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  • Charlotte’s New $37 Million Streetcar That Travels 1.5 Miles Embarrassed by 25-Year-Old

    07/17/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 17, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Charlotte, North Carolina’s $37 million streetcar officially began moving this week, and those in the community were still wondering — was it worth that much money? Knowing the backlash that the electric streetcar has received in the community, two editors at CharlotteFive, a new project of the Charlotte Observer that says it delivers both news and entertainment to Millennials, decided to see just how efficient the streetcar is and challenged it to a race. According to a video produced by the online site,Charlotte’s Gold Line streetcar travels at a speed of approximately 16 mph and only makes six stops on its 1.5 mile route,...
  • Charlotte Employers Seeking More Bilingual Staff

    07/15/2015 8:09:20 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | July 14, 2015 | Mark Price
    In yet another sign of Charlotte’s growing immigrant workforce a new kind of job fair is being held Friday to recruit ONLY people who speak more than one language. Organizers believe it may be the first of many to come. The Latin American Coalition has programs aimed at helping immigrants find work and it has lately enjoyed growing success. In the past six months, the number of immigrants finding work through its job preparedness programs jumped from 8 to 15 percent, agency officials said.
  • Original suspect in murder of America's Next Top Model contestant and three others (Illegal)

    07/06/2015 10:29:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/6/2015 | Snejana Farberov
    The original suspect in the murder of an America’s Next Top Model contestant and three others was scheduled to be ejected from the US in 2012 but was granted deferred deportation under President Obama’s amnesty policy, it was revealed today. Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was arrested last month in connection to a triple-homicide in Charlotte, North Carolina, that claimed the lives of aspiring model Mirjana Puhar, 19, her 23-year-old boyfriend Jonathan Alvarado, and 21-year-old Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old David Ezequel Lopez, was taken into custody Thursday and jailed on three counts of first-degree murder.
  • Democrat cries ‘ugly’ about abortion bill changes [NC]

    05/30/2015 8:53:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | J. Andrew Curliss
    Republicans in the state Senate have added provisions to an abortion bill that are drawing strong criticism from a key Democrat in the Senate. The bill has already passed the House and would extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours. The purpose is to give women more time to consider the decision in the hope it will lead to fewer abortions. The proposal, House Bill 465, passed the House in a 74-45 vote last month. Now, in the Senate, a substitute bill is set for discussion on Wednesday. That substitute abortion bill now includes language...
  • Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

    05/04/2015 11:37:29 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/4/2015 | Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a choice that honors the baby's late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • Clinton's infant granddaughter a touchstone in 2016 campaign

    04/22/2015 10:39:43 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    whio ^ | 4-22-2015 | CATHERINE LUCEY, ap
    <p>DES MOINES, Iowa — They don't make power suits in her size. If asked for political insights, she might just respond with a goo or a giggle. And her campaign vehicle of choice is a stroller.</p> <p>But Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is playing a significant part in Grandma Hillary's 2016 presidential bid. Since her birth in September, the daughter of Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky has been a political star, photographed while cradled in the arms of Bill and Hillary Clinton and name-dropped by her grandmother as a newborn during the 2014 midterm elections.</p>
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Grassley, Tillis: Illegal Alien With Drug Charges Got DACA Amnesty Before Allegedly Murdering Three

    03/20/2015 9:39:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- An illegal alien and known gang member who has been charged with first-degree murder in North Carolina was granted deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), despite having been placed in removal proceedings for drug charges in 2012, according to a press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez. (Police mugshot.) Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was charged in February with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people in Charlotte, N.C, including a 19-year-old former America’s Next Top Model...
  • It's Wake Up Time, City Of Charlotte

    02/18/2015 3:00:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Michael Brown
    In the name of anti-discrimination, the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina is poised to discriminate against people of conservative moral values, also imposing the struggles of a tiny minority on every man, woman, and child who lives or works in Charlotte or might happen to visit the city. It’s wake up time, Charlotte! It’s not too late to make a change. According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, “does not contain adequate safeguards...
  • TECHNOLOGY Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

    01/27/2015 12:35:30 PM PST · by edzo4 · 16 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 1-27-2014 | ALISTAIR BARR
    Google Inc. is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service. Google will announce launches of Google Fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. in coming days, according to two people familiar with the situation.
  • New Site of Democratic National Convention

    12/04/2014 4:38:15 PM PST · by econjack · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/4/2104 | Unknown
  • Former Charlotte (RAT) Mayor Patrick Cannon gets house arrest after illegal vote

    11/09/2014 4:51:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | Michael Gordon, Steve Harrison, Rick Rothacker
    **SNIP** While Cannon dodged jail for now, his appearance in court continued a 366-day free-fall for one of the city’s longest-serving officials, who first joined the City Council in 1993. On Nov. 6, 2013, Cannon was elected mayor, jubilantly thanking voters for helping him realize a “life goal.” He was arrested in March, charged with accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. He pleaded guilty in June to a corruption charge and was sentenced by Whitney on Oct. 14. At the time, Cannon’s attorneys asked that their client be admitted to a prison alcohol-treatment program.
  • Former Democratic Charlotte Mayor, a Convicted Felon, Caught at Polling Place...(VOTING!)

