Saturday, October 31, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 31, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Halloween Daze & Spooky Nights at Carolina Renaissance Festival
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Monster Mashup at N.C. Music Factory

Dracula at Theatre Charlotte

Annual Halloween Fiasco at Milestone

• Boudoir of Horrors: Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque Halloween Show at Upstage

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lunch Break (10/30/15): Superintendent Clark introduces transgender bullying video to be shown to CMS students

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM


CMS Superintendent Ann Clark introduced a locally made documentary about transgender teens and the issues they face in schools to a room of city leaders, parents and other community members yesterday, and said it will now become mandatory viewing for CMS students. The 11-minute video, titled Souls of Our Students: A Transgender Focus, was made by Judy Schindler, who gained Clark's support before starting on the $20,000 project. It features a Providence High School student speaking about his transition experience and the bullying he faced. The video can be viewed below. 

One person was injured in an accident involving a school bus in south Charlotte this morning, but no students were on the bus at the time, officials said. A car smashed into the back of the bus around 7:30 a.m., and the driver of the car suffered minor injuries. The accident happened on Tyvola Road near South Boulevard. The driver was treated by medic on the scene, and no one else was injured.  

Chester police have reportedly arrested and charged 57-year-old Michelle Johnson in the hit-and-run death of 11-year-old La’darious Wylie. The boy was struck on Monday morning in the South Carolina town, and he died on Wednesday from the resulting injuries. Johnson has been charged with hit-and-run with duties of drivers involved in accident resulting in death or serious personal injury. The Center of Literacy Through Technology, where Wylie attended school as a fifth-grader, is reportedly hoping to work with Wylie's family to find a way for the school to honor him, and First Citizens Bank branches are taking donations in Wylie's name that will go directly to helping his family with expenses. 

Nearly 150 prisoners will be returning to Charlotte following today's release of 6,000 non-violent drug offenders nationwide in an attempt to relieve overcrowding in the U.S. prison system. About 10 to 15 prisoners who live in Charlotte are released in an average month. More of the prisoners being released today reportedly have addresses in Charlotte than most places in the country. 

Six adults and five children have been displaced by an apartment fire early this morning in north Charlotte. The fire started at about 2:15 a.m. on Rumple Road, officials said. No one was injured during the fire, which was caused by a couch being placed too close to a heater, according to a tweet from the Charlotte Fire Department. The Red Cross is helping shelter the family while they try to find new housing. 

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 30, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Black Lillies at Amos' Southend
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Guts: Pumpkin Carving Competition at N.C. Music Factory

Genderfusion Monster's Ball at Petra's

Zombie Apocalypse Party at The Dirty Hippie

Jr Jr at Neighborhood Theatre

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Burnt - Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Our Brand Is Crisis - Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse - Tye Sheridan, Cloris Leachman

Truth - Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 29, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Gantt After Dark: Thriller Edition at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
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Hardwell at Label

Freak Show Boo Bash at Prohibition

Dance in the Dark at Peculiar Rabbit

• Bring Your Own Vinyl w/ DJ Tober at Petra's

Lunch Break (10/29/15): Rash of shootings in Charlotte area

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM


A man was injured in a shooting in Pineville early this morning. Little information has been released about the shooting beyond that the man was shot on Sabal Point Drive and taken to Carolinas Medical Center. The shooting comes after two people were murdered in Charlotte yesterday. A woman was found dead in her home near Johnson C. Smith University just after noon yesterday. Police found a man driving her car and later charged him with her murder. Later Wednesday evening, a man was shot and killed inside an apartment complex in southeast Charlotte off Independence Boulevard. Police are still looking for a suspect in that killing. 

Officials announced this morning that an 11-year-old boy who was hit by a car while waiting for a bus in Chester, South Carolina on Tuesday has passed away. The accident was a hit-and-run and police are interviewing witnesses, they said. Deputies reportedly found a suspect vehicle and have identified a person of interest. The boy was a fifth-grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology. 

Former Charlotte Mayor and current U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be in Charlotte today to make a "major transportation funding announcement" at the Amtrak station on North Tryon Street. He's expected to announce a $25 million TIGER grant to go toward a new Gateway station that would act as a hub for Amtrak, commuter trains, buses and a streetcar. The project isn't locked in, however, as it is still unclear where the remaining $125-175 million would come from. 

