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Charlotte lawmakers re-think hosting RNC 2020 convention

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Lawmakers in North Carolina are having second thoughts about the RNC holding its 2020 nominating convention in the city of Charlotte. The Charlotte City Council briefly discussed the possibility of backing out of the city’s agreement to host the convention Monday shortly before voting to strongly condemn President Trump over his comments against the Squad.

Mayor Vi Lyles intends to continue exploring whatever options may be available, according to a spokesman. The city council’s resolution condemned President Trump’s remarks about the four female freshmen congresswomen as “racist and xenophobic”. The council also condemned the “send her back” chants coming from the audience at the Trump rally in Greenville, North Carolina recently. All nine Democrats on the city council voted in favor of the resolution while the two Republicans on the city council voted against it. That sounds right in today’s bitterly divided political atmosphere, doesn’t it?

Charlotte City Attorney Patrick Baker threw some cold water on the idea to cancel the agreement with the RNC. He said a breach of contract would have to happen before such action could be taken. Backing out of the agreement, without a breach of contract, would result in financial penalties and lawsuits, he warned.

Some citizens, speaking at the council meeting, urged city leaders to rescind the invitation to host the convention

City Attorney Patrick Baker – who looked into such options in recent days at the behest of some council members – reported that there was no legal option for Charlotte to back out of the deal.

Baker noted that there would be a pathway for the city to exit the agreement if there was a breach of contract by one of the partners in the deal – but added that to date, there’s been no evidence of that happening.

Organizations included in the agreement are the Republican National Committee, the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee, the Mecklenburg County Regional Visitors Authority, and the city of Charlotte. The agreement was made last year after of vote of 6-5 in favor of doing so. President Trump’s recent remarks prompted the Charlotte City Council’s resolution but it also included a reach-back to Trump’s comments after the Charlottesville tiki-torch march.

The resolution says, “Charlotte should always be welcoming and inviting of people of diverse and different ethnicities and background” and it “strongly condemns all of President Donald Trump’s racist and xenophobic tweets and comments.”

It also criticizes the president saying white supremacists in Charlottesville are “very fine people.”

“President Trump has normalized dangerous rhetoric,” said at-large council member Dimple Ajmera. “This (resolution) sends a strong message that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated in our city.”

Both of the Republicans clarified their votes. One noted that while he doesn’t agree with the president all of the time, he does support Trump’s policies. The other affirmed his opposition to “hate speech” but doesn’t think it is the city council’s job to condemn language.

The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer pointed to the obvious objections to backing out of the convention at this late date. Everyone knew President Trump when the agreement was made and his manner of speaking is nothing new. On the technicalities alone, the city would lose the battle in court – Trump isn’t a part of the agreement himself.

It’s a tempting notion, especially after the “send her back” chant at Donald Trump’s Greenville rally last week offered Charlotte a disturbing preview of what we’re welcoming next fall. But what would happen if the City Council decided to say “no thanks” to the convention? What would come next if Charlotte simply left its keys on the counter and tried to walk out on this deal?

First, Republicans would very likely and very quickly sue. They would not be interested in damages, at least not at first, but for a judge to provide injunctive relief and make Charlotte live up to its part of the RNC 2020 contract.

Also very likely: That judge would not be sympathetic to Charlotte’s case, for at least two reasons. First, city leaders knew who Donald Trump and his supporters were long before they agreed to invite everyone to Charlotte. But also, as City Attorney Patrick Baker noted Monday: Trump is not a party in the convention contract. The RNC and RNC host committee are, and to this point neither has done anything to breach the contract.

Don’t look for a change of venue for the RNC convention. This is all about Democrats posturing for the 2020 elections, even at the local level. They will take every possible opportunity to condemn the bad Orange Man. Democrats have little else in their toolbox to get out the base on election day.

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“#TeamPregnantDad”: Major NC Newspaper Publishes Multi-Part Series On How “Men” Who Give Birth Are Blazing Trails

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Transgender man Liam Johns and husband Duane Danielson – screen grab via the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte Observer (the “CO” as I’ll call it going forward), my hometown newspaper, has done a 5-part series chronicling the pregnancy of Liam Johns, a 30-year-old transgender man from North Carolina.

