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Here's Why Neighborhood School Advocates May Like New CMS Boundary Plan

Apr 21, 2017
woman at school board meeting
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer file photo

Those who have worried that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ long-awaited boundary proposal would disrupt their schools and neighborhoods will likely be relieved when Superintendent Ann Clark unveils it Tuesday, two board members say.

But others, who have spent two years pushing for a plan to break up racial and economic isolation in dozens of high-poverty urban schools, are likely to be disappointed.

How Long Can Price's Chicken Coop Hold Out In South End?

Apr 21, 2017
Price's Chicken Coop
Molly Mathis / Charlotte Observer

Drive down Camden Road in South End, and you’ll pass by shiny new office buildings, hip new restaurants and towering, luxury apartments. And in the middle of it all, you’ll also see a squat brick storefront that looks almost exactly like it did in the early 1960s.

Sherry Chisenhall
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It's an uncertain time for the newspaper business. Revenues and newsrooms are shrinking – as the digital revolution expands. The Charlotte Observer has certainly undergone a lot of change. It had a full-time newsroom staff of about 260 just over a decade ago. Now, it’s near 60.  Sherry Chisenhall took over this month as the new executive editor of the Observer. 

"Today, we have to be smarter than ever about what we spend our time doing," Chisenhall says.

She spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry about the mission of the Observer, the changes it's undergone, and the future of the paper.

Severe Storms Threaten Charlotte Area

Mar 3, 2017

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A tornado warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m. Wednesday for southwestern Catawba County and southeastern Burke County.

At 4:51 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was 7 miles southeast of Morganton and moving east at 50 mph. Quarter-size hail also is possible.

A 65-year-old newspaper carrier for the Charlotte Observer was shot and killed early in his route Wednesday morning. A second, unidentified man was also found wounded.

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

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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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