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Friday, July 22, 2016

Lunch Break (7/22/16): Leaders, organizations respond to All Star Game cancellation

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM


The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver made good on their threats to cancel the NBA All Star Game scheduled for February 2017 in Charlotte due to the discriminatory nature of House Bill 2, passed into law during a special session of the North Carolina legislature earlier this year.

Almost immediately, people and organizations began releasing statements praising or decrying the decision. We've collected a few of these statements to see what folks around the state ahd around the country had to say about it. 

The following is an excerpt from the NBA's statement announcing the relocation of the All Star Game: 

"Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.
"Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

Gov. Pat McCrory (surprise) refused to take any accountability for the woeful impact of House Bill 2 yet again and instead blamed the liberal media, among others. His statement read: 

""The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children."

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts referenced Silver's implication that Charlotte could still host the All Star Game in 2019 if House Bill 2 is repealed or overturned in court:

"I am deeply disappointed that the discriminatory actions reflected in HB2 have caused the NBA to move the All-Star Game from Charlotte. All-Star weekend would have provided an excellent opportunity to further showcase our great and welcoming city. Charlotte has show its commitment to equal rights and inclusion will continue to promote those values. 
"I am encouraged that Charlotte has the opportunity to host the game in 2019 of changes to HB2 are made and I encourage the state to take action as soon as possible. I appreciate the NBA and our Charlotte Hornets being such strong champions of equality." 

Speaking of the Hornets, owner Michael Jordan released a statement in support of the decision while also hoping to see the All Star Game come to Charlotte in 2019: 

"We understand the NBA's decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019. We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game."

Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action, released a statement focusing on the negative economic impact that HB2 has had and continues to have on the state of North Carolina: 

“Today’s news is further evidence that HB2 is an economic disaster for North Carolina. Over $100 million in economic activity is leaving our state because of Gov. McCrory’s discriminatory law, on top of the hundreds of jobs and millions in tourism dollars that our state has already lost over HB2. But instead of admitting his mistake, the governor is busy raiding our disaster relief fund to defend this man-made disaster of a law in court. It’s time for Gov. McCrory to accept reality and call for a full repeal of HB2 before any more damage is done to our economy.”

This morning Roy Cooper, current North Carolina attorney general and gubernatorial candidate who was blamed by Gov. McCrory for the NBA's decision, despite having nothing to do with the law that truly did cause the decision, responded to McCrory's morning appearance on WFAE's Charlotte Takes in which he called the decision "total P.C. B.S." in a statement from his spokesperson:  

"While the economic consequences of HB 2 grow, Governor McCrory continues to pass the blame onto others while refusing to take any action to stop the bleeding. Make no mistake, the NBA’s decision to pull the All-Star Game is a damaging blow to our economy and our reputation, and Governor McCrory should stop pointing fingers and take responsibility. It’s time for Governor McCrory to listen to the many North Carolinians who oppose this legislation and repeal HB 2." 

A new location for the 2017 NBA All Star Game has not yet been announced, but it's been widely reported that New Orleans is the front-runner. In a not-so-subtle reminder to Silver that they'd be happy to host, the New Orleans Pelicans also released a statement yesterday: 

"The New Orleans Pelicans fully support the NBA's decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game form Charlotte, North Carolina, as a result of the state's rejection to rescind HB2. We're proud to represent a league which upholds the highest standards of humankind. The Pelicans stand alongside Commissioner Silver and the NBA family in support of the LGBT community." 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lunch Break (7/20/2016): Explosion at truck loading dock; armed robbery and more

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Six people were hospitalized after an explosion at a truck loading dock early this morning. The explosion happened at around 6 a.m. at Wilson Trucking Corporation in north Charlotte, and quickly spread to tractor-trailers docked nearby. 90 firefighters responded to the blaze, and it took two hours to suppress the 4-alarm fire. (WSOC, staff)

Police have released surveillance photos of a man wanted for an attempted armed robbery in southeast Charlotte. The incident took place on July 4, when a woman was using an ATM on Monroe Road near Sardis. A man approached her at gunpoint and attempted to rob her, but then got into a blue Dodge Avenger and fled the scene empty-handed. The man is described as 5’6” and looks to be in his mid-twenties. (WBTV, staff)

