With the increased number of population it is always a problem to find a good apartment to live in and ever so difficult to find a place that suits your style. The cute charlotte apartments are what you need. These apartments as the name suggests, are cute in a stylish way. The city is rising rapidly and so is the culture that is rich in values and principles. Another plus is that the city encourages multicultural development. Different people from different cultures are living here and enjoying a healthy life. Continue reading “Best Rental Apartments in Charlotte”
Calling a controversial charter school bill the latest battleground in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s long war against school segregation, four African-American former school board chairs Tuesday urged North Carolinians to "stand up and fight institutional racism."
House Bill 514, introduced by Rep. Bill Brawley, would allow four majority-white suburban towns outside Charlotte to create their own charter schools, giving preference to town residents for seats. That bill cleared the Senate on Monday and has gone back to the House, which approved it last year, for a vote on changes made in the Senate.
The bill, combined with a change in this year’s state budget that gives municipalities authority to spend tax money on public education, has drawn national attention as potentially upending the landscape of segregation and school choice in North Carolina.
Arthur Griffin, a former school board chair and current chairman of the local Black Political Caucus, called HB 514 "morally reprehensible." Griffin attended schools segregated by Jim Crow law, saw Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools emerge as a leader in court-ordered desegregation in the 1970s, then led a losing legal battle to preserve race-based assignment in the late 1990s.
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"Growing up in Charlotte, my parents didn’t have the resources and political standing to fight institutional racism," he said. "But in 2018, I do. You do. We do. And we need to stand up and fight institutional racism."
He and others present at Tuesday’s news conference said they planned to sue.
"If they pass it, we’re going to court," said George Battle Sr., who chaired the CMS board in the early 1990s.
Current CMS leaders also seem to be considering legal action, with a Monday night memo from CMS government relations coordinator Charles Jeter to the school board and top administrators referring to "recourse through the courts."
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Brawley, a Matthews Republican, and other proponents of the bill have repeatedly said it has nothing to do with race, nor with creating separate suburban school districts.
Students would not be forced to leave CMS even if their towns created charter schools, though CMS leaders have said the prospect could force massive reassignment. And town-sponsored charter schools would admit outsiders, but only after children of town residents have been seated.
Backers say the bill simply gives one more option to towns with overcrowded schools and concerns about a large school district that has sometimes neglected suburban needs.
But support for HB 514 is overwhelmingly white. Brawley and Sen. Dan Bishop, the Mecklenburg Republicans who are leading the push for approval, are white, as are several legislators who voiced approval and voted for it. Meanwhile several black Democratic legislators voiced fears about resegregation.
Three of the four towns that have endorsed the bill and stand to launch their own charter schools — Matthews, Mint Hill and Huntersville — have all-white elected boards. The fourth, Cornelius, has one African-American commissioner on its five-person board, and he cast the sole vote against inclusion in HB 514.
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On Monday, North Carolina NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman denounced HB 514 as a "sneaky and underhanded" attempt to create "Jim Crow independent school districts."
"We understand that too many North Carolina legislators are intent upon destroying public desegregated schools, but we rise to say that this effort will not succeed without an all-out fight from the North Carolina NAACP," Spearman said.
The left-leaning NC Policy Watch and the nonpartisan Public School Forum of North Carolina have also labeled the bill a return to segregation.
Tuesday’s news conference at Little Rock AME Zion Church in uptown Charlotte cast the latest controversy squarely in the history of Charlotte’s struggle between people who want to deny black students an equal education and those fighting for civil rights.
Four African-American former school board chairs — Griffin, Bishop, Wilhelmenia Rembert and Ericka Ellis-Stewart — spoke to the crowd. A fifth former chairman who is white, William Rikard, stood behind them with about 40 clergy and education advocates.
Ellis-Stewart, who remains on the board, took part in weeks of discussions with town of Matthews leaders, who started the push to separate from CMS and/or create town charter schools.
"We were told behind the scenes, ‘Don’t talk about race. Don’t make this about race,’ " she said. "Any of us who know and listen to this conversation, we know that the very root of this is about race."
CMS is currently 38 percent African-American, 28 percent white, 24 percent Hispanic and 7 percent Asian. But most schools are not that mixed. The majority of black and Hispanic students attend high-poverty Charlotte schools with few white classmates, while white and Asian student are more likely to attend low-poverty suburban schools.
Charter schools in the Charlotte region also tend to be racially and economically distinct based on location.
Tuesday’s speakers said they’re not talking about fighting white parents and students, and noted that many suburban residents oppose HB 514.
"I urge you to pay close attention … and say ‘we’re not going to have this in Charlotte-Mecklenburg again,’ " Rembert said. "We want better for all our students: Those in the urban, suburban and remote areas of our county. We want better for our entire community."
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Groups meeting at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC, have new accommodations and amenities to look forward to during their stay thanks to a $26 million renovation that the property has just completed, it announced yesterday.
