Monday, September 28, 2015

Lunch Break (9/28/15): Howard endorses Clodfelter in run-off

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Former mayoral candidate David Howard, who finished third in this month's primary, announced his endorsement of second-place finisher and current Mayor Dan Clodfelter at a press conference this morning. Clodfelter is running against Jennifer Roberts in the October 6 run-off for the right to face Republican candidate Edwin Peacock. Early voting continues today and will run through Saturday for the run-off. 

Following yesterday's win against the New Orleans Saints, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told reporters that referee Ed Hochuli told him he didn't get a late-hit call his way in the fourth quarter because he's "not old enough," a statement Hochuli denies making. Hochuli has stated he told Newton he didn't get the call because he was running outside of the pocket when the hit was made, and therefore isn't afforded the same protection as a quarterback standing in the pocket. 

One week after denying developers the chance to build a large mixed-use development in the Cherry neighborhood in Uptown, city council will reconsider its decision at tonight's meeting following proposed changes to building heights by the developer. Neighbors have fought against the project, which will potentially be built on the corner of Baxter Street and South Kings Drive. and their protest petition is the reason why the development was not approved despite getting a majority of votes from city council. 

Police are investigating the murder of 41-year-old David Reginald Griffin on Sunday night. Griffin was found shot dead in a home between Graham Street and Statesville Road just north of Uptown. They responded to the home on Vanderbilt Road at about 7 p.m., according to reports. 

Sources say Tony Stewart will announce his retirement from NASCAR some time this week during a press conference with team owner Gene Haas. Stewart is expected to announce that 2016 will be his final season on the race track. He will turn 45 during that season and hasn't won a race in two years. In recent years, Stewart has dealt with injuries – most notably a broken leg in 2013 – and controversy surrounding an incident in which he struck and killed a fellow racer in a 2014 sprint car race. 

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