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Analysis: The DA’s Foreseeable Decision in the Danquirs Franklin Shooting

Analysis: The DA’s Foreseeable Decision in the Danquirs Franklin Shooting

It’s no surprise that District Attorney Spencer Merriweather decided not to charge the police officer who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin outside a Burger King on March 25. Legally, the case just wasn’t prosecutable. Emotionally, the whole thing’s a tragic mess.
The Survivor’s Defiance of Drew Pescaro

The Survivor’s Defiance of Drew Pescaro

UNC Charlotte junior Drew Pescaro survived a gunshot wound from the on-campus shooting April 30. If you object to his asking why so many people have so many guns, too bad.
To Council Members Who Voted For RNC: Any Regrets?

To Council Members Who Voted For RNC: Any Regrets?

A year ago this week, the Charlotte City Council voted to accept the RNC 2020 bid. After Greenville, we ask those who voted ‘yes’: Any second thoughts?
Relax. No One Wants to Ban Houses.

Relax. No One Wants to Ban Houses.

Charlotte’s exploring a possible ban of single-family zoning, not single-family homes. Some folks have trouble grasping that.
Justin Harlow Won’t Seek Re-Election

Justin Harlow Won’t Seek Re-Election

Justin Harlow, the Charlotte City Council’s youngest member, announced Friday that he won’t seek re-election.
At Long Last, and After Years of Squabble, I-77 Toll Lanes Are Here

At Long Last, and After Years of Squabble, I-77 Toll Lanes Are Here

After more than four years of one of the most contentious infrastructure projects in North Carolina’s history, a section of the Interstate 77 toll lanes project will open Saturday.
Inside UNCC Security’s Preparation, Quick Response

Inside UNCC Security’s Preparation, Quick Response

UNC Charlotte spent millions of dollars and countless hours preparing for the possibility of an on-campus shooter. When it happened, everything worked as planned—and two died.
What We Mean When We Talk About ‘Transparency’

What We Mean When We Talk About ‘Transparency’

In the context of law enforcement agencies’ increasingly uneasy relationship to the public, ‘transparency’ can be as loaded and slippery a term as ‘justice.’ What does it mean, exactly?
Stepping Back To Assess the Danquirs Franklin Case

Stepping Back To Assess the Danquirs Franklin Case

It might help to gauge where we stand now in the March 25 Danquirs Franklin shooting—exactly what happened when, what’s known, what isn’t, and the high probability that the officer will be found to have acted within the bounds of the law.
Analysis: Unanswerable Questions in Danquirs Franklin Shooting

Analysis: Unanswerable Questions in Danquirs Franklin Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released body camera footage Monday of the fatal police shooting of Danquirs Franklin on March 25—and how people will perceive and react to it is anyone’s guess.
DEQ to Duke: Clean Up the Coal Ash

DEQ to Duke: Clean Up the Coal Ash

On Monday, the state DEQ ordered Duke Energy to remove coal ash from six sites, including two near Charlotte. Here’s a rundown of some of our coal ash coverage through the years.
Narratives Clash in Fatal Danquirs Franklin Shooting

Narratives Clash in Fatal Danquirs Franklin Shooting

By the end of Monday, the list of incontrovertible facts about the police shooting death of Danquirs Franklin was brief.
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