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Bank of AmericaTotal giving nationwide for 2006$200 millionTotal giving in North Carolina for 2006$18,142,854Funding prioritiesAffordable housing, education, and human servicesNotable recipientsUnited Way of America, Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, The National Urban League, The National Council of LaRaza,…

This Is Panther Town!

I don’t know how the Touchdown Club selects its speakers but Harris was an obvious good choice. As most of you are aware, there are thousands of Steelers fans living in Charlotte. Why? I don’t know. Please feel free to…

Music in Your Backyard

I first met Daniel about a decade ago. He was shooting someone at the old Jack Straw's (Drivin' and Cryin', maybe?), and I was there for the music. I was also working here, and we needed freelance photogs. I introduced…

Observer and N&O Collaborating More

According to the N&O's ombudsman (a position the Observer does not have), that is starting to happen, kinda. The papers are running more of each other's stories, which requires collaboration to keep out of each other's way. Look for more…

Cartoonist, Prophet

 In 1996, in an interview for Charlotte magazine, former Charlotte Observer editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette made one of the funniest—and most astute—observations regarding two American cities I had ever heard. After fifteen years in Charlotte, in 1987 Marlette moved to…

The New Retro

Classic ChicCLASSIC CHIC: Interior designer Barrie Benson created the retro setting of the Pooles’ master bedroom, which highlights the forties-esque look shown here: Alberta Ferretti long hair wool coat in beige, $2,300, and Proenza Schouler straight flannel pant in umber,…

The Holler

There are stands of old-growth trees in the surrounding forest. You are nothing but an overrated, feathered noisemaker, Mr. Nighthawk, Nightjar, Goatsucker, or whatever you call yourself. I’m going to pluck you and roll you in cornmeal and flour, then…

The Panthers Should Be Mean

The coolest thing about this luncheon is that each table gets a Panther player or coach as their guest. This creates a lot of suspense and anticipation. Everyone is sitting there hoping they get Jake Delhomme or Steve Smith or…

We Slam the Best

SlamCharlotte recently won first place at The National Poetry Slam 2007 held in Austin, Texas, beating out seventy-five other teams. Made up of Bluz, Bethsheba, Mike Simms, Carlos Robson, Da Minista, Paul D, and team manager Inkera, they performed twelve…

Farm to Fork

Thanks to area chefs and farmers, you can sample local grass-fed beef, asparagus, and microgreens on more than two dozen menus. And the list is growing.Photographs by Chris EdwardsFifteen years ago, when Sammy and Melinda Koenigsberg tried to interest Charlotte…

Special K

Running the trail at the Whitewater Center kicked my butt.On my last hike, I fell head first while skipping along a trail on Looking Glass Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Not graceful. So when I approached the trail for…

The Schools Report

Go to any town or city in America and you’ll likely find people complaining about at least one thing: their public school system. It could very well be that most school systems across the country aren’t doing a very good…

Letters

Involved in Crime Thank you so much for printing Melissa Hankins’s article, “Charlotte Has a Problem With Crime.” Last week, I became a victim of a felony for the second time in six months. I was held at gunpoint in…

A Village, People

            A few days before this issue went to press, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police did its best to make sure that there were no shenanigans downtown on the Fourth of July. Blue uniforms were everywhere, and a bunch of…

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