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Wrestler Ric Flair is ‘awake, communicating,’ says rep, but there are complications | Charlotte Observer Wrestler Ric Flair is ‘awake, communicating,’ says rep, but there are complications
After 5 days of silence, a rep for wrestling icon Ric Flair has finally updated fans on his condition, noting he’s awake and talking but “there are complications.” Melinda Morris … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 20, 2017
Monroe school resource officer dies in motorcycle wreck | Charlotte Observer Monroe school resource officer dies in motorcycle wreck
A Monroe High School resource officer and eight-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department died Saturday in a motorcycle accident near Cherokee, authorities said. Officer Paul Perrette, 49, had been … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Candles are lit at Charlotte Uprising vigil | Charlotte Observer Candles are lit at Charlotte Uprising vigil
Candles are lit at Saturday evening's Charlotte Uprising vigil at Marshall Park remembering the Charlottesville, Virginia victims. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
CMPD says rumors of KKK march in uptown Charlotte are untrue | Charlotte Observer CMPD says rumors of KKK march in uptown Charlotte are untrue
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Saturday that rumors of a Ku Klux Klan march in uptown Charlotte Saturday are false. A vigil for victims of deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Scenes from the Charlotte Uprising candlelight vigil | Charlotte Observer Scenes from the Charlotte Uprising candlelight vigil
Close of the Charlotte Uprising candlelight vigil Saturday night at Marshall Park. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Here’s your latest eclipse outlook for the Charlotte viewing area | Charlotte Observer Here’s your latest eclipse outlook for the Charlotte viewing area
Conditions for viewing Monday’s eclipse have improved steadily over the last few days, after there was early concern of the possibility of rain and thunderstorms. That chance for storms is … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Duke University removes statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Duke Chapel | Charlotte Observer Duke University removes statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Duke Chapel
DURHAM The new president of Duke University has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after it was vandalized earlier this week. “I took this … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Two killed, two hurt in north Charlotte wreck on I-77 | Charlotte Observer Two killed, two hurt in north Charlotte wreck on I-77
Two people were killed in a wreck in north Charlotte Saturday morning on Interstate 77. The crash happened around 1:16 a.m. near W.T. Harris Boulevard near mile marker 18. Troopers … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Suspect dead, homeowner injured in Chester home invasion, police say | Charlotte Observer Suspect dead, homeowner injured in Chester home invasion, police say
A home invasion on Baton Rouge Road early Saturday left one dead and the homeowner injured, according to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse said the homeowner … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
‘Call to action’ in Marshall Park against racism, white supremacy | Charlotte Observer ‘Call to action’ in Marshall Park against racism, white supremacy
Moved by last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., demonstrators gathered in Marshall Park Saturday night for a vigil billed as a call to action to combat white supremacy. The event, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Beginning of Charlotte Uprising vigil | Charlotte Observer Beginning of Charlotte Uprising vigil
Beginning of Saturday's Charlotte Uprising vigil at Marshall Park. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Gastonia’s stone Rebel stands calm over MLK Way. But ground beneath him is shifting. | Charlotte Observer Gastonia’s stone Rebel stands calm over MLK Way. But ground beneath him is shifting.
Gastonia’s 105-year-old Confederate soldier occupies one of the most serene posts in a race-roiled America. The unnamed granite Rebel literally rises above the hubbub of trials and lawsuits at the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
CMPD investigates homicide in Grier Heights, the 58th in Charlotte this year | Charlotte Observer CMPD investigates homicide in Grier Heights, the 58th in Charlotte this year
Authorities are investigating a homicide in the 3100 block of Grierton Court, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Saturday morning. That’s in the Grier Heights neighborhood near Randolph Road. It is the 58th … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 19, 2017
Locals voice opinions on Gastonia's Confederate monument | Charlotte Observer Locals voice opinions on Gastonia's Confederate monument
Gastonia’s stone Rebel stands calm over MLK Way. But ground beneath him is shifting. Gastonia’s Confederate monument, one of dozens standing quietly on NC public property, inspires loyalty even as people question its message. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Eclipse chasers can’t stop at just one | Charlotte Observer Eclipse chasers can’t stop at just one
Gayle Riggsbee shrugs off scientific curiosity in explaining his travels across thousands of miles, from the coast of Africa to the Big Island of Hawaii, to see four solar eclipses. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
One person dead after two motorcycles collide in Lancaster | Charlotte Observer One person dead after two motorcycles collide in Lancaster
One person is dead after two motorcycles collided at a Lancaster intersection Thursday evening, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. One of the motorcyclists died at the scene, according … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Summer Camp Fund: Behind every donation, there’s a story | Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund: Behind every donation, there’s a story
Talk to people who have given to the Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund, and one theme keeps coming up: gratitude. Donors grateful for summer camp experiences they had when they … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Charge added in Confederate re-enactors pepper spraying case | Charlotte Observer Charge added in Confederate re-enactors pepper spraying case
Police on Friday issued another charge against a man accused of pepper spraying Confederate veteran re-enactors during the 2017 Soldiers Reunion parade in Newton on Thursday. Newton police arrested Karl … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Four accused of vandalizing monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Asheville | Charlotte Observer Four accused of vandalizing monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Asheville
Four Asheville residents are accused of vandalizing a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the heart of the city’s downtown on Friday. Four individuals charged w/ Damage to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour delivers baby son in driveway | Charlotte Observer Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour delivers baby son in driveway
Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour had no time to get his wife, Abby, to the hospital when her contractions started early Friday. The contractions came so fast that Ridenhour ended … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Police search for elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting boys | Charlotte Observer Police search for elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting boys
Police on Friday asked the public for help in finding a Charlotte elementary school teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting boys at an overnight summer camp he ran from … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Region’s LGBT youth find new ‘home’ Sunday with opening of Charlotte center | Charlotte Observer Region’s LGBT youth find new ‘home’ Sunday with opening of Charlotte center
The region’s first permanent support center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths opens on Monroe Road on Sunday in east Charlotte. The grand opening of the Time Out Youth … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Eclipse weddings? Yes, Carolinians are lining up to say ‘I do’ in the dark. | Charlotte Observer Eclipse weddings? Yes, Carolinians are lining up to say ‘I do’ in the dark.
