News archive from 9 December 2014

City failed to secure building permits

The city of Charlotte and the Fire Department did not obtain necessary permits to renovate a building on North Graham Street, even though a former employee and a City Council member raised questions about safety there and whether the city had followed...

 

Charlotte Service Service office turns to businesses to fight rising cyber crime

About every other week, the Secret Service in Charlotte investigates a possible cyber attack against a business in Charlotte, according to Glen Kessler, a special agent with the agency's Charlotte office. Two years ago, those attacks were occurring...

 
Heisman finalists: Mariota, Cooper and Gordon

Heisman finalists: Mariota, Cooper and Gordon

NEW YORK Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on...

 

Study: city, county need more collaboration on code enforcement

Building code enforcement and permitting by the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County would be easier to navigate if an oversight committee was created to decide on one process to provide those services for customers, an outside consultant told a...

 

College Basketball Gameday 12.09.14

Mars Hill (5-3) at Winthrop (3-4) Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, 7 p.m. The Eagles return home from a rough road trip to host the Lions of the South Atlantic Conference. … Winthrop has lost two straight – including an 82-62 loss...

 
Marriott debuts hotel brand for Millennials

Marriott debuts hotel brand for Millennials

Fullscreen The new AC Hotel Bourbon in New Orleans is designed to appeal to the unique needs and wants of Millennial travelers. (Photo: AC Hotels) Fullscreen The new AC Hotel Bourbon in New Orleans is designed to appeal to the unique needs and wants...

Usa Today, 19:36 in Travel
 
Five myths about air traffic control

Five myths about air traffic control

While air traffic controllers make the news anytime there's a near miss or airline disaster, most fliers rarely give them a second thought. Unless, of course, they want someone to blame for a delayed flight. Here are five myths about these unseen...

Usa Today, 19:36 in Travel
 
How flying pigs can make you a better traveler

How flying pigs can make you a better traveler

Pigs can fly. At least on US Airways. During Thanksgiving week, you may have heard the remarkable story about a passenger who packed an oversize "emotional support" pig on a flight from Connecticut to Washington. The duo didn't get far after...

Usa Today, 19:36 in Travel
 

Hazing investigation costs Charlotte 49ers a baseball series with Georgia

Host Georgia has dropped Charlotte from a season-opening college baseball series as an investigation into hazing in the 49ers' program continues. The Bulldogs asked for assurances that Charlotte, which has suspended baseball operations until the...

 

‘Cromnibus' delayed as House, Senate leaders haggle

A measure to fund the federal government and avert a shutdown later this week stalled Monday as leaders in the House and Senate haggled over last-minute details. The so-called ‘Cromnibus' was supposed to be unveiled Monday shortly after the...

 

Observer-Area High School Basketball Leaders 12.08.14

Boys' Scoring Name School Avg.Brandon FletcherFletcher32.0Trey PhillsCharlotte Christian27.4Charles MinlendConcord First Assembly25.4Luke MayeHough24.6Mike BaezChar. United Christian23.1Khayleb ConnellySouth Mecklenburg23.0Hughston FinkleaSun...

 

Observer Sweet 16 Prep Basketball Polls 12.08.14

West Charlotte's boys and Myers Park's girls maintained their grips on the Observer's Sweet 16 boys' and girls' basketball polls this week. West Charlotte fended off challenges from two ranked teams – No. 13 Harding and No. 11 Berry...

 
Final Heisman Survey: Marcus Mariota has commanding lead

Final Heisman Survey: Marcus Mariota has commanding lead

When it comes to football, Oregon enjoys quite an advantage over Oregon State. The Ducks have won seven consecutive versions of the state's Civil War and since 1975 own a 30-9-1 record against the Beavers, including a 47-19 victory last month in...

Usa Today, 20:06 in Sport
 
Browns' Mike Pettine admits leaning 'the other way' at quarterback

Browns' Mike Pettine admits leaning 'the other way' at quarterback

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel may finally get the chance to show if he can live up to his signature money sign. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine seemed resigned to making the switch to the first-round rookie but said Monday he has yet to make a...

Usa Today, 20:06 in Sport
 
UN makes new appeal for humanitarian aid, citing wars in Syria, Iraq, Africa

UN makes new appeal for humanitarian aid, citing wars in Syria, Iraq, Africa

GENEVA The United Nations on Monday called on its members to provide $16.4 billion in 2015 for refugee assistance, 27 percent more than it requested in its initial appeal for 2014. Much of the need for humanitarian aid next year is fueled by the civil...

 

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