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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A record number of people came uptown this weekend for Charlotte's annual gay and lesbian Pride Parade & Festival.  

On Saturday, the revelers came early, and they came dressed in their finest.

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts is set to officiate Charlotte Pride's opening ceremony this Saturday, and while it will be Roberts' first time at Pride as mayor of Charlotte, it certainly won't be her first  time attending the annual celebration of LGBT people. Roberts has been a regular at Charlotte Pride since her days as a county commissioner in the mid-2000s.

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When people debate immigration in the news, it's usually in reference to laborers coming to the U.S. from Mexico in search of work and decent wages. But the country is beginning to face a new type of immigrant coming into the country not for work, but for asylum.

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Former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr has filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel arguing a promotional ad for New York State crossed the line into political advocacy when it referenced North Carolina’s House Bill 2 law.

If you're watching the Democratic National Convention this week, wait for the camera to pan the audience. Pause the TV; now squint hard. On the first floor, just where the seats begin to slope up, is the North Carolina delegation. Sitting in that clump of delegates will be 18-year-old Evan Redmond, the youngest delegate to represent the state at this week's convention.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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