Nick de la Canal

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Nick is a freelance journalist covering arts, culture, and politics in Charlotte, NC. Previously he interned with the WFAE news team and with NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, DC. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in journalism. Send him a tip at nicholas.delacanal@gmail.com

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The Republican National Convention has plenty of new faces in the crowd this year. Donald Trump has managed to attract scores of newcomers, many of them attending the convention for the first time.

Former Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says state lawmakers had racial motivations in 2013 when they tried to transfer control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport from the city to a regional authority.

Speaking Wednesday on Charlotte Talks, Carlee told host Mike Collins that he believes the General Assembly was trying to undermine then-Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is African-American.

 

A Charlotte area high school student has won best actress at Monday night’s National High School Theatre Awards, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards, in New York.

Early voting for Tuesday's Congressional primary in Mecklenburg County was down slightly from the last congressional primary two years ago, the Mecklenburg Board of Elections says.

 

It was a big night for high school theater students from around the Charlotte region as the Blumenthal Performing Arts held it's 5th annual Blumey Awards, recognizing achievements in high school theater.

The excitement was palpable as audience members clad in tuxedos and floor-length evening gowns paraded down the aisle to their seats, and orchestra members began tuning their instruments under the watchful eye of music director David Dabbon, who had traveled all the way from New York to direct the show’s musicians.

For as far back as 2,000 BC, mothers in the Catawba Indian tribe have been using special techniques to craft unique pieces of hand-made pottery, passing down its traditional methods from generation to generation.

The tradition nearly died out a century ago, when the tribe’s population fell to just over 100 people. But over the last several decades, the Catawba people have reestablished themselves on a reservation near Rock Hill, South Carolina, right off the Catawba river, and that’s led to a revival of the tribe’s pottery-making.

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For months, the state Republican party has been roiled by an internal power struggle between party brass and the party chairman, Hasan Harnett.

GOP leaders say Harnett was working around them and trying to hack into a GOP website. Harnett repeatedly denied the allegations, called it a set up, and questioned if he was being singled out for his race. Harnett became the party’s first black chairman last year when he was elected with a wave of tea party support.

 


The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte debuts a new, original play this weekend that centers around a young boy, Tito, whose life is thrown off balance when his father is abruptly deported. Distressed, the boy sets off to find his father with the help of a magic, flying kite.

As backlash against House Bill 2 continues to mount, Governor Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday in his second interview since signing the new controversial law.

Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd, McCrory said he didn’t believe it was up to the government to decide bathroom or non-discrimination policies for private businesses, and said the Charlotte city council had overreached when it passed the city’s non-discrimination ordinance in February.

 


The lives and habits of transgender people have been in the news cycle a lot lately in Charlotte. Next week the city is expected to take a vote on expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include gay and transgender people.

 

A play staged by Queen City Theatre Company this month provides another setting for the discussion - a hidden bungalow in the Catskill Mountains in the 1960s.

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