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When friends or family ask for cash

As more workers lose their jobs and banks tighten their lending standards, the chances of being hit up for a personal loan grows exponentially. But how should you respond?

Free health screening at local church

C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Mecklenburg County Health Department will offer screenings to detect problems from high blood pressure to prostate ailments.

West Charlotte High students to walk for nonviolence

The midday walk along Beatties Ford Road will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) club, which was formed after the 1989 shooting death of a student.



Prom dress offer draws record number

A bad economy means more students are registering with the Girl Talk Foundation to get new or slightly used prom gowns. This year’s Prom Project attracted at least 800 girls.

4 questions for Bob Johnson

The Charlotte Bobcats majority owner was the first to get a haircut at the soft opening of the No Grease Exclusive Men’s Grooming Lounge @ Time Warner Cable Arena.


No, you’re not seeing things. That brother really is riding a horse along a street in outer Charlotte.

Getting angry about executive pay


The outrage consumers felt over AIG bonuses adds fuel to a growing movement to rein in executive compensation.

No Grease opening new uptown location

Twin brothers Damian and Jermaine Johnson will open their fourth area barber shop in the Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson is expected to be their first customer.

JCSU releases its 2009 football schedule

The Golden Bulls will play Livingston College in the inaugural Commemorative Classic, which honors the contributions the schools made in playing the nation’s first black college football game in 1892.

Why the double standard, Charlotte?


The questions raised about DSS head Mary Wilson’s hiring decisions were not raised when other public officials made questionable personnel moves.

Seeing opportunity; taking a chance

Charisma Smith and Obie Chambers recently bought a drywall supply company. They are looking to establish themselves as a minority supplier in an industry where few are African American.

A monster of a disappointment


Aside from its amazing 3D effects, "Monsters vs Aliens" is nothing more than a generic kids’ movie that lets its visuals do all the heavy lifting.

Report: More blacks continue moving to the South

For the second straight decade, African Americans are leaving big cities in the North and Midwest in favor of the Southern states they once fled en masse.

African American-Latino summit set for Saturday

The six-hour event at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is meant to explore ways blacks and Latinos can forge stronger alliances, organizers say.


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?


Everyone’s a winner at the Sorority Greek Health Olympics

Last week I sprinted to the finish line of a wellness project I had been working on since January –...


Churches must do more to promote health and healing, says World Council of Churches official

Dr. Mwai Makoka, in Charlotte to study Mecklenburg County's Village HeartBEAT program, said the church must “embrace a new paradigm”...


Women must be agents for change, says international humanitarian Tererai Trent

It all starts, she said, when women discover what fuels their individual passions for change.


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