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Youth Bible Bee coming to Charlotte

Young Christians and church groups will compete for prizes and scholarships based on their memorized knowledge of Scripture.

Graham joins JCSU as assistant to president

The N.C. state senator will assist JCSU President Ronald Carter build strong relationships with outside entities, such as governments, community groups, nonprofits and churches.

Thriving in the shadows


In a market dominated by discount salons, African American nail technicians say they survive by focusing on customer service.

Gender equality – the ‘unfinished business of our nation’

Bennett College for Women President Julianne Malveaux told a Qcity crowd Wednesday that the fight for gender equality is far from won.

Panthers release cornerback Ken Lucas

The team signed Lucas to a six-year, $36 million free-agent deal in 2005 and had been trying to trade the veteran. The move frees up $2.3 million under the team’s salary cap.

Obama creates panel to focus on women and girls

The White House Council on Women and Girls will be made up of top White House officials and cabinet secretaries. Obama created the panel through executive order.

Anthony Foxx defends wife’s hiring to county agency

Samara Foxx is one of three recent hires to the Department of Social Services who have close family ties to high-ranking public officials.

School Board OKs plan to cut teacher jobs

More than 500 classroom jobs may be eliminated as school officials look for ways to close a potential $87 million budget shortfall. Eighty-three assistant principals also could be fired.

Lisa Montgomery joins JCSU

Montgomery was named vice president for student enrollment and success at Johnson C. Smith University, responsible for admissions, campus ministries, financial aid, Greek life and other areas

Teachers rally against proposed job cuts

Faced with a budget shortfall, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman has said he may need to eliminate 456 teachers and 83 assistant principals. Teachers say the cuts should come from administration.

Things do change


Forty-four years after a bloody confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the 44th president of the United States is a black man.

William Henry “Billy” Phillips, 69

Mr. Phillips, a former U.S. Marine, was a member of Parkwood Institutional CME Church. He spent many years as a salesman in the insurance industry.

Bobcats feel heat as economy sours

To keep ticket-holders happy, the Charlotte Bobcats will outline new incentives this week, the Charlotte Observer reports. They include lower season ticket prices and a chance to win prizes.

Anthony Foxx launches campaign Web site

Campaign officials say the new site will be the hub of their communications efforts with voters. It will be updated daily, they say, “pretty much from sun up to sun down.”

Local church to sponsor teen summit

The Park Ministries of Charlotte will sponsor the ELEVATE teen summit on March 21. Gender-specific sessions will focus on leadership, learning and living.


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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