Sunday sampler

Today, newspapers in Jacksonville, Greensboro, Charlotte, New Bern, Kinston and Fayetteville all feature a story from Saturday’s News & Observer about evictions. “Across the state, landlords filed evictions against more than 18,000 tenants in between moratoriums. It’s unclear how many people were displaced, but eviction filings doubled from June to July and continued that pace into August, according to an analysis of data provided by the state Administrative Office of the Courts.”

There was a time when newspapers tried to distinguish themselves from other newspapers, to localize stories like that using information from their own communities. That’s what the dying of newspapers has done. Fortunately, the N&O’s story is a good one and worth the front page of papers around the state.

Wilmington: I’m always in favor of pushing a community to remember those who have made a difference in a positive way.  The Star-News reminds its readers about Bertha Todd, a “lifelong advocate for human rights and racial reconciliation.” “Over the years Todd has chosen a path of engaging the “other side,” serving as a back-and-forth conduit between the Black and white communities during the contentious period of school integration. During the same period, she met face to face to talk with Ku Klux Klan leaders as they held “white-rights” rallies here.”