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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First Drip (7/28/15): City council approves funding for 2017 NBA All Star Game

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Charlotte City Council voted on Monday to contribute $600,000 worth of police ad other public-safety services during the NBA All Star Game at Time Warner Cable Arena in 2017. More than half of the $6 million needed to host the game will come from the public sector. The city estimates the All Star Game will bring $60 million in visitor spending, based on games in New Orleans and Orlando. 

The new chairman of the North Carolina GOP Hasan Harnett has taken to Twitter with memes connecting Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan. The memes Harnett posted include a picture of Hillary Clinton next to a picture of Klan members in front of a burning cross and says, "The KKK was created as the militant wing of the Democrat Party in order to fight Republican reconstruction." The KKK was attached to the Democratic Party in the beginning of the 20th century, but party lines have shifted greatly over the years and it would be "a monumental stretch" to tie the modern Democratic party to the KKK, said Michael Bitzer, political scientist with Catawba College. 

Police have arrested three men in the June 23 killing of a Cornelius man in Davidson. The suspects, all between the ages of 25 and 28, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jerry Kerns, Jr. The crime was just the second killing in Davidson in a decade. Family members said the killing stemmed from an argument between Kerns and another man. 

College Street is currently closed between 8th and Phifer streets due to a natural gas leak, officials said. It is unclear how long the street will remain closed. 

The Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board lifted its ban on gay adult leaders in the organization on Monday. The policy was approved in a 42-15 vote and will take effect immediately. Church-sponsored Boy Scout units will still hold the right to exclusion from the policy for religious reasons. 


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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 28, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes as Bon Qui Qui at Knight Theater

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Bojangles' Summer Shootout Champions Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Harry Langdon Night w/ piano music from Ethan Uslan at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Bingo at Killington's

Johnny Millwater: 20 Years of Obscurity at The Comedy Zone

Monday, July 27, 2015

First Drip (7/27/15): Charlotte City Council to decide on millions in spending tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Charlotte City Council will hold one its few summer business meetings tonight, and will consider spending millions on sports and economic development deals. Topics on the agenda include covering $3 million of the estimated $6 million cost involved with hoisting the 2017 NBA All Star Game, approving another $23 million on upgrading Bank of America Stadium and approving $7 million in tax breaks to draw Dimensional Fund Advisors to Charlotte. 

A Mount Pleasant woman reportedly suffered minor injuries after being bit by a small shark off the coast of Edisto Beach, South Carolina. The 35-year-old was given stitches after the bite, which had happened in waist-deep water, left her with a small cut and two puncture wounds on her foot. 

A 15-year-old Gaston County girl who was severely injured in a horseback riding accident has died, Carolinas Healthcare Systems said this morning. Destiny Stafford was riding a horse Saturday when she was thrown off and kicked in the head. Hundreds of neighbors and fellow students gathered last night outside Stuart Cramer High School, where Stafford would have been a sophomore in August. 

Organizers of Charlotte Pride have announced the 2015 recipients of the organization's Champions of Pride Awards. This year's winners include Charlotte City Council-member John Autry, local LGBTQ archivist Joshua Buford and Union County high school student Gabby Hubert. 

Charlotte activists Bree Newsome and James Tyson are to appear in court this morning to receive a court date to appear and face charges on defacing state property for the duo's action that resulted in Newsome removing the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina in June. The two could face three years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. Their court date will be some time in the next 90 to 180 days. 

