Sunday sampler

It’s a good day for stories about scoundrels.

Asheville — The Citizen-Times profiles a high-flying money manager living the high life who stole million from more than 100 clients. Caught and convicted, he was sentenced to 32 years in prison. A story well told. And, of course, yet another reminder that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And, don’t invest everything you have with one company.

Winston-Salem — How can you beat this lead? “Political opponents of the mayor of Ronda wired his 18-year-old houseguest with a camera and secretly videotaped the mayor’s wife smoking marijuana in their home while the mayor was there.”

For stories of redemption.

Charlotte— The Observer tells the story of Belton Platt, a drug dealer turned felon turned ex-con turned pastor. can’t bring them back. But maybe, he says, he can keep someone else’s son alive. Another story well told.

Greensboro — The News & Record tells the story of the “magic of the chair,” which you’ll simply have to read to appreciate. It’s long but well worth it.

For stories of departure and arrival.

Fayetteville — The Observer profiles outgoing UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp. The story captures the pride Thorp feels about what he has done for the school, but little of the sadness he certainly must feel for the way he’s leaving it. Not on its front page, but Raleigh has a story on Thorp’s successor, Carol Folt.

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