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


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


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


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


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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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 23, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Stewart Huff w/ Krish Mohan at UpStage


Whiskey Women of Charlotte: July Drink Up at RiRa

Trivia at VBGB

The Uptown Comedy Show at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub

Rock of Ages at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

First Drip (7/22/15): Kerrick attorneys release statement attacking Ferrell, family

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Randall Kerrick's attorneys released a statement yesterday in response to a statement made Monday morning by shooting victim Jonathan Ferrell's family and their attorney, Chris Chestnut. In the statement, the attorneys take issue with the comments made by the family and Chestnut, who has represented the family but is not prosecuting the Kerrick case. The attorneys repeatedly misspell both Chestnut's name and Jonathan Ferrell's name in the statement, and shed light on what will most likely be their defense: attacking Ferrell's character because he drank that night, although it was less than the legal limit to drive, and he may have expressed a desire to smoke marijuana. 

A development company was given approval for rezoning of a 1.5-acre property in the heart of NoDa where they plan to build a five-story, 147-unit apartment complex. There will also be 8,900 square feet of commercial space in the development that will include the leasing office, a fitness center, and 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of retail that could accommodate a small coffee shop or a deli. 

At a press conference yesterday, CATS Interim CEO John Muth walked reporters through a four-minute video of the Saturday morning crash between a Gold Line trolley and an SUV that injured two. Muth blamed the driver of the streetcar for the wreck, saying he made a series of mistakes that sent the trolley rolling down Elizabeth Avenue and into the back of the SUV. 

Former University of North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough signed with the Charlotte Hornets late last night, according to sources. Hansbrough was one of UNC's most decorated players during his collegiate career, but has struggled to find a consistent spot on an NBA roster since going pro. 

Wilmington City Council unanimously voted to reject offshore drilling at its meeting last night, approving a resolution opposing any seismic testing or offshore drilling activities off the Wilmington coast. Hundreds reportedly showed up to the meeting to speak or show support for the resolution. The resolution gives Wilmington an official stance to show the federal government, which has asked for input from cities along the Atlantic coast that would be affected by offshore drilling. 

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