    11/05/2014 7:18:07 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/4/14 | Oliver Darcy
    Full Title "Former Democratic Charlotte Mayor, a Convicted Felon, Caught at Polling Place Doing Something ‘He Shouldn’t Have Done’" Former Charlotte mayor and convicted felon Patrick Cannon appeared to cast a ballot Tuesday, putting him in violation of his bond, an official told a local news outlet. Greg Forrest, who heads Charlotte’s U.S. Probation Office, told the Observer the action might have the 47-year-old Democrat in front of a judge again. “Let’s cut to the chase: He shouldn’t have done that, and we’re going to talk to him tomorrow,” Forrest told the newspaper. Forrest said he would report the apparent...
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor, a convicted felon, votes in violation of bond

    11/04/2014 5:27:54 PM PST · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jake Miller
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges. But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina's midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon's bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water. "Let's cut to the chase: He shouldn't have done that, and we're going to talk to him tomorrow," Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday. Forrest said he...
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor, a convicted felon, votes in violation of bond (DEMOCRAT)

    11/04/2014 3:57:41 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | Jake Miller
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges. But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina's midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon's bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water. "Let's cut to the chase: He shouldn't have done that, and we're going to talk to him tomorrow," Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.
  • Clinton Decries Outside Spending In Pricey N.C. Senate Race [Except When It Benefits Her]

    10/25/2014 8:03:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | October 25, 2014 | Dan Merica,
    Clinton Decries Outside Spending In Pricey N.C. Senate Race By Dan Merica, CNN October 25, 2014 Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) -- Negative, expensive campaigns is something Sen. Kay Hagan is getting an education in this year. And something Hillary Clinton knows very well. Clinton campaigned Saturday for her fellow Democrat at a Charlotte rally of about 1,800 supporter. The former U.S. senator and secretary of state -- and widely presumed 2016 presidential contender -- used her appearance for Hagan to decry Thom Tillis, the Republican looking to unseat Hagan in November, as someone who will answer to big business, not...
  • Former NC mayor sentenced for corruption

    10/14/2014 11:31:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 17 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/14/14 | Mitch Weiss
    The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in prison in a federal corruption case that spanned the time he was a councilman to when he took over in the executive office. Patrick Cannon had resigned in the midst of the case that stunned Charlotte residents who had once elected him as their youngest councilman.
  • Did Holder resign because he can no longer trust the FBI to be his personal army of thugs?

    09/26/2014 9:02:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is great news for the continued life of our republic. Patriotic Americans are sighing in relief and saying, “Good riddance to a lawless tyrant!” This joyous event brings to mind the startling glut of gut punches brought to bear last March by the FBI against Democrat “sacred cows;” punches which were clearly thrown without permission from Holder or any of his top aides. The FBI raided offices and arrested or indicted a half dozen usually protected Democrat minorities. Last spring within a two week period, Democrats who by their membership in protected groups...
  • Charlotte Observer to stop using the term ‘Redskins’ [except in that headline, apparently]

    09/07/2014 8:58:30 AM PDT · by catnipman · 36 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/7/2014 | Web Staff
    Charlotte Observer has announced it will no longer be printing the name “Redskins” in local articles, citing controversy surrounding the name. The newspaper announced on Saturday that it will start the ban Sunday. The paper said it will still cover the team, but will not refer to them by that term. ...
  • Obama to speak at Legion national convention

    08/26/2014 9:57:24 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    American Legion website ^ | Aug 26 , 2014 | American Legion
    President Barack Obama will(did)address The American Legion on Aug. 26 at the organization's 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. His speech, along with the rest of the general session, will be streamed live start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at www.legiontv.org. Obama is expected to address the convention at approximately 11:40 a.m. "The American Legion is honored that the nation's commander-in-chief will address those of us who have served in uniform," National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said. "With so many important issues ranging from the state of VA health care to the Global War on Terrorism, it is...
  • Iredell man jailed 2nd time in abuse case

