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The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Deal Satisfies NCAA; Heels Come Home

Posted by on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 8:28 AM

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Rad Sports Illustrated cover. OK. Let's get into it.

1) The NCAA suggests that HB 2 deal is good enough to bring sporting events back to North Carolina.

Calling it a move that was "reluctantly" made doesn't make it any better. The NCAA caved. And the organization knows it. This just about says it all. From the NCAA:
While the new law meets the minimal NCAA requirements, the board remains concerned that some may perceive North Carolina’s moratorium against affording opportunities for communities to extend basic civil rights as a signal that discriminatory behavior is permitted and acceptable, which is inconsistent with the NCAA Bylaws.

However, we recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2. And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships.
Whatever. We're sure the LGBTQ community thanks you for the fake outrage.

2) Tar Heels celebrate championship with fans at Smith Center.

From the N&O:
Fans pumped their fists as the band played “Sweet Caroline,” then they got a video replay of the locker-room festivities in Arizona. The team and Coach Roy Williams finally walked on stage at the Smith Center at 7:15 p.m. Thousands of cell phones rose in the air. So did the players’ phones.
3) Trump administration's reaction to latest violence in Syria raises eyebrows.

From The New York Times:
As the world recoiled at the televised images of lifeless children in the latest atrocity in Syria’s savage civil war on Tuesday, the White House issued a statement expressing outrage just as any White House presumably would.

But where other presidents might have used the moment to call for the departure of Syria’s authoritarian leader, Bashar al-Assad, President Trump’s spokesman dismissed the notion as impractical because it would not happen. “We would look like, to some degree, rather silly not acknowledging the political realities that exist in Syria,” said the spokesman, Sean Spicer.
Oh. And if that's not awesome enough, Trump also blamed former President Barack Obama for the attack.
Mr. Trump’s statement on Tuesday called the Syria chemical attack “reprehensible” and “intolerable,” but blamed Mr. Obama as much as Mr. Assad. “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” he said. “President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”
4) Michael Peterson set to appear on "Dateline."

No. This guy won't just go away. From the INDY:
According to a press release from NBC, “Down the Back Staircase ” will include interviews with Peterson as well as Kathleen's sister, Candace Zamperini; Peterson’s daughters, Martha Ratliff and Margaret Ratliff; Peterson’s brother, Bill Peterson; Detective Art Holland; former Assistant District Attorney Freda Black; Peterson’s defense attorney, David Rudolf; and Kathleen’s daughter, Caitlin Atwater. (Atwater spoke to the INDY about her mother prior to Peterson's plea deal.)

Dateline is billing the special, featuring correspondent Dennis Murphy, as "one of the most compelling mysteries we've ever covered as you haven't heard it before." In a clip, Peterson tells Murphy that taking the plea last month was "the most difficult decision I ever made in my life."
On that note, have a good one, everybody. Watch out for owls.

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