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Mark Washburn / Charlotte Observer

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In his two decades in law enforcement, Det. Josh Gibson has investigated everything from a stolen can of beer to a double homicide.

But nothing has been like the cases he’s handled in the last month – he’s been hunting for looters from the Charlotte riots in September, and he’s awash in evidence.

Celeste Smith / Charlotte Observer

Winning the lottery is just sheer luck, right? Maybe not.  A Charlotte Observer investigation has found many cases in North Carolina where people won so often that it seems something else is at work. For example, a woman in High Point won nine times in four months, collecting $21,000.  Observer reporters Gavin Off and Adam Bell dug into some of these lucky streaks and their costs in a series called "Against All Odds."  The two spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry about what they found.  

Charlotte Mecklenburg police

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have identified the man who was video taped being beaten, kicked and stripped of pants by 10 attackers in the EpiCentre garage during the height of uptown protests Wednesday.

The man’s name has not been released, but police say he is cooperating in helping to identify the attackers. It remains unclear if the man is a Charlottean or was visiting the city when the beating occurred.

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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

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.

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.

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.