    08/12/2014 6:41:13 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Aug. 12, 2014 | Steve Lyttle
    A 25-year-old Troutman man is jailed and faces possible deportation proceedings after he was found inside the residence of a woman he is accused of assaulting earlier, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Gustavo Armando Hernandez is jailed under $100,000 bond, and the sheriff’s office said he is facing an immigration detainer. The detainer means U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to take custody of Hernandez when his Iredell County case has been completed. Deputies said Hernandez was arrested Aug. 1 on charges of assaulting a female and interfering with 911 communications. Investigators said the victim reported Hernandez struck...
  • SIM missionaries returning to Charlotte

    08/10/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT · by Raebie · 12 replies
    WCNC News ^ | August 10, 2014 | WCNC Staff
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SIM Missionaries announced Sunday morning that some of its missionary staff in Liberia will be returning to Charlotte. Charlottean Nancy Writebol, a missionary with Charlotte-SIM, returned to U.S. soil last week after contracting the Ebola virus. Writebol returned just days after Samaritan's Purse's Doctor Kent Brantly, who also tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to stop the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. Writebol and Brantly were brought back to the U.S. one-at-a-time in a specialized plane. Both Writebol and Brantly are receiving treatment at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. SIM tells NBC Charlotte they're...
  • Shocking video of teens BEATING ice cream man in attack filmed and posted online

    07/05/2014 1:42:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 20 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7/4/2014 | Mail Online
    A girl is seen trying to touch the man's ice cream cart as another girl stands behind her. The first girl then appears to try to hit the man repeatedly as he attempts to defend himself. The second girl then lunges toward the ice cream man - not long before an unidentified male also tries to take a swing at him. As the teens back away from the man, yelling is heard. The first girl then moves back toward the ice cream man and seems to repeatedly hit him as he tries to dodge her blows. At different parts of...
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead in corruption case

    06/02/2014 6:29:50 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    foxnews.com/A ^ | 6/2/2014
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was expected to plead guilty Tuesday in a corruption case after an FBI sting recorded him accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets from undercover agents posing as businessmen, according to court documents. Cannon agreed to plead guilty to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to documents filed Monday at U.S. District Court. Cannon was set to appear Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer. Cannon, 47, was arrested March 26 and the Democrat resigned...
  • Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

    04/14/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Mary Curtis
    Olympia Snowe made her case for a return to governing from the “sensible center,” and she did it with conviction. But while the audience was both loud and supportive at a women’s summit in Charlotte, no one – and that includes the former Republican U.S. senator from Maine — thought it would be easy. Snowe was considered moderate in her approach and her politics when she decided not to run for a fourth term in the Senate in 2012. How bad had it gotten? Republicans and Democrats honored her at separate celebrations, a departure from the past. “It’s not even...
  • A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On

    03/28/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's...
  • 4 Democratic lawmakers either arrested or raided by the FBI in quick succession

    03/27/2014 10:00:01 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Three Democratic lawmakers were either arrested or had their office raided Wednesday by the FBI. Two of the Democrats, including Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon, were charged in connection with FBI stings that caught them allegedly taking bribes from undercover agents. Coupled with an FBI raid that led to the resignation of a prominent Democratic lawmaker in Rhode Island this past weekend, four Democrats have recently come under the FBI’s radar. Here are the four: New York state assemblyman The FBI raided Democratic New York Assemblyman William Scarborough’s Albany office Wednesday morning and also took papers from his office in...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • Dozens of TVs reported missing from uptown arena after DNC

    04/06/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    WBTV ^ | 4/02/14 | Pamela Escobar
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Democratic National Convention has been over for 18 months, but it's still fresh in the mind of one company who filed a police report saying it can't find $75,000 worth of equipment. LG Electronics spoke with WBTV and explained why it decided to tell police now. The DNC ended in September 2012. LG electronics based in New Jersey had hundreds and hundreds of displays for delegates and convention participants. "A number of the products were sold on site and after the event. But the majority were returned to our warehouse they came back safe and...
  • Charlotte Catholic High School students attack Catholic Sister faithful to Magisterium

    04/04/2014 7:56:26 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 4, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    There can be little doubt how far the Church in the United States has fallen. As this article explains, "A North Carolina Roman Catholic school is holding a meeting today to address the concerns of parents and students who say they are outraged about remarks a visiting nun made criticizing homosexuality, divorce, and sex outside of marriage during a recent speech. Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, who often speaks to high school and college-age students on matters of sexuality, gave an hour-long presentation to students at Charlotte Catholic High School on March 21 called “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift.”...
  • Charlotte diocesan, school officials apologize for controversial presentation on homosexuality

