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He joined the Charlotte Police Department in an age when black officers were not permitted to drive police cruisers. He pioneered community policing decades before it was officially invented and ran one of the best burger joints in town.

Stephen Curry Named First Unanimous NBA MVP

May 10, 2016
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte’s Stephen Curry did not just become a two-time NBA MVP on Tuesday. He also became the first unanimous MVP in the league’s history.

The Golden State guard received all 131 votes from media members across the country, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard finished second and Cleveland’s LeBron James was third.

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The Charlotte Hornets are a victory away from the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Center Cody Zeller pulled in an in-bounds pass and dribbled away the final second or so, giving the Hornets a 90-88 victory at American Airlines Arena.

The Hornets will enter Friday’s Game 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Ignoring a joint plea for probation, a federal judge sentenced former longtime Charlotte Catholic High principal Jerry Healy to three months in a halfway house Tuesday for embezzling more than $160,000 from the school and a related foundation.

A Lake Norman custom home builder violated shoreline management rules when his workers cleared buttonbushes, trees and other vegetation from a Mooresville cove without permission last week, a Duke Energy spokeswoman said.

Len Bealer, owner of Kenneth Bealer Homes, could at least be required to submit a re-vegetation plan, Duke Energy spokeswoman Kim Crawford said.

Duke Energy manages Lake Norman and other lakes along the Catawba River under federal license.

A draft outline for student assignment changes, which Superintendent Ann Clark presented to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday night, affirms that students would continue to be assigned to schools close to home, a move many parents and suburban elected officials have been clamoring for.

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Fourteen years ago, the Dallas City Council updated its nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity without the furor that’s happening in North Carolina.

Council member Lee Kleinman, who watched the debate, said he doesn’t recall discussion about transgender individuals using the restroom of their gender identity and whether the public would be in danger. That issue wasn’t in the public consciousness, he said.

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The Charlotte Observer is moving to a new office this spring - and that means saying goodbye to the current four-story newsroom and office building on South Tryon Street, which is expected to be redeveloped. On Thursday, a few hundred employees past and present reunited for a couple of hours to reminisce.  WFAE’s David Boraks once worked there as an editor and reporter, and joined the crowd.  

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A relative of Crystal Gambino told a Gaston County 911 operator that Gambino told her family that she killed her husband Monday night after catching him with another woman.

The caller, who identified himself as Gambino’s brother-in-law, said in his 911 call that Gambino put the body of the other woman in a wheelbarrow and rolled her out to a “burn pile” in the backyard of the home she shared with her husband, Giovanni “Gio” Gambino.

Panthers' Growl Grows Louder in Other NFL Cities

Jan 24, 2016
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For 17 weeks, in distant NFL cities like New York, Denver and San Francisco, they’ve cheered on the Carolina Panthers behind enemy lines.

Amid whispers, open snickers and often the objects of bewildering curiosity, they audaciously wear anything Panthers blue, black, silver and white: T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts and lately toboggans – even when they’re relegated to the smallest TV in the back of the bar.

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