The paper first reported on Johns in April 2016, about a month after the passage of the state’s controversial HB2 “bathroom bill.” The CO – along with their sister paper the Raleigh News and Observer – was virulently against HB2, which their editorial pages, straight news pieces, so-called fact checks, and even their sports columnists made very clear.

Their 2016 feature on Johns, who was not pregnant at the time, was just one of many transgender stories they peppered the paper with throughout the year in an effort to express their solidarity. Meanwhile, other pieces portrayed HB2 proponents – including sexual assault survivors – as either backwards-thinking women or hate-filled bigots.

From a May 2016 editorial:

From October 2016, the front page of one of their Sunday editions:

The purpose of what I’m about to write is not to poke fun at the couple in the CO’s just-published series. The two agreed to have their private journey to fatherhood documented and published by the paper, and unfortunately the paper exploited and sensationalized their story to promote the myth that men can give birth.

Using the hashtag “#TeamPregnantDad”, the first chapter in the CO’s documentary focused on “the man in the maternity ward”:

Liam, for as far back as he can remember, has longed to have children. But it was only recently, in his late 20s, he imagined himself pregnant.

He’s not the first transgender man to have a baby. While there’s no official data or record-keeping on trans men giving birth, the recognition of “first” is typically given to Thomas Beatie. Beatie appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008, when he was about six months pregnant. Although headlines announced Beatie as “the world’s first pregnant man,” trans health experts say it’s likely hundreds came before him.

What does the CO not tell you about Beatie? That even though the transgender man had gender reassignment surgery, Beatie had kept the female reproductive organs he was born with, which is how “he” was able to get pregnant (bolded emphasis added):

Five years ago, Thomas Beatie, then 34, gave birth to a girl called Susan.

The American man was born female but subsequently underwent gender reassignment – keeping his female reproductive organs – after having breast surgery to remove glands and flatten his chest.

Since then Thomas has given birth to two other children, Austin and Jenson.

As far as Liam’s road to transitioning and pregnancy goes, the CO makes you read between the lines to figure out that he, too, still had the female organs he was born with in order to get pregnant (bolded emphasis added):

The road to becoming Liam started with small steps in high school, when he shaved his head, wore men’s clothing and confided in a few close friends he was transgender. Later, with the help of hormone injections, Liam grew a beard and soon after, legally changed his name and gender. Then, at 27, he had cosmetic surgery to remove his breasts and reconstruct his chest.

After 10 years of physical transformation, Liam says, he finally felt comfortable in his own body. The confidence — he hoped — would be enough to challenge one of society’s most-ingrained assumptions: that only women give birth to babies.

[…]

[In the summer of 2017] Liam, fresh off a broken engagement, had already been off testosterone injections and was trying to start a family for almost a year.

Hold up: “society’s most-ingrained assumptions: that only women give birth to babies”? I’m sorry, but that’s not a societal “assumption” – that’s a biological, irrefutable fact. Why would any reputable news outlet that seeks to serve their community with reliable information suggest otherwise?

It is an irrefutable fact that every transgender “man” who has ever gotten pregnant has done so with the lady parts “he” decided to keep during their transition.

Men cannot have children.

No matter how many times the CO and other mainstream media outlets write otherwise, that fact will never change.

In addition to their multi-part series, the paper produced a 13 minute video of Johns and husband Duane Danielson’s experiences:

The comments on the articles are disabled, but you can let the paper know your thoughts on their series by sending them an email, or sending a tweet to executive editor Sherry Chisenhall or editorial page editor Taylor Batten.

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HERO: UNCC Shooting Victim Riley Howell to Be Buried With Full Military Honors Today

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Crowds line the streets to pay their respects as law enforcement officers escort the body of UNCC shooting victim and hero Riley Howell home in Waynesville, NC – 5/2/19. Screen grab via WBTV News.

21-year-old Riley Howell, whose actions saved lives in Tuesday’s deadly mass shooting at UNC Charlotte, will be laid to rest today in North Carolina with full military honors.

Charlotte’s WCNC reports:

The UNC Charlotte student who tackled a shooter on campus earlier this week will be buried with full military honors.

The announcement was made Friday afternoon at a rally in uptown where students and activists gathered to raise awareness about gun violence.

Howell was an ROTC cadet and had considered a military career.