    04/04/2014 2:37:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/3/2014
    Two weeks after a Nashville Dominican nun spoke to students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools and delivered a presentation critical of homosexuality, diocesan and school officials offered apologies at a meeting attended by an estimated 900 parents. “Many said that” the first part of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s presentation at Charlotte Catholic High School “was excellent and fully in line with the Catholic faith,” said Father Roger Arnsparger, the Diocese of Charlotte’s vicar of education, as quoted on the diocesan newspaper’s website. “There was unfortunately a misunderstanding about the content of the last part of the presentation,”...
  • Nearly 1,000 attend Charlotte Catholic meeting on nun’s speech

    04/03/2014 6:13:38 PM PDT · by jobim · 26 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 4/3/2014 | Tim Funk
    Nearly 1,000 parents gathered at Charlotte Catholic High School on Wednesday night to air complaints about a recent speech to students by a nun who made what many considered inflammatory comments about gays and lesbians, divorce and single parenthood. So many parents lined up to speak that the meeting with high school officials, the school’s chaplain and the Diocese of Charlotte’s vicar of education lasted more than an hour longer than scheduled. Though the gathering was closed to the media, texts and tweets from parents inside the school gym cast the meeting as often heated, with emotions running high on...
  • Why Patrick Cannon sting took so long (RAT mayor of Charlotte bribed before election)

    03/30/2014 9:03:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/27/14 | Michael Gordon
    As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday, a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city: Couldn’t this have been known before he was elected mayor in November? According to an affidavit released this week, the FBI became aware of possible illegal activity of then-City Council member Cannon as early as August 2010. By the time Cannon was sworn in as the city’s top elected leader, undercover agents posing as real estate developers had flown him and his wife to Las Vegas and paid him almost $30,000 in bribes, prosecutors say.
  • Anger at Charlotte Catholic school after speaker criticizes homosexuality

    03/28/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    CWN ^ | 3-28-2014
    Some parents and students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools are outraged after a Nashville Dominican nun who holds a doctorate in theology criticized homosexuality in a presentation to students, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]’s speech,” according to an online petition. “We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children … We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy,...
  • [North Carolina] Students, parents upset about nun's message about homosexuals

    03/27/2014 11:28:43 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 67 replies
    WDAM ^ | 03/26/2014 | Brody O'Connell
    Charlotte Catholic High School is getting backlash from students and parents after a school assembly last week. Students said that a guest speaker discussed offensive material about divorce and homosexuality. Sister Jane Dominic, with Aquinas College in Nashville, has a doctorate in sacred theology. But her message about the influence divorce has on gender identification and homosexuality didn't go over so well.... In an online petition, which now has close to 1,800 signatures, one student wrote "we found some of (the) ideas expressed to be both offensive and unnecessarily derogatory. We are incensed that you knew the content of this...
  • Cannon resigns as mayor, faces federal corruption and bribery charges [NC]

    03/27/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | 3/27/2014 | unknown
    A major political scandal unraveled in Charlotte Wednesday as Patrick Cannon resigned as Charlotte’s mayor after federal investigators arrested him on bribery and corruption charges. Documents outline how agents said the mayor abused his power for years.
  • Charlotte mayor arrested just SIX MONTHS into job for allegedly taking $50,000 in bribes

    03/27/2014 7:28:20 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 27, 2014 | Associated Press
    Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city. Mayor Patrick Cannon, a 47-year-old Democrat who rose from the city's public housing projects to become a successful businessman and politician, faces federal theft and bribery charges. Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more, according to a criminal complaint....
  • Charlotte mayor arrested on federal corruption charges (North Carolina)

    03/26/2014 11:24:17 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    WSOC TV ^ | 3/26/2014 | Not Specified
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court charged Cannon, 47, with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right. [snip] The complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that Cannon accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions. On the last occasion, on Feb. 21 Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in...
  • Charlotte mayor arrested on federal public corruption charges

    03/26/2014 11:13:53 AM PDT · by Robe · 43 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 03/26/14 | Mark Washburn, Jim Morrill and Mike Gordon /
    Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on federal public corruption laws after a four-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte announced. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/03/26/4795861/charlotte-mayor-patrick-cannon.html#.UzMT-F4owY4#storylink=cpy
  • America’s Largest Gun Shop Dropped By Visa Subsidiary For Selling Guns

    09/30/2013 10:26:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-30-2013 | John Hawkins
    Liberals may not be able to pass a law through Congress that takes away our Second Amendment rights, but that just means they’re going to approach gun control from a different direction. A subsidiary of Visa, a key Obama campaign donor, that specializes in credit card transactions has abruptly stopped servicing the nation’s largest gun store after four years because the store sells guns, a fact the owners never hid. Hyatt Gun Shop of Charlotte, N.C., told Secrets that the subsidiary, Authorize.net/CyberSource, simply sent an email to owner Larry Hyatt to announce that it was suddenly breaking off the business...
  • Shooting breaks out – at anti-violence vigil

