May 15 News Briefs

Tom Wolfe, pioneering ‘New Journalist,’ dead at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering author Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space race before turning his sharp eye to fiction, has died. He was 87 years of age. Wolfe’s agent Lynn Nesbit told The Associated Press that Wolfe died in a New York City hospital. Additional details were not immediately available. The “new journalism” reporter and novelist insisted that the only way to tell a great story was to go out and report it. His writing style was rife with exclamation points, italics and improbable words. Among his acclaimed books were “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” a satire of Manhattan-style power and justice that became one of the best-selling books of the ‘80s.

Trump pushes for secure borders at tribute to slain police

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using an annual tribute to law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty to press Congress to secure U.S. borders. Trump made the pitch to lawmakers Tuesday after speaking about a Border Patrol agent who was killed on the job in November. The law-and-order president says government’s first duty is to protect its citizens. He adds that the Department of Homeland Security is on the “front lines of this incredible, heroic fight.” Trump says that’s why he’s calling on Congress to secure the borders, support border patrol agents, stop so-called sanctuary cities and end policies that release individuals he describes as “violent criminals” back into our communities. Says Trump: “We don’t want it any longer. We’ve had it. Enough is enough.”

North Carolina teachers stage rallies to protest low pay

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states is hitting North Carolina as educators greet returning state legislators with demands for better pay and school resources. About 15,000 teachers are expected in Raleigh on Wednesday, when the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. More than three dozen school districts have decided to close classrooms that day, meaning an unplanned day off for more than two-thirds of the state’s 1.5 million public school students. The National Education Association reported last month that North Carolina teachers earn about $50,000 on average, ranking them 39th in the United States in 2017. Planned raises this year would make five straight annual increases. But the NEA says that still represents more than a 9 percent slide in real income since 2009 due to inflation.