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9:43 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Boone Hotel Executive Charged In Best Western Deaths

The Best Western Hotel in Boone.
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BOONE A business executive who managed the Best Western was indicted Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths last year of three hotel guests poisoned by carbon monoxide.

A grand jury returned the three counts against Damon Mallatere, president of Appalachian Hospitality Management. The jury also indicted Mallatere on one additional count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury on another hotel guest who was poisoned but survived.

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10:16 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Doctors Allege For-Profit Owner Of Two Local Hospitals Committed Medicare Fraud, Offered Kickbacks

DR. STEVEN FOLSTAD, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates and former medical director of emergency department at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville. [Right] DR. THOMAS MASON. former medical director of emergency department at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville. One of about 60 doctors in Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates.
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Echoing other complaints across the country, two Charlotte-area emergency room doctors allege the for-profit company that owns hospitals in Mooresville and Statesville offered them illegal kickbacks to order unnecessary tests and admit more patients to increase corporate revenues.

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9:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Homicide Rate Remains Low, But Some Neighborhoods Struggle

Friends and family of Cedric Miller gather during a Mothers of Murdered Offspring vigil at Frazier Park Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 43-year-old Miller was shot and killed July 14, 2013.
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Despite an uptick in 2013, the number of homicides in Charlotte-Mecklenburg remained near historic lows. But some neighborhoods continued to struggle with the violence that has plagued them for decades.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated 58 homicides in 2013, six more than in 2012. Taken together, however, the last five years reflect a sustained decrease in killings.

Four homicides occurred within a block of each other along West Boulevard, near a former housing project notorious for crime.

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Charlotte Observer
10:13 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Despite The Rumors, Graham Is Not In Imminent Danger, Spokesman Says

Billy Graham is still weaker than he was at his 95th birthday party last month, but his vital signs – including heart rate and blood pressure – remain strong and he’s in no imminent danger.

That was the report Monday from Graham spokesman Mark DeMoss, who is in contact every day with David Bruce, Graham’s personal assistant, and “the closest daily source to Mr. Graham’s condition,” as DeMoss put it.

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11:01 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Columbia Museum Leader To Head Discovery Place

Catherine Wilson Horne, who leads the Columbia children’s museum EdVenture, was named the new president of Discovery Place on Tuesday.

Horne succeeds John Mackay, who is retiring at the end of December after 13 years of running the organization, which includes the flagship science center on Tryon Street, Charlotte Nature Museum, and Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville and Rockingham. Horne will begin in late January.

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4:32 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Bank Of America Lowest Among Peers In Customer Satisfaction Index

Bank of America remains in last place among big banks in a widely watched measure of customer satisfaction, and is the only one that has yet to return to the higher scores it earned before the financial crisis.

The results mark the third year in a row Bank of America has held the dubious distrinction of being at the bottom of the American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings of the four largest commercial banks.

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10:09 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Sheriff's Office: Boy, 11, Was Routinely Bound In Union County Home

The 11-year-old boy found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck Friday appears to have been routinely handcuffed to a piece of steel inside the Union County home, the county Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Capt. Cody Luke confirmed Sunday night that Sheriff Eddie Cathey also said feces were found on the floor of the Austin Road house: “The smell would take your breath,” Cathey said, calling it “terrible.”

Two neighbors on Sunday also described interactions with a boy they believed to be from that home, who approached their houses and begged for food.

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10:28 am
Fri November 15, 2013

After 34 Years, Charlotte Rape Victim Thankful For Peace And Closure

Mindy Sypher, one of Jerry Lee Brooks' victims, looks at old clippings about the event as she is interviewed at her Charlotte area home this week.
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  Thirty-four years later, Mindy Sypher can speak calmly about the worst day of her life.

That’s in part because so much time has passed, but mostly because the man who raped her is finally behind bars.

“It’s come full circle, with an end date,” said Sypher, who was 20 when she was attacked inside her home off Carmel Road. “I know that this person is going to pay for his crimes. I’m just glad he’s going away.”

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3:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Davidson Basketball: 'Underrated' For A Quarter Of A Century

Bob McKillop will begin his 25th season as Davidson basketball coach.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

DAVIDSON Bob McKillop will begin his 25th season as basketball coach at Davidson on Friday night when his Wildcats play at Duke.

Most of those seasons McKillop, 63, works outside the spotlight, which is unfortunate because he loves the spotlight and looks good in it. If a white hair on his head is out of place, he probably makes it run a lap. One of the biggest surprises at a Davidson practice in Belk Arena last week was that McKillop didn’t wear a suit.

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4:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

UNC To Be Without P.J. Hairston, Leslie McDonald In Season-Opener

UNC players Leslie McDonald, P.J. Hairston and J.P. Tokoto watch their teammates warm up for Friday's exhibition basketball game against UNC Pembroke at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Hairston and McDonald are sitting out as UNC works with the NCAA to resolve eligibility issues. Tokoto is sitting out for not filing the proper paperwork after playing in a summer league.
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CHAPEL HILL North Carolina will start the season without P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, the school announced on Thursday before coach Roy Williams’ first regularly-scheduled press conference of the season.

It’s not a surprise that Hairston and McDonald, a pair of guards, will miss the season-opener on Friday night against Oakland. The NCAA is investigating both players in separate cases that likely involve impermissible benefits.

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