ESPN Personality Gives Back to Alma Mater, Winston-Salem State

Stephen A. Smith, co-host of ESPN show “First Take” has committed to donate $50,000 every year for five years to his Alma Mater, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Smith made this commitment during the WSSU fundraiser breakfast, 400 people attended the event and the university raised $33,000 from the breakfast. Winston-Salem is a historically black college (HBCU) that was founded in 1892. Smith attended on a basketball scholarship, though injuries hindered his playing time, and graduated from the university in 1991. His service to the university made Smith a member of the Big House Gaines Hall

4 North Carolina officers on leave after man died custody

Four white police officers are on administrative duty after a black man who was subdued with pepper spray died in custody, authorities said. Winston-Salem authorities said in a written statement that 31-year-old Travis Nevelle Page became unresponsive after he was taken into custody on December 9 following a brief struggle with officers. Page died at a hospital. Two of the officers have been with the department for 20 years or more; the others, one year and three years. Police said they responded to a report of a firearm being fired and found a man matching the description given by the