Latest Wilmington News

UNC Wilmington professor gets $504K settlement with school

Jul. 2, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has reached a half-million-dollar settlement with a professor who announced his retirement amid backlash over his comments on social media, which included calling the state’s governor “Massa Cooper.” In an email...

North Carolina professor to retire following backlash

Jun. 30, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina college professor will retire amid criticism over his latest social media comments, which include calling the state’s governor “Massa Cooper.” Mike Adams, a sociology and criminology professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, will...

Confederate cannons removed from Raleigh now at Fort Fisher

Jun. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Two Civil War cannons that were at a Confederate monument in Raleigh are now at Fort Fisher. The Wilmington Star News reports that the naval cannons arrived Sunday after they were removed with the 1895 monument on the orders of Gov. Roy Cooper last week after they were vandalized. ...

DA tosses cases involving officers in hate-filled video rant

Jun. 25, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors have dismissed cases involving three officers who were fired after a video recording captured one of them saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said in a...

Coastal North Carolina city removes Confederate monuments

Jun. 25, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city along the coast has removed two Confederate statues located in public spaces near downtown. Wilmington officials said on Twitter early Thursday that they removed a statue of former Confederate politician George Davis and a statue at another Confederate...

3 North Carolina police officers fired over racist rants

Jun. 24, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three members of a North Carolina police department have been fired after a department audit of a video recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready. The Wilmington Police Department took the action...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 24, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ June 23 The Fayetteville Observer on the need for a statewide mask requirement: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper should make wearing masks a statewide requirement to help in the fight against COVID-19. It is the right thing to do to protect the health and lives...

Isaiah Bowen, right, takes a shot as his dad, Garth Bowen, center, looks on at a basketball hoop in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Sunday June 21, 2020, in Richmond, Va. A judge extended an injunction delaying the removal of the statue by the state. The statue had become a focal point for the Black Lives Matter movement in Richmond. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Latest: NYC officer suspended for 'apparent chokehold'

Jun. 21, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — NYC officer suspended without pay for ‘apparent chokehold’ — No arrests in shooting in Seattle protest zone that killed 1. — A statue of a Spanish missionary in downtown Los Angeles has been toppled by demonstrators. — George Washington memorial...

The statue of a Confederate soldier and plinth sit on a flatbed truck at the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

While Confederate statues come down, other symbols targeted

Jun. 21, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Spectators in North Carolina's capital cheered Sunday morning as work crews finished the job started by protesters Friday night and removed a Confederate statue from the top of a 75-foot (232 meter) monument. Across the country, an initially peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon,...

Wilmington mayor imposes curfew around 2 Confederate statues

Jun. 21, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of a North Carolina city has imposed a curfew in the narrow area surrounding two Confederate monuments to try to thwart any vandalism or destruction. The curfew in the city of Wilmington applies from 7:30 p.m. through 7 a.m. in the immediate area around two Confederate...