The hotel, which has 16,000 square feet of meeting space, now boasts a "precious metals" theme that pays homage to North Carolina’s mining past and to the history of Charlotte, which once was home to a branch of the U.S. mint that specialized in making gold coins. Consistent with that theme, the hotel’s design now features custom fabrics and finishes in gold and silver tones throughout — including in its 374 guest rooms and suites, each of which has been refreshed with new furnishings, décor, and bathrooms.
Also updated were the hotel’s entry façade, which now features an expansive glass exterior; the lobby, which was outfitted with new flooring, a new registration desk, new burnished metal wall finishes, and new metals-inspired furnishings and fixtures; the 14th-floor club lounge, where the hotel has installed new counter bars; and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Trade Restaurant & Bar, which was upgraded to include an expanded bar, new tables and seating, new carpet, and new decorative lighting.
The renovation’s highlight, however, is its completely redesigned rooftop pool deck, aptly named Coin Bar. Totaling nearly 3,000 square feet, it includes a new bar and grill serving poolside cocktails and snacks, as well as double-sided LED television screens that can be seen from EPICENTRE, the business and entertainment district of Charlotte that surrounds the hotel.
"With this multimillion-dollar project complete, Omni Charlotte Hotel is a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers alike," said General Manager Douglas Hustad. "We have watched the daily progression of this impressive renovation and it’s truly remarkable to see it come to life."
Cerro Gordo, N.C. (May 16, 2018) – After a foray into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) at Talladega last month, Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) and Timothy Peters are heading back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Charlotte will be the second start for Peters with RBR in trucks and third overal. At Martinsville in March, Peters piloted the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts/Highland Construction Ford F-150 to a seventh-place finish. In Peters’ first career Cup start at Talladega, he brought home a 23rd-place finish.
"We have come a long way in a short time in how we communicate and work together both at the shop and at the track," said Peters. "There is always a learning curve when you start working with a new group, but here it has been a very smooth transition here with (crew chief) Mike Hester and the other team guys."
Peters is confident that growing familiarity will pay off at Charlotte, a track where he has had six top 10s in his last eight starts.
"The trucks always put on a good show at Charlotte and it is a race track I really like," said Peters. "With what we’ve done so far as a team, I feel like we have a good shot at a strong finish."
Riding with TJ
The No. 92 Ford F-150 will be sporting a special decal in support of TJ’s Team Foundation: More Than a Cape, a non-profit aimed at raising money for pediatric cancer research. Six-year-old TJ Anderson lost his battle to liver cancer in February. TJ was a big race fan and enjoyed watching races with his dad. His parents, Travis and Anna Anderson, founded More Than a Cape, a 501(c)(3) organization, in his memory.
"It is our mission to never have another family to feel the loss and pain that we have endured," said Travis, of Charlotte. "Our children are our hope and our future, and they deserve more research and more funding"
"Travis and one of the guys on our team are friends and when I heard the family’s story, I wanted to do something at the Charlotte race to honor TJ’s memory and help their cause," said team owner Ricky Benton. "For me and this whole team, family is the most important thing and it is a privilege to carry TJ’s Team with us this week."
— Ricky Benton Racing —
Challenger Mark Harris is leading Rep. Robert Pittenger in the first returns from their Republican primary in the 9th District Tuesday night.
And Dan McCready had a big lead over Christian Cano in the Democratic primary.
Meanwhile incumbent Rep. Alma Adams was leading three Democratic challengers in the 12th District primary. Republican Paul Wright of Wayne County led two opponents in the GOP contest.
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The 9th District Republican primary was a rematch of candidates separated by just 134 votes in the 2016 primary.
Though analysts say the district leans Republican, it’s expected to be one of the two most competitive districts in North Carolina this fall. Democrats McCready and Kathy Manning in the 13th District have both outraised GOP incumbents, Pittenger and Rep. Ted Budd.
Pittenger and Harris spent heavily in the 9th District which stretches from southeast Charlotte to Fayetteville.
Pittenger spent more than $1 million through mid-April, according to federal finance reports. Harris spent nearly $500,000. Without a competitive primary, McCready has a war chest that exceeded Pittenger’s by $1 million.
He’s one of nine Democratic challengers with a six-figure fundraising advantage over a GOP incumbent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only one Democratic challenger in the country had more cash on hand at the end of the 1st quarter.
Both Pittenger and Harris tried to cast themselves as the more loyal supporter of President Donald Trump. Trump won the district by 12 points in 2016.
Ninth congressional district candidate Dan McCready continued to work for votes on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by reaching out to voters across the region. Jeff Siner
But Democrats compare McCready, a Marine combat veteran, to Conor Lamb, the Democrat who won a special election this year in a Pennsylvania district that had gone for Trump by 20 points. McCready has attempted to steer toward the middle of the road, saying he would not support Nancy Pelosi for Democratic Leader.
Cano, who supports presidential impeachment, tried to push McCready from the left.
Joining the 9th District in the spotlight is North Carolina’s 13th, which stretches from Iredell County to Greensboro.
Like McCready, Manning has outraised Budd and with 1 million on hand through mid-April, had almost twice as much cash on hand. The conservative Club for Growth already has spent over $128,000 on Budd’s behalf.