The Miami Heat bested the Charlotte Hornets in both teams' season opener last night, winning 104 - 94 and staving off a late game comeback attempt. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 19 points. Al Jefferson scored 17, but all of his points came in the first half. The Hornets had gotten a 20-point deficit down to five within the last minute of the game, but a three-pointer from Luol Deng sealed the win for the Heat. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and Dwayne Wade scored 20 in the Heat win.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lunch Break (10/28/15): Charlotte Post Foundation hosts Black Lives Matter forum on health disparity

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM


The Charlotte Post Foundation hosted a Black Lives Matter forum last night at Little Rock AME Zion that focused on health disparities among African American communities in Mecklenburg County. Three speakers, including Dr. Donald Jonas with Care Ring (tweet seen below), addressed the crowd of more than 50 people and spoke about stats regarding risk factors for African Americans, how location affects health, the importance of healthy eating and other issues facing the community. 

A high-riding truck brought down power lines on North Tryon Street near NoDa this morning, closing the road for much of the morning. A truck driver reportedly snagged the lines with the truck's bed around 31st Street. North Tryon Street was closed for several hours between 30th and 32nd streets. One northbound lane of North Tryon Street was also closed earlier in the morning in the University area due to flooding. 

Sources have reported that Deputy Ben Fields will be fired from the Richland County Sheriff's Office following the brutal arrest of a female student at Spring Valley High School. The incident was caught on video by students and circulated around the web, leading to an investigation by the RCSO. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott will hold a press conference at noon to discuss the investigation, and is expected to announce Fields' firing. No charges will come from the RCSO, but would have to come from state or federal agencies. The FBI is currently investigating the incident, as well. UPDATE (12:15): During the press conference, Lott did announce that Fields has been terminated from the RCSO.

The Kansas City Royals won Game 1 of the World Series early this morning, finally scoring the winning run against the New York Mets on a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning after what was nearly a five-hour game. The game was a strange one, with a rare inside-the-park home run coming off the first pitch to a Royals batter in the first inning, and a power outage by Fox Sports delaying the game right around the halfway mark to the dismay of television audiences across the country. The series continues tonight just after 8 p.m. 

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 28, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Chvrches at The Fillmore
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Retro Horror Film Series screening Friday the 13th at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas

Bad Jews at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Trivia at Ed's Tavern

Halloween Costume Contest at Suite

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 27, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Modest Mouse at Uptown Amphitheater
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• Les Vampires: Silent Film w/ Ethan Uslan at Petra's

Night of 500 Laughs at The Comedy Zone

Halloween Party & Costume Contest at Whisky River

Paisley Fields at Crown Station Pub

Lunch Break (10/27/15): South Carolina officer placed on leave after manhandling teenaged girl on video

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM


A video showing a police officer in a Columbia, South Carolina high school flipping a female student out of her desk and then throwing her across the room for refusing to stand up has gone viral. The video, filmed by a fellow Spring Valley High School student on a cellphone, has led to the removal of the officer from the school district, and possibly other repercussions. The officer, Deputy Ben Fields, is currently on leave from the Richland County Sheriff's Office while an investigation is carried out. 

At its meeting last night, the Charlotte City Council discussed plans to sell some land at the former site of Eastland mall to CMS next month in order to build a school there. The K - 8 school would take up just 12 acres of the 80-acre site. Other plans for the surrounding area include a 22-acre park with a storm water retention pond, while the rest would be sold off to developers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Committee voted to recommend that the city not sell the land to CMS, in part because they don't believe the school will be a good catalyst for further development, but most council members support it. 

Parents will have a chance to voice their concerns about struggling schools to CMS Board of Education members at a meeting in north Charlotte tonight, following the release of a state report that more than doubles the amount of schools in CMS that need improvement. Last school year, the report stated that 16 schools need improvement, meaning the school had a bad school performance grade and low student achievement growth during the previous school year. A new report, following a tightening up of standards regarding how a school is graded by state lawmakers, puts that number at 37. Last week, Creative Loafing wrote about parents' concerns with a lack of diversity within CMS. Most of the schools that are struggling are in high-poverty areas and are largely African-American. 

Prosecutor Chrissy Adams announced this morning that charges will not be filed against a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old man in Seneca, South Carolina in July. The family of the teenaged victim, Zachary Hammond, sought to remove Adams from the case because of her close relationship with local police, but that motions was denied by the state Supreme Court. 

Piedmont Natural Gas CEO announced yesterday that the company may soon be bought out by Duke Energy in a $6.7 billion merger. Duke would pay $4.9 billion in cash to make Piedmont a wholly-owned subsidiary, as well as take on $1.8 billion in debt. That equals out to about $6,700 for each of the 1 million Piedmont customers Duke would take on. 

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