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  • Local couple finally finds success on Healthcare.gov

    11/17/2013 8:42:00 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 64 replies
    WBTV ^ | Nov 15, 2013 | Melissa Hankins
    Bob and Janet Cubbler freely admit that they're not the most technologically savvy couple around. But when it counts, what they may be is just a little more determined than most. "I'll try something, and try it, and try it again," says Bob. Which is exactly what he had to do when searching for a new insurance plan for Janet on the federal government's online marketplace, a site that has been paralyzed with problems. "It's very frustrating. I'm retired," Bob says. "So I have a lot of time. But I probably, for a long number of days, went on every...
  • Michelle Obama’s day and perks reserved for the big donors

    09/04/2012 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 4, 2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C...... ....Major donors will experience a very different convention than rank-and-file delegates who will fill the arena on Tuesday and Wednesday night and the Bank of America stadium on Thursday. Besides getting credentials to the sessions they also have access to the best hotels and VIP finance lounges — and finance staff who will provide concierge-type services for them. .....The best VIP perks go to those who donated at least $75,800 to the joint Obama campaign/Democratic National Committee fund-raising committee with more perks going to donors who have a track record of giving at least $122,400 from Feb., 2009...
  • Why Are The Democrats Featuring Muslim Extremists At Their Convention?

    08/30/2012 8:26:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Careccia
    What is going on in the Democratic Party? Have they abandoned all logic? It appears they will not deal with the issues that are facing this country at all costs. Any topic that clouds the issue is being explored as a topic at the Democratic Convention. The state of North Carolina defeated the “Same Sex Marriage” proposal, but the Democratic Party is including it in their agenda and is giving a lot of time to “free thinking” women. Obama has done such a miserable job with the economy that they have to stay away from anything economic. The administration has...
  • DNC Proceeds With 2-Hour Islamic ‘Jumah’ Prayers (And You Won‘t Believe Who’s Invited)

    08/28/2012 1:05:10 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/27/12 | Erica Ritz
    The host committee for the Democratic National Convention is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with featuring Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, though Democrats earlier denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event.
  • Illegal immigrants head to Charlotte [protest bus]

    07/31/2012 8:09:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | July 31, 2012 | Tim Mak
    A busload of illegal immigrants has begun a month-long, cross-country tour of protests culminating at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., according to reports. Approximately 30 men and women departed Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday on a trip scheduled to hit states that have passed aggressive laws against illegal immigration, reports the Charlotte Observer. The bus will pass through Colorado, New Orleans, Atlanta and several other cities en route to Charlotte, just before the start of the convention on Sept. 3, according to USA Today. “We are tired of the injustice,” Fernando Lopez, an illegal immigrant who is originally from...
  • Terror in the Skies: ‘Human bomb’ threat forces U.S.-bound flight to divert

    05/24/2012 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a "French" passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. What is disturbing is the lack of coverage and relevant reporting on this act of terror in the skies. The would-be terrorist is described as a "French" woman. What's her name? Read the tea leaves. The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days...
  • Might be headed to Concord, NC

    04/30/2012 3:58:34 AM PDT · by eyedigress · 31 replies
    now | eyedigress
    If you NC FReepers have some advice I would sure appreciate it. I need to be in a location within 30mi north of Charlotte and preferably within 10mi of the Interstate. I do not know the area. This could happen in 8 weeks and my beautiful Tennessee home will be put on the lease market. Cheers!
  • Chief: Home-invasion shooting 'clearly self-defense'(NC)

    04/12/2012 8:47:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Wednesday that a shooting involving a man who killed a would-be burglar who was kicking down his girlfriend’s apartment door was “clearly a case of self-defense.” It took detectives and prosecutors a matter of hours to determine that the shooting Tuesday in a quiet east Charlotte neighborhood was within the boundaries of the law. “The (shooter) was defending himself and his property from a criminal act,” Monroe told the Observer. “It was clear he was protecting himself.” Self-defense laws have come under scrutiny in recent months after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17,...
  • 12 unions tell Dems they'll boycott convention in N. Carolina

    08/14/2011 3:12:34 PM PDT · by gitmo · 102 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Aug. 13, 2011 | Tim Funk and Kirsten Valle Pittman
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Casting North Carolina as an anti-union bastion with "regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers," more than a dozen trade unions affiliated with the national AFL-CIO have told the Democratic National Committee that they will sit out the 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C. Coming on the heels of some liberals' complaints that President Barack Obama is giving in to Republicans, the unions' decision is another sign that key Democratic allies are unhappy with Obama and other party leaders as they gear up for a difficult election season. It's also a signal that anything relating to...
  • Did anyone see a green meteor in NC sky tonight?

