Friday, June 26, 2015

First Drip (6/26/15): Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Moments before this was posted, the Supreme Court voted that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states in a 5 to 4 vote. 

The Charlotte Hornets drafted 7-foot-tall center Frank Kaminsky from the University of Wisconsin with the ninth pick of last night's NBA Draft. Kaminsky averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last year with the Badgers. Although Kaminsky won multiple awards as a senior, including the Wooden and Naismith awards, the Hornets took a lot of flak from social media for not taking Duke's Justise Winslow, whom many believe to be a better player. 

Thousands of people are expected to attend Rev. Clementa Pinckney's funeral in Charleston today. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for the S.C. state senator, who was killed during a mass shooting at AME Emanuel Church on June 17. First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are also expected to attend the service, which begins at 11 a.m. 

There has been a possible break in the case of a Charlotte woman who went missing in 1997 in California. Kristen Modaferri was 18 years old when she disappeared after finishing her shift at a coffeehouse in San Francisco. Eighteen years later, a private investigator's cadaver dog is believed to have picked up a scent of human remains at her former Oakland home. Kristen's father, Bob Modaferri, still lives in Charlotte with her mother. On Thursday, Bob said there are "100 percent" human remains in the home. 

Neighbors of the Allen Steam Station in Gaston County have demanded that Duke Energy remove coal ash from the multiple ponds near their homes that have made their well water undrinkable. A plan announced this week by Duke to remove coal ash from 30 unlined ponds across the state did not include Allen Steam Station, which has angered residents. In April, residents around Allen Steam Station received letters telling them not to drink their water after high levels of heavy metal contaminants were found in it. Duke has suggested the poisoning is happening naturally. 

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