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Undocumented man arrested after leaving sanctuary to meet with immigration officials

Protesters demonstrated after the arrest of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who is undocumented, after he left a Morrisville, NC church to keep an appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.



Protesters topple Confederate monument

After years of controversy, the Silent Sam Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus, erected in 1913 in honor of UNC alumni who died in the Civil War, was toppled by protesters Aug. 20, 2018.

(video by Julia Wall and Travis Long)

(Video by Travis Long)

(Video by Julia Wall and Travis Long )


Hurricane Irma devastates parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast and Keys

Hurricane Irma made landfall Category 3 storm causing wind damage and flooding.


5-alarm fire destroys apartment project in downtown Raleigh

Firefighters battle a 5-alarm fire that destroyed an apartment building under construction and damaged another residential building in downtown Raleigh the night of Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Read more here: <https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article139091333.html#storylink=cpy>


Election Eve 2016

In the hotly contested battleground state of North Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hosted opposing rallies in Raleigh, NC on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, 2016.


Red, blue and purple: A year in N.C. politics

North Carolina saw presidential visits, big name politicians, civil disobedience and the most expensive senate race in American history while the nation looked to the purple state for answers in a mid-term election that changed the nation’s balance of power.

First Place News Picture Story:  North Carolina Press Photographer Association’s Pictures of the Year Contest.

Honorable Mention News Picture Story: Southern Short Course’s pictures of the year contest.

 

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Portrait of an innocent man


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Henry McCollum spent more than three decades on North Carolina’s death row for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. MCollum is found freedom after investigators linked DNA at the crime scene to a Robeson County man serving life for a similar rape murder. Read More about the investigation here.

Read about McCollum’s exoneration here.

 

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What a day: N.C.’s Moral Monday in review

Thousands marched from in North Carolina’s Capital from Halifax Mall to Fayetteville Street to hear a fiery speech delivered by N.C. NAACP President William Barber II during the final “Moral Monday” demonstration of the N.C. legislative session. Watch a highlight video by News & Observer staff photojournalist Travis Long who covered the majority of Moral Monday and related demonstrations for the The News & Observer.


Gubernatorial Inauguration

I can’t remember the last time I had a six column photo on 1A:

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America the Gutted

Had the pleasure of working on the North Carolina segments of Global Post’s America the Gutted Series:

Credits:
Produced and Reported: Solana Pyne
Field Production and video: Travis Long


School Board in Turmoil

In 1976, after years of unpopular and failed proposals, North Carolina’s General Assembly merged Raleigh City schools with Wake County’s sprawling suburban school system in an effort to mitigate “white flight” and comply with court-mandated desegration. The district’s integration efforts eventually established a magnet program regarded a as a model for promoting balanced diversity in the classroom.

Today the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is North Carolina’s largest public school district and the 17th largest in the United States with 143,289 students attending 163 schools during the 2010-11 academic year.

In 2009, an off-year election held in the county’s suburban outlying districts ushered in a Tea Party-backed school board majority that campaigned to end socioeconomic diversity based school enrollment. Promising their constituents neighborhood schools, the new conservative majority voted in 2010 to disregard the socioeconomic factors to determine school assignments.

“When you want to dismantle that, based on political ideology, not based on educational research, there’s something real wrong about that and we have to challenge it,” said North Carolina NAACP President William Barber.

Update – : January 13, 2011 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, voiced his concerns for WCPSS in an editorial for The Washington Post.

Update –  January 19, 2011: Wake County School Board member John Tedesco and the school system’s diversity controversy was the featured subject during The Colbert Report’s segment “The Wørd: Disintegration.”


Innocence Panel Sets Greg Taylor Free


A three judge panel votes unanimously to undo Greg Taylor’s 1993 conviction for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas, a prostitute in Southeast Raleigh. Their decision exonerates Taylor and releases him from a term of life in prison after 17 years.

Credits:
Footage: Travis Long, pool
Editing: Travis Long

Update – May 21, 2010: Governor pardons Greg Taylor


The Things They Left Behind

We’ll never fully know what the victims of Katrina lost. Six months ago, the storm tore apart houses, uprooted trees and shredded metal that still creaks in the wind. But it also shredded lives, strewing the personal effects of thousands of lifetimes across the Gulf Coast. A child’s photograph nailed to the wall of an empty New Orleans apartment. On the ground in Mississippi, the driver’s license of a man who drowned trying to ride out the storm. In a yard filled with debris, a bicycle twisted almost beyond recognition. Each artifact meant something to someone. Now these things have weathered the elements for months, caked in mud, becoming just more trash to shove into piles and haul away. Many can’t be traced to their owners. Most will never be claimed, but each one has a story.

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