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Today in history, Saturday, Nov. 9

On Nov. 9, 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1961, the Beatles’ future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

In 1976, the U.N. General Assembly approved resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as “illegitimate.”

In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West.

In 2011, after 46 seasons as Penn State’s head football coach, Joe Paterno was fired along with the university president, Graham Spanier, over their handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Rebate checks are in the mail; SC taxpayers get $50 each

COLUMBIA, S.C. More than a year after someone in South Carolina won an $878 million lottery jackpot, 1.2 million of the state’s taxpayers are getting their own modest windfall from that lucky day.

The South Carolina Revenue Department said Friday it began mailing out $50 rebate checks to state income taxpayers. The money represents the taxes paid on the gargantuan winnings.

About 400,000 checks went out this week and all 1.2 million checks — sent out in zip code order — should be in the mail by Dec. 2, the agency said in a statement.

It will cost about $700,000 to send the checks.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster originally suggested $200 million be sent back to taxpayers as the state had an influx of money from lawsuit settlements and from rising tax revenues as the economy hums along and more people move in.

But lawmakers saw an even rarer pot of money — the $61 million in state income tax that would have to be paid by the person who bought the only winning lottery ticket for a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 at the KC Mart in Simpsonville. The lottery winner opted for a $878 million one-time payment, but the taxes remained the same.

The General Assembly decided to send that windfall back to taxpayers after waiting for almost five months for the winner, who chose to remain anonymous under state law, to cash in the ticket. Each filer who sent at least $50 in income tax to the state will get $50 back.

But the money is based on returns, not on individuals. So married couples will have to split that $50 check — maybe on a nice dinner?

“Any time the government funds essential programs and agencies and has money left over, we should strive to send it back to the people who earned it,” McMaster said in a statement.

Some Democratic lawmakers suggested instead of a small rebate, the money could be used for a raise for state workers whose salaries have been stagnant for most of this decade.

Some Republicans who supported the rebate said it would be better if the state cut taxes or reformed tax laws so there wouldn’t be as much extra revenue in the first place.

Donald Trump Jr. lauds family’s ‘sacrifice’

It was the day before his father was inaugurated president of the United States when the weight of the office first washed over Donald Trump Jr.

President-elect Donald Trump and the new first family were at Arlington National Cemetery, where Trump was to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“I rarely get emotional, if ever,” Trump Jr. wrote in his new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” “Yet, as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country.”

He also had another revelation as he watched his father standing in front of the tomb, surrounded by more than 400,000 graves, listening to the Army Band bugler playing taps: The Trump family had already suffered, he recalled thinking, and this was only the beginning.

“In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed — voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office,’” Trump Jr. wrote.

The book bills itself as a 300-page evisceration of so-called PC culture - “the book that leftist elites don’t want you to read,” its Amazon page twice crows. In it, Trump Jr. writes that, “A victimhood complex has taken root in the American left,” yet, in his telling, the real victim is often him, his father or another Trump family member.

His framing of the Arlington Cemetery anecdote, in particular, has provoked fervent criticism and accusations of callousness.

“Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who served in the Iraq War. “Even if Donald JR. lived a 1,000 years he will never even get close to being as good and honorable as they were. Sacrifice is only a word to the Trumps.”

Trump Organization spokespeople did not respond to a request for comment on the criticism leveled at the president’s eldest child over his telling of Jan. 19, 2017, but on television and online, he and his defenders have, fittingly, labeled naysayers “triggered.”

In the book, Trump Jr. contends that his father’s assumption of the most powerful political position on the planet, “was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually.”

Trump Jr. and his brother Eric both made similar statements last month, claiming that “We literally stopped” and “We got out of all international business,” respectively. Both claims, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker found, were false.

Trump refused to divest from his private business holdings before taking office, instead choosing to place them in a trust controlled by Eric, Trump Jr. and Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg. The company continues to operate nearly a dozen hotels and about 20 golf courses worldwide.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren waves to the audience at N.C. A&T in Greensboro on Thursday. View more photos from her visit at Journalnow.com/gallery.

