinformation” and the truth is about six months’ time. It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that the news media and social media companies will go to protect President Joe Biden and this incompetent administration.

Today, I want to talk about Kansas. Not about its corn as high as an elephant’s eye, nor about Dorothy and Toto trying to find their way home, but about Kansas as the geographic and Republican center of America, Kansas as the vintage Norman Rockwell core of America, Kansas as what the Republican Party was before being hijacked by Newt Gingrich and then mugged by a New York real estate con artist.

Last week North Carolinians learned what the leaders of the N.C. Chamber paid to eliminate the state’s corporate income tax — abandonment of support for public education and obedience to the power-brokers in the General Assembly.

One of my favorite Biblical passages is Deuteronomy 20:16-18, in which Moses commands the Israelites to storm into neighboring gentile towns and put a stop to all abortions therein — after a fashion. It doesn't get more pro-life than that.


The College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees will meet in Room 208 of Building AE at COA-Elizabeth City, today at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the meeting, the board’s Building and Grounds Committee will meet in the president’s boardroom, Room 100, in Building A, at 4 p.m.

Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell fought between the world wars to update our military through the use of aircraft. The First World War was “the war to end all wars,” and this new technology of planes felt like a luxury in a day so impressed with new guns and bombs.

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The North Carolina attorney general’s office is asking a federal court not to restore the state's 20-week abortion ban after the judge suggested his previous injunction “may now be contrary to law.” The attorney general’s office argued in a brief filed late Monday that reinstating restrictions in the aftermath of the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade would create “significant risk of public confusion” about the availability and legality of abortion services in North Carolina. Staff attorneys in Stein’s office filed the brief without the attorney general’s involvement.

North Carolina Democrats have asked a state court to overturn an elections board vote granting the Green Party official recognition despite allegations of fraud. Democrats have been accused by the Green Party of meddling in its petitioning process to qualify candidates for the November ballot. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court, precedes the first hearing next Monday in a Green Party lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections, when the newly certified party will fight for an extension to a statutory deadline preventing its candidates from appearing on the ballot.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is pushing back against Republican General Assembly leaders’ allegations that he neglected his duty to defend state law by refusing to seek enforcement of a blocked 20-week abortion ban after the fall of Roe v. Wade. Attorneys for Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore filed a brief last week asking U.S. District Judge William Osteen to lift an injunction on a 1973 state law banning nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  Stein, an abortion rights supporter, says he will continue to recuse himself from the case, drawing criticisms from Republicans who say he is refusing to do his job.

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The remains of two children killed in the 1985 bombing of a Philadelphia home used as the headquarters of a Black radical group have been returned to their brother. Lionell Dotson told reporters Wednesday that the remains of 14-year-old Katricia and 12-year-old Zanetta Dotson will be cremated and taken to North Carolina to be buried. Dotson told WCAU-TV it was a “momentous occasion.” He said he could finally give his relatives “a resting place permanently." They were among five children killed when police bombed the MOVE organization’s headquarters and caused a fire that spread to more than 60 row homes.

A top official says the Justice Department has charged five people for making threats of violence against election workers amid a rising wave of harassment and intimidation tied to the 2020 presidential election. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite tells a Senate committee that one charge has led to a conviction so far through a task force launched last year as reports of threats to election officials, workers and volunteers raised concerns about safety and the security of future elections. threatening messages directed at election workers since launching a task force a year ago. Overall, the department has investigated more than 1,000 harassing and threatening messages directed at election workers.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that Gov. Roy Cooper’s secretary of health and human services is not immune from a lawsuit over the administration’s restrictions on large gatherings in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services temporarily shut down Ace Speedway in June 2020 after it repeatedly defied Cooper’s executive order limiting outdoor crowds to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The racetrack filed counterclaims that August, alleging the department unlawfully singled out the business and violated its employees’ constitutional right to earn a living. The court unanimously voted  Tuesday to uphold a January 2021 trial court ruling denying a DHHS motion to dismiss Ace Speedway’s claims.

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Ukraine’s air force says that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in massive explosions at an air base in Crimea amid speculation they were the result of a Ukrainian attack. That would represent a significant escalation in the war. Russia denied any aircraft were damaged in Tuesday’s blasts — or that any attack took place. Ukrainian officials have stopped short of publicly claiming responsibility for the explosions, while poking fun at Russia’s explanation that munitions at the Saki air base caught fire and blew up. They have underscored the importance of the peninsula that Moscow annexed eight years ago. In his nightly video address several hours after the blasts, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to retake Crimea.

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China has reaffirmed its threat to use military force to bring self-governing Taiwan under its control. The lengthy policy statement issued by the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office and its news department Wednesday followed almost a week of threatening Chinese military exercises near the island that have disrupted flights and shipping in a region crucial to global supply chains. China says the threatening moves were prompted by a visit to Taiwan last week by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Taiwan says China used that merely as a pretext to up its threats. Beijing extended the ongoing exercises without announcing when they will end, although they appear to have run their course for the time being.

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GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup in Qatar could start one day earlier than scheduled with FIFA looking at a plan to let the host nation play Ecuador on Nov. 20, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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French authorities say a beluga whale stranded for several days in the Seine River has had to be euthanized after it was successfully removed from the French waterway. The whale was being prepared for transfer to a saltwater pool in Normandy. A veterinarian said Wednesday that the dangerously thin white mammal began to have breathing difficulties while on the way to the coast, and so experts decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the creature. Conservation group Sea Shepherd France said veterinary exams after the beluga’s removal from the river showed it has no digestive activity. The whale was first spotted last week having accidentally veered off its normal path to the Arctic.

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European stock markets have opened higher while Asia fell ahead of the release of U.S. inflation data that traders worry will show upward pressure on prices still is too strong for the Federal Reserve to ease off interest rate hikes. Wall Street futures also gained, rebounding from the benchmark S&P 500 index's fourth daily decline. Oil prices edged lower. U.S. government data are expected to show headline inflation in July eased from the previous month's four-decade high. But traders expect core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy, leaving rent and other expenses, to edge higher. That is despite other data that show economic activity cooling.

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Federal prosecutors are set to begin building their case against two men described as leaders of a 2020 scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It's the government's second chance to get convictions after a jury couldn’t deliver a unanimous verdict last spring. Opening statements are planned for Wednesday in federal court in Grand Rapids. Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. are charged with agreeing to kidnap the Democratic governor as part of a plot to shock the country into chaos in the final days of the 2020 presidential election. The government says they were displeased over COVID-19 restrictions. The jury was selected Tuesday. Some people were dismissed for health reasons or for political beliefs they couldn’t set aside.

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Kenyans are waiting for the results of a close but calm presidential election in which the turnout was lower than usual. This is likely the final try by longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga, who on his fifth attempt was backed by former rival and outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta. The other top contender is Deputy President William Ruto, who fell out with the president earlier in their decade in power. Voters have expressed little hope of real change and frustration with rising prices and widespread corruption in East Africa’s economic hub. Official results are due in days, though there's some anticipation a winner might be known Wednesday.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has reshuffled his Cabinet in a bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members. The Cabinet renewal was the second in just 10 months since Kishida took office. Abe’s assassination on July 8 and its impact on politics increased uncertainty as public support for Kishida’s Cabinet plunged. Kishida said that a “strict review” of candidates’ ties to the church would be a “prerequisite” in the new lineup. Seven ministers were removed including Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Abe’s younger brother. The church leader regretted Kishida's actions and said the church and party members shared strong anti-communist feelings.