Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First Drip (9/24/13): Bank of America, Chiquita in hot water, gunman killed near N.C. campus, "Satisfries" and more

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

What a week it's been for Charlotte-based companies - and it's only Tuesday. Yet again Bank of America finds itself in deep water after a federal judged ruled the Charlotte-based company had to pay 1,147 black job applicants about $2 million for racially discriminating against them. Chiquita Brands International - which, as you may remember, Charlotte gave $2.5 million to move from Cincinnati to the Queen City - has requested that a federal appeals court block thousands of lawsuits brought by Colombians whose relatives perished in the country's civil war, which was funded in part by payments the fruit giant made to a right-wing parliamentary group.

A City Council committee has recommended strengthening the Citizen Review Board, which reviews complaints of misconduct. Citizens will no longer have to meet "an unusually high bar," according to the Charlotte Observer, to have their misconduct cases heard. In February, an Observer investigation found that the board hadn't sided with citizens in its 16-year history.

Police shot and killed a gunman near N.C. Central University Monday night, which prompted a three-hour lock down at the school.

A new study shows married cancer patients are 20 percent less likely to die from the disease than patients without a spouse.

Burger King is introducing new french fries - "Satisfries" - containing 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than those sold by McDonald's.

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