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Report: Fixing high-poverty schools will require dramatic steps

Consultants tell school board members that CMS can’t make major gains without turning around its lowest-performing schools.

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

JCSU names Steven Aycock head football coach

Aycock had served as interim coach since the school fired Daryl McNeill on Nov. 5. His goal, he said, is to make the football program a CIAA and Division II powerhouse

Some random thoughts on the NFL (and Barack Obama?)


Jemal ruminates on the possible departure of Julius Peppers, the happy retirement of Tony Dungy and a White House visit for coach Mike Tomlin

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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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

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

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.

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

JCSU hires assistant to school president

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

CMPD Chief Rodney 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


What’s Happening, CLT: Our curated list of weekend events

There's plenty to do in Charlotte, so get out this weekend and have some fun.



Charlotte’s Black filmmakers react to John Singleton’s death

Local filmmakers react to the death of Academy Award-nominated director John Singleton, who died on April 29 following complications from...



Black Girls RUN! brings Sweat With Your Sole conference to Charlotte

The three-day conference will gather a nationwide community of runners to encourage a healthy lifestyle for women.


Photo Gallery: Village HeartBEAT Hearts of Champions Gala

More than 1,200 people attended this annual event, representing 44 local churches.



Celebrating Charlotte’s oldest citizen

Hester McCardell Ford was born in 1904. On Thursday, the 115-year-old was recognized as Charlotte's oldest person.


Free Comedy Night at Pilot Brewing
Take It To The Hill
WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” Hosts Forum for At-Large City Council Candidates
Dementia Education Conference
Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Preseason)