Sunday sampler


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Asheville: The Citizen-Times revisits a mass shooting in its own community in 1995. It’s a sad, compelling story with this important truth, beyond the details of this specific case. “Mass shootings across the country have since become a staple of the evening news, with less “noteworthy” cases reduced to simple reports of death tolls, forgotten as soon as the next tragedy strikes. But for dozens of people today, the pain of what happened at Union Butterfield in Asheville 20 years ago will linger for a lifetime.”

Fayetteville: One of the great stories of our time — a story that only newspapers tackle with consistency — is poverty. The Observer starts its series on poverty in Fayetteville with a simple question: “Why are we among the worst in America?” In an equally compelling editor’s note, executive editor Michael Adams explains why the paper is devoting so much energy to the story. “The children in this story are among the most challenged in our community. They are the children of impoverished families who live in neighborhoods where almost everyone else is poor as well. These are children who lack the opportunities for good preschool, who attend struggling schools, who are most likely to face suspensions, juvenile arrests and, if nothing interrupts their path, eventually prison.”

Greensboro: Blanche Taylor Moore is among the most notorious criminals in the recent history of the Triad. Twenty-five years after being sentenced to death for poisoning to death her boyfriend, she remains on death row. The News & Record didn’t get an interview with her or many of the main characters in the case, yet it is able to tell a fascinating story about the woman who was once known as the Black Widow.

Winston-Salem: The United Way is a huge organization that raises money throughout the community and distributes it throughout. Because so many companies have programs that encourage employees to contribute, its operation of immense public interest. The Journal explains the concerns of agencies that will see reduced contributions from United Way of Forsyth County. There are many. “What has changed, though, is United Way’s spending priorities: United Way has decided to target its spending to tackle the specific issues of health, education, financial stability and basic needs such as food and shelter.”