Tuesday, June 23, 2015

First Drip (6/23/15): Charlotte lands NBA All Star Game

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Charlotte has reportedly won a bid to host the 2017 NBA All Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan are expected to formally announce the decision at a press conference today at 11 a.m. No specific dates have been set, but the game will most likely be held in mid-February 2017. Charlotte has not hosted the NBA All Star Game since 1991, when the game was held in the now-demoished Charlotte Coliseum. 

The Charlotte City Council approved the second phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line at its regular meeting last night. With the first phase of construction set to open in July near Time Warner Cable Arena, the second phase will add 2.5 miles to the existing track and 11 more stops. 

H. Allen Tate Jr., founder, chairman and CEO of real estate company Allen Tate Co. and prominent Charlotte business leader, died yesterday at the age of 84. Tate founded the company in 1957 as a one-man shop. It is now the largest residential real estate company in the Carolinas and one of the largest in the country. 

A Burke County teen has been charged with trying to provide material support to ISIL, among other things, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Justin Sullivan, 19, of Morganton, was arrested on Friday and appeared in federal court yesterday. The criminal complaint against Sullivan states that he planned to obtain an assault rifle at the Hickory Gun Show and shoot a large amount of Americans in the name of ISIL. 

Responding to pressure from around the country, S.C. Governor Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be taken down from its spot on Statehouse grounds. Haley said of lawmakers choose not to debate taking the flag down this summer, she will call them back in for a special session. The flag became a lightning rod for activists and politicians alike after multiple photos of AME Emanuel Church-shooter Dylann Roof showed him waving it. 

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