States' Rights and the 10th Amendment
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Thu February 17, 2011

States' Rights and the 10th Amendment

Gunfight erupts around rapper Waka Flocka Flame
12:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Gunfight erupts around rapper Waka Flocka Flame

Shooting erupted around rapper Waka Flocka Flame on Wednesday while he was at the Car Stereo Warehouse, a business near Bojangles Coliseum.

The Charlotte Observer reports the 24-year-old rapper was talking to fans outside the store when two vehicles pulled into the parking lot. The men in the vehicles and people in Flocka Flame's party exchanged gunfire. One person was shot in the shoulder.

Flocka Flame is from Atlanta. He has a hit called "No Hands" making its way up the Billboard charts.

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Sounds like ACC will call Charlotte home for
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Thu February 17, 2011

Sounds like ACC will call Charlotte home for championship football

ACC Commisioner John Swofford says "I think we've probably found a home in Charlotte" for the league's football championship game, according to the (Raleigh) News & Observer.

Swofford was in Raleigh to address the Raleigh Sports Club. The ACC's championship game was in Charlotte for the first time last year. Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla., hosted the game for its first five years, but attendance sagged.

The game this past December in Charlotte - Virginia Tech vs. Florida State - sold out. Swofford said it was a "huge success."

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Countrywide VIP Loans Focus Of House Committee
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Thu February 17, 2011

Countrywide VIP Loans Focus Of House Committee Subpoena

A congressional committee chairman has subpoenaed Bank of America for records on a VIP loan program run by Countrywide Financial.

The subpoena demands BofA produce records, including e-mails, on loans received by government officials. This includes members of Congress, CNNMoney reports.

"Countrywide orchestrated a deliberate and calculated effort to use relationships with people in high places in order to manipulate public policy," said Congresman Darrell Issa, R-California. He's chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Board Chooses Not To Discipline Jones Over
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Wed February 16, 2011

Board Chooses Not To Discipline Jones Over Crockett Settlement

Mecklenburg County Commission prior to going to closed session.

Mecklenburg County commissioners decided last night not to discipline County Manager Harry Jones over the $60,000 settlement to former Area Mental Health Director Grayce Crockett. But they did scold him. They said he should have consulted them about it. They also said he misled the public by describing the settlement as vacation and sick leave.

The board's verdict came after two closed door sessions which totaled three hours. One was before the commission meeting and one after.

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Bobcats Hire Silas
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Wed February 16, 2011

Bobcats Hire Silas

The Charlotte Bobcats no longer have an interim coach. Paul Silas is now the coach. The team announced Wednesday that it's signed Silas to a contract extension.

Silas took over as interim coach in late December after former coach Larry Brown resigned. At the time, the Bobcats were floundering with a 9-19 record.

But the team has played at a different tempo since Silas arrived. They've gone 15-13 and are now competing for a playoff spot.

Silas says in a Bobcats PR video that he didn't expect team management to approach him so soon about signing an extension.

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Matthews Couple Claims $1M Lottery Ticket At Last
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Wed February 16, 2011

Matthews Couple Claims $1M Lottery Ticket At Last Minute

Raleigh and Erin Hill. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Education Lottery

A Matthews couple claimed their $1 million lottery prize yesterday afternoon - just 24 hours before the ticket expired.

North Carolina Education Lottery spokesman Van Denton said officials were worried the ticket would become the largest prize to go unclaimed in the state. When Erin and Raleigh Hill finally came forward yesterday, Denton had just one question: "Why did you wait so long?"

"The wife, Erin, turned to the husband, Raleigh, and said 'Ask him,'" says Denton. "Raleigh told us how when he realized he had won, that he wasn't sure how this would change his life."

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Backyard Bird Count and In The Heights
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Wed February 16, 2011

Backyard Bird Count and In The Heights

NAACP Leader Nantambu Criticizes His Critics
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Wed February 16, 2011

NAACP Leader Nantambu Criticizes His Critics

Charlotte-area NAACP President Kojo Nantambu has written two letters responding to his critics. Nantambu received a lot of criticism, including here from WFAE commentator Toreka James, when he called for several groups to boycott Charlotte and labeled it a "racist bastion." He did so after CMS announced there would be school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to make up for a snow day.

In the first letter, posted by Qcitymetro.com, Nantambu says some of his critics have lied. He titled it Letter From Off The Plantation (21st Century Letter From A Birmingham Jail).

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Warren Buffet Dumps BofA Stock, Buys Wells-Fargo
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Wed February 16, 2011

Warren Buffet Dumps BofA Stock, Buys Wells-Fargo

The old Charlotte rivalry of Bank of America vs. Wachovia is playing out in Warren Buffett's investment portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway revealed in SEC filings this week it dumped the last of its stake in Bank of America and used the money to buy more stock in Wachovia-owner Wells Fargo.

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