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Today in history, Wednesday, June 12

On June 12, 2016, a man opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Fla., leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded before being shot dead by police.

In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

In 1964, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison along with seven other people for committing sabotage against the apartheid regime; all were eventually released, Mandela in 1990.

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home; O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but was eventually held liable in a civil action

Egypt demands Christie's halt auction of King Tut statue

CAIRO — Egypt has tried to halt the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun at Christie’s in London, while the auction house said its sale was legal.

The statue — a brown quartzite head depicting King Tut — is scheduled to be auctioned off in July, and could generate more than $5 million, according to Christie’s.

The artifact features King Tut’s full mouth with slightly drooping lower lips and almond-shaped eyes.

For many, King Tut is the ultimate symbol of ancient Egypt’s glory. Howard Carter discovered the pharaoh’s nearly intact tomb in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings, located on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor. The site was packed with the glittering wealth of the 18th Dynasty, which ruled from 1569 to 1315 B.C., and yielded some of Egypt’s most famous treasures.

In a statement late on Saturday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said that it had demanded the auction house provide documents proving the statue’s ownership, and that it reached out to British authorities and the U.N. culture and education agency “to stop the sale procedures” for it and other Egyptian objects included in the lot.

It added that Egypt has the right to the statue based on its current and previous laws.

Mostafa Waziri, chief of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Christie’s has not answered their requests yet.

He said he believes that the head belongs to King Tut, but it was not found in the tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

“This head is not one of the 5,398 pieces that were found inside the tomb,” he said.

According to a 1983 law regulating the ownership of antiquities, any ancient artifacts found in the country are considered state property, “with the exception of antiquities whose ownership or possession was already established at the time this law came into effect.”

Egypt has long sought to bring home antiquities it considers state property. Waziri said that in the past two years thousands of artifacts smuggled or taken out of Egypt illegally have been repatriated.

Christie’s meanwhile defended its sale process.

It said in a statement that the statue, which has been well published and exhibited in the last 30 years, is sold from the Resandro Collection, one of the world’s most renowned private collections of Egyptian art.

The collection includes marble heads dating from ancient Rome, a painted wooden Egyptian coffin, and a bronze Egyptian cat statue.

“The present lot was acquired from Heinz Herzer, a Munich-based dealer in 1985. Prior to this, Joseph Messina, an Austrian dealer, acquired it in 1973-74 from Prinz Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis, who reputedly had it in his collection by the 1960s,” Christie’s said.

Linda Fairstein condemns Netflix series on Central Park Five

NEW YORK — Former “Central Park Five” prosecutor Linda Fairstein is condemning how she’s portrayed in the Netflix series “When They See Us,” writing that the program is “full of distortions and falsehoods.”

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film tells of the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teenagers for the 1989 assault on a female jogger in Central Park. Fairstein, who headed Manhattan’s sex crimes unit at the time, has long been criticized for her role in the suspects’ interrogation.

Fallout from the Netflix show has led to Fairstein’s being dropped by her book publisher, Dutton.

In an op-ed Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal, Fairstein said the film’s falsehoods included saying the suspects were held without food and attributing racist remarks to her that she never said.

“Ms. DuVernay’s film attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them. None of this is true,” she wrote.

Netflix declined comment Tuesday, but DuVernay responded to a tweet from film executive Franklin Leonard, who wrote that “It appears we’ve come to the part of the cycle where folks wrongly accuse a brilliant bit of filmmaking by @ava of being ‘so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication.’”

DuVernay wrote: “Expected and typical. Onward.”

Andrew Dye/Journal  

Art hangs for sale on the wall around the stage at The Arts Place. See more photos of The Arts Place in Stokes County on

Go See Do: Wednesday, June 12

Cardio Splash: 10-11 a.m. today at the Sticht Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health Main Campus, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem. The cost is $50 per month. For more information, email or call 336-713-8082.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. today at Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth St., Ste. 110, Winston-Salem. Free. For more information, call 336-747-1471.

Community Yoga Class: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at The Atrium of Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem. Appropriate for all experience and fitness levels. Free. For more information, go to Facebook event page:

Arthritis/Fibro & Chronic Pain: 2-3 p.m. today at the Sticht Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health Main Campus, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem. The cost is $50 per month. This class is also available from 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, email or call 336-713-8082.

Team Trivia: 7:30 p.m. today at Old Nick’s Pub, 191 Lowes Foods Drive, Lewisville. For more information, call 336-747-3059 or go to

High Country Writer’s Meeting: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone. Lynn Salsi will be the speaker. For more information, go to

Ask SAM: Can a guardrail be put on Stratford Road?

Q: There is an extremely dangerous section on South Stratford Road heading west toward Hanes Mall as you get to the Silas Creek Parkway overpass. There is a steep hill just at the right of the bridge that would be easy to accidentally drive over and fall onto Silas Creek Parkway. It looks very dangerous and needs a guardrail. How can I pass this suggestion on the Department of Transportation?


Answer: We passed the information on for you. “We have reviewed the location and are exploring options to find and install a guardrail,” said J.P. Couch, division traffic engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Q: My neighbor has posted no-parking signs in front of his house on a public street. Are these enforceable?


Answer: The only enforceable signs on a city street are ones that have been posted by the city or by the state.

“If a citizen attempts to control the access on a city street by posting signs that are not authorized by the City of Winston-Salem or the State of North Carolina, then these signs are null and void to any restrictions or enforcement,” according to the Winston-Salem Police Department and the city’s Parking Enforcement Division.

Anyone with questions about parking enforcement can contact CityLink at 336-727-8000 or 311.

Q: How can I get mildew stains and smell out of a towel that was left wet in a bag?


Answer: We have heard several tips in the past for ways to rid your clothes of mildew stains.

One is to dissolve two tablespoons of Clorox 2 or a similar laundry stain remover in one quart of hot water (it won’t dissolve in cold water). Let it cool if needed, then sponge the solution onto the cloth or soak the stained area in the solution. Allow the solution to remain on the fabric from five to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

The second solution is for white fabrics only. Mix two tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach with one quart of warm water. Sponge or soak the stain in the solution. Rinse the fabric thoroughly after five to 15 minutes. Do not use this solution on silk, wool, or spandex.

The third concoction is made by mixing lemon juice and salt. Moisten the stain with the solution, then spread the cloth in the sun to bleach it. After several minutes, rinse the fabric thoroughly.


  • ”I would sincerely like to thank all the kind people at Hamrick’s on Saturday, June 8 who helped me when I had a dizzy spell and thought I was going to pass out.

“I would personally like to thank Hank and his daughter (who is a nurse) for assisting and staying with me; the nice ladies who fanned me with a pillow and got me water; and the gentleman who pulled my car around for me. I’d also like to extend a special thanks to Vicky and her mother for following me home in the rain to make sure I made it home safely. I was truly blessed to have experienced the selflessness of such thoughtful, kind and caring people, and I will be forever grateful.” — J.T.

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