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Here are your Top 5 Points of the Day:

  1. Congress is doing the Lord’s work … fighting to regulate our ever-shrinking airplane legroom, that is.

  2. Tiger Woods is back on top of his game, winning the Tour Championship on Sunday afternoon.

  3. Hurricane Florence-related flooding threatens to break a water main that supplies most of New Hanover County.

  4. Meghan Markle revealed that her “something blue” in the wedding seen ‘round the world was a piece of fabric from the dress she wore the day she met Prince Harry. Awww.

        5. Bra Patch, a local bra-fitting company, is starting a bra drive for women in Florence-affected areas.


N.C.'s own boy next door

J. Cole reschedules Dreamville Festival

Last weekend, Fayetteville native J. Cole was scheduled to host Dreamville Festival — a Triangle event that promised to feature art, culture, and a lineup chock-full of good music … and then mean ol’ Florence came to town, ruining everybody’s plans and making life in many parts of the Carolinas just all around chaotic. But never fear, rap lovers! J. Cole has announced that Dreamville Festival will happen, we’ll just have to wait a little while longer. The event has been rescheduled for April 6, 2019, and it will now serve as a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts. Good lookin’ out, J. Cole. Thanks for making us proud to be a North Carolinian.



Hip hip hooray

N.C. teams make clean sweep

If you see a lot of smiles in the coming days, it’s because literally everyone who likes a North Carolina football team has something to be happy about, as Duke, UNC, N.C. State and the Carolina Panthers all won on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Devils put a beating on North Carolina Central, the Tar Heels got their much-awaited first victory of the season against Pitt, and the Wolfpack survived its first road game with a win over Marshall — all of which, apparently, gave the Panthers some momentum, as they, too, reigned supreme with a 31-21 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. If you’re not a football fan, this past weekend was a good time to start. Until next week, when one of our teams undoubtedly screws everything up, we’re going to bask in this one-week streak of Ws. Go sports!

Now for the other kind of football

North Carolina Courage takes home NWSL title

Saturday in Portland, the North Carolina Courage beat the Portland Thorns 3-0 to win the National Women’s Soccer League championship, avenging a 2017 loss to the Thorns in last year’s championship match. The Courage scored in the 13th and 40th minutes to take an early advantage into halftime, and after their break they only got better defensively, keeping the Thorns out of the net and getting one more insurance goal in the 64th minute. The win made the Courage the first NWSL team to ever win the Shield — the award given to the team with the best regular season record — and the championship match in the same season. The North Carolina Courage, which is based in Cary, has now been to the championship match in both seasons since it relocated from Buffalo, N.Y. We get it, Courage; it’s easy to be successful when you hail from the best state in the union. We swear we’re not biased.



We need all the help we can get

Thousands worth of boats, supplies donated to recovery efforts

Branden Patrick, a Durham man who owns boat dealer N.C. Marine, attempted to use his resources and networking to help with hurricane relief efforts. What we got instead was an outpouring of support from a company located across the country. Patrick reached out to Missouri-based boat manufacturer Lowe Boats to ask if they could lend some equipment to fire departments in flooded parts of the state. Lowe Boats did that and more, sending five new boats, including motors and trailers, to our state. Better yet, the rescuers will be able to keep the $55,000 worth of gifted equipment. If that’s not a feel-good story, we don’t know what is. Just remember when you’re feeling down about the world, there are plenty of good people in it … good people with boats, just when you need ‘em.

That's what you get for being a good samaritan

N.C. woman arrested after helping animals in hurricane

It looks like Tammie Hedges did what any good animal lover would do; the Wayne County woman provided shelter for 17 cats and 10 dogs for owners who had to evacuate because of Hurricane Florence. But now, Hedges is getting in trouble, as she was charged with 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license. Hedges, who owns donation-based shelter Crazy’s Claws N Paws, was apparently in the process of converting a warehouse into a proper animal shelter when the storm came through, but her shelter wasn’t legally registered as an appropriate shelter. According to a Facebook post, Hedges was then charged for providing medication, like antibiotics and ointments, to the animals she helped save. Fortunately, she is said to be out on bond, meanwhile there are a plethora of other organizations attempting to help the animal cause. If helping sad puppies is wrong, we don’t want to be right!



And the SCOTUS saga continues

Ford, Kavanaugh to testify in hearing this week

Ever since Christine Blasey Ford came out and accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct — and yet another woman did the same in news that broke Sunday evening — there’s been a big question mark surrounding how it would affect Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, and if the parties would testify at all about the alleged incident. At first, Ford implied that she didn’t want to testify before an FBI investigation was conducted, but now it appears she will be doing so without one, as the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing for Thursday, at which both Kavanaugh and Ford will tell their sides of the story. As with anything involving politics these days, there are still constant disagreements; Ford has requested to testify after Kavanaugh, and she wanted other witnesses called — both points many officials are unwilling to waver on — but at least now there’s a civilized discussion on the books. Whether it, or the potential backlash that follows, remains that way is still unknown, but hey, we can dream, right?


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