'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted

Aug 24, 2012

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital. Photo: Julie Rose Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were acquitted Thursday of charges they resisted arrest during a police eviction of their encampment at old City Hall in January. Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten ruled that Laura Brooks, Scottie Wingfield and Jason Dow were not in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits camping on city property, because the tent they were arrested in was not being used for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

Charlotte City Workers Push For Union Rights

Aug 24, 2012

Members of Charlotte City Workers UE 150 picket city hall. Photo: Julie Rose Charlotte sanitation workers held the first of four rallies last night timed to pressure city leaders into giving their labor union more recognition. They want more pay raises, better working conditions and regular meetings between union leaders and city officials. Charlotte City Workers UE 150 chapter president James Locklear says members will picket city hall every Monday this month, hoping to catch the attention of Democrats who will soon hold their national convention in Charlotte.

Charlotte Observer: Charlotte 49ers Unveil Their New Helmet

Aug 24, 2012

UNC Charlotte 49ers' helmet. Photo: John D. Simmons, Charlotte Observer In building the Charlotte 49ers football program that will begin play in 2013, head coach Brad Lambert has made recruiting a priority in virtually everything he and his staff are doing. That includes selecting the white helmets the 49ers will wear. With construction on the school's new football stadium ongoing behind him, Lambert unveiled the team's headgear Wednesday morning, another tangible step in the progress toward Charlotte's first football game 401 days from Thursday.

Investigation Into State Employees Takes Unusual Turn

Aug 24, 2012

Whether Norfolk Southern Corp. decides to let commuter trains run on its tracks north of Charlotte some day will depend on how much it thinks passenger service will hinder expansion of freight service on the line. Local officials met with the rail company three weeks ago, and hope to agree soon on the outline of a rail traffic study to answer that question. The computer modeling study still must be planned and funded, and may not start for some time. Even when it does start, it could be costly and take years to complete.

The North Carolina General Assembly has overridden Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of legislation that rolls back the 2009 Racial Justice Act. The law had given North Carolina's death row prisoners a method to seek a reduced sentence because of racial bias. The House voted Monday to override Perdue's veto. The vote came about 90 minutes after the Senate voted to override. The Racial Justice Act directs judges to reduce a sentence to life in prison if they find race was a significant factor in a convicted murderer receiving a death sentence or in the composition of jurors hearing a case.

Charlotte Observer: Fire Damages Well-Known Shelby BBQ Eatery

Aug 24, 2012

Red Bridges Barbecue. Photo: Erin Sutton Owners of a popular Shelby restaurant say they hope to reopen Wednesday after their business was damaged by fire over the weekend. A kitchen fire damaged Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, in the 2000 block of East Dixon Boulevard. The fire was reported shortly after midnight, and no injuries were reported. The restaurant was closed at the time. Damage was limited to the kitchen area, according to Shelby fire officials. Their crews, along with crews from the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, put out the blaze.