Wilmington: You know that Ring doorbell that takes video of people on your porch and front yard helps fight crime, too, right? The Star-News describes how police in Wilmington use it, and the controversy over whether it is an invasion of privacy. And how it’s another piece of a growing collection of technology cops use: “With Ring, officers can register the time and location of a suspect who walked past the camera, as well as his face, and employ the StingRay to track his phone number and travel patterns. From there, it can gather aerial imagery of his whereabouts and movements with SABLE.”
Carteret: We all kind of know that after a disaster, such as a hurricane, all kinds of conmen come out to rip people off. The News-Times tells how it happened in Carteret County. “The first contractors the McInernys asked to repair their home began evading the couple when Ms. McInerny requested documentation – required by their bank for insurance purposes – proving they were licensed and insured contractors. The contractors continued to attempt to avoid the couple even after Ms. McInerny ran into one of the men at a hardware store.”
Charlotte: Will black voters get behind a new candidate to take on Trump if Biden falters? That’s the headline in the Observer, and it’s a key question for Democrats in North Carolina and South Carolina. Tim Funk of the Observer outlines the possiblities.
Raleigh: Robyn Tomlin takes the front page to explain what McClatchy’s filing for bankruptcy means to the paper’s readers. Explaining your company’s financial situation is tough; I know, I’ve tried to do it back in the day. Robyn does it well. “While the bankruptcy filing this week has no effective or immediate impact on our staff, our readers or relationships with our advertisers, it is important to note that there’s a lot at stake here. We take our Constitutionally protected responsibility to inform our communities and produce journalism that holds power to account to heart, each and every day.”