Raleigh: The N&O features a short, inspiring high school graduation story of a mother from India and her two daughters facing all kinds of adversity to get to where they are now. (Full disclosure: It’s written by an intern I taught last semester.)
Greensboro: I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of undocumented immigrants finding sanctuary in churches. The News & Record writes the story of one woman from Asheboro who has lived in a Greensboro church for two years. “Tobar Ortega is the face of a movement that has rallied supporters against what they see as unfair immigration policies that separate families and return people to situations many had fled out of fear for their lives. The mother of four from Asheboro had steady employment as a seamstress, was an active member of her Pentecostal church and doesn’t have a criminal record.”
High Point: The Enterprise has a story behind its paywall about the 12 shootings in town in the last 7 days of May. Is that bad? It sounds bad. And 95 shootings this year compared with 63 last year. Think the city has a problem on its hands?
Lenoir: The News-Topic has a story behind its paywall about stupid crooks in Granite Falls who robbed a store. One of the guys was a frequent customer of the establishment; the other didn’t cover his face. Gotta love it.