Sunday sampler

Asheville: It’s an interesting development in which good-hearted citizens help people hiding from the law. Makes you wonder who’s right — the people or the government. The Citizen-Times writes of the efforts of a small community of volunteers to feed and inform people hiding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. “I’ve been getting messages that immigration is checking West Asheville, in Hendersonville, in Flat Rock, in Arden and Candler,” he said. “There is a lot of fear in the community that I’ve never seen in the 14 years that I’ve been here.”

Fayetteville: Every city has panhandlers, and certainly some are truly in need and some are scammers. The Observer takes a look at a new law in Fayetteville which it says is aimed at banning roadside panhandling. The ACLU says it is unconstitutional. The city says it is aimed at safety and keeping traffic moving. And the panhandler? They say it’s bad for business.

Greensboro: A week ago, a tornado cut a swath through the city. “Thirty-seven structures destroyed, another 162 nearly so. Hundreds of people displaced, including students from three elementary schools who will finish out the school year in unfamiliar classrooms.” News & Record writer Margaret Moffett channels her inner-Jim Schlosser to write about the mood and spirit of the city a.k.a. “Greensboro Strong.”

Raleigh: The N&O runs a compelling Charlotte Observer story about prison employees charged with crimes — and how they tend to get off or get lenient treatment. “From 2013 through 2017, 57 prison employees were charged with crimes while on duty, according to the state Department of Public Safety’s review. Four of the 57 employees got prison time. Thirty got probation. And most of the criminal charges — about 60 percent — were dismissed.”

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