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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

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

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

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

Is It Time To Regulate Social Media?

We live in an age of live-streamed violence and its instant, global, unregulated amplification. Maybe, says Duke professor Philip Napoli, it’s time to put some controls on social media content as we do with radio and TV.

Borum Conviction Ties Knot On Scott Protests’ Legal End

The conviction of Rayquan Borum for shooting and killing Justin Carr during a protest uptown on September 21, 2016, ties up the legal end of the Keith Lamont Scott affair—and little else.

Testimony Begins In Borum Trial

The Rayquan Borum murder trial commenced in earnest Monday morning, with a detailed opening statement from prosecutors and three witnesses, including the late Justin Carr’s mother.

Rayquan Borum Trial Begins: Did He Kill Justin Carr?

The Superior Court trial of Rayquan Borum, accused of killing Justin Carr outside the Omni Hotel in September 2016, begins Monday.

Opinion: A Belligerent ICE’s Show of Force

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement blamed new Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and other N.C. sheriffs for aggressive roundups—and threatened a Charlotte City Councilman with arrest.

The Business Side of WaPo’s Super Bowl Ad

The Washington Post paid an estimated $10 million-plus for a Super Bowl ad that paid tribute to the journalism profession—which struck some of the newspaper’s own dwindling staff as a tad ironic.

Observer Owner McClatchy Offers Early Retirement to 450 Employees

McClatchy, which owns the Observer and seven other newspapers in the Carolinas, announces a massive round of early retirement offers that accompany layoffs throughout the once-thriving industry.

ICE’s Charlotte Clampdown

Federal immigration officials arrested two undocumented immigrants at the Mecklenburg County courthouse Wednesday, leading to outrage from Charlotte’s immigrant community.

Who Marked Up the Cross Charlotte Trail When We Weren’t Looking?

Charlotte City Council members were stunned this week to learn that a critical community development project needs three times the money they thought it would.

Hello, 2019. You Look a Lot Like 2018.

Traffic, criminal justice, and housing issues won’t leave Charlotte with the new year.

The Ninth District and the Recurrence of Race

Restricting the voting rights of black people in eastern North Carolina has a long and dismal history.

The U.S. Senate’s Dissecting of the Russian Troll Invasion

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Richard Burr of North Carolina, has released an unnerving report about the ongoing efforts by Russian trolls to turn Americans against each other and warp their perception of reality.

With One Bold Step, a City (Not Charlotte) Goes Big on Affordable Housing

Minneapolis just did something extraordinary for an American city—it banned single-family-only zones. Why can’t Charlotte do the same?

How Often Should City Council Face the Voters?

Local politicos and council members themselves have generated some heat lately on whether City Council members should continue to serve two-year terms or switch to staggered four-year ones.

A Little Relief For (and From) Charlotte Motorists

Charlotte driving is a pain in the taillight. The City Council, thankfully, has taken some steps to make it less so. Still, though, keep an eye out for those scooters.

5 Questions For Outgoing Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation announced last week that Sam Perkins, a Charlotte native who had held the position of riverkeeper since 2012, was stepping down.

#discussCLT Podcast: Our Live Higher Ed Event

This Is: Bill James

ANALYSIS: When he lost a Mecklenburg County commissioners’ seat he’d held for 22 years, Bill James said, in effect: Screw you guys; I’m going home.

The 2018 Midterms in Charlotte: Strong Turnout and a Blue Shift

ANALYSIS: The 2018 midterm elections yielded some good news for Democrats, some relief for Republicans, and a level of voter turnout that suggested American democracy is still alive and thrashing.

CMPD’s ‘Bridging the Difference’: A First Step in RNC 2020 Prep

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is beginning a series of guided conversations intended to close gaps among constituencies in advance of the RNC in 2020. ‘Hardening the target,’ he calls it.
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