145th Returns To Fight Fires
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

145th Returns To Fight Fires

Lt. Colonel Steve Mallette is a training officer with the unit. Photo: Tanner Latham

Lt. Colonel Steve Mallette is a training officer with the unit. Photo: Tanner Latham

The North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing leaves Charlotte Monday to resume fighting wildfires in the western U.S.

"We all expected at some point we'd have to go back," says Lieutenant Colonel Steve Mallette, a training officer in the unit. "That's the mission that we do. And we certainly want to take care of this mission as best we can. We want to do our part."

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Romney, Ryan On The Campaign Trail In Mooresville
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Romney, Ryan On The Campaign Trail In Mooresville

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis. (right) speak during a campaign rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Morresville, N.C. on Aug. 12, 2012. The stop in Mooresville was part of Romney's "The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" bus tour. Photo: ADAM JENNINGS

About 1,700 people packed into the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville yesterday for what was billed as a victory rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

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Charlotte Observer: A Show Of Solidarity In The
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: A Show Of Solidarity In The Right To Worship

CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe sits with the male worshippers as he prepares to speak at Sunday's Open House. To left of him is

CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe sits with the male worshippers as he prepares to speak at Sunday's Open House. To left of him is CMPD Lieutenant J.M. Wright and to right of him is Dr. Surendrapal Singh Mac.The Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte Sikh temple held an open house Sunday August 12, 2012, inviting the public to stop by to see who Sikhs are and what they believe in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Wisconsin. CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe stopped in to speak at the open house. Photo: DIEDRA LAIRD

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The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

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We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina's favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It's preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

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Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators

Duke CEO Jim Rogers again took questions from regulators today - this time in Florida, where the company now has a presence thanks to its merger with Progress Energy.

Compared to the tense grilling Jim Rogers took from North Carolina Utilities Commissioners last month, the Florida meeting was a breeze.

The difference is that North Carolina Utility regulators are actually investigating Duke Energy's merger with Progress.

Florida Public Service Commissioners just invited Rogers down to Tallahassee for a get-to-know-you chat.

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Gunshot Trackers Activated
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gunshot Trackers Activated

A new gunshot tracking system installed in the city by the CMPD went live Monday. The department is hoping this technology helps it respond faster and more accurately to shootings.

The system is called ShotSpotter, and it uses small antennae, these acoustic sensors, that activate as soon as a gunshot is detected. The sensors then triangulate to give a precise location of the gunfire. The CMPD dispatch center is alerted anytime that happens.

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Charlotte Symphony Music Director Renews Contract
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Symphony Music Director Renews Contract

Warren-Green

Warren-Green

Christopher Warren-Green has renewed his contract as music director of the Charlotte Symphony. The man who conducted during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year will be staying on in Charlotte through the summer of 2016. And Warren-Green has some big ambitions.
Christopher Warren-Green says the Charlotte Symphony has the potential to be held in the same regard as the Boston Symphony or the New York Philharmonic.

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Wolfpack Fans' Digging Could Point To More
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Wolfpack Fans' Digging Could Point To More Problems At UNC

An academic scandal that has engulfed UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic department may go back more than a decade.

Until last weekend, we already knew that the school's Department of African and Afro-American Studies offered several classes and independent study courses that provided little or no instruction. The classes were popular with athletes, particularly football players.

An internal investigation that reached those findings last spring only went back four years, and warned that fraud could go back several years.

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Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out

Fernando Aguirre. Photo: Tanner Latham

Fernando Aguirre. Photo: Tanner Latham

Layoffs and cost-cutting are underway at one of the most recent marquee companies to relocate to Charlotte. Chiquita Brands International announced a restructuring plan last week that will cut 300 jobs in the coming months, including 15 here in Charlotte. . . and that CEO Fernando Aguirre is on his way out.

It was a disappointing surprise for the Charlotte business community, but not for Aguirre.

He was pleased to see banana pudding on the menu for business leaders at a Rotary club lunch yesterday

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Harnessing The Allure Of Video Games In The
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Harnessing The Allure Of Video Games In The Classroom

Joel Bonasera uses video games to help teach his 7th graders math and science. Photo: Lisa Miller.

Joel Bonasera uses video games to help teach his 7th graders math and science. Photo: Lisa Miller.

Kids spend a lot of time playing video games. They spend hours fighting zombies, building underground worlds, waging war, and shooting pigs. Video games can be addictive and an escape. They're just the thing that some teachers are trying to bring to the classroom.

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