News archive from 5 December 2014

Murder probe exposes more problems at Lanesboro prison

Murder probe exposes more problems at Lanesboro prison

A N.C. inmate has been sentenced to at least 12 more years in prison for the gang-related murder of a fellow inmate, a case that has exposed further problems at Lanesboro Correctional Institution. Minutes before the Sept. 28, 2012 assault that killed...

 

Venezuelan tamales highlight Navideña celebration Sunday in NoDa

Christmas is coming, and for many Latin American cultures that means it's time to make tamales. This Sunday you can sample the Venezuelan version of holiday tamales – hallacas – at Parranda Navideña, Charlotte's first...

 

Duke Energy may find shortage of contractors to move coal ash

The North Carolina legislature's order that Duke Energy close ponds holding more than 100 million tons of coal ash could run into a shortage of contractors to do the work. The issue came up at a gathering of engineers that filled an auditorium at UNC...

 
House panel investigates 'Confucius institutes'

House panel investigates 'Confucius institutes'

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are investigating whether academic freedom is being threatened at universities building campuses in China and partnering with the Chinese on "Confucius institutes" in the U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of a...

 
Hagel hails progress on sex assault in military

Hagel hails progress on sex assault in military

WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials credited actions to combat sexual assault among troops, including bolstered ranks of counselors and safeguards for victims, for reducing the number of crimes and boosting reports. Data released Thursday shows a drop...

 
Warren Buffett invests in a Clinton presidential bid

Warren Buffett invests in a Clinton presidential bid

WASHINGTON — The USA's second-richest man just bet on Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett has donated $25,000 to Ready for Hillary, a super PAC laying the groundwork for the Democrat's potential White House bid,...

 
Despite hacks, cybersecurity bill stalled in Congress

Despite hacks, cybersecurity bill stalled in Congress

WASHINGTON — Despite hack attacks against high-profile targets ranging from Home Depot to the White House, Congress is headed toward adjournment in a few days without passing a major cybersecurity bill. "You would think Congress would have the...

 

Pick 7: Observer football game picks 12.05.14

Corey InscoeChris KroegerDelano LittleBret McCormickLangston Wertz Jr.South Charlotte NewsWFNZ-610 AMWBTV, Channel 3Rock Hill HeraldThe Charlotte ObserverLast Week6-16-15-25-26-1This Season73-3074-2977-2668-3568-35Mallard Creek at Lake NormanMallard...

 

High school football gameday 12.05.14

Regional Final Matchups No. 1 Mallard Creek (13-1) at No. 7 Lake Norman (13-1) Mallard Creek hasn't lost to a non-Mecklenburg County team since the end of the 2011 season, winning nine straight. The Mavericks are in their fourth straight regional...

 
Rookie season for Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney comes to an end

Rookie season for Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney comes to an end

The injury-shortened season for the 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick is coming to an end. Rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and will have surgery on his right knee, Houston Texans coach Bill...

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Cleburne County volunteers hope to increase local donations to Toys for Tots

HEFLIN — In a parking lot on the corner of Ross and Brandt streets here, the company Southwire recently parked an empty tractor trailer and is waiting for area residents to come fill it up with toys. Local Southwire employees are working for the...

 
Knox Concert Series continues Nutcracker performance for area third-graders

Knox Concert Series continues Nutcracker performance for area third-graders

“I wanted to ask ...” the young girl paused and giggled. “Is it hard dancing in the snow?” The ballerina in the sparkling dress answered: “It does get tricky. The snow is paper, and it does get stuck sometimes. You might swallow it,” said Asha...

 

City attorney fees near $60,000 in RMC fight

The city of Anniston has spent nearly $60,000 in attorney fees since September in its legal disputes with the Regional Medical Center board. That figure could rise, if the city and board must return to court to settle their issues, if they can't reach...

 

Field trips give high school students real-world experience

When Oxford High School senior and healthcare science student Jacob Knighton heard he and fellow classmates would be looking at preserved corpses on a recent field trip, he felt apprehensive. “I figured I would look at them and think, ‘What were they...

 

DOT to rely on toll lanes for three Charlotte highway projects

The N.C. Department of Transportation reaffirmed its commitment to toll lanes Thursday, with a 10-year plan including them in the widening of three key Charlotte projects. The plan would include express toll lanes on the widening of I-485 from Rea...

 

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