Sunday sampler

Many North Carolina newspapers feature stories about churches opening for parishioners. All fine. And then there’s this:

Greensboro: 4,000 people go to the racetrack – one in 10 wearing masks — with social distancing non-existent. It’s as if people have decided that being tired of the virus is enough to defeat it. “I’ve done the recommendations for the last two months or so, and this is the first time I’ve kind of been out amongst folks. … I don’t know if this is the smartest thing. I don’t. But it’s outdoors, and I’m just not keen on closed-in spaces right now.” The Winston-Salem Journal has a dozen photos that will really depress the people who believe that the virus exists.

Winston-Salem: Do students forget stuff they learned over the summer? You bet. So what if they haven’t been in school since March? The Journal look at how Forsyth schools are preparing to catch them up before school starts again — if it ever does. “It estimated that students will return in the fall of 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains relative to a typical school year, and 50% of the learning gains in some grades in math. In some cases, students may fall behind a full year in math.”

Charlotte: My bet is that most North Carolinian’s suspect that Sen. Richard Burr did use his inside information to enrich himself, but the Observer examines whether he will be held accountable. It’s not clear. “Lawmakers are barred by the 2012 STOCK Act from insider trading, or using “material, nonpublic information to purchase or sell a security, including using confidential information gained because of one’s Senate position to make a profit or avoid a loss.” The bill passed the Senate 96-3. Burr voted “no.” He would be the first lawmaker charged under the act if he’s charged.”