Food Truck Boom Or Bust? Depends On What You Serve
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Food Truck Boom Or Bust? Depends On What You Serve

Food trucks gather in areas of Charlotte on weekends. Photo: Julie Rose

Food trucks gather in areas of Charlotte on weekends. Photo: Julie Rose

It's become cool to eat from a truck in Charlotte.

More than 30 mobile kitchens serving gourmet fare have sprung up here recently and they've been welcomed warmly by city and neighborhood leaders - unlike the chilly reception Charlotte's original food trucks faced.

These new mobile chefs in Charlotte talk like battle-scarred road warriors with stories of setting up in empty lots, hoping people would come.

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End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online For Free

There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over.

McClatchy Newspapers didn't exactly how much they'll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.

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City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase

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Eastland Mall. Photo: Iwasteela/Flickr

Charlotte residents will soon be the proud owners of their very own deserted shopping mall.

Last night the City Council voted unanimously to acquire Eastland Mall for $13 million. An audience of film industry workers and east-side neighborhood leaders gave the vote a standing ovation.

Councilman John Autry says movie production companies have expressed serious interest in building soundstages on the 80-acre site.

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Myers Park Takes Queens To Court Over Expansion
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Myers Park Takes Queens To Court Over Expansion

The new red brick parking garage topped with two floors of student housing sits beyond the athletic center seen in the

The new red brick parking garage topped with two floors of student housing sits beyond the athletic center now under construction. Photo: Julie Rose

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Duke CEO Explains Surprise Ouster Of Progress
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke CEO Explains Surprise Ouster Of Progress Chief

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers broke the silence Tuesday on the controversial decision of his company's board to keep him in the top spot, rather than installing Progress CEO Bill Johnson. Rogers provided a lengthy - and detailed - testimony to North Carolina utility regulators about what led to Johnson's ouster.

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NC Air National Guard Names Four Airmen Dead In
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Air National Guard Names Four Airmen Dead In Plane Crash

Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal
Major Joseph McCormick

Major Ryan David
Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon

The North Carolina Air National Guard has released the names of four full-time airmen who died Sunday when their plane crashed while fighting a fire in South Dakota.

They are: Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mikeal of Mooresville, Major Joseph McCormick of Belmont, Major Ryan David of Boone, and Senior Master Sergeant Robert Cannon of Charlotte. The names of two additional airmen injured in the crash have not been released.

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NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test For Cat Scratch Fever

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Researchers at NC State have developed a test they say is the most effective way yet of diagnosing Cat Scratch Fever. WFAE's Marshall Terry spoke to one of the researchers.

Cat Scratch Fever is best known as a 1970s rock anthem by Ted Nugent. But the disease does really exist.
"It is an infection associated with a bacteria called Bartonella henselae," says Ed Breitschwerdt, a professor of veterinary medicine at N.C. State.

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Charlotte Observer: Moody's Cuts Debt Rating Of
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Moody's Cuts Debt Rating Of Bank Of America, 14 Others

Bank of America Corp. was one of 15 large banks downgraded by Moody's Investors Service on Thursday, putting the Charlotte bank's long-term debt rating just two notches above "junk" status.
The bank moved down one notch, the latest in a series of downgrades from the three primary ratings agencies over the last year and a reflection of the bank's volatile earnings and an increasingly uncertain global market.

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Knitting A Protest
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Knitting A Protest

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A yarn-bombed bike rack in Oakland, CA. Photo: Shape Things/Flickr

When most people think about knitting, the images of a granny in a rocking chair or an odd-patterned sweater come to mind.

But there's a nationwide movement called guerilla knitting which treats yarn projects like graffiti. People are tagging trees, signposts, and even bridges with the work.

Here in Charlotte, one group of knitters has a project with a political agenda. Just in time for the DNC.

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Charlotte Observer - District Attorney: CMPD
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer - District Attorney: CMPD Officer Acted Lawfully In Fatal Shooting

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed 28-year-old Michael Deangelo Laney during a struggle to arrest him in July will not be prosecuted.
Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray wrote in a letter Monday to the police chief that the use of deadly force by Officer A.J. Holzhauer was justified.
"There is no evidence that Officer Holzhauer acted unlawfully," Murray's letter to Police Chief Rodney Monroe said.

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