First Drip (10/31/2014): No Class, the Other Don King, more

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A North Carolina math teacher has been suspended for allegedly making racist remarks. Camden County High School students say they were in Cynthia Ramsey's classroom eating lunch when the teacher indicated that if she had only 10 days left to live, she would "kill all black people," a parent told local station 10 on Your Side. Ramsey was suspended for a few days with pay and is back in the classroom while the investigation continues.

Don King arrived in Charlotte in the 1970s and became an early activist for gays and lesbians. While working for the Observer in 1986, he became the first editor for QNotes, and helped found Charlotte's Gay Pride festival. King, 72, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

J.K. Rowling is releasing a new 1,700-word story on Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The character, who first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” is getting a fleshed-out back story which will be published today on Rowling’s website. Free registration is required.

Bad news for vegans; researchers have found that plants may be able to feel when they are being eaten and try to stop the pain.

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