    02/11/2011 8:26:31 PM PST · by gitmo · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Feb 11, 2011 | gitmo
    Around 10:30 PM tonight my son and I saw a bright green streak that appeared to be heading South to North toward Charlotte, NC. The light appeared to be going very fast, and accelerating on a downward path in the sky. I haven't heard anything on the local news about it.
  • Man dies while trying to steal electrical wiring, police say

    01/07/2011 5:19:03 PM PST · by csvset · 56 replies
    Q City Metro ^ | January 6, 2011 | Qcity Staff
    The suspect, identified by police as 46-year-old Thomas Justice Freeman III, had been using bolt cutters in an attempt to snip though a live electrical wire in the 2500 block of Double Oaks Road, just off Statesville Avenue. Freeman was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was taken by two other men also suspected of attempting to steal copper wiring. According to police, the three men met at Freeman’s home Wednesday evening and devised a plan to steal copper wire and split the proceeds after selling it. Freeman used his own 40-foot ladder and climbed about 30 feet...
  • Feds OK Wells Fargo-Wachovia Deal

    10/10/2008 10:35:51 PM PDT · by Gator_that_eats_Dems · 15 replies · 1,462+ views
    CBS Online via The Spartan Truth ^ | Gator_that_eats_dems
    (AP) Federal antitrust regulators on Friday cleared Wells Fargo's $11.7 billion acquisition of Wachovia Corp., capping a weeklong battle for the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank. The rapid approval comes a day after Citigroup Inc. walked away from its own efforts to buy Wachovia - which experienced a $5 billion run on deposits in late September after the failure of west coast rival Washington Mutual Inc., according to court documents filed Friday by Citigroup. Late Thursday, Citigroup broke off talks with Wells Fargo and federal regulators after the suitors failed to reach an agreement over how to split up the bank. San...
  • Shocking Past of Former Priest Who Was Killed in Apartment Fire (Charlotte priest)

    05/17/2008 2:33:36 PM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 31 replies · 341+ views
    CBS 3 Springfield ^ | 5/15/08 | Liz Tufts
    Shocking Past of Former Priest Who Was Killed In Palmer Fire YouNewsTV™Story Published: May 15, 2008 at 6:58 PM EDT Story Updated: May 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM EDT By Liz Tufts Watch The Story The shocking past of Andre Corbin is coming to light, just days after the former priest was killed in an apartment fire in Palmer. Andre Corbin was arrested in 1988 for molesting a boy at a church in North Carolina. According to a website that highlights the history of sexual abuse by priests, it says Corbin plead guilty to the accusations and was sentenced to...
  • Police Offered Prizes for Most Tickets

    08/04/2006 1:28:17 PM PDT · by Cagey · 38 replies · 1,004+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 08-03-2006
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police supervisors offered prizes to officers who wrote the most traffic tickets during an eight-day period over the July Fourth holiday. Five officers from the department's North Division earned $10 gift certificates to Dick's Sporting Goods, although officials Wednesday couldn't say how many tickets were issued between July 1-8. Police Chief Darrel Stephens and Maj. John Diggs, who oversees the division, said they were not aware of the contest until they were contacted Wednesday by The Charlotte Observer. "I don't think there is anything inherently evil or bad about rewarding officers for putting in extra effort...
  • Rally for our Troops, Charlotte, NC

    03/23/2003 10:46:39 AM PST · by dormee · 20 replies · 313+ views
    March 23 | me
    Rally for America Charlotte, NC * Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003 * Time: 1 PM * Location: Freedom Park, East Blvd, Charlotte NC * Bring your flag, your family, and signs. Come Out and Show Your Support for: * The United States of America * President Bush * U. S. Military * Protection of America * Liberation of Iraq * Defeat of Saddam Hussein Rally will feature patriotic music. We will sign a giant Thank You Card to be sent to our troops. Thank you for your support.
  • Call to Action for Charlotte Area Residents (and friends) - Stop "Domestic Partner" Benefits

    04/28/2005 3:00:00 AM PDT · by Huber · 19 replies · 714+ views
    The Charlotte World ^ | 4/27/05 | Dan Burrell
    The 2004 elections brought a conservative sweep to much of the nation, but Mecklenburg County was not part of it. As a result, our County Commission came back under the control of liberal Democrats and the arrogant and extremist liberal Parks Helms re-assumed his position as chairman of the County Commission. It should be no surprise to any of us that in his first months back in his position, he has worked tirelessly to expand government and raise taxes. But this week, he announced another item on his agenda -- one that calls for economic and social conservatives to respond...
  • Home invasion leaves 1 dead, 2 injured (The bad guy was the one killed.)

