Charlotte Observer

Grier's Morning: National TV, Meeting With Stallone

Oct 16, 2013
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

  By 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nash Grier had appeared on national television, made more Vine videos on the streets of New York City, reached 1.5 million followers and met Sylvester Stallone.

Not a bad start to the day for the video-producing sensation who also happens to be a sophomore at Davidson Day School.

Nash, 15, appeared shortly after 8:30 a.m. on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The show’s Josh Elliott interviewed the teen about his growing fame as a producer of the 6-second Vine videos that are part of YouTube.

Charlotte-area foreclosure activity dropped 46 percent in September from a year ago, for a decline larger than the national rate, a report released Thursday shows.

According to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, default notices, auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 708 properties in the metropolitan area, a 28 percent decrease from August. Nationally, foreclosure filings were reported on 131,232 properties, down 27 percent from a year ago but up 2 percent from August.

NC Returns EPA Grant For Fracking Study

Sep 25, 2013

North Carolina’s environment agency has taken the unusual step of returning a federal grant to study streams and wetlands that could be harmed by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources had itself recommended last year that baseline water-quality data be collected where drilling might occur. The information would help document any problems linked to drilling.

Judy Treible, Melina Yinglin - MCT

North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are taking a hard line on federal budget negotiations – a position that puts them at odds with the state’s lone GOP senator, Richard Burr.

Four Republican candidates said Monday they support efforts to defund the federal health care act, apparently even if those efforts lead to a government shutdown.

Their comments came the same day state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced he won’t join those running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

'Homeland' House Sold In Charlotte

Sep 9, 2013

Sorry, “ Homeland” fans: the Charlotte house where Sgt. Nicholas Brody and his family live has already been sold.

Keller Williams agent Mike Anderson listed the house for sale in the Mountainbrook neighborhood with an asking price of $394,000. The four bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home has been the scene of domestic drama for the Brody family for the first two seasons of Homeland.

Adoptive Mom To Dr. Phil: Erica Parsons Is Alive

Aug 20, 2013

Erica Parsons’ adoptive mother says that Erica is alive, and the mystery of her disappearance could be cleared up with a phone call.

“Erica is not missing. Erica is with her grandmother,” a woman known as Nan, Casey Parsons said on the “Dr. Phil” show today. “This would all be over if Nan or Erica would just pick the phone up and call.”

McCrory Administration Explores Casino Deal With Catawba Tribe

Aug 16, 2013
Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is considering a potential deal to allow a South Carolina-based Indian tribe to open a casino just across the border in North Carolina in a move that is generating swift and fierce opposition from top Republican lawmakers.

McCrory’s senior economic adviser Tony Almeida met with Cleveland County officials about a month ago to discuss a potential casino operated by the Catawba Indian Nation, said Ronnie Hawkins, chairman of the Cleveland County Commission.

T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for an injunction to place restrictions on suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for battling one of the city’s oldest gangs. It’s the first time a North Carolina law enforcement agency has taken civil action against a gang, police said Tuesday.

Other cities have used injunctions for decades because it gives police more leeway to limit gangs and approach their members. But civil libertarians say the tactic can amount to racial profiling and ends up targeting people who aren’t gang members.

Hospital Settles Suit Over Kenny Chapman Murders

Aug 8, 2013

A lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Kenny Chapman killings – which ignited a Charlotte-area debate on emergency mental health care that continues today – apparently has been settled by Carolinas HealthCare System and the victims’ family, reportedly for $11.5 million.

In the case file at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, details of the settlement are hidden under a confidentiality clause.

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Two Charlotte-area golf courses in the troubled Carolina Trail golf group owe millions of dollars in unpaid loans and have been placed under control of a court-appointed third party, according to documents.

Foreclosure is a possible next step for Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville and Charlotte Golf Links on Providence Road, as lender Hunting Dog Capital tries to retrieve nearly $7 million lent to the courses.

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