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Even with the pandemic, mass outdoor gatherings in support of various causes have become a common occurrence across Western North Carolina.  Dangerous weapons are prohibited at ‘demonstrations.’  But the definition of a ‘demonstration’ is open to interpretation, even among law enforcement. 

 At the end of August, the Armed Patriots, a group based in Bryson City gathered on Main Street in Sylva.  

“It wasn’t really an event. We just went out and expressed our Second Amendment rights.” 

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After a week of protests against police brutality in Asheville and across the country, local educators are using history to make sense of what feels like an unprecedented moment. 

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On Thurs., Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer is expected to meet with organizers of a medic station set up to support protestors.