Emails outlining plans for the disposal of infected water at the US National Whitewater Center were leaked Tuesday night. The emails depict plans to treat the water with a process known as hyper-chlorination, which will kill the bacteria that infected and killed a USWC visitor last month. The water will then be de-chlorinated and discharged by a ground filtering process, before eventually reaching the Catawba River. County officials say this entire disposal process will be monitored, and will not affect the Catawba River. (WCNC, Elizabeth Thomas and Rachel Brown)

Two Charlotte-area teenagers were struck by lightening while visiting a Clearwater, Florida beach Tuesday. The teens, identified as Cameron Poimboeuf, 15, and Jansen Tabor, 18, were on the beach when a storm broke out. They were reportedly running for shelter when lightening struck. A police officer and a pediatric nurse, both vacationing at the beach, witnessed the incident and began performing CPR while they waited for medics to arrive. The teens remain hospitalized, but reports say their conditions are improving. (Charlotte Observer, Joe Marusak and Mike Reader)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lunch Break (7/15/16): Fatal stabbing in north Charlotte; tractor trailer fire in south Charlotte; nothing much in the middle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 11:29 AM


Police are investigating a murder that happened in north Charlotte this morning. Officers responded to an assault call in the 4200 block of Statesville Road just after 6 a.m. this morning and found a man suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim was later pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center. The initial investigation found that the victim was arguing with the suspect before the stabbing, though it's unclear whether anyone has been taken into custody. The name of the victim will be released pending the notification of his family. 

WBTV producer Brian Stephenson tweeted a picture of a tractor trailer engulfed in flames on the side of Interstate 485 this morning between the U.S. 74 and Idlewild Road exits. The accident appears to have happened on the inner lanes, although a traffic map shows that traffic has slowed to a near standstill on both sides of the interstate. 

Demahj Wright
  • Demahj Wright
Police announced this morning that they are looking for 19-year-old Demahj Wright, who's wanted on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. CMPD said the robbery happened on June 22 on West Woodlawn Road. Wright, who's also known as Maj, frequents east Charlotte neighborhoods, and was last seen on Moody Road off The Plaza. Police ask that anyone with information on Wright's whereabouts call the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-VCAT or call 911. 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced his vice presidential candidate, naming Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. The only real news here is that he made the announcement on Twitter, which is a first, so there's that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lunch Break (7/14/16): McCrory's signs in Union County, boasts on education record; Cooper responds

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:27 PM


Further proof that McCrory is the kind of guy that basks in the smell of his own farts, the Governor travelled to Union County this morning to host a ‘campaign-style’ rally celebrating the signing of a budget that is part of what he has dubbed his “Carolina Comeback.” McCrory totes teacher pay rises as a major victory for the new budget, awkwardly neglecting that North Carolina teachers still face a $10,000 pay gap compared to the national average, and still feel the impact of other McCrory cuts in their classrooms.
Ford Porter, a spokesperson for McCrory's gubernatorial challenger Roy Cooper, released a statement this morning regarding McCrory's ill-informed campaigning. “Today’s press conference is vintage Pat McCrory: A campaign-style rally with a giant banner paid for with taxpayer money, touting a plan that makes big promises but doesn’t actually get the job done. This budget leaves North Carolina uncompetitive with neighboring states who are actively recruiting our best teachers out of state. Meanwhile, the governor has repeatedly refused to even meet with teachers who just want a real plan to improve our schools. This is exactly the kind of empty leadership we need to change in November," Porter said. 

Governor McCrory staffers put the kibosh on a ‘Garden Party Against Hate’ scheduled to take place at the Governor’s Mansion last night in Raleigh, alleging that the event had been scheduled under false pretenses. Hours prior to the cancellation, Progress NC had formally invited McCrory to attend the event and “have an honest conversation about how HB2 puts LGBT North Carolinians at risk, and is bad for the entire state.” McCrory’s administration said “nah thanks” and kicked the group out, citing the Air Horn Orchestra as proof that the event was really just a protest masquerading as a semi-formal garden party. Undeterred, organizers relocated the event to directly across the street from the mansion, where the orchestra usually performs on Wednesday evenings. 
The last-minute cancellation comes just weeks after the Governor’s Mansion hosted to an event organized by the anti-LGBT Jesse Helms Center. Responding to backlash from that event, a member of the McCrory administration stated that all non-profits are welcome to rent the facility. Progress North Carolina and Equality NC now say that’s clearly not the case. 
“Gov. McCrory’s staff explained how the Jesse Helms Center could rent the Executive Mansion by claiming all nonprofits could do the same,” Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress North Carolina, said in a press release. “That is now clearly shown to be false. Progress NC did not violate a rental contract. The Governor’s Office canceled our ‘Garden Party Against Hate’ because they don’t like the groups involved or the message they share. Period.” 

