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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Data diving with CMS

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has invited citizens to be part of a five-month study of student assignment, academics, busing, magnets and other hot topics. Folks who want to dive in can review all the data that board members...Show More Summary

See Duke's tax filing, including Coach K's salary

The News & Observer of Raleigh posted Duke's tax filing, dated last month. Among the revelations: Coach Mike Krzyzewski's compensation topped $4.19 million during the 2008-09 fiscal year. That appears to make him the highest-paid college coach in the nation. Show More Summary

Susan Burgess statement on resignation

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess delivered the following remarks Monday as she announced her resignation from the city council. Burgess, who underwent surgery in 2007 for colorectal cancer, announced last month her cancer had spread and she was undergoing hospice care. Show More Summary

Cooksey: "I am now cancer free"

County commissioner Neil Cooksey on Thursday said he is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after being diagnosed earlier this year with a malignant tumor in his pancreas. Cooksey, 48, made the comments before a public hearing on next year's county budget.Cooksey, an attorney, was elected in 2008 to represent district 5 on the board. Show More Summary

Disappearing teachers: View from Myers Park High

As parents and educators lobby to save Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from budget cuts, a co-president of the Myers Park High PTSA decided to show local legislators exactly how cuts play out at one school. Margaret Marshall's e-mail (below)...Show More Summary

County budget: what would you cut, spare?

With three weeks to go until Mecklenburg County commissioners are expected to vote on a 2010-11 budget, board members have a series of questions to sort out.Among the biggest ones: 1) Should the county cut less from the libraries, Charlotte-Mecklenburg...Show More Summary

See live video of the Gulf oil spill

A live video feed of the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well, posted online Thursday after members of Congress exerted pressure on BP, is sure to fuel anger against the oil company."We will triumph over this tragedy through technology and transparency, so our best minds can bring all resources to bear to end this spill," Rep. Show More Summary

Carolinas contingency plans to deal with oil spill

Officials from North Carolina and South Carolina said today that chances are remote that oil from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico could make it to the beaches of the Carolinas and it would likely be weeks from now if it did."We think there will be a minimal impact, if any," Ricky Platt, director of the S.C. Show More Summary

Charlotte's disappearing tree canopy

A new report says Mecklenburg's tree canopy continues to wither, with the county losing a third of its cover between 1985 and 2008, and Charlotte nearly half.The latest in a series of analyses based on satellite images shows trees disappearing...Show More Summary

How does Mecklenburg County set worker pay?

County Manager Harry Jones recently said his recommended budget would include no pay raises for county workers for the second year in a row. But last June, county commissioners agreed to spend $1 million on raises in 2009-10 for workers whose pay was below the market rate. Show More Summary

Why no guns at the NRA show?

There are plenty of guns on display on the floor of the Charlotte Convention Center for the NRA's annual meeting this weekend, but none of the visitors will be carrying. There also won't be any weapons at the Time Warner Cable Arena,...Show More Summary

Does the NRA have politicians on the run?

There are some who say the gun-rights lobby has never been stronger, according to a CNN report getting a lot of buzz ahead of today's opening of the annual NRA convention in Charlotte.Reporter Carol Costello talks with rocker and NRA...Show More Summary

What if the oil spill covered Charlotte?

WCNC producer Jeremy Markovich created this amazing graphic that shows just how big the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is.He writes:We traced the Gulf Coast oil spill on Google Earth and then dropped it over Charlotte.The main partShow More Summary

Ted Nugent: More guns equal less crime

Ted Nugent says gun-control laws amount to "cruel indecency and forced victimization."In a decidedly politically incorrect column in The Washington Times ahead of Friday's opening of the NRA convention in Charlotte, the rock star and...Show More Summary

Underwater video shows oil gushing like a geyser

Video released by BP shows oil spewing from a broken pipe 5,000 feet below the surface of the water. The oil looks like steam rushing from a geyser.The video released Wednesday gives a glimpse of the leaking well. The stream occasionally...Show More Summary

CMS budget: Get ready to pay for AP, IB exams

Superintendent Peter Gorman has released the revised 2010-11 budget plan he'll present to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board tonight. It's much like the versions that have been discussed in previous meetings, but backs off from some...Show More Summary

Can the county control CMS spending?

Money for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools makes up the biggest single chunk of the county's operating budget -- more than $300 million this year -- and commissioners have said they want to make sure the money is leading to gains in the...Show More Summary

Dramatic photos of burning oil rig

McClatchy obtained images of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon as it burned in the Gulf of Mexico April 21, 2010, including this one taken shortly before it sank. Click here to view other photos.Check out this link for more updates...Show More Summary

Read the complaint against the Times Square bombing suspect

On Tuesday, Faisal Shahzad (above) was charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and several related crimes connected to the failed Times Square car bombing.Read the criminal complaint against Shahzad.Details on the charges, from the U.S. attorney's office.Related story.

Tiger Woods' alleged mistress says Charlotte hotel canceled her reservation

Joslyn James (above right), the porn star who says she was Tiger Woods' mistress, says she had made a reservation to stay at the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Charlotte last week. But, in a letter from her attorney, she says that when she landed...Show More Summary

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