The day after the shootings, a petition was started to have Howell buried with full military honors. It stated:

Riley Howell, 21, died while tackling the gunman of the UNCC campus shooting on April 30. He was one of 2 students killed and 4 wounded, but there may have been many more victims had Riley not rushed the gunman and tackled him.

Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates.

For his heroism, we ask the Riley be given a burial with full military honors.

The petition needed 100,000 signatures by May 31st in order to get a response from the White House. As of this writing, it has gotten almost 67,000.

Wells Funeral Home has confirmed to multiple media outlets that he will be buried with full military honors:

According to the funeral home, the ROTC made the decision to bury Howell with military honors.

Lt. Col. Chunka Smith, who runs the university’s ROTC program, said he was unable to discuss the funeral plans out of respect for the Howell family, but said the Army and National Guard “will ensure that Riley Howell is properly recognized for his heroism.”

In an emotional moment, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said on Wednesday during a press conference that Howell’s actions saved lives, and that he was the “first and foremost hero” from Tuesday:

Howell’s body was escorted home by law enforcement on Thursday from Charlotte to Waynesville, North Carolina. All along that route, which is about a two and a half hour drive, first responders and civilians paid their respects to Howell:

Every single overpass and every single entrance ramp from Charlotte to Waynesville had both first responders and civilians carrying American flags, holding up signs and standing with their hands over their hearts, said Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed, whose officers were part of the motorcade.

“I was getting messages all yesterday and last night from agencies that wanted to show their respect,” Hollingsed said. “Our sole intention was to escort Riley home, but every single jurisdiction along the way was there. People are very caring. When they hear things like this and the story of what Riley did, it touches them. He is truly a hero.”

The tribute in Waynesville included hundreds of individuals — both who knew the family and who didn’t — who lined the approach to Wells Funeral Home Thursday.

A public memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm today in the Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, NC.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2), a Navy SEAL who lost his eye during an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2012, paid tribute to Howell in a tweet Saturday:

A verified GoFundMe page has been started for Howell’s family.

Howell was one of two students who died that day. The other one was 19-year-old Ellis “Reed” Parlier.

Four other students were injured in the attack: 19-year-old Drew Pescaro, 20-year-old Sean Dehart, 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan, and 23-year-old Emily Houpt.

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Petition Started for UNCC Shooting Victim and Hero Riley Howell, an ROTC Cadet, to Be Buried With Full Military Honors

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The Kennedy building at UNC Charlotte, the scene of Tuesday’s deadly mass shooting. Screen grab via WXII.

On Wednesday, I wrote about UNC Charlotte student Riley Howell, 21, who was killed in Tuesday’s deadly mass shooting in the university’s Kennedy building.

Howell was one of two students who died that day. The other one was 19-year-old Ellis Parlier. Four other students were injured in the attack: 19-year-old Drew Pescaro, 20-year-old Sean Dehart, 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan, and 23-year-old Emily Houpt.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a press conference on Wednesday that Howell’s actions saved people’s lives:

“You’re either going to run, you’re going to hide and shield, or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant. Having no place to run and hide, he did the last. But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed,” Putney said. “Unfortunately, he gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.”

The gunman had a lot of ammunition and while detectives aren’t sure if he was targeting anyone specifically Tuesday, they know he picked out the Kennedy Building and gave no indication he was going to stop shooting before Howell charged, Putney said.

“His sacrifice saved lives,” the chief said.

His family issued a statement noting that Riley had considered a career in the military or firefighting:

Riley considered a career in the military or firefighting before enrolling in college. He relished the big challenges, whether it be jumping from the highest cliff into the water below or power lifting competitions at the gym. Once committed to something- he never gave up, never gave in, and gave everything he had- always.

And from CBS News:

Lt. Col. Chunka Smith, who runs UNC Charlotte’s ROTC program, said he’s not surprised Howell gave his life for others.

“I would tell you, he stood out,” Smith said.

“Do you feel a sense of pride in what he did?” CBS News correspondent Chip Reid asked.

“I do. Absolutely. As a soldier, we understand what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice,” Smith said.