An 11-year old girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck while attempting to cross West Boulevard on Wednesday night. The girl and her sister were walking home from a store when they began to jaywalk across West Boulevard at around 5:40 p.m. Reports indicate that they had made it across the eastbound lanes to the center of the road. The 11-year old then began to cross the westbound lanes, stepping directly in front of the oncoming truck. The truck was unable to stop and struck the child. The child was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly after. Her sister was not involved or injured in the accident. The driver, Janelle Garcia, remained on the scene. Police determined that speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident, and reports confirm that the children were not using a crosswalk or intersection. No charges have been filed. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lunch Break (7/13/15): McCrory mansion to host unwanted house guests tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM


North Carolina Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper held a press conference at Central Piedmont Community College this morning to announce his jobs plan if he's elected governor. Rolling out his plan with the slogan "A North Carolina that works for everyone," Cooper called for a full repeal of HB2, recalling how many jobs the bill has already lost Charlotte and the state as a whole. With the state's largest community college as his backdrop, Cooper called for more collaboration between high schools, community colleges and the government. 

McCrory's invitation
  • McCrory's invitation
Progress North Carolina has sent Gov. Pat McCrory an invitation attend the exclusive "Garden Party Against Hate," to be held in his own home. The nonprofit rented out the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh and will be hosting other pro-equality groups there tonight at 6. “We’re grateful to Gov. McCrory for letting us hold our Garden Party Against Hate at his house, and we’d like to return the favor by personally inviting him to attend,” Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC, wrote in a press release. “Much of North Carolina’s LGBT community feels that Gov. McCrory has completely ignored their concerns, so this would be an excellent opportunity for the governor to have an honest conversation about how HB2 puts LGBT North Carolinians at risk, and is bad for the entire state.” The garden party will also serve as a viewing party for the famous "Air Horn Orchestra," which has used air horns and noisemakers to protest House Bill 2 outside of the mansion every Wednesday since it was passed — save for the Wednesday following the Orlando shootings at an LGBT nightclub, during which members held a memorial. Progress NC will be live-streaming the dinner party on Facebook Live. 

Police are investigating the murder of 41-year-old Donnell Drakeford in west Charlotte overnight. Police responded to an assault call on Ridgevalley Drive just before midnight and found Drakeford suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased by Medic. Detectives are still investigating the case. 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lunch Break (7/12/16): Anti-police brutality events continue in Charlotte

Posted By and on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:52 AM

#StayWoke event, hosted by Safe Coalition and the NAACP-Charlotte, held at Marshall Park last night. - GRANT BALDWIN
  • Grant Baldwin
  • #StayWoke event, hosted by Safe Coalition and the NAACP-Charlotte, held at Marshall Park last night.

Demika Wallace speaks at the #StayWoke event. - GRANT BALDWIN
  • Grant Baldwin
  • Demika Wallace speaks at the #StayWoke event.
More than 100 people gathered in Marshall Park yesterday evening to protest police brutality and discuss recent events involving police violence. The NAACP Charlotte chapter and the SAFE Coalition hosted the #StayWoke event, and speakers like Bree Newsome, known for removing the Confederate flag from its pole on South Carolina state grounds last year, and Demika Wallace, cousin of Germonta Wallace, who was killed by CMPD officers in January, addressed the crowd. (Grant Baldwin) 

Google Fiber will make its long-awaited debut in Charlotte today, following months of construction to prepare for the high-speed internet service. The launch kicks off in the Highland Creek neighborhood, where residents will be eligible to sign up for one of Fiber’s internet, TV or phone bundles starting today. For $130 a month, the top-tier package includes download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, 4k HD video streaming, one terabyte of cloud storage, and over 200 cable TV channels. Fiber also aims to bridge the digital divide by bringing free or affordable ($15/month for 25 Mbps broadband) internet to off-line areas. The Fiber launch is expected to spread to other Charlotte neighborhoods, though dates and locations have not been disclosed. In keeping with Fiber’s “now-or-never” sign up model, Highland Creek residents will have until September 1 to register, or (presumably) miss out on Fiber forever. (Madeline Lemieux) 