Go See Do: Saturday, Nov. 9

Winston-Salem Veterans Day Parade: 10 a.m. today, it will begin at Fourth and Spring streets and continue on Fourth Street to Liberty Street and end at Corpening Plaza with a ceremony and 21-gun salute. The theme is “Honoring Dogs of War,” and all dogs are welcome to join in the parade. Free.

Second Annual Ardmore Neighborhood Association Craft Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the Miller Park Recreation Center, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem.

Tanglewood Park Under the Lights Seventh Annual Miles for Meals 5K & Family Fun Festival: 4:30 p.m. today at Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Road, CLl Proceeds from the race support the Hillsdale United Methodist Church Manna Meals Food Ministry, which provides food for families in need throughout Davie and Forsyth counties. For more information, go to www.jonesracingcompany.redpodium.com/milesformeals5k.

Live Country Music: 7 p.m. today at the King Senior Center, 107 White Road, King. For more information, call 336-983-0751.

Chrysalis Fall Showcase: 7:30 p.m. today at Watson Hall, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is $20, $15 for students. For more information, go to www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Swing Dance: 7:30 p.m. today at the Vintage Theatre, 7 Vintage Ave., Winston-Salem. Admission is $10, $8 for members of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society, $8 students. For more information, go to www.piedmontswingdance.org.

Ask SAM: What does county do about recycling?

Q: I live in Lewisville and we have recycling every other week. I have read that since China quit taking a lot of recycling, that some recycling goes into landfills. What is the status in Forsyth County? Are we wasting our time separating some kinds of items?


Answer: As we have explained previously, the ban from China mostly impacts states on the West Coast and doesn’t affect local programs, which are generally focused on the domestic market. According to Minor Barnette, head of the county’s office of environmental assistance and protection, recycling approved items is still worthwhile. A bigger problem is that contaminated items sometimes lead items put in the recycling to have to go to the landfill.

“In Forsyth County and North Carolina, it is still clearly beneficial, both environmentally and economically, to properly separate and prepare recyclable items to keep them out of the landfill while conserving natural resources, energy, water and providing manufacturers with renewable feedstock,” he said. “But under the current market conditions, it has never been more important to ‘recycle right’ by only placing the appropriate items in the recycling cart or bin.”

Contamination presents big challenges and can render recyclable materials unfit for reuse, Barnette said. “The list of acceptable items can seem a little confusing but needs to be followed carefully,” he explained. “And all food residue must be rinsed from containers, whether plastic, glass or metal.”

A list of recyclable materials accepted at the county’s convenience centers and collected in most local curbside collection programs can be found on the website linked here: http://www.forsyth.cc/EAP/Recycling.aspx#recycle

A significant amount of contamination results from what he called “wishful recycling,” when unacceptable items are tossed in the bin with acceptable recyclables in an effort to prevent them from ending up in the landfill, including plastic cups, lids and straws; food trays; grease-soaked pizza boxes; rigid plastics such as toys and flower pots; dishes and ceramics; mirrors; expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam) including foam egg cartons; wide mouth plastic containers; cookware; and plastic bags.

“If the amount of contamination is so great that it is not cost-effective to separate clean recyclables for reuse, then it can become necessary to dispose of the contaminated mixed materials instead of processing them for recycling,” Barnette said.

He often hears questions about recycling plastics from people wanting to know why only plastic bottles are accepted locally when so many other items are stamped with a ‘chasing arrows’ triangle with a number in the middle, indicating that it is recyclable.

“Plastic bottles for water, milk, beverages, condiments and laundry products are typically manufactured from pure plastic resins through a process called ‘blow molding’,” he said. “Wide mouth plastic containers, rigid plastic items and other plastic items besides bottles are typically made using a technique called ‘heat injection molding’ which requires additives to be blended with the plastic resins.” Those additives alter the plastic resins and make them incompatible with the recycling process used locally.

You can find more information at deq.nc.gov/conservation/recycling/general-recycling-information/recycle-right-nc-