News archive from 16 February 2015

Carnival parades begin at Rio's Sambadrome, despite deluge

Carnival parades begin at Rio's Sambadrome, despite deluge

RIO DE JANEIRO The world's most celebrated Carnival parades have kicked off, with thousands of feather-clad dancers, wildly costumed marchers and musicians defying a tropical deluge at Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. The skies opened up about an hour...

 

Charlotte Observer-area 2015 spring sports top teams, top stars

The 2015 spring sports season is here as practices across the state officially start Monday. From the baseball and softball diamonds to the soccer and lacrosse fields to the golf courses to the tennis courts to the track, the Observer area's best are...

 
Prince Andrew too sexy to need 'sex slave,' says ex-GF

Prince Andrew too sexy to need 'sex slave,' says ex-GF

Talk about a blast from the past and just in time. Koo Stark, the former erotic-film actress who was briefly Prince Andrew's girlfriend before he married, has emerged from obscurity to strongly defend her former lover against allegations he slept with...

 
'Autumn Balloon' will lift you up

'Autumn Balloon' will lift you up

The Autumn Balloonby Kenny Porpora (Grand Central Publishing) in Memoir Buy Now Buy NowAmazonBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayiBooksIndieboundKoboZolaKenny Porpora is growing up in a strange, ever-shifting world where not a single adult acts like one....

 
Cutting the Cord: Surfing through Sling TV

Cutting the Cord: Surfing through Sling TV

Sling TV is the answer to cord-cutters' prayers. Until its official launch last week, TV lovers who get their programming over the Internet rather than through traditional pay TV service could not watch live feeds of many popular channels. And many...

 

College basketball gameday capsule for 02.16.15

Clemson (15-10, 7-6) at Georgia Tech (11-14, 2-11) 7 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta (ESPNU) The Tigers will play the first of two ACC games against the Yellow Jackets over a 12-day span. … Clemson snapped a two-game losing streak by...

 

Tree hits room where kids had been playing video games

Strong wind gusts pushed a tree onto a house in east Charlotte early Sunday, just minutes after a worried man told his great-grandchildren to come out of the room where the tree landed. The incident happened about midnight Sunday, when Charlotte saw...

 

U.S. Senate honors UNC coach Dean Smith

The U.S. Senate honored the life of UNC basketball coach Dean Smith on Friday. The Senate passed a resolution introduced by North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, both Republicans, that paid tribute to the legendary coach who died this...

 
NASCAR caught in a qualifying quandary

NASCAR caught in a qualifying quandary

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. In its constant battle to find the right recipe of entertainment and competition, NASCAR may be left with a bad taste when it comes to the debut of group qualifying for the Daytona 500. Group qualifying – which features...

 

Japan says economy grew 2.2 pct in Oct-Dec as exports jumped

TOKYO Japan's economy grew at a 2.2 percent clip in the last quarter on a sharp recovery in exports. The preliminary data released Monday show the world's third-largest economy emerged from recession in October-December, as many economists had...

 
Wolff: Disruption is cheap; cravings are profitable

Wolff: Disruption is cheap; cravings are profitable

The recent study by Credit Suisse that sin businesses, most notably tobacco and alcohol, have since the beginning of the 20th century outperformed every other business sector is a bracing reminder of what is constant in this time of radical change....

 
Advice for Millennial homebuyers in 2015

Advice for Millennial homebuyers in 2015

A low credit score thwarted Marie Kapelke and her husband Mike Biethan's plans to try to buy a house early last year. When the couple, both 26, met with a mortgage specialist in December 2013, they found out Biethan would need to improve his score in...

 
Armed migrant smugglers threatened Italian Coast Guard

Armed migrant smugglers threatened Italian Coast Guard

Armed smugglers threatened an Italian Coast Guard motorboat in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday as its officers attempted to rescue migrants from Libya, reports said. The Italian Coast Guard had just taken the migrants aboard when three of four...

 

Roy Jones Jr. heads biggest boxing card in Charlotte since 1994

Boxers often have to adjust during a fight to counter an opponent. Promoters often have to adjust before the fight begins. The Charlotte boxing card featuring Roy Jones Jr., the biggest name to fight in Charlotte since Thomas Hearns fought here 21...

 
UNC JV players get chance to live the dream

UNC JV players get chance to live the dream

CHAPEL HILL On the outside they tried to play it cool because they knew that's what they were supposed to do – act naturally, like they'd been there before – but on the inside they were feeling emotions and energy only felt in...

 

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