Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Dr. King's Estate Suing Family Of His Former Secretary

During Martin Luther King's rise in Montgomery, few people were closer to him than Maude Ballou. She was his personal secretary during the upheaval of the Montgomery bus boycott, helped him write his first book and moved with him and his family to Atlanta in 1960.
Credit T. Ortega Gains - 2009 Charlotte Observer File Photo

  Cardboard boxes lay scattered through Maude Ballou’s home off Statesville Avenue on Tuesday, packed with memories of her 87 years.

But as she prepared to leave Charlotte, it’s other possessions that have put her and her family at the center of a lawsuit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate.

In 1955, Ballou was King’s secretary in Montgomery, Ala., and moved with his family to Atlanta in 1960. Along the way King – and even Rosa Parks – gave her papers documenting those early days.

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Charlotte Observer
11:56 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Lincolnton Company, Praised By Obama For Bringing New Jobs, Closes

Owner Bruce Cochrane
Credit Charlotte Observer

Lincolnton Furniture Company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. 

 Furniture-making operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. “I don’t know where it’s going to go exactly; we’re still evaluating our situation,” Causey said. “We just didn’t have any choice at this point.”

  The company was not receiving the orders it needed to sustain its operations, Causey said. 

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The Charlotte Observer
2:07 am
Mon December 31, 2012

After 7-9 Season, What Comes Next For Panthers?

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera walks off the field following the team's victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Panthers defeated the Saints 44-38 on Sunday.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

NEW ORLEANS - Brandon Beane, the Carolina Panthers’ acting general manager, is standing next to the tunnel that leads to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field. He wears a general manager quality pin-striped suit and brown shoes.

Marty Hurney, whom the Panthers fired as general manager in October, never dressed like that.

”Marty wasn’t interested in fashion,” Beane says.

Beane, 36, is. He also, one would suppose, is interested in becoming Carolina’s full-time general manager. But he won’t say it. A courteous no comment is all I get.

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Charlotte Observer
10:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Want To Monitor Private Cameras

The department is already connected to private cameras at Time Warner Cable Arena, Bank of America Stadium and bank buildings, police leaders said Monday. Police say expanding the network would help them catch more criminals and prevent crimes.
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

  In a bid to expand its surveillance network, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police want to connect to private businesses' cameras, which would allow officers to monitor malls, gas stations and banks across the county. 
 Although Police Chief Rodney Monroe did not say how many cameras the department hopes will be linked to its network, the policy change would be an unprecedented expansion since the department started using cameras 12 years ago. 

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Charlotte Observer
9:38 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Firms Back Single Site For Outlets

Rendering of proposed Tanger Outlets
Credit Tanger Outlets

There will be no outlet mall war in Charlotte: In a twist Wednesday evening, rivals Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Simon Property Group announced they will team up to build one project, in the Steele Creek area.

The move means Indianapolis-based Simon won’t build its announced 400,000-square-foot project in Stallings. Local officials there had said the project, at Interstate 485 and Idlewild Road, would have been the biggest retail development to date in the Union County town, and would have provided $175,000 to $200,000 in property and sales taxes.

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Charlotte Observer
10:11 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Council Rejects Dilworth Walgreens; Developer Warns It Won't 'Go Away'

A controversial rezoning request to build a Walgreens drug store and office building in Dilworth was rejected by Charlotte City Council Monday night, delighting neighbors who had waged an aggressive campaign of e-mails and yard signs against the project.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online For Free

There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over.

McClatchy Newspapers didn’t exactly how much they’ll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.

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