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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.

Big Games Give Pols A Chance To Score With Voters

Jan 9, 2015
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.


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.

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.


Sports Boost Hotels, Restaurants During New Years Week

Dec 30, 2014
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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it official Wednesday that backup quarterback Derek Anderson is starting Sunday.

Of course, the announcement came as no surprise with Newton suffering two fractures in his lower back Tuesday in an uptown wreck.

Coach Ron Rivera says it just another thing to add to the list of what’s gone wrong for the Panthers this year – problems that go beyond the team’s losing record, such as the domestic violence charges and deactivation of star defensive end Greg Hardy.

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