This week the Washington Post portrayed Pittenger and Budd as Republicans who will have to fight hard to keep their seats in November.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Golf’s Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are just some of the sport’s superstars returning to the Queen City this week to play in the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club.
The championship runs Monday, April 30 through May 6, and features 156 players vying for a claim on the nearly $8 million. The first-place prize is nearly $1.4 million. But golfers aren’t the only ones who stand to do well financially, according to event organizers, who say the event brings in $40 million- $60 million in revenue for Charlotte annually.
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Schedule of Events:
Monday, April 30 — Monday Pro-Am-Tee times beginning at 11 a.m.; PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds.Tuesday, May 1 — PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds-All Day; There are no set tee times. Players play at their leisure. Wednesday, May 2 — Wednesday Pro-Am Tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.; Afternoon Tee times beginning at noon; Succeeding TogetherSM Youth Exhibition– Open to all young fans! Driving Range 4 p.m. PGA TOUR Professional TBA. Thursday, May 3 — First Round of Competition – Tee times beginning at 7 a.m.; Television Coverage – Golf Channel, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.Friday, May 4 — Second Round – Tee times beginning at 7 a.m.; Television Coverage – Golf Channel, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.Saturday, May 5 — Third Round – Tee times beginning at approximately 8 a.m.; Television Coverage – Golf Channel, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET; CBS, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET; Blue Dogs Concert – immediately following the conclusion of play. Concert access is open to all Saturday ticket holders. Sunday, May 6 — Sunrise Service – 7 a.m. at the 18th green (weather permitting); Final Round – Tee times beginning at approximately 8 a.m.; Television Coverage – Golf Channel, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET; CBS, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET; Closing and Awards Ceremony of 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at the 18th green
A full list of competitors for the Wells Fargo Championship may be found here.
Quick Facts For Attendees:
Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Please remember that all sales are final, no refunds, Tickets cannot be exchanged or replaced if lost, stolen damaged or destroyed All tickets grant access to the grounds of the tournament. Once admitted to the golf course, there is no re entry.
Tickets for the event start at $35 and may be purchased here.
Items not permitted inside the event include:
No bags larger than a small purse 6"x6" including carrying cases, backpacks, camera bags, or chair bags No clear plastic, vinyl, or other carry items larger than 12"x6"x12" No plastic, metal, glass cups, cans, or containers of any kind except for medical or infant needs No computers or laptops No fireworks or laser pointers No lawn or over sized chairs No seat cushions in a carrying case or that have pockets or compartments No pets, except for service animals No knives, firearms or weapons of any nature No video cameras (All Week) No point and shoot, film or DSLR cameras (During Competition Rounds) No selfie sticks or hand held camera stabilizers No beverages (patrons may not bring in or exit with beverages) or coolers No radios, TVs, or portable speakers No posters, signs or banners No motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles, bicycles (whether or not motor-driven), skateboards, hoverboards, or other similar devices will be permitted to be operated on or within tournament property.
More detailed information about the event can be found here.
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On the same day as the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 13 dead, students across the country planned walkouts demanding changes to end gun violence in American schools and communities. On the very day of the walkouts, a student was shot and injured at a high school in Florida, showing the pervasiveness of gun violence in schools.
Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, students have organized and given a new voice to the fight to end gun violence. Continue reading “Since 1999, Almost 9K NC Students Exposed To School Gun Violence”
Being in the middle is notoriously tough. The middle child. Middle age. Middle films in trilogies (we’re giving you a pass, “The Godfather, Part II”). And then perhaps the most challenged group of all: the middle class.
Because the American dream sure ain’t cheap these days, or easy to achieve. Politicians may fight over middle-class voters like hyenas over a fresh kill, but all their hyperbolic campaign promises (“time to ignite America’s middle-class miracle once again!”) and hashtags don’t seem to be making life much better for this defining chunk of the nation’s population. Continue reading “2018 Best Cities For Middle-Class Buyers — And The Worst”
You’d be forgiven for missing the “big” news out of the ACC offices on Thursday morning, since this is not the sort of thing we’re regularly banking on the Syracuse Orange to be involved in. No offense to Dino Babers or anyone involved with the program. It’s just tough to imagine SU football spending a large amount of time in Charlotte for the league’s championship game, which will now be held in the city every year through 2030. Continue reading “ACC Football Championship Game stays in Charlotte through 2030”
CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte police were in a standoff with a wanted suspect Thursday morning who refused to surrender for arrest.
The suspect was barricaded in an apartment on Jones Street, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who dispatched its SWAT Team and negotiators to the scene.
The suspect eventually surrendered around noon, CMPD said. Continue reading “SWAT Team Dispatched In Standoff In Northwest Charlotte: CMPD”
Jack Daniel has been named as the new afternoon on-air personality on K 104.7 and 94.7 SMOKE (3-7 p.m.) in Charlotte. He will begin his new position on Monday, April 2. Daniel has been on the Charlotte airwaves since 1975 and has over 47 years of experience in the radio industry, having hosted morning shows in the Charlotte, Greenville, Rocky Mount, NC, and York, SC, markets. In addition, he has worked as a program director, Continue reading “Daniel Takes Afternoons In Charlotte”