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GREENSBORO’S MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX HIGHEST IN CAROLINAS

The City of Greensboro scored an 85 out of 100 possible points in the latest listing of the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The score ranks Greensboro first among all other cities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The MEI examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them on the bases of their inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who live and work in the city. Among the index categories where Greensboro scored highest were in municipal services, law enforcement and the City’s relationship with the LGBT community.

After receiving just 50 points to rank fifth in North Carolina in 2014, the City took several steps in 2015 that improved its score. Among those were actions by Greensboro City Council to revise nondiscrimination ordinances to be more inclusive regarding matters of gender identity and expression. Meanwhile, the City has long included sexual orientation in its equal employment opportunity policy.

The annual MEI is produced by the Human Rights Campaign which represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters of LGBT equality in the US. The full MEI listing is available online here: http://www.hrc.org/resources/mei-2015- see-your-citys-score Greensboro’s ranking compared to North Carolina cities listed in the MEI:

1. Greensboro – 85 2. Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham – 60 3. Chapel Hill – 55 4. Winston-Salem – 33 5. Fayetteville – 23 6. Cary – 18

Greensboro’s ranking compared to  South Carolina cities listed in the MEI:

1. Greensboro – 85 2. Columbia – 75 3. Charleston – 47 4. North Charleston – 45 5. Mount Pleasant – 18 6. Rock Hill – 17

GREENSBORO TEEN CHARGED IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE

A seventeen-year-old Greensboro man is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the shooting death of two men on Bragg St. on Dec. 2.

Chauncey Jamal Slade, 1413 Bellevue St., was served two warrants for First Degree Murder on Dec. 18 in connection with the homicides of Ernest Lemark Cuthbertson, 23, and Jeffrey Devine Hampton, 44.

At approximately 11 pm the night of the shooting, Greensboro police officers were in the Ray Warren neighborhood on an unrelated call when they heard shots fired. Upon locating the crime scene near 1008 E. Bragg St., they found Cuthbertson, whose last known address is 407 E.

Washington St., fatally shot. Hampton, of 1511 Avalon Dr., was also shot in the incident. He was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Detectives have learned that the shooting followed a dispute among Slade, Cuthbertson and Hampton (who are cousins), and others. The nature of the dispute, along with any motive for the shooting, remains unclear. Police have determined that Slade knew Cuthbertson before shooting.

Slade was served the warrants while confined in the High Point Jail after being arrested on Dec. 15 for stealing property from several automobiles earlier that same day. He is also charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling for the Dec. 2 incident.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000. !

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