Wednesday is here. But what does that really mean
1. Triangle vigils for Orlando victims.
A crowd of hundreds turned up outside Rigsbee Ave. LGBT joint The Bar on Tuesday night to honor the lives lost in Orlando. From WRAL
Participants remembered that it was at a place similar to The Bar that 49 people lost their lives early Sunday morning.
“We will keep coming back to our neighborhood bar. We will not hide, we will not run away from it. This is our home,” said Helena Cragg with the LGBTQ Center of Durham. “You know we are still not safe, but with each step forward, we are hopeful we have finally turned a corner and our society has changed enough to where we are not under attack.”
Carrboro also hosted a vigil, per the News & Observer
2. Trump in Greensboro.
You will have to forgive me, but I was unaware that Donald Trump has taken to reciting the story of some old fable called "The Snake" at his rallies. Here is a recording
of the whole thing. It's about how immigrants are snakes and when you try to help them they bite you.
Anyway, he told that story at a rally in Greensboro last night. Also, seven people were arrested and twenty removed from the Greensboro Coliseum, according to the N&O
of the "event."
For a truly terrifying account of what transpired inside that place last night, check out this Storify from Southern writer Jared Yates Sexton
. Wild stuff.
3. Former Duke football player suing the school, ACC, NCAA over concussions.
Derrick Lee, a defensive back for Duke in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has filed a lawsuit alleging Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association "failed to implement guidelines to prevent repeated head injuries, protocols to manage concussions and procedures to educate players about the risks associated with playing before 2010, despite knowing about the dangers for several years," according to the Duke Chronicle
, which also has a copy of the suit.
Edelman PC has filed suits on behalf of Lee and three other players across the country. The N&O reports
that Lee is "seeking class-action status so all Duke football players from 1953-2010 can join his lawsuit." Duke and the ACC aren't commenting, but NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy told the N&O
, "This strategy will not work. The NCAA does not believe that these complaints present legitimate legal arguments and expects that they can be disposed of early by the court."
4. N.C. Senate wants to lower income tax cap.
The current cap is ten percent. Republicans want it down to 5.5 percent. And they want to put it on the ballot in November. From the N&O
Senate Republicans said they expect the 5.5 percent cap will pass if the legislature schedules a referendum for the November election.
“All this does is save taxpayer money,” said Sen. Jerry Tillman, an Archdale Republican. “It’s going to keep spending at a reasonable level. You won’t get your spending out of hand if you don’t have the money.”
But Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Durham Democrat, said the tax cap could prove harmful to the state’s budget.
“Reserving the flexibility for this General Assembly in the future is the best course of action we could take,” he said. “Why would we want to put our financial handcuffs on when we don’t have to do so?”
Calling the proposal the "Millionaire Protection Act," Progress NC says, "Over the last four years, state tax changes have saved the average millionaire almost $15,000 a year — while many average-income families actually saw a tax increase. Now, politicians are trying to double down with a proposed constitutional amendment that would lock in their misguided tax scheme forever."
5. And a gator just dragged a toddler into a lagoon at Disney World.
A tough week in Orlando. From CNN
A frantic overnight search to find the boy was unsuccessful, authorities said, but efforts are continuing Wednesday morning.
"This is still a search and rescue operation," said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "We are very hopeful. We are hoping for the best."
The child was "wading just in the water along the lake's edge at the time that the alligator attacked," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
Very scary, very sad.
Until next time.