Sunday sampler

I spent 30 seconds this morning looking at all the “Did you fall back?” graphics on front pages and wondering if home delivery subscribers really needed that reminder of Standard time. But anyway…

Kinston, Jacksonville and New Bern: All three Gatehouse papers feature a good and important story about access to broadband in rural North Carolina. The state legislature approved a broadband grant program at $15 million annually for 10 years. “Our community will fall behind if we don’t do it,” Myers said of the ECB rationale. “People need internet. They need it yesterday.”

Raleigh: The N&O examines high school football with reduced hitting during practices. It’s a trend. “As research continues to link concussions to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain disease that can cause dementia later in life, participation in high school football across North Carolina has declined 25 percent since 2010.”

Fayetteville: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on a copyright case that will have huge implications for who owns creative work. And it’s a case of the little guy against the state with big players weighing in on both sides. “The lawsuit was filed in late 2015 by Rick Allen, owner of Nautilus Productions in Fayetteville. Allen is an underwater videographer who says the state of North Carolina illegally published five of his videos to YouTube of archeological work at the Blackbeard shipwreck plus illegally published in a state newsletter a photo he made of a research barge working at the wrecksite.”

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