Filling Top CMS Post Could Be Lengthy, Difficult
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Fri June 10, 2011

Filling Top CMS Post Could Be Lengthy, Difficult Process

Dr. Peter Gorman. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer align=left

The chance to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will draw strong national interest, but that doesn't mean the school board has an easy task ahead, experts say.
"There's going to be great interest in Charlotte," said Gary Solomon of the Chicago-based PROACT educational search firm.
Superintendent Peter Gorman, who announced his resignation Wednesday after five years with CMS, helped burnish the district's reputation as one of the best big cities for education. He leaves Aug. 15 to take an executive job with the new education division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

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DavidsonNews.net: Look For 'Miracle On The Hudson'
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Fri June 10, 2011

DavidsonNews.net: Look For 'Miracle On The Hudson' Jet On I-77 Friday

The US Airways jet spent the night at a rest stop on I-77 near the Va. line

(David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Updated 7:19 a.m. Friday
The fuselage of the US Airways jet known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane reached I-77 in Virginia Thursday morning. After a Thursday night at rest stop at NC line, it's expected to pass through the Lake Norman area on I-77 Friday as it makes its way to a new home at Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte.

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Valvoline Introduces Recycled Oil To The Masses
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Fri June 10, 2011

Valvoline Introduces Recycled Oil To The Masses

Valvoline NextGen oil. Photo: Scott Graf

The summer road trip is an annual tradition for millions of American families. That often means changing the oil in the family car before hitting the road. Now, there's a greener oil on the market.

You may have seen the green-themed commercials for Valvoline's new oil "NextGen" - short for Next Generation. The green messaging is unusual for an oil marketing campaign. That's because NextGen is made from 50 percent recycled oil. To hammer the "green" point home, Valvoline even bottled the new oil in green containers.

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Bishop Spaugh Middle School Closes Today After 55
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Fri June 10, 2011

Bishop Spaugh Middle School Closes Today After 55 Years

Bishop Spaugh students dancing during EOG Block Party.

This is the last day of school for kids at CMS. Students are saying good bye to each other for the summer break and teachers are packing up classrooms. Next year, there'll be the typical transitions. Eighth graders are moving on to high school and fifth graders to middle school. But with eleven schools closing next year, there will be some more unusual changes.

Bishop Spaugh Community Academy is one of four middle schools closing. Many of the kids there next year will be going to schools that include kindergarten through eighth grades.

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'Miracle Flight' Finally Lands In Charlotte
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Fri June 10, 2011

'Miracle Flight' Finally Lands In Charlotte

"Miracle Plane" makes turn into lot at Carolinas Aviation Museum. Photo courtesy @CarolinAirMusem 's Twitter feed.

US Airways Flight 1549 - also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" has arrived in Charlotte by road, not air. The plane that hit a flock of birds and was forced into an emergency landing on the Hudson River back in January of 2009 traveled through North Carolina on the back of a truck today, its wings and tail removed.

The spectacle of Flight 1549's fuselage barreling down I-77 on the back of a semi-trailer caused quite a stir with its police escort and hovering news helicopters.

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The Big Thirst and the State of Water
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Fri June 10, 2011

The Big Thirst and the State of Water

Crosland Gets Out Of Development Business
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Fri June 10, 2011

Crosland Gets Out Of Development Business

The real-estate development company Crosland has sold off much of its business. The company based in Charlotte will now focus on asset management.

Crosland is one of Charlotte's biggest names in real-estate development. It's been behind high-profile projects like Birkdale Village in Huntersville and StoneCrest in South Charlotte. But the company is getting out of the development business.

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Critical Letters From 3rd-Grade Class, Including
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Fri June 10, 2011

Critical Letters From 3rd-Grade Class, Including Daughter, Upset Lawmaker

Republican Rep. Mike Stone of Lee County receives many letters that urge him and other lawmakers not to cut education funding. But one recent letter upset him. It was from his own 3rd-grade daughter and written at the direction of her teacher, WRAL-TV reports.

The teacher had the class write to several lawmakers. From the WRAL report:

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Gorman Steps Down After Five Years
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Thu June 9, 2011

Gorman Steps Down After Five Years

Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer vspace=4 align=left

The CMS School board learned Wednesday that teacher cuts won't be as deep as first thought. An additional $26 million in county funds will help offset state budget cuts and save about 400 teaching jobs and 170 support staff positions that had been on the chopping block.

But that good news was trumped by this statement from Superintendent Peter Gorman: "Today, I notified the board of my resignation effective August 15th, 2011."

Courtesy Charlotte Observer/Diedra Laird

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Details Vague On Gorman's News Corp. Gig
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Thu June 9, 2011

Details Vague On Gorman's News Corp. Gig

Rupert Murdoch align=right

Peter Gorman's new gig?
He's going to work for Rupert Murdoch. He gets to stay in Charlotte. But then the details get a little vague.
Here's what we do know: Gorman will become senior vice president of News Corp.'s new education division. News Corp., owned by Murdoch, is a global media company with assets of $60 billion in everything from Fox News to the Wall Street Journal, films, cable and on and on.

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