Sunday sampler

Raleigh: The N&O has two stories on its front page worth attention. One is about the failure of the General Assembly to do anything about gun violence. Yes, there is a lot of talk and interest immediately after a mass shooting, and opponents to gun regulations just wait it out and know that the passion will die down. And it has. The other story is about the high level of toxic chemicals discharged by the Chemours plant into the Cape Fear River.

Concord: Local person makes good gets me every time. In this case, the Independent Tribune features a Concord native who is the lead writer and showrunner for Netflix’s newest television series, “Raising Dion.” “My family is everything. I’ve always been really close to my family, and I go back home all the time,” Barbee said. “I used to say, ‘I don’t stay special for very long if I don’t get back to North Carolina.’ I just have to go home and be with the people who have known me and loved me my whole life. I love my home, and I am very proud of it.”

Kinston: The Daily Press gives me the chance to spotlight this story reprinted from the News & Record. It reminds us that five years ago, a judge order struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, and people lined up to get married in Guilford County, among other places. “I love when I hear, “How is your wife doing?” said Greensboro police officer Latoya Anderson, who married her longtime love, Ashley Benton, a few months after the ruling. “Years ago, most people were only comfortable acknowledging Ashley as ‘my friend,’ and I believe that speaks volumes on how far we have come as a society.”

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