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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Temperatures dropped into the low 20s Saturday night, adding a thick crust of ice onto the slush and sleet that already fell during this weekend’s winter storm. Across the city, homeless people sought refuge from the ice and freezing temperatures at night.

Matt Daniels, director of Room in the Inn and community engagement at the Urban Ministry Center, says several churches, YMCAs, and two colleges, Davidson and Queens, were increasing the number of beds available to make sure everyone had shelter during the storm.

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This year is shaping up to be a good one for America’s Christmas tree farmers. A report published this week by the American Christmas Tree Association estimates nearly 22.6 million Christmas trees will be bought, strapped to a car roof, brought home, and decorated this holiday season. That’s a million more trees than were sold in 2011, and it’s welcome relief for the Christmas tree industry, which is still recovering from the recession.

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The UniverSoul circus is playing this month at Charlotte's Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds, and the first thing that strikes you after entering the big top is the music. You won’t hear any “March of the Gladiators” playing here. No, this circus plays hip hop, Motown, Caribbean rhythms, African beats, Beyonce, Drake, and many other top ten artists.

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You’ve probably seen the image before. A Mexican dressed in a traditional white shirt and sarape, a huge sombrero covering his face. He sleeps against a wall, or sometimes a cactus.

Some people have named him Pancho, or Ramón. But often he’s referred to simply as the sleeping Mexican.

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Democrat David Howard has raised more than $60,000 from African-American voters in North Carolina, far surpassing the amounts reportedly raised by his three Democratic rivals for mayor, Jennifer Roberts, Dan Clodfelter, and Michael Barnes.

 

African-Americans make up 64 percent of Charlotte democrats, and who they support will largely determine the winner of Tuesday’s primary.

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