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4:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Emergency Officials Warn Residents On Catawba River About Rising Water

Charlotte Firefighters work to warn folks of the flooding danger along Riverside Drive which is closed due to flooding along the Catawba River in western Mecklenburg County. Firefighters were going door-to-door warning people about flooding.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

  Residents along the Catawba River should remain vigilant through tonight for rising waters caused by this week’s heavy rains, Duke Energy and emergency management officials warned.

A road in Charlotte was blocked Tuesday and firefighters were going door-to-door warning people about flooding along the Catawba River.

Water flowed downstream after mountain counties received heavy rainfall Monday. Some areas of the mountains got as much as seven inches of rain. Charlotte received 1.6 inches of rain, breaking a precipitation record.

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Charlotte Observer
1:53 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Man Accused Of Using Van To Drag Donkey On Paved Road

Richard Hudson is accused of tying a donkey to the rear of a van and dragging the animal along a paved road Thursday evening in Lincoln County.
Credit Lincoln County Sheriff's Office photo.

A Lincoln County man faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used his van to drag a donkey down a road Thursday evening in the northwest part of the county.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says Richard Ricky Hudson, 68, was arrested and charged with conveying animals in a cruel manner. He was released on $4,000 bond late Thursday.

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Arts & Life
10:39 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Dance Theatre's 'Fusion' Concert Sets Funny Bones Tingling

North Carolina Dance Theatre performs Jiri Bubenicek's "L'heure bleue" as part of its "Contemporary Fusion" concert, an eclectic evening of dance.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

  Was it a happy accident that N.C. Dance Theatre’s “Contemporary Fusion” concert premiered Thursday, on the night of the full moon? All three pieces had a touch of lunacy, from the giddy ecstasy of Sasha Janes’ “Rhapsodic Dances” to the mad humor of Jiri Bubenicek’s “L’heure bleue” to the wild hijinks of Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section,” which looked like the coolest aerobics class there never was.

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Charlotte Observer
11:04 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Charlotte Leaders In February Believed Panthers Were Looking Into 2013 Sale

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
Credit Michael Tomsic

As Charlotte City Council debated in February whether to give the Carolina Panthers money for stadium renovations, the city attorney believed the team might be sold and moved if members turned the team down.

Transcripts of closed meetings released Tuesday also show the city and team tangled over the Panthers’ tax burden, the length of a contractual agreement to keep the Panthers in Charlotte, and even over a proposal that the city build the team a parking deck.

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Charlotte Observer
2:41 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Fire Coach Mike Dunlap After 21-61 Season

Charlotte Bobcats' Mike Dunlap was fired Tuesday, less than a week after his first Bobcats team finished the season at 21-61.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Bobcats have fired coach Mike Dunlap after a single season in which the NBA team went 21-61.

The Bobcats put out a brief statement Tuesday that included the following quote from president of basketball Rod Higgins:

“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position. We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Charlotte Observer
9:47 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Some From Charlotte Are Among Boston Blast Victims

Nicole Gross, who was waiting at the finish line for her mother to complete the marathon, sustained compound leg fractures in explosions.
Credit John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

  BOSTON A Charlotte woman who was seriously hurt in the Boston Marathon explosions faces additional surgery, her brother-in-law said Tuesday morning.

Nicole Gross, 31, a personal trainer at the Charlotte Athletic Club, was behind a temporary fence at the finish line with her husband, Michael, when the explosions went off. They were waiting for her mother, Carol Downing, to complete the 26.2-mile race. Nicole’s sister, Erica, was also hurt in the explosions and was in critical condition Tuesday morning.

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Charlotte Observer
10:22 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Police: Jilted North Mecklenburg High Student Tried To Kill Peer

  A North Mecklenburg High student is charged with attempted first-degree murder after authorities say he choked and punched a female classmate in a wooded area behind the school.

Huntersville police said they are still trying to determine an exact motive in the attack, which happened after classes had ended Tuesday. But police said the 14-year-old victim told them she and the suspect had been friends for about a year, and she had turned down his advances after he asked her out on a date last month.

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Local News
11:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Charlotte Medical Team Uses 'Ick' Factor To Cure Stubborn GI Infection

Dr. Barry Schneider, a gastroenterologist at Carolinas Medical Center-University, got approval from a hospital committee before performing Charlotte's first fecal transplant lat summer. "It's basically like a huge dose of probiotics."
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

  Pam Kee calls herself a “mixologist.”

But the concoction in her blender comes together at a hospital.

Kee is a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-University, where she assists Dr. Barry Schneider with an unusual therapy that can cure a potentially deadly gastrointestinal infection.

The treatment is called a fecal transplant – and it’s just what the name implies.

Feces from a healthy donor is transferred into a sick patient to create a new, infection-free environment in the gut.

It may sound disgusting, but it works.

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Charlotte Observer
9:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

In Our Warm Embrace, Snow Movers Convention Plows Into Charlotte

The American Public Works Association opened its snow conference at the Charlotte Convention Center Sunday.
Credit Charlotte Observer

  So get this – there’s a snowplow convention in town.

Yes, in Charlotte – where the official winter snowfall total is a wimpy 5 inches – the American Public Works Association Snow Conference opened Sunday.

It’s a gathering of about 1,500 professionals who muscle snow out the way in latitudes more inhospitable than these.

Mike Kennedy is one of them. He’s the guy who oversees the plows in Minneapolis, which typically gets about 50 inches of snow each winter. There’s still snow on the ground there now.

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Charlotte Observer
12:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

N.C. Recreational Boaters May See Higher Registration Fees

5/28/12 - Boaters enjoy the weather while gathered at the sandbar area of Lake Norman during Memorial Day.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

  A national advocacy group for recreational boaters is fighting a Senate bill in Raleigh that would hike registration fees for recreational boats statewide to pay for dredging inlets at the coast.

The bill would make a three-year registration in North Carolina more expensive than in Virginia and South Carolina for boats of any size, said Margaret Bonds Podlich, president of Boat U.S. Yet the bill calls for no increase on commercial fishing boats or for-hire charter fishing boats, she said.

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