Sunday sampler

On a Thanksgiving Saturday, news editors across the land rejoiced at the death of Fidel Castro. No politics behind it, other than the politics of having something to anchor their front pages. That’s what many N.C. newspapers did, too.

I don’t care. What is more interesting to me is that of the good non-Castro stories on the front pages, the ones from the Citizen-Times and from the Charlotte Observer have been available on the web for one or two days already.

Asheville: The Citizen-Times’ story on the impact of a shifting N.C. Supreme Court is actually an AP story. (It was published online Thursday.) Once Morgan takes office in January, a Democratic lawmaker says, the court of four Democrats and three Republicans will provide a stronger safeguard against unconstitutional legislation, since the GOP will continue to have veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly even if Cooper unseats Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Morgan’s victory “was enormous. I don’t know how to say it emphatically enough,” said Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake. “It’s going to mean a lot, not just to Democrats but to all of North Carolina.”

Charlotte: The Observer’s story on the environmental impact along the coast of a Trump presidency actually comes from McClatchy’s D.C. bureau. (It was published online on Friday.) With Trump’s triumph, many folks along North Carolina’s coast – from fishermen to farmers to hotel operators and restaurateurs who rely on tourism – are nervous. They’re worried about what’s coming from the president-elect, especially after he named a leading global-warming contrarian, Myron Ebell, to handle his transition on environmental matters.

Greensboro: A nice read from the News & Record about a young woman who nearly died in a house fire in 2008, fighting to regain her life.

Raleigh: A second nice read from the N&O, this one about a young man with cancer who gets a “Make A Wish” visit to watch his favorite team, UNC, play basketball in Hawaii.

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