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Local homicide to be featured

The homicide of a North Carolina A&T senior will be featured on the website of the FOX television show “America’s Most Wanted” according to a March 16 press release issued by the Greensboro Police Department. The shooting death of Dennis Stewart Hayle, a 22-year-old A&T senior from Hempstead, NY is still under investigation. At 3:35 a.m. on Jan. 25, Greensboro police responded to the 800 block of Homeland Avenue in response to a shooting call. Police arrived to find Hayle, a political science and criminal justice major at A&T, dead from gunshot wounds. On Jan. 29, A&T’s Student Government Association and the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, sponsored a memorial service honoring Hayle at Harrison Auditorium. Viewings were held on Jan. 30, and Hayle’s funeral was held Jan. 31. Greensboro detectives are working on all leads that have been received, but to date there has been no arrest in this case, according to the press release. Greensboro police anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 336.373.2255. Last year, the show celebrated its 20 th year on the air and the 1,000 fugitive captured with the help of viewer tips that are passed on to law enforcement agencies. Hosted by John Walsh, “America’s Most Wanted” is one of the longest running reality shows in television history — KTB

The emerging Hispanic vote

Tom Jensen, communications director for Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling, reports in a March 6 post on Facing South (www.southernstudies.org) that the number of Hispanics registered to vote in North Carolina has increased eightfold since 2004. While acknowledging that Hispanics still represent only a little more than 1 percent of North Carolina’s registered voters in the state — which is only a fraction of their 7-percent share of the state’s population — he writes that, “[I]t’s safe to say their slice of the electorate is going to move that way with their representation on the voter rolls increasing at a rapid pace.” There may be a little wishful thinking here (Jensen works for a Democratic-leaning polling service), but he sees Hispanics’ emergence as a voting bloc as boding well for Democrats. Jensen says there still aren’t enough Hispanic voters in North Carolina for the exit polls to have statistically relevant data on their preferences, but in Virginia they broke for Obama two to one. Jensen also notes that in seven out of eight counties with more than 2,000 Hispanic voters, Obama made the greatest percentage gains beyond Democratic nominee John Kerry’s showing in 2004. Forsyth and Guilford are among them. Jensen writes, “The emergence of Hispanics as a powerful voting bloc may prove to the be the most important change in North Carolina politics over the next 20 years.” — JG

What happens in Vegas

Looks like former YES! Weekly reporter Amy Kingsley is having some of the same troubles as we are at her new home, Las Vegas CityLife. Last month some 6,000 or so issues of YES! Weekly were filched from Greensboro newspaper boxes. This month Amy’s new boss, CityLife Editor Steve Sebelius, writes about a proposed Nevada state law, AB 257, that will make taking more than 10 copies of a free newspaper a misdemeanor. The hearing is today, March 18. — BC

Our industry in crisis

Details for the McClatchy layoffs came in on Monday, and the numbers are predictably morose. The division that owns the Raleigh News & Observer will see 11 percent of its workforce laid off ad the N&O and its papers in Cary and Smithfield. In total, 78 positions will be cut, 27 of them N&O newsroom jobs. The company will also instill pay cuts between 2.5 and 10 percent, and a mandatory 5day unpaid furlough for all employees. McClatchy also owns the Charlotte Observer, but has yet to release final numbers for layoffs there.

— BC

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