Friday, April 15, 2016

Lunch Break (4/15/16): Charlotte NBA All Star Game hangs in balance as commissioners meet

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

The future of the NBA All-Star game scheduled to come to Charlotte in 2017 is up for discussion when the NBA Board of Commissioners meet this morning in New York. Following the introduction of HB2, NBA officials voiced concern over the controversial bill, but have not released an official statement on whether they plan to proceed with plans to host the event in Charlotte, or relocate. The cities of Atlanta and Oakland have both offered to host the event. (WSOC Staff) 

While the future of the NBA All-Star game remains unclear, pop fans can rejoice: Duran Duran announced last night that they would not be canceling their scheduled tour stop at Charlotte’s PNC Pavilion this weekend. In a statement on their website, the band said: “With respect to the current storm which is howling through this State, we considered canceling our show on Saturday, but decided to go ahead, both for the sake of our fans and to support those in North Carolina who feel as strongly as we do about this issue.” 

Charlotte-area fire departments rushed firefighters to two separate mobile home fires early this morning. The first fire occurred in a Kannapolis mobile home. Fire officials haven’t determined what caused the fire, but revealed that the home suffered extensive damage. The home was not equipped with working smoke detectors, but it appears that nobody was inside at the time. The second fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in a Gaston County mobile home; investigators now believe it was caused by electrical problems. Two adults and two children were able to escape without injury, and the Red Cross has stepped in to provide the displaced family a place to stay. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Plans for a new housing development near the CPCC campus indicate that a change of vibe may be coming for the Elizabeth area. Named “The Towers at Mattie Rose," the planned units will be duplex- and triplex-style homes featuring a Dutch-inspired “woonerf” — a type of street that features gardens, speed bumps, and different textures (like brick) to deter speeders and foster a sense of community. The homes will start in the $600,000-range. (Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer) 

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