Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Drip (4/15/14): Smuggie drops out of the 12th race, US Airways apologizes for nude-photo tweet, more

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Citing money problems, former City Councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell has withdrawn from the race for the 12th District two months after announcing he'd run. Mitchell wanted Council to appoint him mayor to fill Patrick Cannon's seat, but members chose Dan Clodfelter instead.

A hearty congratulations to the Charlotte Observer's Kevin Siers for winning a Pulitzer, journalism's highest honor, in the editorial cartoon category. He is the fifth Observer staffer to win the award and the third cartoonist. Siers has been at the paper since 1987.

Six days before the start of this year's race, more than 3,000 people gathered in Boston to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombings that killed three spectators and injured 260 others. This year's race is expected to draw about 36,000 runners, 10,000 more than last year.

US Airways is apologizing for a tweet it sent to a customer who complained about her delayed flight. The company says it was trying to flag the photo, which featured a naked woman and a toy airplane, and instead accidentally tweeted it. Hundreds had retweeted the message before it was deleted.

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