Sunday sampler

Asheville:  A headline that should outrage everyone except, I guess, rapists: “North Carolina unsure how many rape kits are left untested.” Here is the Citizen-Times’ elaboration: “DNA evidence, which medical professionals collect and file in rape kits, is one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of district attorneys prosecuting rape cases. But in spite of their utility, it’s estimated hundreds of thousands of these kits sit untested in police evidence lockers across the country. In Asheville alone, police have 573 untested rape kits.”

Charlotte: Jim Bakker used to peddle eternal salvation. Now he peddles preparation for End Times. There’s a sucker born every minute. “One day you’re going to shake your fist in God’s face and you’re going to say, ‘God, why didn’t you warn me?’ He’s going to say, ‘You sat there and you made fun of Jim Bakker all those years. I warned you. But you didn’t listen.’ 

Raleigh: The N&O does an excellent job explaining the impact of the Republican takeover of the General Assembly has had on public school education. And more is coming. One paragraph won’t do it justice here. Read it for yourself.

Winston-Salem: So many things these days are “a parent’s worst nightmare.” The Journal describes one: a child who has vanished. In this case, it was two years ago when an Appalachian State University student left a note saying he needed to get away and disappeared. “He was standing there on the corner making plans, talking about the next semester and how excited he was about it,” Roberts said. “Then boom, he’s gone.”