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‘Heirs to the Confederacy’ member charged with ethnic intimidation in North Carolina: report

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Police in North Carolina arrested two people for larceny and vandalism, the News Observer reported Monday.

“UNC Police Media Relations Manager Randy Young said police charged Nancy Rushton McCorkle, 40, of Newberry, S.C., with vandalism and ethnic intimidation in connection with damage to the Unsung Founders Memorial and an outdoor exhibit near Hanes Art Center,” the newspaper noted. “Ryan Francis Barnett, 31, of Sanford, was charged with two counts of vandalism, one count of ethnic intimidation and one count of public urination.”

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They were also both charged with larceny for allegedly stealing a UNC flag.

“UNC interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said after the vandalism that police had identified the people involved as ones associated with the Heirs to the Confederacy group that has protested on campus since the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam was pulled to the ground last August,” the newspaper explained. “Lance Spivey, a co-founder of the Heirs group, disavowed the vandalism when contacted by a reporter.”


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Soledad O’Brien scorches media for failures covering Trump: ‘Quoting lies is a bad strategy!’

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Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien this week gave a scorching rebuke to what she says have been failures by the media in covering President Donald Trump.

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GOP demanded $500K donation from Trump Bahamas ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings

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Newly uncovered emails reveal that the Republican National Committee demanded that President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas donate $500,000 ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings.

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"Would you consider putting together $500,000 worth of contributions from your family to ensure we hit our ambitious fundraising goal?" she asked him in an email.

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