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Charlotte Observer
10:41 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Where Is Queen Charlotte? Holding Court In Yard Between Parking Decks

The Queen Charlotte statue’s future location has not yet been chosen, but its sculptor, Raymond Kaskey, said he hopes the statue will be in a place where it will be noticed. Nicole Bartlett, program director of public art for the Arts & Science Council, said it will be a collaborative decision made by the airport and ASC.
Credit Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Queen Charlotte isn’t greeting visitors to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport terminal these days. But she’s not hiding – she’s just keeping watch from a new location.

The airport’s iconic statue of the city’s royal namesake has been temporarily relocated. It has been moved from its home of more than 20 years in front of the terminal while the airport undertakes several long-term construction projects.

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Charlotte Observer
9:57 am
Wed May 29, 2013

NC Files Second Ash Suit Against Duke Energy

Coal ash is shown in settling ponds at Duke Energy's Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / 2008 Observer File Photo

North Carolina has filed a second lawsuit against Duke Energy in a move that puts the state’s claim that coal ash poses a threat to Charlotte’s water supply before a Mecklenburg County court.

Last week the N.C. Division of Water Quality amended an existing complaint, about ash stored at Duke Energy Progress’ Asheville power plant, to include the Riverbend plant near Charlotte.

On Friday, the division filed a separate lawsuit in Mecklenburg County Superior Court solely about Riverbend, which is operated by Duke Energy Carolinas.

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Charlotte Observer
11:11 am
Thu May 16, 2013

CPCC Grad's Journey Was Arduous

Riyam Al Ghrary, who's graduating from CPCC and will be transferring to Chapel Hill, in front of the Overcash Building on the CPCC campus. Al Ghrary was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. at 14 speaking little English.
Credit Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Students attend Central Piedmont Community College for many reasons, but the story of 20-year-old Riyam Al Ghrary’s journey to CPCC surely ranks among the most harrowing.

It began in Iraq, about six years ago, on the day she was kidnapped. It will culminate Thursday evening, as she accepts her diploma at Bojangles’ Coliseum, one of about 1,900 graduates, the largest number in CPCC’s 50-year history. She was student body vice president and a scholarship winner. She’s graduating with a 4.0 average.

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Charlotte Observer
10:16 am
Tue May 14, 2013

State Bar Claims Former Judge Bill Belk Lied About Health Insurance

Bill Belk

  Former Mecklenburg County District Judge Bill Belk, already banned from holding judicial office, now faces possible punishment from the North Carolina State Bar.

On Aug. 23, Belk will appear before the bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission on charges he lied during a 2009 investigation into his possible misconduct while he sat on the bench.

Margaret Cloutier, the bar’s deputy counsel, said Monday that Belk faces disciplinary action ranging from warnings, reprimands and censure, to suspension of his law license and disbarment.

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Charlotte Observer
10:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On NASCAR Leader's Holdings

Newly unsealed documents in the divorce case of NASCAR Chairman Brian France provide a rare glimpse into how much money the privately held racing organization has generated for the France family.

France’s assets totaled more than $550 million in 2005, according to a financial statement included in the 1,500 pages of documents.

Owned and controlled by the France family, NASCAR paid Brian France more than $9 million in 2004, the documents show.

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Charlotte Observer
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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