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Charlotte's Bigfoot Connection on TV
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Charlotte's Bigfoot Connection on TV

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These days Morris Costumes is one of the biggest wholesalers in the business. But the company got its start making gorilla suits for magicians and circuses. And that's how founder Philip Morris says he ended up making the costume that would launch the Bigfoot craze in 1967.

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Zany Non-Opera Opera Comes to Charlotte
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Zany Non-Opera Opera Comes to Charlotte

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Opera's something people usually either love or hate. And that's why "Charlotte: The Opera" is struggling a bit to fill the house.

So here's the thing Morenga Hunt would like to get through your head.

"This is really not an opera. It contains elements that you might find in an opera, such as singing, and it tells somewhat of a story, but not like a traditional opera."

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A Buffalo Connection
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

A Buffalo Connection

Scott Jagow (second from right) and other Sabres fans. hspace=2

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Union County Leaders to Discuss 5,000-acre
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Union County Leaders to Discuss 5,000-acre Business Park

A group called Union County Partnership for Progress has been studying the idea for about two years.

Maurice Ewing is the group's CEO. He says the purpose of Wednesday's forum is to get the public involved in the discussion.
"There are a lot of very capable, intelligent and powerful people that have a substantial interest in this project. The meeting is to get our initiative into the public domain to extract some public opinion and just to share with the general public what we're trying to accomplish."

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UNC Charlotte Seeks More Mature Image
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

UNC Charlotte Seeks More Mature Image

UNC Charlotte has retained a local ad agency to help it project a more grown-up image.

The effort began during the last year, with school officials insisting students, faculty and the media refer to it as UNC Charlotte, rather than UNCC, which has the sound of a community college.

Then came a new brick structure to replace the 70's era plastic sign at the campus entrance.

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The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: What It's About
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: What It's About

The following is a transcript of a conversation between Mark Rumsey and Scott Graf about his series, "The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection." This transcript begins with Graf explaining how this series came about.

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War, Economy Impact Military Perception of Youth
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

War, Economy Impact Military Perception of Youth in Charlotte

Marshall Alexander and his buddies from West Charlotte High School showed up at their neighborhood rec center expecting the usual pick-up game of basketball. Instead, they found a gym full of military recruiters handing out key chains.

Which, for 16-year-old Marshall, was kind of a bummer.

"Yeah, you know, too bad. But hey," said Alexander, with a shrug.

Has he ever considered joining the military?

"I did, really thought about it, but you know I don't want to go exactly on the war field," he says.

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Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia

Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia
We'll talk about Marshall Goldman's area of expertise, Russia, for an overview of oil in Russia and Vladimir Putin's role in stabilizing Russia's economy. We'll talk about his encounters with Putin and just how much influence he had in the success of Russia's re-emergence as a power. We'll also talk about the US role in Russia's economy over the past few decades.

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Big Sign Fines a Surprise
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Big Sign Fines a Surprise

Some of the political candidates slapped with thousands of dollars in fines for illegally posting campaign signs are questioning Charlotte's ordinance on the practice. It's the first big test of a new ordinance that boosted fines for sign violations in the city.

The City of Charlotte levied $104,000 in fines against 33 political candidates for putting campaign signs in illegal places, like traffic medians. The size of the fines appears to have taken candidates and City Council members by surprise.

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Mecklenburg County Manager Doesn't Expect
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Mecklenburg County Manager Doesn't Expect Revaluation Next Year

Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones says he believes commissioners will hold off on re-valuing property until at least 2010.

Jones told a group of district 3 residents it was unlikely the board will approve a property re-assessment for next year.

Several dozen people attended the meeting last night to find out how a revaluation next year could affect their tax bills.

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