Charlotte Observer

NC Half Brothers Freed After Three Decades In Prison

Sep 3, 2014
Chuck Liddy / Charlotte Observer

North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmate and his younger half brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced on a public corruption charge as early as next week, according to new documents in his case.

Federal probation officials filed their final presentencing report Tuesday afternoon. That document remains sealed, but its title reveals that U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney will sentence the longtime Democratic officeholder “on or after” next Wednesday.

Charlotte: Spend $33.5 Million On Arena For Hornets

Aug 26, 2014
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 

million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years’ worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority asked the city earlier this year for nearly $48 

million in arena improvements, many of which the city and the team said are part of a 2003 operating agreement that requires the 9-year-old building to be among the National Basketball Association’s most modern.

UNCC Team Nabs Bass Fishing Title

Aug 4, 2014
Shane Baker / B.A.S.S.

A two-man team of anglers from UNC Charlotte won the national championship of college bass fishing on Saturday.

Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit

Jul 24, 2014
T. Ortega Gains / Charlotte Observer

The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.

Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.

Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure

Jul 9, 2014
N.C. General Assembly

North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.

Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11 

percent pay raise.

Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.

Tenure allows public school teachers due-process hearings but does not prevent low-performing teachers from being fired. As many as 75 

Julie Rose / WFAE File Photo

The worms at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could soon be under new management, as the airport seeks a new contractor to run its recycling program.

Clues Sought After Stray Bullet Leaves Man Paralyzed

Jul 7, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHENDA YAM WILSON

 A father of four who recently lost his job and was working at a festival to help make ends meet was struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, leaving him partially paralyzed, his family said Sunday.

Brandon Yam, 47, was selling food and drinks with his wife and two of his children at a festival celebrating the opening of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple, at 219 Owen Blvd. in Charlotte.

About 9 p.m., during a fireworks show, Yam started to pack up his supplies to go home, his family said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police

A body thought to be that of missing teacher Bianca Tanner was found overnight in southwest Charlotte and her boyfriend has been arrested in the case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said.

During a pre-dawn news conference Thursday, Monroe said a body was discovered after a search in a wooded area off Shopton Road near Westinghouse Boulevard.

Monroe also said Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., Tanner’s boyfriend, was arrested early Thursday and will be charged with murder in the case.

Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD

Jul 1, 2014

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.

Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

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