Sunday sampler

Not a lot of enterprise that is notable — to me on today’s front pages. But two caught my attention.

Raleigh: The News & Observer reprints a breathtaking story from the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth detailing sexual assaults and rape by fundamentalist ministers, including 17 cases in North Carolina. “For decades, women and children have faced rampant sexual abuse while worshiping at independent fundamental Baptist churches around the country. The network of churches and schools has often covered up the crimes and helped relocate the offenders, an eight-month Star-Telegram investigation has found….The Star-Telegram discovered at least 412 allegations of sexual misconduct in 187 independent fundamental Baptist churches and their affiliated institutions, spanning 40 states and Canada.”

Asheville: The Citizen-Times doesn’t waste any time localizing the government’s National Climate Assessment that the Trump administration pooh-poohed. “Jim Vose, senior research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station in Asheville, said these plagues are already upon us, as evidenced by record rainfall in Western North Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend, and the historic fires in the fall of 2016 that burned some 30,000 acres of forest and killed 14 people in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, after an arson fire escaped from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an event that was mentioned in the report.”

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