As a result of Howell’s heroic actions and because he was an ROTC cadet, a petition has been started requesting to have him buried with full military honors:

Riley Howell, 21, died while tackling the gunman of the UNCC campus shooting on April 30. He was one of 2 students killed and 4 wounded, but there may have been many more victims had Riley not rushed the gunman and tackled him.

Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates.

For his heroism, we ask the Riley be given a burial with full military honors.

As of this writing, the petition has nearly 18,000 signatures. It needs 100,000 by May 31st in order to get a response from the White House.

After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting last February, three of the victims were posthumously awarded the Army Medal of Heroism: Peter Wang, 15, Alaina Petty, 14, and Martin Duque, 14. All three were ROTC cadets.

Wang was buried in his cadet uniform with the medal, and was given a posthumous offer of admission to West Point for his heroic actions.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Howell’s family. His body was brought back to his hometown of Waynesville, NC on Thursday. Funeral and memorial services will be held Saturday and Sunday for Howell.

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HERO: Victim in UNC Charlotte Mass Shooting Sacrificed His Life, Had Considered Military Service

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The Kennedy building at UNC Charlotte, the scene of Tuesday’s deadly mass shooting. Screen grab via WXII.

As I wrote this morning, more details are emerging about the 22-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s deadly mass shooting at UNC Charlotte.

This afternoon and evening, we also learned more information about the people who should be remembered the most in this horrific tragedy: The victims.

Charlotte’s WBTV News reports:

Two people killed in a shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus Tuesday evening were identified by university officials Wednesday as 21-year-old Riley C. Howell of Waynesville, NC and 19-year-old Ellis R. Parlier of Midland, NC.

Officials identified the four injured when 22-year-old suspect Trystan Terrell opened fire as 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan of Saudi Arabia, 20-year-old Sean Dehart of Apex, NC, 23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte, and 19-year-old Drew Pescaro of Apex, NC.

In a press conference this afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney noted that Howell sacrificed his life in a struggle with the gunman:

Those who truly knew Riley Howell will all say the same thing.

“He always was able to put others before himself and never hesitated to help anyone who needed it.”

So when a gunman walked into his classroom at UNC Charlotte late Tuesday evening and opened fire, officials said Riley sacrificed himself to save his peers.

[…]

Chief Putney said Riley’s sacrifice saved lives. Blocked inside a classroom, Putney said Riley had no option to run or hide, so he fought.

“He took the fight to the assailant. Unfortunately, he had to give his life to do so, but he saved lives doing so,” Putney said about Riley. “He took the assailant off his feet, and the heroes that we have here were able to apprehend from there.”

Howell’s lecturer tweeted this out early this morning:

Howell’s family issued a statement today honoring his memory. It read, in part:

At 21 years old, Riley Howell was a big kid, who loved life, his family, and his soul mate Lauren. He was everyone’s protector, always standing up for what he believed in and lending a strong back to those in need.

[…]

Riley made it easy to be his friend. His laid back demeanor belied his innate desire to make a meaningful impact on your life. He made you feel special, he asked all the right questions, and always seemed available when you needed him most.

Riley considered a career in the military or firefighting before enrolling in college. He relished the big challenges, whether it be jumping from the highest cliff into the water below or power lifting competitions at the gym. Once committed to something- he never gave up, never gave in, and gave everything he had- always.

Here are photos of Riley:

The family of Ellis Parlier also issued a statement that included information about a prayer vigil held earlier today:

Until further information is available we request that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

The family is still in shock and grieving over their loss. At this point, no one in the family is in a position to make a statement or answer any questions related to this tragedy.

[…]

We will provide a more detailed statement once we have more information and will include additional pictures.

Please ask the community to keep all the victims and families in their prayers.

Here’s a photo of Ellis Parlier:

Remember their names. Remember their faces.

Graduation ceremonies at UNC Charlotte are set to start on May 9th. Per the university, final exams have been cancelled through Sunday.

Tuesday was the last day of classes.

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He Confessed: Details Emerge About Suspect in Deadly UNC-Charlotte Mass Shooting

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The campus of UNC-Charlotte after a deadly mass shooting on 4/30/19. Screen grab via WCNC.

As I reported to you last night, there was a deadly mass shooting in my hometown of Charlotte on the campus of UNC-Charlotte in their Kennedy building.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and there are four other victims – 3 of who were critically injured. One of the victims is Drew Pescaro, a sports writer for the student-run Niner Times newspaper.

