Controversial Bill Sparks Debate Over Masking Rights And Protest Restrictions

By: Jordan Meadows (Staff Writer) After weeks of heated debate and deliberation, North Carolina's GOP lawmakers have unveiled a compromise bill addressing public masking and protest regulations. Originally proposed by Senate Republicans as amendments to an existing House bill, the legislation aims to tackle concerns surrounding mask use, particularly in the context of public safety and protests. The proposed changes stem from assertions by Republicans regarding instances of mask misuse,

Who Is Kamala Harris? Part 4 Of Series

Jordan Meadows, Staff Writer Following Kamala Harris's withdrawal from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, she threw her support behind the emerging frontrunner, Joe Biden. Among three other women, Harris found herself on Biden's final shortlist for the vice presidential slot. South Carolina Democrat Jim Clyburn urged Biden to choose a black woman as his running mate, highlighting the importance of acknowledging the loyalty of Black women within the

Celebrating a Century of Historical Legacy in Durham

Jordan Meadows Staff Writer On Saturday, the Durham County Library was buzzing with a celebration of a remarkable milestone: the 100th birthday of Jean Bradley Anderson, a historian whose contributions have illuminated the nuances of Durham's past. Anderson's legacy is embodied in the Jean Bradley Anderson Papers, a treasure trove spanning decades from 1934 to 2012 comprising a mosaic of correspondence, research notes, photographs, and more. This collection is a

Over 44,000 Elementary Educators Master Science of Reading Professional Development

RALEIGH - Over 44,000 North Carolina educators are now practitioners in the science of reading as the third, and final, cohort of educators completed professional development as of this month, June 2024. Elementary educators have mastered this professional development, improving literacy outcome potential for over 770,000 elementary students across North Carolina. The Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, or LETRS®, which began rolling out the same year as

An Update On St. Augustine’s University

By Dennis Rogers, Ph.D., Contributor Alumni are striving to save St. Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The recent reaccreditation failure is being appealed by the Board of Trustees. Yet, the Save St. Augustine Alumni Coalition believes, "the Board is the Problem." To that end a 204 page law suit was filed against individual members of the St. Augustine Board of Trustees. What happened to the 157 year old institution? 

Do drinks that are meant to do more than taste good actually provide any health benefits?

(AP NEWS) Supermarket beverage aisles are starting to look a lot more like a pharmacy. There are sodas made with mushrooms that supposedly improve mental clarity and juices packed with bacteria that claim to enhance digestive health. Water infused with collagen carries the promise of better skin, and energy drinks offer to help burn body fat. Welcome to the frenzy of functional beverages - drinks designed to do more than

A New Ride Starring Disney’s First Black Princess Replaces Ride Many Viewed As Racist

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A new attraction starring the first Black Disney princess is opening at the company's U.S. theme park resorts, and some Disney followers see it as a fitting replacement to a former ride based on a movie that contained racist tropes. The new theme park attraction updates Tiana's storyline from the 2009 animated film "The Princess and the Frog" and is opening this year in the space

President Joe Biden’s Son, Hunter Biden, Convicted Of All 3 Felonies In Gun Trial

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hunter Biden was convicted Tuesday of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018 when, prosecutors argued, the president's son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. Hunter Biden, 54, stared straight ahead and showed little emotion as the verdict was read after jury deliberations that lasted only three hours over

Colon Cancer Rates Are Rising In Young Americans insurance barriers are making screening harder

By Andrea Shin, University of California More than 53,000 Americans are projected to die from colorectal cancer this year. Although colorectal cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it can be cured if caught early. Detecting a tumor as soon as possible can help you get treatment as soon as possible, giving you the best chance for survival. In my work as a gastroenterologist,

The Rev. James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. James Lawson Jr., an apostle of nonviolent protest who schooled activists to withstand brutal reactions from white authorities as the Civil Rights Movement gained traction, has died, his family said Monday. He was 95. His family said Lawson died on Sunday after a short illness in Los Angeles, where he spent decades working as a pastor, labor movement organizer and university professor. Lawson was