One of the biggest robberies in U.S. history happened here. In 1997, Loomis Fargo employee David Ghantt robbed the armored car company of $17 million. Then-Charlotte Observer reporter Jeff Diamant wrote extensively about the story as it unfolded and later wrote a book. Now, Charlotte’s most famous crime is about to become the movie “Masterminds.” We check back in with Jeff Diamant.
The first of three presidential debates was held Monday night. Both candidates face particularly interesting challenges in terms of their approach to the debate, in style and content. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been locked in a fierce and tightening race so the question becomes what role will this and the other debates play in the final outcome? We take a look at their performances.
One of the darkest weeks in Charlotte’s history continues. On Friday, the wife of the man who was shot and killed by police released her own video of the altercation. Over the weekend, CMPD released their videos. This incident has shaken Charlotte and North Carolina to its core, severely tarnished the image of the city in the national media and raised serious questions on many fronts. We continue to explore all of this.
On the local news round-up, protests turn violent in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by police. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is skewered on Capitol Hill by the Senate Banking Committee over the bank’s sales practices. The City Council rejects suggestions they repeal their bathroom ordinance in exchange for an HB2 repeal – and that’s playing a role in the Gubernatorial Race. Those stories and more, this week on the local news roundup.
The shooting of an African-American man in the University area on Tuesday afternoon led to protests that became increasingly violent in the overnight hours on Wednesday. Many encouraged on-going protests including a boycott of white-owned Charlotte businesses. City officials encouraged calm and called for dialogue while others say it’s time for systemic change. We're joined by Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other.
An update on how Charlotte City Council reacts to a possible repeal of HB2 contingent on their repeal of a local ordinance. Followed by a look at what recent revelations of unscrupulous behavior at Wells Fargo may mean for big banks.
A surprising amount of negative reaction to North Carolina’s HB 2 is coming from the world of sports. The NBA withdrew its All-Star game from Charlotte then, last week the NCAA pulled championship games from around the state with the ACC following quickly on their heels. The macho world of sports taking up the cause of transgender rights seems unlikely. But is it really? We look at social activism in sports.
On the local news roundup – the NCAA pulls 7 championship events from North Carolina because of HB2. The ACC follows suit. Wells Fargo is fined by regulators over employees creating unauthorized accounts. County Commissioners look at plans to revitalize the North Tryon Corridor – what they said about this new vision. And we get the latest on election campaigning throughout the state with our roundtable of reporters.
On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River. A bird strike took out both engines only three minutes into the flight from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas. All passengers on board survived with minimal injuries. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was quickly hailed a hero for safely grounding the plane in what became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ The story has now been captured in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Sully’ starring Tom Hanks. We’ll hear the true story behind the movie from local passengers, live from the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which is now home to the aircraft.