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Charlotte Observer | June 20, 2018
The annual celebration of Juneteenth on or around June 19th is one of the most important historical occasions in the African American community. Juneteenth marks the moment enslaved people learned of the abolishment of slavery. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 20, 2018
A high-ranking manager at Central Prison in Raleigh was seriously injured after two inmates attacked him with a homemade weapon Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The assault sent unit manager Brent … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
The last surviving German U-Boat captain, who terrorized the Atlantic off North Carolina's Outer Banks early in World War II, has died at age 105. Reinhard Hardegen, who once described … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A Virginia school board has renamed an elementary school from that of a Confederate general to Barack Obama. The Richmond School Board on Monday voted to replace J.E.B. Stuart's name … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A gas leak at a construction site has created a traffic nightmare in uptown Charlotte during the Tuesday afternoon commute. The gas leak at Stonewall and Caldwell streets has forced … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A former council member in the North Carolina mountain town of Fletcher falsely claimed to be a doctor when he testified at the drug trial of a real doctor, a … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
In a courtroom usually set aside for the violence adults unleash on each other, the names of two dead children hung like ghosts. Then detail by wincing detail, a Mecklenburg … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
Principal Jamie Brooks used to see teachers send students to her office, sometimes for little things. Writing referrals was often the first move. Now, things have changed at Community House … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
Leaders of Providence Day School are rushing to Buenos Aires after a study abroad group from the school was involved in a deadly crash on Sunday. Ten students from Providence … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
North Carolina's new budget includes $500,000 in taxpayer money to keep better track of sex offenders by cataloging where they work, what cars they drive — even where they are … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A woman was cited after she reportedly struck a window at the Charlotte Doulgas International Airport on Monday in frustration that her flight had been canceled. A technical issue caused … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A person was hospitalized after a Jet Ski exploded on Lake Norman on Tuesday. The Jet Ski exploded at about 5:30 p.m. near Great Point Drive in Mooresville, Observer news … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 19, 2018
A former sheriff's captain in the North Carolina mountains was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted two women while still on the force. Charles Wilhelm, who worked in the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
The man accused of trying to impress a woman by landing a chartered helicopter at SAS Institute in Cary plans to plead guilty to impersonating a three-star Army general and … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
The El Morocco Supper Club opened on Wilkinson Boulevard (“on the outskirts of the city”) in 1946 and offered live music, dinner and dancing. At some point the club moved … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was charged with driving while impaired early Saturday morning in the North Carolina mountains, according to a CMPD news release. Officer Tyler Kishpaugh, 44, was arrested … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
Wondering about those new stickers on old buildings downtown? They are part of a new interactive project by the Fort Mill History Museum. Not everyone wants to visit a museum … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
Several students and two faculty chaperones from Charlotte's Providence Day School were injured in a crash in Argentina on Sunday, according to reports from multiple local news stations. One person … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 18, 2018
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Samuel Yaravitz wore his CMPD uniform while he avoided paying for groceries in the self-checkout line at Harris Teeter, according to arrest warrants. Yaravitz, 43, has … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 17, 2018
All inbound flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport were being held until about 10 a.m. Sunday, according to multiple media outlets. The Observer's news partner WBTV cited FlightAware as its … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 17, 2018
Divers recovering artifacts off the steamship Pulaski have made an eerie find that gives credence to eyewitness accounts of the night the ship sank in 1838, taking some of the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 16, 2018
Officials are investigating the shooting of a Statesville police officer Friday night. According to police, two officers were on routine foot patrol around Raleigh Avenue and Fifth Street around 11 … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 16, 2018
A brown water snake was shading under a car at a Walmart. Then two people showed up with lighter fluid, police said. The pair hit the snake, ran over part … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 16, 2018
Searchers on Friday night found a body believed to be a man wanted in connection with a North Carolina triple homicide. The badly decomposed body was found at about 7:30 … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 16, 2018
