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Rae Carruth Apologizes For Death Of Pregnant Girlfriend, Seeks Custody Of Son

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Source: Mitchell Layton / Getty – In his first interview in years, former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth has given his first interview in years,  just eight months before he is set to be released from a North Carolina prison.

Now 44 years old, Carruth has spent over 17 years at the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, roughly 170 miles east of Charlotte. In January 2001, Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges, after he paid another man to shoot Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999.

Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s son; she was shot four times. The baby, Chancellor Lee, was delivered by emergency C-section and suffered permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen before he was born. Adams died a month later.

Saundra Adams, Cherica’s mother, has been raising Chancellor Adams since he was born.

Carruth sent a 3,000-word handwritten letter to WBTV in Charlotte, addressed to Saundra Adams; he also, after some discussion, agreed to an on-the-record interview with reporter Sarah-Blake Morgan via telephone.

Carruth also included a cover letter, which he began by writing that he’s “accepted my lot as a social pariah,” but that he wanted to debunk the lies he believes Saundra Adams has told about him.

After thanking Adams for the “unconditional care, compassion, love, and support” that she has “showered” Chancellor with since he was born.

Carruth said he’s sent letters to Adams before, but hasn’t gotten any responses. So he sent the letter to the television station.

“I feel like if I did it in the open, it would put an end to the lies. If I say publicly, ‘Ms. Adams, I apologize. Ms. Adams, I take responsibility for what happened,’ that she can no longer get on television and do an interview and say ‘Rae has never apologized to me,’ ” Carruth told the reporter, Morgan.

Carruth would not speak specifically about the night Cherica Adams was shot, though he did offer some apologies.

“I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son,” Carruth said. “I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything.”

Carruth has met Chancellor twice, when he was a young boy; he celebrated his 18th birthday a couple of months ago.

He said that when he gets out of prison he wants to help care for his son; in his letter, he tells Adams that she won’t live forever.

Trump Backs Effort To Improve Gun Background Checks

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Reuters – The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people.

Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” Sanders said in a statement.

Trump is scheduled to host a “listening session” with high school students and teachers on Wednesday.

Dozens of high school students protested in front of the White House on Monday, chanting “We want safe schools!” and “Hey! Hey! NRA how many kids did you kill today?”

Crystal Jordan, a 15-year old from Spotsylvania, Virginia, said it was scary to go to school now.

“It’s OK to obtain a gun, like a handgun, but not an assault rifle,” she said, adding that she hoped Trump and Congress would issue laws to strengthen background checks, ban assault rifles and prevent people with mental problems from accessing guns.

PA Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One 

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Source: imaginima / Getty The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday imposed a new congressional district map that upends previous boundaries, renumbers districts across the state, and gives a potential boost to Democrats in the 2018 House elections.

Under the court’s redrawn map, districts more closely align with county lines, and only 13 counties are split among two or three districts. By contrast, under the last map, enacted by the legislature in 2011, more than twice as many counties were split among multiple districts.

In striking down that map last month as unconstitutional, the justices said the new districts should be as compact and contiguous as possible.

The reconfigured map prompted a sharp rebuke from top Republican legislators, who said honoring it would create a “constitutional crisis.”

Under the justices’ order, Philadelphia remains divided into three districts, with most of it split between the Second and Third Districts. A portion of South Philadelphia is drawn into the newly configured Fifth District, based in Delaware County — a substitute of sorts for the First District, represented by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who announced last month that he would not run for re-election. The First moves north to Bucks County.

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