Most of the front pages of N.C. papers feature stories about veterans. Some of them are notable:
Greensboro: Maybe because the Vietnam War happened in my time and I didn’t serve, but I like to read stories about those who did. The News & Record has a good one about Allen Broach, a community leader and philanthropist, who carries that weight, as writer Margaret Moffett calls it. “He shot. Was shot. Threw grenades. Had grenades thrown at him. Took shrapnel from head to toe from a rocket-propelled grenade which he still carries today. Saw body parts lying in the mud. Listened to the cries of teenage boys, his buddies, as they lay wounded or dying. He woke up each day believing it would be his last.”
Greensboro: The News & Record packages with it a good story about Combat Female Veterans Families United, a nonprofit that helps with female vets get back to civilian life.
Raleigh: The N&O publishes a frightening story about veterans and illnesses possibly connected to their service. “Veterans saw a spike in urinary, prostate, liver and blood cancers during nearly two decades of war, and some military families now question whether their exposure to toxic environments is to blame, according to a McClatchy investigation.” Read the whole thing.
And equally frightening but not about vets:
Raleigh: Flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms strain sewage treatment plants to overflowing. “The deluge that comes from hurricane downpours and river flooding pushes sewage systems past their limits. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018, with their heavy rains and record-setting river heights, hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated and partly treated sewage burst from manholes. The sewage flowed from plants and leaked from pump stations.”