Police were interviewing a person of interest late Friday in connection with a shooting near uptown Charlotte. Officers responding to the 1100 block of 1st Street found a victim with … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
In Charlotte's 28207 ZIP code — which includes Colonial Heights, Eastover and Myers Park — the median household is $130,868. It's the wealthiest in the city, according to 2016 Census … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Tom Hanchett, a Charlotte historian, talks about income inequality and how it hurts us all. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
For those not familiar with all aspects of the Michael Peterson murder trial, but are now diving into the story thanks to "The Staircase" documentary series on Netflix, we've put … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
One of the contestants this season on the ABC reality series "The Bachelorette" may look familiar to people in Columbia, South Carolina, and for good reason. Nick Spetsas, 27, spent … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
After 29 days of fasting and reflection, Muslims across the globe are celebrating the end of Ramadan. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Legally blind since birth, Savannah Kasay could never really make out the details of what her famous father, John Kasay, was doing on the football field as he kicked his … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Thousands are without power after strong storms swept through the WBTV viewing area late Thursday night. According to the Duke Energy outage map, over 2,000 Gaston County residents are without … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
The N.C. Senate has passed an amendment that would let tolls be removed from the controversial Interstate 77 widening project in northern Mecklenburg County, although the state House failed to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Even the Bible Belt is a tough climate for some churches, says a lawyer for a small Baptist congregation in North Carolina. In Monroe, about 25 miles southeast of Charlotte, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
A Charlotte-area man's 5-year-old son asked for a Ferrari after learning that his dad had just won $10 million in the state lottery. "I’ll buy him a toy one and … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
The opioid epidemic is creating an increase in foster care enrollment in North Carolina, according to a report released this week by a child welfare nonprofit. NC Child is advocating … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Teachers in state Senator Jeff Tarte's district will no longer get to compete for $200,000 in state money for classroom projects. The North Carolina General Assembly approved the spending plan … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
An invasive species of Asian plant that can cause blindness is turning up in Virginia, prompting warnings for people to be on the lookout for a 15-foot-tall herb topped with … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
The man asked his wife to back the truck up "just a bit" so he could hook up the camper. That led to his death. Arthur David Burrow became pinned … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 15, 2018
Disgruntled passengers at Charlotte's airport let American Airlines have it on social media late Thursday. The passengers were scheduled to depart on flights operated by PSA Airlines, an American Airlines … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Five executives with a former leading manufacturer of U.S. military boots have been sentenced in federal court for saying the boots were made in Tennessee when they were actually produced … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
A car being chased by police went up in flames after barreling off northbound Interstate 85 near the Gaston-Mecklenburg county line and smacking a tree on Wednesday night. Gastonia Police … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
The sidewalks of uptown Charlotte have a new hum these days: the whisper of electric scooters, dozens of them, unleashed last month by a city experiment in new ways of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Joe Biden spent nearly 45 minutes sitting on the Belk Theater stage Wednesday night engaged in a bittersweet fireside chat with former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who gently tossed out … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a new report from a woman who says she was drugged at the EpiCentre, a popular nightlife entertainment venue in uptown Charlotte. The incident happened on … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Hundreds, if not thousands, of bright, low-income North Carolina will now get access to advanced math courses that were denied to them in the past by their school systems. The … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Tara Finch was already crying Thursday before her son's accused killers were led into a Mecklenburg courtroom. She did not have the chance to speak during the brief appearances of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders say they don't want elected officials disrupting classes to promote their causes and stage photo ops with students. But wait ... what if politicians volunteer to monitor … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
A surveillance video captured this week in the Adirondacks is proving just how easy it is for bears to break into cars, including a savvy understanding of how sliding doors … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 14, 2018
As a pitcher for the Charlotte Knights, Tyler Danish's job is all about control. Control the count. Control the strike zone. Control the batter. But while Danish has spent a … Click to Continue »