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Black woman picked to fill Asheville council seat: History made with three African-Americans serving on 7-person top city body
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:07

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Council voted 4-2 on Sept. 8 to appoint attorney S. Antanette Mosley as its newest member.

The Asheville Citizen Times noted in a story appearing afterward that Mosley’s appointment makes history because it is the first time Asheville will have three black council members. (The other two are Keith Young and Sheneika Smith.) 

Council had two African-American members in both 1989 and 2019. Blacks comprise 12 percent of the city’s population.

The ACT also noted that Mosley, as an attorney, “won a case for the Martin Luther King Jr. estate against a major television network in a federal appeals court and was recommended by a member of Congress.”

She will be occupying the seat — vacant since Aug. 8 — formerly filled by Vijay Kapoor, who resigned in August. The city said more than 30 people applied for the position.

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Donald Trump Jr. makes big pitch to re-elect his father as president
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:06

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — Donald Trump Jr. addressed a capacy crowd of several hundred enthusiastic supporters at an outside rally — slamming what he called the hypocritcal, virtue-signaling, Marxist-leaning Democrats and biased news media — in a high-energy speech at his Make America Great Again event Sept. 10 at Point Lookout Vineyards.

Atop a mountain, the event’s setting featured panoramic views of surrounding peaks, the vineyards and farmland.

“Liberal privelege” was a theme for which Trump Jr. repeatedly offered examples in his Point Lookout Vineyards’ address, along with the need for supporters to mobilize and work hard to re-elect not only his father as president, but Republican candidates up and down the ballot.

He referred repeatedly to his new book, “Liberal Privelege: Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible,” in which he writes: “Few American families have accomplished so little and benefited so much as the Bidens. Through corruption, grift, and sheer greed — Joe Biden, Hunter, and the rest of the clan have exemplified liberal privilege.”

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Governor OKs N.C. Phase 2.5 reopening until Oct. 2
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:04

From Staff Reports

RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper announced at a Sept. 1 press briefing that, after a summer of hard work to slow the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina will take a modest step forward with a move into Phase 2.5, running from 5 p.m. Sept. 4 through 5 p.m. Oct. 2.

Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect and are even more important to contain the virus, Cooper said. 

“Safer at Home Phase 2.5 continues our state’s dimmer switch approach to easing some restrictions,” the governor noted. “We can do this safely only if we keep doing what we know works — wearing masks and social distancing. In fact, a new phase is exactly when we need to take this virus even more seriously.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, shared an update on North Carolina’s data trends. She explained that North Carolina has seen stability in its key metrics.

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