Sean Garret, 33, died Monday night after crashing his motorcycle into another vehicle on Sharon Road West. CMPD said that Garret was traveling down Sharon Road West at a “high rate of speed” as he approached the intersection of Brandon Forest Drive. A vehicle in the oncoming lane of Sharon Road West was completing a left turn onto Brandon Forest Drive when Garret sped through the intersection. Garret struck the backend of the car, causing it to spin 180 degrees. The driver of the car was not injured, but Garret was transported to the hospital in critical condition and died soon after. Police say the motorcycle’s speed was a contributing factor in the crash. (Madeline Lemieux) 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Lunch Break (7/11/16): People gather throughout Charlotte to discuss police relations

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 11:29 AM


A teach-in regarding the movement for black lives at UNC Charlotte on Sunday evening attracted more than 150 people. - RYAN PITKIN
  • Ryan Pitkin
  • A teach-in regarding the movement for black lives at UNC Charlotte on Sunday evening attracted more than 150 people.

More than 150 people showed up to a teach-in about the movement for black lives at UNC Charlotte last night. Local organizer Ashley Williams led the discussion, during which she would explain certain things such as the creation of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, how that evolved into the forming of the Black Lives Matter organization and how that differs from the broader movement for black lives. For the most part, however, the discussion was led by attendees, as they would speak in turns and form groups to carry on discussions about topics such as ideas for organization and escalation. Meanwhile, on The Plaza, some members of the CMPD participated in a vigil and discussion about police brutality at Crystal Reggae Club. (Ryan Pitkin) 

A Facebook video posted by WBTV social media manager Katie McKiever showing CMPD Chief Kerr Putney's response to recent violence in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge went viral over the weekend and is quickly approaching 1,000,000 views. In the video (see below), Putney speaks about his own distrust for police at a younger age and the fear he feels when he puts his uniform on now. (Ryan Pitkin) 

A quick look at Duke Energy's power outage map this morning shows that hundreds of people are still without power following a storm that knocked down trees and power lines throughout the city on Friday night. The map shows that many of the people still experiencing power outages live in east and north Charlotte, with more than 300 people still without power near The Plaza and Shamrock Road. Duke has said they plan to have all power back on before midnight tonight. (Ryan Pitkin) 


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Lunch Break (7/8/16): Peaceful protests over police brutality in Charlotte; shit hits fan in Dallas

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Protesters gather at Romare Bearden Park after marching through the rain to protest police brutality. - RYAN PITKIN
  • Ryan Pitkin
  • Protesters gather at Romare Bearden Park after marching through the rain to protest police brutality.

A group of about 50 people gathered peacefully at Romare Bearden Park yesterday evening after   
Tia Bradshaw - RYAN PITKIN
  • Ryan Pitkin
  • Tia Bradshaw
marching from the Charlotte Transportation Center through a rain storm to protest the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police. The group mourned the killings and took turns speaking out  against white supremacy and systemic racism, with a couple people reciting poetry. Multiple speakers said they were attending a protest for the first time because of how affected they were by videos of both killings. After gathering at the park, the protesters marched back to the the center of the city, shutting down E. Trade Street in front of EpiCentre for a short time. Tia Bradshaw said she helped organize the event because she was fearful that she could become the  next statistic. "It's horrifying. I could be next. Just to think that my father could be next — my mother or even my little sister — that scares me," Bradshaw said. "I have to be scared in the place that I'm supposed to feel safe, especially from the people that are supposed to be keeping me safe." (Ryan Pitkin) 

Similar protests about police brutality turned deadly in Dallas last night when multiple snipers targeted officers on the scene. Shots rang out at around 9 p.m. and 12 officers were struck. Five officers were killed. Police located three shooters and arrested two. The third suspect engaged in overnight negotiations and shot it out with police. When negotiations failed, police detonated a bomb, killing the suspect. At a press conference this morning, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” (Lee Williams & Ryan Osborne, Star-Telegram) 

Cynthia Lynn Averitt, 50, of Rock Hill was arrested on charges of boating under the influence after York County police determined that she was intoxicated while operating the boat that Kenneth Varnadore fell from before drowning in Lake Wylie on Wednesday night. Initial reports indicated that Varnadore, 52, had jumped from the boat and never resurfaced. Police were called at around 9 p.m. and his body was recovered the following morning. Officials are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Varnadore’s death and have not ruled out foul play. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A 70-year-old Rock Hill man was found stabbed to death in his home Thursday morning. Police say a maintenance worker discovered the deceased man when he entered the Hutchinson Avenue home on Thursday morning. The victim’s identity has not been released, and police are continuing to investigate the crime as a homicide. (WSOC Staff) 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lunch Break (7/5/16): President Obama and Hillary Clinton are coming to shut shit down in Uptown

