Sunday sampler

Raleigh: Both the N&O and the Charlotte Observer include Andrew Carter’s compelling story about Riley Howell, the UNCC student who died saving others in the mass shooting on campus. Actually, it’s about those he left behind, too. I’m not going to quote any of it because it’s all so good. Read it, hug your friends and relatives, and try to be a better human.

Greensboro: The News & Record features a story of redemption, of an illegal drug bigwig who, after prison, is rebuilding his life as the owner of a fitness studio and as an inspiration to a U.S. congressman. “Hunt’s book, “From Prison to Prosperity,” influenced legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro on criminal justice reform that would enlist several federal agencies to train inmates in such fields as manufacturing and health care so they are better prepared to succeed after their release.”

Kinston: Want a breath-taking lead? Or, in this case, a second paragraph: “Human trafficking is second only to the drug trade in its profitability.” The Daily News outlines efforts by¬†True Justice International, “a nonprofit organization focused on eradicating human trafficking with a Christian mindset,” to help young women – girls, really – escape the life. It’s not the best story, but it’s interesting and tells me things I didn’t know, which is good enough.