Happy Friday, QCity!
Today in History: In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and threatened to free all enslaved people in the states if the Union wasn’t restored by Jan. 1, 1863.
Today in Charlotte: Drake’s It Was All a Blur Tour
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Feds to mail more COVID tests
As COVID-19 cases rise, the federal government will resume sending free at-home testing kits.
Starting Monday, Sept. 25, households can go to a special website to order four free tests.
Why it matters: While infection rates remain well below levels seen earlier this year, hospitals are reporting a rise in the number of people being admitted with COVID-like symptoms.
Infection rates are expected to rise further this fall and winter.
Keep reading. (Destiniee Jaram)
FOOD & DRINK
Lulu’s is back
Lulu’s Maryland-Style Chicken & Seafood is back open on Tuckaseegee Road, the restaurant announced Friday.
After a few challenges, including a now-closed second location and break-ins at the original space, Lulu’s is fully open again on Tuckaseegee Road.
And the crabcakes are back too.
Stock up on pottery this weekend
This Saturday, join the Mint Museum for their 17th annual Potters Market.
See pottery demonstrations and enjoy live music, a beer garden and food concessions.
The Panthers’ possible struggle ahead
The Carolina Panthers (0-2) travel to face the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) on Sunday.
Carolina showed fight in a tough loss to division rival, New Orleans Saints, on Monday. And the team lost star linebacker Shaq Thompson to injury.
Quarterback Bryce Young also left the game with an ankle injury that’ll sideline him; backup Andy Dalton will get the start.
The Seahawks will also be without some key pieces on their defensive unit as cornerback Tariq Woolen and safety Jamal Adams will be sidelined due to injury.
If the Panthers expect to win, they will lean heavily on Dalton’s veteran presence and find some consistency on offense.
Marcus predicts: Seattle by 21
His thought bubble ?: “Panthers will struggle without Thompson.”
Jalon’s prediction: Seattle by 3
His thought bubble ?: “Carolina’s offensive woes continue and leave Seattle with another L.”
Free healthcare rides through LISC
Transportation is a common barrier to accessing health care, especially for those who need frequent visits to the doctor.
That’s why LISC teamed up with Care Ring to provide free Uber rides for people who don’t have reliable transportation to medical appointments. Since launching in March, the program has provided more than 2,600 free rides.
“LISC Charlotte has made important contributions to our community in helping our residents improve their lives,” said Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager and a board member of LISC Charlotte’s Local Advisory Committee. Learn more about how LISC is helping support marginalized communities.
$1.1 million for Charlotte trees
The City of Charlotte announced Thursday that it has received a $1.1 million grant to plant and preserve trees throughout the Corridors of Opportunity.
The grant is part of a $1 billion investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to support urban and community forestry across the country.
“This grant will undoubtedly leave a lasting, positive impact on our communities,” Monica Holmes, Corridors of Opportunity’s executive manager, said in a statement.
Keep reading. [Destiniee Jaram]
A business pivot during the pandemic
Cheryl Ross pivoted from hair-braiding to home-baking during the pandemic.
“I would tell anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur to do it, but proceed with caution,” Ross said.
Read on to learn more about how she switched up her business.
Head to a book fair this weekend
Visit the Gantt for a FREE children’s book festival to celebrate creativity and imagination, engaging storytelling, and fun activities with well-known authors and illustrators.
Enjoy art-making workshops, a multigenerational African drum circle, and vendor marketplace with local artisans. Get tickets here.
➡️ Category: A shooting in east Charlotte left three people injured on Thursday. (WCNC)
➡️ Entertainment: The entertainment strike has officially surpassed $5 billion in losses. (CNN)
➡️ Good News: A group of Black teens from Detroit are part of a free program teaching young people how to fly while exposing them to careers in the aviation industry. (The Grio
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