Winston-Salem and Greensboro have the highest rate of unsolved homicides among the five largest cities in North Carolina. Beginning with the Oct. 30, 2013 murder of Cranston Hargrove and continuing through April 2014, Winston-Salem experienced a nearly continuous streak of unsolved homicides, with the body count reaching about a dozen — all but one of them black and male. The reasons are complicated — relating to the social circumstances of the victims, trust between the police and community, and arguably law enforcement priorities — but the consequences are devastating for the families left behind. Jordan Green and Rebecca Harrelson break it down in this week’s cover story.
• High Point Journal: Becky Smothers looks back at three decades of public service
• Editorial: Same old Rhino
• It Just Might Work: A smokers festival
• Fresh Eyes: Justice for my son
• Editor’s Notebook: Talking on the phone
• Exile on Jones Street: How the Dems will lose the next one
• Citizen Green: Learning to love Christmas from our kids
• Good Sport: Root, root, root for the home team
• All She Wrote: Generation Rex: An extinction or a distinction
• Barstool: Zeto Wine Shop
• Music: Folkies on the brink
• Stage & Screen: Romance and beauty from the frozen steppe
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