Sunday Headlines: Glitch Snarls Flights; City Hosts Pride Festival

Aug 16, 2015

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (file photo)
Credit Roger Sarow / WFAE

Dozens of flights were canceled yesterday at North Carolina’s major airports as a computer problem snarled air traffic along the East Coast.  At least 150 departures were affected at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while 22 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Saturday afternoon that the computer problem had been resolved and flights were returning to normal. 

The problem at the FAA’s flight control center in Leesburg, Virginia, affected multiple airports. A Raleigh Durham airport spokesman said that from around 11:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m., no flights were able to depart from the airport. The problem also canceled some flights from other cities bound for North Carolina airports.

THOUSANDS IN CHARLOTTE FOR PRIDE FESTIVAL

Tens of thousands of people are in downtown Charlotte this weekend for the city’s annual gay pride festival and parade.  Festivities began Saturday with an opening ceremony, street fair and stage shows. The festival is sponsored by major banks PNC, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. It continues today (Sunday) with a parade at 1 o’clock, more music and the street fair. Mayor Dan Clodfelter and other city council members have prominent roles in the event, which celebrates the area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Watch out for street closings downtown until 10 o’clock tonight.  Info: http://charlottepride.org/

GRAVES FOUND NEAR NC STATE STADIUM

An excavation just outside N.C. State University's Carter-Finley stadium has revealed 12 unmarked graves thought to date from more than 150 years ago. The graves were dug up this week and re-interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. Officials knew there were some graves, but the exact number wasn't known until this week.   Some of the graves appear to have been covered in shards of glass, of a style that predates the Civil war.  Also found were bones, skulls, and coffin handles. The names of the 12 people aren't known.   Wake County documents dating back to 1871 don't mention the site, a further indication of its age.

FORT BRAGG MARKS 75 YEARS OF AIRBORNE

Fort Bragg celebrated the 75th anniversary of airborne forces with events on the post and in Fayetteville. City and military officials hosted a National Airborne Day ceremony yesterday at the Airborne & Special Forces Operations Museum downtown.

CASE FARMS FINED FOR OSHA VIOLATIONS

Federal authorities have fined a North Carolina-based chicken processor for health and safety violations at a plant in Winesburg, Ohio. Case Farms Processing of Troutman was ordered to pay $861,000 for what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says are safety violations that exposed workers to the risk of amputation, electrocution and falls. OSHA called the plant an "outrageously dangerous place to work" and said it’s also investigating a second Case plant nearby. A case spokeswoman said the plant had surpassed 900,000 employee hours without a lost-time injury.

KERRICK TRIAL TO RESUME MONDAY

The voluntary manslaughter trial of former Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick resumes Monday. Testimony is expected this week on DNA evidence gathered after Kerrick, who is white, shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed black man who had wrecked his car and banged on a stranger’s door in 2013. On Friday, prosecutors highlighted inconsistencies between Kerrick’s testimony, and what he told detectives after the shooting two years ago. See an extended report about Friday's testimony from WFAE’s Michael Tomsic, "CMPD Officer Kerrick Admits 'Inconsistencies,' And Prosecutors Pounce"