    09/06/2013 10:30:54 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 25 replies
    Mothers of Murdered Offspring sponsored the vigil, calling attention to last Thursday’s death of Javon Booker, who police say was fatally shot when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store on Tom Hunter Road in north Charlotte. The service took place in the 2500 block of Pinckney Avenue, a block south of Matheson Avenue.
  • Black NC pastor requests ‘only white people’ at front door of church

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In an e-mail, an African American pastor at a Charlotte church asked that “only white people” stand at the church’s front door to greet the congregation, according to WBTV. (snipped) WBTV reports Pennycooke went on to say that “first impressions matter” and that “the church wants the best of the best on the front doors.” “We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” she wrote, according to WBTV. “So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors.” (snipped)
  • NC:Robbery suspect shot by clerk in north Charlotte

    09/03/2013 8:33:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | 30 August, 2013 | Steve Lyttle
    A 21-year-old man killed by a north Charlotte convenience store employee Thursday night is the second alleged robber shot to death at the store in the past six years. Javon Sanchez Booker of Charlotte died after being shot about 9 p.m. at the Fast Mart store on Tom Hunter Road near Reagan Drive, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. That is a short distance from Interstate 85. Booker entered the store and tried to rob the clerk, according to police. Police have not said whether the suspect struck the clerk. Investigators say the clerk pulled a gun and fired at the man.
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • CMS task force recommends K-12 school for African-American males

    08/08/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 44 replies
    WBTV ^ | August 6, 2013 | Dedrick Russell
    CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools may look at a new option in its effort to help African-American males succeed in the education system. District superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison created 22 task forces to tackle a variety of issues the school district had to deal with. One of those task force was tasked with ongoing issues dealing with African-American males in CMS. The task force made several recommendations, including beginning a planning phase to open a K-12 African-American male school during the 2015-2016 school year. One black male student thinks that would be a great idea. "The African American male wouldn't...
  • (No Honor Among Thieves) 2012 DNC: Nearly $500,000 of Equipment Was Lost or Stolen in Charlotte

    06/20/2013 7:10:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 | Steve Harrison
    DNC: Nearly $500,000 of equipment was lost or stolen in Charlotte To stage last year’s Democratic National Convention, the local host committee raised millions of dollars, much of it for computers, phones and other communication devices. Now it appears a sizable amount of that equipment was lost, stolen – or perhaps kept by the staffers it had been assigned to. The Democratic National Convention Committee said it recently sent the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department a spreadsheet detailing $496,000 worth of missing equipment. CMPD created an incident report in May. Among the missing items: MacBook Pro laptops, iPads, iPod Nanos, computer printers,...
  • Democratic Convention Organizers Claim $500K of Lost Electronics

    06/16/2013 5:00:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2013 | Garrett Bruno
    The Democratic National Convention may be long over, but its organizers have not forgotten the almost half a million dollars worth of electronics they seem to have lost. Organizers of the Charlotte, N.C., convention have filed a police report for lost and stolen electronics, some of which they appear to have valued at as much as 62 times the listed market prices. A reportedly stolen 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop? $75,537. The price listed on the Apple website is $1,199. A lost iPhone? $30,503. A lost Blackberry? $54,250. The DNC did not respond to a request for comment. Calls to the...
  • North Carolina abortion clinic shut down by state as ‘imminent danger’ to public health

    05/15/2013 7:32:01 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 5-14-2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    CHARLOTTE, NC, May 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – A Charlotte, North Carolina abortion clinic has been shut down following an investigation that revealed abortionists were incorrectly administering abortion drugs to their clients. Workers at the “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” were found to have given injectable methotrexate orally to abortion-seeking women, in violation of FDA and manufacturer guidelines.
  • Girl 16 found dead on train tracks next to best friend 18-in dark place after break-up w/ girlfriend

    03/20/2013 10:10:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    FULL TITLE: Girl, 16, found dead on train tracks next to her best friend, 18, was 'in a dark place' after break-up with her girlfriend Two teenagers have been found dead side-by-side on train tracks after one of the girls was 'in a dark place' following a recent break up with her long-time girlfriend. Arielle Troutman, 16, and Hannah Rigley, 18, were found dead beneath a train on the edge of the McAlpine Creek Greenway in Charlotte, North Carolina early on Sunday morning. The train driver had seen them apparently sleeping on the track, sounded his bell and pulled his...