Dean-Paul Earl Stephens

North Carolina Based Reporter

Hailing from Jamaica but based In North Carolina, I cover the goings-on of North Carolina communities.

As Confederate monument controversy lingers, Randolph County residents grow impatient

During a recent meeting, several Randolph County residents urged county commissioners to make a decision concerning the fate of the Confederate monument outside the courthouse at 176 E. Salisbury St. in Asheboro. It was the second such meeting in which community members urged county officials to move forward with a decision concerning the monument erected in 1911.

Greensboro News and Record
Civil rights complaints lodged against Graham Police Department

A controversial hire by Graham police has resulted in a pair of civil rights complaints lodged against the department. The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, the founder of the Stop Killing Us Solutions Campaign run by an Alamance County-based nonprofit, this week filed complaints with state Attorney General Josh Stein and U.S.

Burlington Times News
Hearing: March organizer Drumwright free to access county property

Following a Wednesday afternoon court hearing, local activist Rev. Gregory Drumwright will continue to have access to county-owned property. "I will be able to continue to peacefully organize, right here, where I grew up," Drumwright said immediately following Wednesday's decision. This is the most recent development in the legal saga stemming from the Oct.

Burlington Times News
Alamance County officials completed a first phase of restoration of the McCray School

North Burlington hosted state and local officials on Monday for the dedication of the newly-renovated McCray School, one of North Carolina's oldest structures that once housed a segregated school. Despite overcast skies, the rain held off as project and Alamance-Burlington Schools officials spoke about the months-long undertaking to restore the building located at 4460 NC Highway 62.

Asheboro Courier Tribune
A year of grief: How the family of a slain teenager is picking up the pieces

Family, friends, and others from throughout the Triad and Piedmont regions gathered Monday at High Point's Brentwood Street to celebrate the life of Fred Cox on the anniversary of his death. Last year, High Point resident Fred Cox was shot and killed by a Davidson County sheriff's deputy while at the funeral of Jonas Thompson.

Burlington Times News
Lexington holds largest monument protest in weeks

Anti-Confederate monument demonstrators braved Friday afternoon's heat and rain to protest Lexington's monument. With dozens of participants, Friday's protest was larger than the usual protest held at the steps of Lexington's court house.

Burlington Times News
Power and Place: How a dozen perspectives paint Alamance County's portrait

A series of micro-documentaries details Alamance County's racial and cultural growth through the eyes and experiences of more than a dozen men and women. The culmination of a project spearheaded by the African American Cultural Arts and History Center, Mayco Bigelow Community Center, and Elon University, the project was titled the Power and Place Collaborative and was screened at Elon University's Moseley Center on Saturday.

Burlington Times News
Environmental groups criticize EPA's plans to study pollution

Environmental groups and activists across the state are trying to convince officials at the Environmental Protection Agency to expand studies into an environmental containment they believe could negatively impact North Carolinians. In October a coalition of N.C.-based environmental groups petitioned the EPA to expand their planned study into PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Carolina Coast Online
FEMA housing program deadline approaches

NEWPORT - Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have given Carteret County residents until March to move out of federally provided lodging and find alternative accommodations. This is according to FEMA officials and the remaining residents of emergency lodging along Averys Way in Newport.

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Clarkesworld Magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy

18430 words, novella Rama I know only an irrational panic. I try to collect myself only to find my faculties are not my own but that of an internal imperative guiding my, quite incomprehensible, actions. Run a parallel diagnostic, recalibrate magnetic relay B4, load the ballistic rod, I don't understand but feel compelled to act.

Report blames historic reform bill for drop in police complaints

By Dean-Paul Stephens // October 28 2043 A report by the American Civil Liberties Union shows a nationwide drop in complaints against law enforcement officers. The report, titled "Police Reformation: A Year After LEO Oversight," compiles complaint data from every police department and Sheriff's Office in the country and compares them to previous years.

Households prefer Light-based internet

Published in the current issue of MIT's Technology Review, the study is based on surveys of over 200,000 households across the country. Of those 200,000 households, 70% either have a light-based internet system or plan to upgrade to a light-based system sometime within the next six months.

New Bay Area desalination plant to use tidal power

"The project represents how far we've come in regards to renewable power," reads a press release from the governor's office. "Water desalination has emerged as a significant global need and we're thrilled to be part of the effort to push the technology forward." The process of desalination, or changing seawater into potable water, is energy-intensive.