Posted By and on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 11:34 AM


President Obama will be at the Charlotte Convention Center with Hillary Clinton this afternoon for the pair's first appearance together during Clinton's presidential campaign. The event will take place at 2 p.m., but it's our suggestion that you stay away from Uptown until well after the event is over unless you're attending or some other mandatory business forces you to be there, as traffic is sure to be ridiculous. In related news, just hours before the campaign stop here in Charlotte, FBI director James Comey held a press conference to announce that his office will not recommend that charges be brought against Clinton in regards to her private email servers. (see below, via CNBC) Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will reportedly be appearing later this evening in Raleigh. He's set to speak at the Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts at 7 p.m.(Ryan Pitkin) 

Police are investigating a murder that occurred just north of Uptown this morning off LaSalle Street. Police responded to an assault call on Newcastle Street at around 6:40 a.m. this morning and found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police have not yet released the name of the victim. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Investigators with the Charlotte Fire Department are working to determine what caused a two-alarm fire at a northeast Charlotte apartment complex this morning. Crews responded to calls of a fire at the Hunters Pointe apartment complex on Prospect Road at around 9 a.m. and arrived to see flames coming from the engulfed building. A responding firefighter was reportedly hospitalized for heat exhaustion. CFD officials told reporters that six units were affected, with five adults and three small children being displaced. (WBTV Staff) 

A CMPD candidate collapsed and later died during state-mandated physical training this morning, according to CMPD officials. Newly hired candidates were reportedly doing training exercises at 8:30 a.m. when the man collapsed. CMPD training staff and CFD personnel rendered aid until Medic arrived. The man was later pronounced deceased at Carolinas Medical Center. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Police are investigating a murder that apparently occurred in the Grier Heights neighborhood yesterday morning. Officers responded to Wheatley Avenue just southeast of Uptown at around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. They found evidence of a shooting but no victim. Shortly thereafter, a car struck the entrance of the Novant Presbyterian Hospital emergency room. Two victims suffering from gunshot wounds were found in the vehicle. Nineteen-year-old Markas Vereen was later pronounced dead. (Ryan Pitkin) 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Lunch Break (7/1/16): Groups react to passage of HB630 regarding coal ash

Posted By and on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM


A bill outlining the future of coal ash ponds in North Carolina landed on Governor Pat McCrory’s desk after a quick trip through the state House and Senate this week, bypassing any opportunity for public comment. House Bill 630 comes after McCrory vetoed legislation earlier this year that would have required Duke Energy to excavate 14 coal ash sites deemed “intermediate” or “high risk.” Under HB 630, at least half of those sites would be reclassified as “low risk,” meaning they would stay put. The bill also gives Duke Energy until October 2018 to restore clean, safe water to residents whose wells were contaminated by coal ash pollution in the ground. Finally, the bill seeks to eliminate any local regulation — including the Coal Ash Management Commission — and revert decision-making to state officials. Environmental groups have been responding to the passage in the hours since its passing, and are none too happy, to say the least. Amy Brown, a resident and mother to young children near Duke’s Allen Steam Station in Gaston County who has participated in hearings with the Alliances of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash, says, “Everybody got what they wanted except the communities. The hearings were a lot of work, but we all showed up to participate in them because the state told us that was the way to be heard. Yet it’s clear they haven’t heard us. Senate leaders made this bill look like a pretty little package, saying that we are going to get clean water, dangling it like a carrot. But our community knows that we deserve clean water and a full cleanup of the leaking coal ash pit in our backyard. We aren’t the violator of laws on probation that pleaded guilty – Duke Energy is. Why do they get the voice in this, and not affected residents?” (Madeline Lemieux) 

Police are looking for a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run yesterday in which a pedestrian was struck while crossing the road in the Steele Creek area. Police believe the victim was in or near the crosswalk at the intersection on South Tryon Street at Sandy Porter Road when they were struck by an older, burgundy four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Civic. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to CMC-Main. The suspect vehicle is expected to have damage to the front headlights and possibly the windshield. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gormican at 704-336-2677. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Police have released photos of the man who tried to rob Tupelo Honey Cafe on Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the lunch rush. Police say the man entered the business on South Boulevard at around 12:41 p.m. on Wednesday and tried to rob it at gunpoint. He fled the scene before getting any money. The suspect (pictured below) is believed to be about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh around 170 pounds. (Ryan Pitkin) 
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