Lunch Break (2/18/16): Pictures of proposed congressional districts released, Jared Allen retires | The CLog

Lunch Break (2/18/16): Pictures of proposed congressional districts released, Jared Allen retires



State officials have released a photo of newly proposed congressional districts for North Carolina one week after the state Supreme Court ruled that the current districts were illegally drawn based on race (and they look stupid, too). The 12th district, which currently runs from Mecklenburg County to Greensboro and looks like someone spilled a drink across the state, would basically just encompass Mecklenburg County in the newly drawn map. No concrete decisions have been made and the photo is just a preliminary proposal. (Fox46 Staff) 

Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement on Twitter this morning in true Jared Allen style, thanking fans while sitting atop one of his horses before riding off into the Minnesota wilderness (due to the lack of a sunset) where he lives. Allen ended his 12-year career with 136 sacks and is thought by most to be a future Hall of Famer. He was also known for his charity work with veterans and diabetic children. (Conor Orr, 

Shortly after accounting two confirmed cases of mumps in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, officials have said they are looking at six more suspected cases in the Charlotte area. The circumstances surrounding the suspected cases have not been released, but officials say they are all Mecklenburg, Iredell and Cabarrus counties. Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, muscle ache, pain or discomfort and tenderness and/or swelling of the glands below the ears. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their physician, obviously. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A young Duke team edged out the University of North Carolina for an upset win in yet another close basketball game between the two rival schools last night. The 20th-ranked Blue Devils beat out the No. 5 Tar Heels thanks largely to a block by freshman Derryck Thronton on the final play of the game. The final score was 74-73. Duke's record is now 20-6 while UNC falls to 21-5. The two teams will play again in Durham on March 5. (Associated Press via WSOC) 

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