News archive from 19 January 2014

Divided Syrian opposition agrees to send delegation to peace talks

ISTANBUL After a bitter debate and a walkout by more than a third of its members, Syria's main exile opposition group voted Saturday to take part in negotiations with the government of President Bashar Assad that the U.N. is sponsoring next week in...

 

About-face on Miami Beach

Miami Beach's on-again, off-again effort to build a new convention center and hotel complex is suddenly off again, this time apparently for good. Commissioners unanimously nixed the proposed $1-billion redevelopment plan last week and opted instead to...

 

Gonzaga outlasts Loyola Marymount 82-72

LOS ANGELES -- Sam Dower scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, leading Gonzaga to an 82-72 win at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Gonzaga (16-3, 6-1 West Coast Conference) stifled a second half comeback attempt from LMU (10-10,...

 
No. 15 Kansas beats No. 9 Oklahoma State 80-78

No. 15 Kansas beats No. 9 Oklahoma State 80-78

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Naadir Tharpe scored 21 points for Kansas, and Frank Mason stripped Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash as the final buzzer sounded to preserve the 15th-ranked Jayhawks' 80-78 victory over the ninth-ranked Cowboys on Saturday. Joel Embiid...

 

CMPD car hit by distracted driver Saturday

A woman distracted by her GPS accidentally hit a marked Charlotte-Mecklenburg police car uptown Saturday afternoon, sending an officer to the hospital, authorities said. A few minutes before 1 p.m., Officer Thornell Little turned off of Interstate 277...

 

Game thread: Red Wings hosting Kings at Joe Louis Arena

Follow along as the Red Wings seek their first home win in almost a month tonight against the L.A. Kings. The Wings have 50 points, just two shy of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps an uphill battle considering all the players out...

 

Game thread: Pistons trying to shake off funk at Washington

Follow along as the Pistons complete their back-to-back tonight in Washington against the Wizards. The Pistons, in their first game in six days, were blown out at the Palace on Friday, 110-89. Meanwhile, the Wizards (19-19) have emerged as one of the...

 

Obama tells Germans spying won't damage ties

BERLIN President Barack Obama has told German television that he will not allow U.S. spying to damage relations with Germany and other allies. Obama made the pledge in an interview with Germany's ZDF television broadcast Saturday night. The interview...

 

Charlotte-Area High School Basketball Players of the Week

Trey Phills, Charlotte Christian: 19 points, 20 rebounds, two assists and two steals in win over Covenant Day Thursday; had game-high 29 points against Providence Day Tuesday. Desiree Newman, Charlotte United Christian girls: 15 points and 17 rebounds...

 

Obama tells Germans spying won't damage ties

BERLIN -- President Barack Obama has told German television that he will not allow U.S. spying to damage relations with Germany and other allies. Obama made the pledge in an interview with Germany's ZDF television broadcast Saturday night. The...

 
Teacher dying of brain cancer visits former students to find out if he made a difference

Teacher dying of brain cancer visits former students to find out if he made a difference

Six years into his no-holds-barred brawl with terminal brain cancer, David Menasche was partially blind and crippled. He couldn't drive and he could barely read. Huge swaths of his memory had been wiped clean. His marriage was falling apart. But that...

 
How fed dollars for trolleys in Miami-Dade, local cities spurred civil rights investigation

How fed dollars for trolleys in Miami-Dade, local cities spurred civil rights investigation

Miami's snazzy new trolleys, painted to look like quaint street cars and designed to draw riders with free public transportation, hit all the hot spots: Mary Brickell Village and AmericanAirlines Arena, the Adrienne Arsht Center, Midtown and downtown...

 

Will you still read me, Charlotte of 2064?

Dear Charlotte Observer editorial page editor of 2064, I am moved to write to you by a little blurb that popped up this month on a web site called Twitter. A local TV (that stands for a thing called “television”) newsman, Jeremy...

 

NFL Conference Championships: The future is now

I make a bet with a friend every season. We draft the teams we think will win the Super Bowl. We each get four picks. The higher the pick, the more mythical money we win. I still have my top two picks, San Francisco and Seattle. He still has his top...

 

APNewsbreak: Rodman checks into rehab center

Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says. Darren Prince declined to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently...

 

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