    04/25/2005 5:52:43 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 29 replies · 1,278+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | 4/24/2005 7:03 PM | Lisa Reyes,
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Police say one person is dead and two others are injured after an apartment break-in early Sunday morning on Mereview Court in southwest Charlotte. Police say someone kicked down the door of the apartment and several people were inside. The suspect then fired a gun, hitting one person in the chest. That person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center. Police say someone inside the apartment, who also had a gun, fired a fatal shot that hit the suspect. The suspect died on the back steps. They say another person inside the apartment was hospitalized with stab wounds. Police...
  • Battle For The GOP [FReeper Initiative in Mecklenburg County, NC]

    02/10/2005 8:06:17 PM PST · by Huber · 45 replies · 1,399+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times ^ | 2/3/05 | M. E. Pellin
    When local Republicans head to the precinct meetings scheduled next week for the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, they might be in for a more raucous affair than usual. Bill Huber has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge current Party Chairman John Aneralla for the key leadership position. Huber said it’s time for the local Republican Party to send a stronger message that resonates traditional Republican principles like low taxes, limited government, and free enterprise. In the wake of November’s election that saw Republicans lose majority control of the board of county commissioners, that message might carry extra weight....
  • Why Do We Still Bother Dept. [Episcopal ministry to prostitutes]

    01/23/2005 6:30:16 PM PST · by sionnsar · 28 replies · 478+ views
    Stand Firm (MS) ^ | 1/23/2005 | unk
    A 31-year-old lesbian Episcopal priest in Charlotte, NC wants to start a ministry for prostitutes. So far, so good.[Kelly] Ayer hopes to open a halfway house in which women could receive medical attention and help with addiction, job skills and mental health issues. Among the issues to be worked through: Studies show that a large number of prostitutes were sexually or physically abused as children, often by family members.Only problem is:The goal would be to serve as a presence for women who don't often have someone good to turn to. The unconditional support of presence, Ayer calls it. There also...
  • Committee says flag should come down

    01/10/2005 5:21:30 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 218 replies · 3,321+ views
    news14 ^ | 10-Jan-2005 | staff
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The confederate flag flying in Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery in uptown Charlotte should be taken down – that is a recommendation from a committee looking into the flag issue. The confederate battle flag flies above a section of the cemetery dedicated to confederate soldiers. Some were concerned about the image this created for the city. Last month, the community relations committee executive council met to review information gathered on the flag. The information included public feedback and legal research. In a draft report, the committee recommended: The current flag be taken down and placed in a glass enclosed...
  • Feds will not boost [Charlotte] light-rail spending

    01/08/2005 12:24:07 PM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 8 replies · 373+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | January 8, 2005 | Dianne Whitacre
    More of the cost of Charlotte's light-rail line apparently will be paid from the transit sales tax after the Federal Transit Administration said Friday it will spend no more than $192.9 million on the project. With prices up $38 million in the past few weeks because of higher steel and cement costs, Charlotte hoped the federal government would offer more help. But FTA spokesman Paul Griffo said the department would not commit more money. Increasing the federal contribution would be unfair to other cities that have also seen transit costs rise, Griffo said. The FTA will pay 50 percent of...
  • Charlotte's Bill James to be on Hannity

    01/10/2005 7:43:56 AM PST · by dormee · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 1/10/05 | dormee
    James to appear on Fox's 'Hannity & Colmes' Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James, a Republican, said he has been invited to appear on a live Fox News Channel show to discuss the structure of African American families. James said he will appear at 9 p.m. Tuesday on "Hannity & Colmes." A Republican representing southeastern Mecklenburg, James sparked a furor last month when he said in an e-mail that urban blacks "live in a moral sewer." James later said he could have chosen his words more carefully, and released a 14-point plan he said he hoped could reduce crime, dropout rates...
  • Vote audit throws results into limbo (NC)

    Vote audit throws results into limbo (NC) Samuelson's in, Rembert's out ... for now RICHARD RUBIN AND CARRIE LEVINE Staff Writers A frenzied retallying of early-voting ballots Thursday edged Democrat Wilhelmenia Rembert out of a Mecklenburg County commissioners seat and added Republican Ruth Samuelson to the board -- for now. After almost 12 hours of checking votes, election officials released new, unofficial results showing three candidates within 91 votes of each other. That's 0.01 percent of all votes cast in the county race. Election officials still can't explain the foul-up. More than 3,200 votes were removed from results released Tuesday...
  • Report on Lite Rail Town Hall in Charlotte

    07/02/2004 3:31:41 AM PDT · by Huber · 18 replies · 900+ views
    Don Reid's Weekly EMail | 7/1/04 | Don Reid
    ALLIES.........And The Misinformed I apologize to my vast e-mail audience for misstating the operational cost of our cute little uptown trolley in last week's e-mail. New figures from the city reveal the cost will be $1.1 million per year, not $750,000. With ridership projections remaining at 100,000, the cost per ride is now projected to be $11.00! The rider will pay $1.00----you, the taxpayer will pay $10.00! Here's a very real example of how it will work: a rider from the uptown area, who chooses to have lunch in the Southend, will pay $1.00 each way and you will subsidize...
  • Half a century after Brown

