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Senate panel approves Holder for Justice Dept.

Holder won the backing of all Democrats on the panel and all but two Republicans. His nomination could go to the full Senate within days

When even make-believe becomes fake

Those Barack Obama cutouts weren’t what some folks thought they were. Look closely at the hands, says And when did President Obama start wearing glasses?

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Panthers hire new defensive coordinator

Ron Meeks, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, will replace Mike Trgovac. The Colts’ defense under Meeks was consistently ranked among the NFL’s best

Major U.S. companies to slash 48,400 jobs

Major cuts were announced today at Caterpillar, Sprint Nextel, Home Depot, General Motors and Texas Instruments — the latest sign of just how far the U.S. economy has fallen

The historic Coffee Cup is closed for good, owner says

Owner Gardine Wilson tells the Charlotte Observer he won’t reopen what was once a culinary institution in the Qcity

NAACP to file complaint in police shooting

Terrance Kennedy died at Gaston Memorial Hospital after being shot Saturday by a Dallas, N.C., police officer trying to serve an assault warrant.

Sean May — overweight and at a crossroads

Bobcats forward Sean May hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 11. Coach Larry Brown says he must drop more weight, which has proven tough for the former Chapel Hill star

Tyler Perry calls lawsuits against him unfair

The Atlanta filmmaker was sued in December by several contractors alleging he refused to pay them for work done while building his 30,000-square-foot home

Charlotte group auctions Obama portrait

The painting is the work of performance artist David Garibaldi, who created it during a Dec. 31 uptown stage show at First Night Charlotte.

Monroe: Black communities must stop tolerating crime

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe talks about murder, incarceration and other issues that plague black communities. (Photo: Dirk Weaver, special to

JCSU hires assistant to school president

Keith Holcomb formerly worked as executive assistant to former United Way of Central Carolinas President Gloria Pace King

Don’t give in to high college costs


The cost of a college degree climbs higher each year. Reduce those costs with a few simple steps — while your child is still in high school

Obama starts reversing Bush policies

President Obama moved swiftly yesterday to order tough new ethics rules and to prepare to issue an order closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Obama orders closure of Guantanamo Bay prison

President Obama today signed a series of executive orders to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year


A peek inside Firehouse Bar & Lounge, soon to be Charlotte’s newest hot spot

Owner Clarence Boston said he hopes the lounge, located near Bank of America Stadium, will attract young professionals of all...


I can’t keep rolling my eyes at today’s headlines; it’s starting to hurt

Is it just me, or is the constant drum beat of social media starting to make us loopy?


Why women should weight train

As a fitness professional, I enjoy seeing others reach their fitness goals — weight loss, gaining strength, revving up their...


Friendship Missionary Baptist to sponsor hurricane-relief trip to Texas

The church is looking for able-bodied men to work gutting homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.


Joel Ford will seek re-election to his N.C. Senate seat

The three-term Democrat, who failed in his quest to be Charlotte's mayor, announced his re-election bid on Wednesday, hours after...


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