Sunday sampler

Raleigh: I have the feeling people will be outraged if they watch the videos of what led to the death of John Neville in Forsyth County jail. “Martin listened to her father cry out ‘over 20 times’ that he couldn’t breathe. A detention officer told him that if he could talk, he could breathe, she said. ‘I can’t breathe,’ Neville would repeat. Martin said at some points her father was gasping for air so much he could barely get the words out.”

McDowell: Given everything President Trump and Republicans are doing to hinder voting — can you imagine the president of the United States trying to undermine an election? — the McDowell News front page features a story on the need for more poll workers. “These local heroes will protect democracy, learn about the elections process, serve their communities and get paid in the process. …Election workers often consist of retirees and older members of a community – groups at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.”

Greensboro: The News & Record introduces us to some of the 147 people who have died of coronavirus in Guilford County. “The faces attached to those numbers include a 70-year-old former secretary for a Board of Education, a 48-year-old supervisor at a lumber company and a 66-year-old city of Greensboro maintenance worker, along with more familiar ones, like Frederick Brown Starr, who died early in the pandemic on April 1, at the age of 87. The former president and CEO of Thomasville Furniture Industries had most recently spearheaded an unsuccessful effort to bring a major league baseball team to the Triad. And Ronald “Gene” Petty, a cousin to NASCAR great Richard Petty, who grew up in Guilford County.”

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