    05/12/2004 5:20:04 AM PDT · by The Raven · 8 replies · 227+ views
    townhall ^ | May 12, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    May 17, 1954 -- half a century ago -- saw one of the most momentous decisions in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Some observers who were there said that one of the black-robed Justices sat on the great bench with tears in his eyes. The case was of course Brown v. Board of Education, and the decision declared that racially segregated schools were unconstitutional. In rapid succession, all kinds of other racial segregation, which were common across most of the South and even in some border states, were likewise declared unconstitutional. This was a reversal...
  • Saks investor seeks city subsidy

    04/30/2004 9:24:02 AM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | April 30, 2004 | Richard Rubin and Leigh Dyer
    This July 2003 artist's rendering shows the planned Saks Fifth Avenue store. There's a big hole in the ground at the corner of Park and Gleneagles roads in south Charlotte. Developer Dee-Dee Harris wants to fill it with a glitzy Saks Fifth Avenue store -- and public money. In a rambling plea sent this week to city and state officials, Harris asked for unspecified assistance from government. Without help, she said, her $200 million project might collapse. Construction has stalled for nearly three months. Harris' letter notes that low profit expectations have made private money tough to get. "We read...
  • Local Muslims react to Iraqi violence (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

    04/07/2004 11:17:44 PM PDT · by ambrose · 38 replies · 195+ views
    AP ^ | 4.7.04
    www.news14.com Local Muslims react to Iraqi violence4/7/2004 7:57 PMBy: Diana Rugg, News 14 Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some local Muslims are angered that U.S. troops bombed an Iraqi mosque Wednesday, killing an estimated 40 people. The Abdel-Aziz al-Samarrai mosque was hit by U.S. aircraft that launched a Hellfire missile at its minaret and dropped a 500-pound bomb on a wall surrounding the compound.The U.S. military said insurgents were using the mosque for a military fire base and that U.S. troops were just returning fire. But Mujahid Idlibi, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said that is not acceptable....
  • Former recruit: Disk used to cheat ("I chose to listen to the devil")

    04/08/2004 7:26:06 PM PDT · by Stew Padasso · 2 replies · 90+ views
    Former recruit: Disk used to cheat Police academy class graduates while inside investigation continues ROBERT F. MOORE AND MELISSA MANWARE Staff Writers The man at the center of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigation into whether some recruits cheated on academy exams says he believes computer disks circulated among the classmates were intended for cheating. Police announced in February that the disks, containing questions and answers to police academy tests, had been passed among recruit classes since 2000. They have been trying to determine whether recruits who went through training in that period thought they were using a study guide or knew...
  • [Charlotte] Light rail: Add $28 million (Surprise, surprise, surprise!)

    03/24/2004 6:42:27 AM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 35 replies · 441+ views
    Charlotte Observer | Diane Whitacre
    The cost of building Charlotte's first light-rail line has jumped to $398.7 million, a 7 percent increase from two years ago. The extra $28 million chiefly represents a new bridge over Archdale Drive and higher-than-expected land costs for tracks and parking lots. A preliminary study in 1998 estimated the line could be built for $227 million. But when engineers began drawing up plans, they said in 2000 the cost would be $331 million. It rose to $371 million in 2002 and now to $398.7 million. That estimate now goes to the Federal Transit Administration. "This is the number we intend...
  • Charlotte N.C. orders 1st light-rail trains

    03/23/2004 12:10:34 PM PST · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 266+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | RICHARD RUBIN
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Council approves $52.5 million for 16 cars The Charlotte City Council ordered its first batch of light-rail trains Monday night, authorizing $52.5 million for 16 cars. Council members pitched their 10-1 vote as a decision that will limit future congestion and provide a much-needed alternative to automobiles. "This is an investment for a generation," said GOP council member Pat Mumford, who chairs the council's transportation committee. "And we need to prepare today because it will never be a better time than today." The light-rail cars will be built by Siemens Transportation...
  • Texas sodomy ruling applied to soliciting (charges dropped for gay prostitution)

    07/12/2003 6:08:08 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 17 replies · 303+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | July 12, 2002 | CRISTINA C. BREEN
    A Mecklenburg district judge Friday called North Carolina's sodomy law unconstitutional, as he threw out two charges against a man accused of soliciting sodomy last May in a public park. Mecklenburg District Judge Nate Proctor threw out two cases against the defendant, saying the state's law barring anal or oral sex for anyone except married couples was invalidated by a Supreme Court ruling last month that overturned the Texas sodomy law. Proctor's ruling is not binding. It will be up to higher courts to decide whether the N.C. crime-against-nature law should stand after the Supreme Court ruling. Proctor, though, called...