Sunday sampler

N.C. newspapers continue to feature racial justice-related stories on their front pages, including these from Statesville, High Point, and Wilmington, which includes a story about the 1898 coup that I can’t find on the Star-News website. (Has anyone told Gatehouse that the search function at its websites doesn’t work?)

Other good stories:

Hickory: Wait. What? That’s me!!!! “People aged 65 and older represent only 12 percent of the total confirmed cases in North Carolina but 79 percent of all deaths.” The Daily Record talks with senior citizens about how they’re dealing.

Jacksonville: The number of child abuses cases is down in Onslow County since the virus hit, but it’s complicated. “She explained during the stay-at-home order, the CAC was only able to serve children under emergencies,” which include if medical intervention is needed or sexual assault is indicated.

Raleigh: The N&O has a good piece on why the PPP program has been so problematic for all small businesses, but especially Black-owned ones. “The process for applying was incredibly complicated, and a lot of businesses are feeling like they will have to hire an accountant to help them figure out how to apply,” Ward said. “It adds cost and a huge amount of time that was never intended … so that’s a real challenge for smaller businesses.”

Raleigh: The N&O has a stunning story about how the coronavirus spread at Butner prison and ineffectual efforts were to stop it. “Butner is emblematic in other ways. Prison officials were slow to test for the disease, enabling infected men to spread the virus to their neighbors in cramped dorms where social distancing is impossible. In sworn affidavits, prisoners reported they went untested for six weeks or more even as their dorm mates fell ill, were taken to hospital and died. Officials moved infected men among the complex’s five units.”