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Mayor slams hate speech in city
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:57

From Staff Reports 

Following the Nov. 8 election of Republican Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and some alleged comments and actions by his supporters in the aftermath, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, a Democrat, issued the following statement on hate speech on Nov. 14:

“A number of people have contacted me in the past week to tell me about incidents of hate speech in our community.”

“I am disheartened to learn that members of our minority and LGBT communities have been the victims of hate speech, harassment and intimidation. These disgraceful actions will not be tolerated in Asheville.”

“Asheville’s people are accepting, open-minded and respectful. As a community, we have an even greater challenge to come together with kindness and compassion for each other.”

“I call on every individual to demonstrate that intolerance and hatred will not be accepted. As mayor of Asheville, I am dedicated to maintaining Asheville as an equitable and inclusive city where we can acknowledge our differences, and allow everyone to feel safe and respected.”

To that end, the mayor cited several complaints about incidents of hate speech in the community to local news media.

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Wildfires? Mainly arson, officials say
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:54

WNC blazes under control; Asheville's fall driest ever 

From Staff Reports

About 80,000 acres in Western North Carolina have been burned by wildfires that have forced residents to evacuate their homes and businesses to close to shut down temporarily.

Firefighters from all 50 states were brought in to work a 21-day shift to keep blazes from destroying structures or injuring people.

This is Asheville’s driest fall ever, with no measurable rain falling in November at the Asheville Regional Airport. Just 0.54 inches fell in the Asheville area in October, according to Trisha Palmer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

About 5 inches could fall along the southern slopes of the Appalacians  late Nov. 28 through Nov. 30, Palmer noted.

Meanwhile, arson is suspected in most of the Western North Carolina wildfires, according to the U.S. Forest Service and incident command teams.

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