In the realm of happy endings, it’s tough to top a fairy tale wedding that ends with a kiss and a total solar eclipse. So it is understandable that couples … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Body of wreck victim lay in creek for a day, despite police searches | Charlotte Observer Body of wreck victim lay in creek for a day, despite police searches
The body of a Huntersville wreck victim lay in a creek for a day despite two police searches this week. The driver who crashed in the early morning dark off … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Woman hid in closet and called 911 when intruder entered. Police were nearby. | Charlotte Observer Woman hid in closet and called 911 when intruder entered. Police were nearby.
A Charlotte woman hid in a closet and called 911 after someone broke into her home on Friday, helping police make a quick arrest. Officers happened to be nearby on … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Major artery to Mallard Creek High will be blocked when school starts | Charlotte Observer Major artery to Mallard Creek High will be blocked when school starts
One of two key arteries used to reach Mallard Creek High will not be open in time for the start of classes, promising traffic problems for parents and students. The … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
A parent’s nightmare: daughters in Barcelona Thursday as terror attack kills, maims | Charlotte Observer A parent’s nightmare: daughters in Barcelona Thursday as terror attack kills, maims
My youngest daughter readied for the 10th grade Thursday morning on the first day of school. She’s 15 and needs no father for anything except to make the pancakes. No … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Lancaster pedestrian dies after walking in front of car | Charlotte Observer Lancaster pedestrian dies after walking in front of car
A pedestrian near downtown Lancaster was struck by a car and died Thursday, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Lancaster County coroner has not yet identified the pedestrian. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Two arrested in York County, one on the run after potent opioid kills one, police say | Charlotte Observer Two arrested in York County, one on the run after potent opioid kills one, police say
Two Rock Hill residents have been arrested on drug charges and another is on the run after two women overdosed on opioids and one died, according to a York County … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Will clouds ruin your eclipse viewing? Here’s the latest. | Charlotte Observer Will clouds ruin your eclipse viewing? Here’s the latest.
The latest weather forecast for Monday calls for a mostly sunny afternoon in the Murphy area of western North Carolina, where many will go for the best viewing of the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
CMS teacher accused of making student disrobe faces 6 more child exploitation charges | Charlotte Observer CMS teacher accused of making student disrobe faces 6 more child exploitation charges
The former Alexander Graham Middle School math teacher charged last month with sexually exploiting a minor is facing more charges. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Friday that they have charged Charles Ray … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 18, 2017
Solar eclipse expected to draw millions of travelers, and congestion, to Carolinas | Charlotte Observer Solar eclipse expected to draw millions of travelers, and congestion, to Carolinas
With millions of travelers expected to descend on the Carolinas in pursuit of Monday’s total solar eclipse, drivers should prepare for clogged highways. Key advice for eclipse chasers: Get to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Clemson basketball team believed unharmed after Barcelona terror attack | Charlotte Observer Clemson basketball team believed unharmed after Barcelona terror attack
The Clemson Men’s Basketball team is in Barcelona, Spain, was not caught up in the terrorist van attack or its aftermath, school officials reported Thursday on Facebook. The team is … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Activists want Charlotte to crack down harder on abortion clinic harassment | Charlotte Observer Activists want Charlotte to crack down harder on abortion clinic harassment
Pro-choice activists are calling on the city of Charlotte to do more to protect women from harassment when they go to an abortion clinic. In a press conference held outside … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Rayquan Borum enters plea in Justin Carr's fatal shooting | Charlotte Observer Rayquan Borum enters plea in Justin Carr's fatal shooting
Borum, the man accused of fatally shooting Justin Carr, a bystander, during last fall's uptown riots entered a plea of not guilty in the shooting. Borum appeared during the afternoon session and was represented by defense attorney, Terry Sherrill. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
NC couple found ‘passed out’ in a car with heroin and a small child, deputies say | Charlotte Observer NC couple found ‘passed out’ in a car with heroin and a small child, deputies say
An Iredell County couple sought for allegedly stealing jewelry ended up in jail for child abuse this week, after they were found “passed out” in a parked car with drugs … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Quiz: Shopping Centers, 1979 | Charlotte Observer Quiz: Shopping Centers, 1979
Try to identify each shopping center from the old photo, then see what they look like now! One is basically unchanged but I had to think hard to figure out … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Wrestler Ric Flair has ‘multiple organ problems,’ in critical condition, source says | Charlotte Observer Wrestler Ric Flair has ‘multiple organ problems,’ in critical condition, source says
Ric Flair’s fiancée shared more details of his illness in a Facebook post and things are more serious than fans imagined for the hospitalized wrestling icon. Media outlets including The … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
Man accused breaking into Independence HS charged | Charlotte Observer Man accused breaking into Independence HS charged
A man accused of breaking into Independence High School early Thursday morning has been charged. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 26-year-old Jay Choi was arrested around 2:26 a.m. Police were called to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017
It’s back to school for many South Carolina students | Charlotte Observer It’s back to school for many South Carolina students
Summer is over for many South Carolina students as they head back to school this week. Schools in Rock Hill York (District 3), Lancaster, Fort Mill, Chester, York (District 1), … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | August 17, 2017