Carolina Panthers

11:03 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Charges Against Hardy Dropped

Hardy entering hearing in 2014
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed. 

  Prosecutors say that repeated attempts to contact his accuser and former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, were not successful.

Without her testimony, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says the case could not proceed. Murray also noted that Hardy and Holder have reached a civil settlement.

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Local News
6:25 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Greg Hardy Trial Gets Underway

The trial proceedings of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy begins today. Hardy is appealing a ruling last year in which a judge found him guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. His jury trial marks the first time local court officials will make select documents involving a case available on line.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Games Give Pols A Chance To Score With Voters

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter laid out the terms of his bet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray on the field at Panthers Stadium.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has more than just a berth in the NFC Championship on the line in Saturday’s Panthers-Seahawks playoff game. Politicians have bet regional goods on their teams. Let’s take a much-too-serious look at the friendly wagers.

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Local News
9:49 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Panthers Move On In Playoffs After Defense Helps Beat Cardinals

The Carolina Panthers are headed to the NFC Divisional playoff next weekend thanks to a record-setting defensive performance Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  The Panthers held Arizona to just 78 yards of offense – an NFL playoff record – in the 27 to 16 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

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Local News
5:15 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Good Chance For Panthers Against Weakened Cardinals

The Carolina Panthers had an unlikely opportunity to make the NFL playoffs and now they have another to win the first round. The team beat all of their last four opponents to win the weak NFC South division and made the playoffs, despite a losing record. None of those opponents finished the season with a winning record.

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Local News
12:13 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Sports Boost Hotels, Restaurants During New Years Week

Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

Take a college bowl game in uptown Charlotte, add a Carolina Panthers playoff game that seemed improbable just a month ago, and bring an NBA superstar to town.

Schedule it all during the week of New Year’s Eve.

The result: Sold-out hotels, fully booked restaurants and brisk sales of Panthers team hats and T-shirts, according to a half-dozen Charlotte hotel, restaurant and shop owners.

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Local News
4:05 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Panthers Pounce Into Playoffs - Kind Of

The Carolina Panthers will host a playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals...really.
Credit Carolina Panthers

This Saturday, the Carolina Panthers will do, what just weeks ago, seemed extremely unlikely. They will host an NFL playoff game. It's what sports fans could consider Carolina’s Christmas season miracle.

At their post-season press conference on Monday, Panthers Coach "Riverboat" Ron Rivera gambled by telling the world just how the team will beat the Arizona Cardinals.

"We’ve got to go out and play well. We’ve got to play well enough to win."

(What did you expect? He’s an NFL coach at a press conference.)

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Sunday Headlines
9:54 am
Sun December 28, 2014

3 more area charters seek approval

More charter schools are in the planning stages in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports the state received 11 more applications for charters next year, including three in the Charlotte area.   The expected growth comes as the latest crop of new schools falls short of enrollment projections. The newspaper reports that two Charlotte area charters have closed over the past two years in their first years,  because of low enrollment and other troubles.

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Local News
1:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Headline Roundup: Tillis Gets Committee Assignments; BofA Fails Two Tests; More

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis will serve on two military-related committees when he’s sworn in next month. Senate Republicans announced committee assignments  for the 114th Congress yesterday. Tillis will be on the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as agriculture and judiciary panels and a special committee on aging.

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Sunday Headlines
9:45 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Protesters Rally In Charlotte, Fayetteville

Protests have continued around the nation and in North Carolina this weekend, aimed at calling attention to police killings of unarmed black men.  In Fayetteville Saturday, marchers waved signs along the curb of Ski-bo Road, chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." Passing motorists honked their horns in support.  Police didn't have an estimate of the number of marchers.  And in downtown Charlotte yesterday afternoon, about 60 people protested at Trade and Tryon streets.

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