Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

WFAE's Nick de la Canal can be heard on public radio airwaves across the Charlotte region, bringing listeners the latest in local and regional news updates. He's been a part of the WFAE newsroom since 2013, when he began as an intern. His work has been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Latino USA, and other national programs. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Myers Park High, and received a degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He tweets periodically: @nickdelacanal

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte says portions of Shalom Park on Providence Road were temporarily evacuated Monday following an anonymous phone threat.

The federation's executive director, Sue Worrel, tells WFAE the threat was deemed not credible by law enforcement, but officers were still treating it with all seriousness. Staff members executed security protocols, and upon receiving an all clear from law enforcement, the park resumed normal business operations.

CMS officials say four schools in the district were placed on lockdown Friday in reaction to a student walk out at Garinger High School.

According to CMS, the protest began during Garinger's first period, when approximately 500 students staged a peaceful demonstration in opposition to recent immigration policies. Most of the students returned to class when the second period bell rang, but CMS says 100 students instead walked off campus, prompting neighboring Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to go on lockdown for about an hour.

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North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-Charlotte) will hold a "tele-town hall" meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m., meaning constituents will need to phone in their comments for the Charlotte Republican to respond to remotely, and aides will have better control over the discussion.

The event was announced Monday. This week there have been dozens of raucous town hall meetings in other parts of the country, including in Utah, Tennessee, Michigan, and Illinois.

The CIAA tournament gets underway Tuesday, kicking off a week long series of basketball games and headaches for Charlotte commuters.

In a press release, city officials warned residents that heavy pedestrian and motorist traffic is expected in uptown and near the Bojangles Coliseum through Saturday as a result.

Charlotte 49er quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested and charged with rape, assault on a female, and cyber stalking Sunday night.

According to the Charlotte Observer, a county prosecutor said in court Monday that Olsen threatened to kill his accuser and threatened to strangle himself with a phone charger moments before the rape allegedly took place in the early hours of Sunday.

Several hundred South Mecklenburg High School students defied school faculty by walking out of class Friday morning, chanting and waving Mexican national flags and at times causing chaos according to students on social media.

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By noon, the crowds began to pour into uptown's Marshall Park. The local Spanish-language radio station, La Raza 106.1FM, supplied music as a line of volunteers hauled cases of water bottles into the park and procrastinators hastily scrawled last-minute messages onto sheets of poster board.  

Hundreds of families arrived with school-age children in tow, ignoring CMS officials who urged parents against doing so earlier in the week. One 15-year-old high school student, Ciera Medina, said she should have been at J.M. Robinson High School, but skipped with her four younger siblings.

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More than 250 businesses in the Charlotte region will not open Thursday as part of a nationwide campaign called "A Day Without Immigrants," or "Dia Sin Inmigrantes," according to organizers and reports from the Spanish-language newspapers Que Pasa Mi Gente and Hola Noticias, which has kept a running tally on its Facebook page.

A 65-year-old newspaper carrier for the Charlotte Observer was shot and killed early in his route Wednesday morning. A second, unidentified man was also found wounded.

Governor Roy Cooper introduced legislation Tuesday that would not only repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety, but would enact stricter penalties for certain crimes committed in public bathrooms, and require local governments to give at least 30 days notice before voting on new non-discrimination ordinances.

At a morning press conference, Cooper said he was confident the compromise would pass, and that it would satisfy major sports leagues like the NCAA, ACC, and the NBA that previously moved championship games out of North Carolina in response to HB2.

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