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Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 27, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Yoga at Rooftop 210

Find Your Muse Open Mic at Evening Muse

Crown Town Handmade's July Make Out at Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Bingo at Big Al's

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Todays Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 26, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Hair Games at Charlotte Convention Center

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Catfish Moon at UpStage

Band of Heathens and Dylan Leblanc at Visulite Theatre

Q4Kidz Creative Bash at Free Range Brewing Company

Bone Snugs-N-Harmony at Snug Harbor

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 25, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah at The Fillmore

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National Dance Day at Wells Fargo Plaza

Vintage Charlotte Summer Market

Chelsea vs. Paris-Saint Germain at Bank of America Stadium

Souls 'N Substance at Showroom Gallery

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 24, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

DJ Jazzy Jeff at Suite

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Summer Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill

Jon Lindsay at Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret

Christmas in July at Rooftop 210

311 at Uptown Amphitheater

First Drip (7/24/15): N.C. legislature looks to regulate Uber, other ride-share services

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill yesterday that would regulate ride-share services such as Uber in the same way the state regulates traditional taxi companies. The bill requires background checks on drivers, company-provided liability insurance and a $5,000 annual state fee. But, companies would not have to register each driver or navigate local fees and regulations like taxis. Critics of the bill say that still gives Uber an unfair advantage. 

A 59-year-old man killed three people, including himself, and wounded nine more in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, yesterday. Witnesses said John Russel Houser stood up about 20 minutes into the 7:10 p.m. showing of "Trainwreck" and began shooting a handgun at people, letting off 13 shots in total. As of this morning, seven people remained hospitalized. 

A report released recently by the Urban Institute ranks Charlotte neighborhoods by socioeconomic status, placing the neighboring Plaza Midwood and Belmont at opposite ends of the spectrum. According to the report, Plaza Midwood ranks in the top 10 percent while Belmont, just next door, ranks at the bottom 10 percent. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force was reportedly formed to build bridges between high- and low-income areas. 

Nine jurors have been selected for the trial of Randall Kerrick, the former CMPD officer charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. Today, attorneys on both sides will continue to question potential jurors and will have to choose three more jurors and four alternates before the trial can begin. 

Details have been released regarding a Charlotte woman who had to be subdued during a flight to London which was then diverted to Philadelphia and later canceled. Witnesses said Sarah Buffett tried to smash a window on the plane and assaulted and intimidated the flight crew. According to court documents, Buffet said she drank three glasses of wine and took a prescription sleeping pill before boarding the flight and doesn't remember anything that happened thereafter. 

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Opening Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 6:43 AM

Pixels

Aloft - Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy

Cartel Land - Documentary

Paper Towns - Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Pixels - Adam Sandler, Kevin James

Southpaw - Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

First Drip (7/23/15): N.C. newspapers suing McCrory for records laws violations

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Some of North Carolina largest newspapers are suing Gov. Pat McCrory for violation North Carolina public records laws. The Charlotte Observer, Raleigh's News & Observer and two advocacy groups are among those suing the McCrory administration for holding onto records for as long as a year after being requested to release them in some cases and threatening to charge unnecessary fees for them. State public records laws require the government to hand over unclassified documents such as emails at any citizen's request. 

Duke Energy announced yesterday that one of its corporate lawyers, David Fountain, will take over as North Carolina president of the company on September 1. He will replace David Newton, who announced his retirement last month. Fountain will manage state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development, community affairs, water strategy, hydroelectric licensing and lake services. 

A car and human remains found in a Caldwell County lake are believed to be those of Amos Shook, who was reported missing in February 1972. The N.C. Bureau of Investigations and North Catawba Fire and Rescue used sonar technology to locate Shook's 1968 Pontiac Catalina about 30 feet from the surface of Lake Rhodhiss. Investigators said the man's wallet and identification were still intact. 

Union County commissioners again turned down a request for funding from the Union County Board of Education, The county commissioners have been in turmoil with the Union County Board of Education over funding since a 2013 lawsuit awarded the board of education $91 million and was later overturned. This time, Union County Public Schools reportedly requested nearly $2 million for school maintenance projects and were denied. 

Yesterday, Wells Fargo announced they will be cutting about 100 jobs in Fort Mill. All affected individuals are eligible to receive pay and benefits through mid-September, and if a team member is unable to find a position within the company, they may be eligible to continue on the with the company's salary continuation plan for separation benefits based on their years of service.

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