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After tense debate, East Carolina University trustees postpone a vote on whether to remove from a dorm the name of a former governor who espoused white supremacist views.
The Trinity Table, a free community meal, fed 175 people Thursday during its annual Christmas lunch, complete with turkey, dressing and holiday cookies. The free meal effort launched a decade ago and remains open to anyone. It is served each Thursday at 2516 S. Tryon St. through a partnership between South Tryon Community Church and Myers Park United Methodist Church. Mark Price
The family of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot to death by police in Charlotte, is again collecting Christmas toys for the needy. Ferrell died Sept. 14, 2013. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick goes to trial in July on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Those interested in donating to the Jon Ferrell Toy Drive can visit the Justice for Jon Facebook page or contact Ryan Julison at 321-377-6877. Michael Gordon

The Death Penalty Information Center released a year-end report Thursday showing the number of convicted murderers sentenced to death nationally was at a 20-year low, and executions were at a 40-year low.

A second trial of the man accused of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, an honor-roll student from Monroe, is under way, but prosecutors say they won’t call a jailhouse informant whose involvement in the first trial got the guilty verdict overturned.

It’s long been a rite of high school students: staying up late to finish reading and other homework assignments for the next day’s class.

Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark said Thursday that she would be open to leading Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools permanently should the school board be interested in having her be superintendent.

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