Pescaro is in stable condition after surgery and his family is asking for people to use the hashtag #DrewStrong when writing about him on social media.

The two students who were murdered were identified this morning:

Chancellor Phillip Dubois said on WBT that the two students who were killed were 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, of Midland, and 21-year-old Riley Howell, of Waynesville.

The suspect in the deadly shootings has been identified as 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, a former history major at the university:

Terrell was a history major at UNCC and was most recently enrolled at the university in fall 2018, the same semester he transferred to the school, according to the university’s advising system called Connect.

Terrell, who was born in Texas, is a registered voter in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, according to his voter registration records.

According to the Associated Press, Terrell’s grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died.

Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter.

Here’s video of Terrell as he was escorted into Charlotte-Mecklenburg police HQ last night:

The shooter’s motive is not yet known. He provided a full confession to police investigators, according to local news reports.

More information is coming in about how the suspect was armed and what happened inside the building:

Police say the suspect went into the Kennedy building on UNC Charlotte’s main campus – armed with a pistol.

Sources say witnesses told investigators that he started shouting and began shooting randomly – not at specific targets.

According to the Niner Times, one student who had interacted with Terrell in the past did not have a good feeling about him:

Nick Brooks, 22, hid for over two hours in the Panda Express kitchen on campus. He said he was taking a study break at the fountain outside of Kennedy building when he saw the suspect, someone he recognized from riding the light rail, walk into Kennedy. Seconds later, he heard shots fired.

“It was like, ‘pop, pop, pop,’ and that’s when we all started to lay on the ground,” he said. “You could feel the vibration. I don’t know if it was just, like, nerves. You could just feel it in your chest.”

He said a student came running out of the building, yelling about an active shooter. It was then that Brooks got up, grabbed his backpack and sprinted to Cone building where a group of roughly 35 people had gathered. “I’ve never run that fast in my life,” he said.

Brooks said he had a strange feeling about Terrell, and he remembered an odd interaction with the suspect at a NoDa apartment complex. “He was in the elevator and the doors were closing and he was just staring at me,” Brooks said. “You could tell something was up with him. It’s like he had no emotions.”

Flags will be lowered to half-staff across the state through Friday to honor the victims:

There have been a lot of questions surrounding the university’s policy on bringing weapons on campus. Here’s UNC-Charlotte’s weapons policy, which is in accordance with North Carolina law.

Please continue to keep the victims, their families, the students, campus, and the city of Charlotte in your thoughts and prayers.

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BREAKING: Two Dead, Four Injured in UNC-Charlotte Campus Shooting, Suspect in Custody

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The campus of UNC-Charlotte after a deadly mass shooting on 4/30/19. Screen grab via WCNC.

Just a few minutes before 6 tonight the UNC-Charlotte campus alert system issued warnings to students to take cover and stay safe after a shooting occurred on campus:

Per Charlotte’s WCNC, two are dead and four have been injured – and two of them have life-threatening injuries:

Two people have died and four people are hurt after a shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus, Medic confirmed.

Medic said the two deceased were pronounced dead at the scene. Two people have been treated for life-threatening injuries and two have been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials confirmed to NBC Charlotte the shooter was a student. Police officials confirmed to WCNC that the suspect is named Trystan Terrell, a 22-year-old history major at UNCC.

Here’s video of someone, presumably of the suspect, being dragged away from the scene in handcuffs:

Here’s a photo of the suspect, via WSOC-TV‘s Joe Bruno:

Here’s video of Terrell as he was taken into police HQ tonight. It’s not clear what he was saying as he turned to the cameras before being escorted into the building:

This was what the scene looked like earlier on campus. Surreal:

Also per Bruno, a concert and a baseball game were supposed to take place tonight on campus:

Per WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich, this was the last day of class for students before summer. Graduation is next week:

Some students who were at or near the scene of the shooting have been interviewed by local reporters:

Local and state officials as well as members of the U.S. House and Senate from North Carolina are weighing in:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the scene is secure:

Here is the university’s policy regarding weapons on campus.

I live about 10 minutes from this campus and pass by it almost every day, so this really hits close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with all impacted at the university and for my beloved city of Charlotte as it grieves for the victims.

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