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Airline apologizes to cancer survivor who was told to remove hoodie with vulgar word

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — American Airlines has apologized after a two-time cancer survivor was told she couldn’t board a flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte because of a vulgar word spelled out in an anti-cancer message on her yellow hoodie. “Tell me why the guy from American Airlines just told me if I don’t put a sweatshirt on that I can’t get on the plane?” Roslyn Singleton of Charlotte said in an Instagram video. The words “(expletive) Cancer” were spelled out on the hoodie. Her lawyer, James Walker Jr. of Atlanta, said “millions have said it before and there is nothing illegal about said stateme...

NASCAR is using coronavirus-sniffing dogs at Atlanta race -- Here's why and how they work

The next step in NASCAR's COVID-19 detection protocols comes with four paws and a tail. Two highly trained dogs will greet roughly 1,000 crew members, officials, and essential racing personnel at Atlanta Motor Speedway ahead of this Sunday's Cup race to determine whether they have the virus prior to entering the track's garage area. It's a method of virus detection NASCAR is testing out just after the sport passes the one-year mark of its pandemic shutdown. "It is a matter primarily of speed," NASCAR managing director of racing operations Tom Bryant told The Charlotte Observer. "When you combi...

Did ex-NC judge help ignite 'human bomb' at Capitol? Critics say he should be punished

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mark Martin retired as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court in 2019 with a reputation as a legal moderate and consensus-builder who worked to protect the integrity of the courts. But now the 57-year-old Republican is under attack for his role as an informal legal adviser to Donald Trump during the defeated president's unprecedented two-month fight to remain in office. In a Jan. 31 story, the New York Times said Martin, now dean of a Christian law school in Virginia, was at the center of two of the most controversial legal maneuvers in Trump's failed effort to overturn his ...

Horror unfolded as NC family boarded their Charleston cruise: lawsuit

The owner of a tour boat in Charleston, South Carolina, said his company is not to blame for a mishap that injured a Charlotte, North Carolina, man and his 2-year-old daughter in Charleston Harbor last summer. Carolina Belle owner Bob Scribner defended himself in an interview with The Charlotte Observer on Thursday, a day after John Mack of Charlotte sued his company. In his lawsuit, Mack said he was pushing his toddler in a stroller along a gangway leading to the Carolina Belle, when the "improperly secured boat pulled away from the dock." When the boat pulled away, the gangway collapsed, "du...

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He got 100 years for shooting at police -- now a debate over racial bias prompts new trial

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2016, Ramar Crump was convicted of crimes tied to a chaotic shootout with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police three years before. Superior Court Judge Greg Hayes sentenced Crump to up to 100 years in prison. Now, a divided North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial, ruling that Hayes improperly blocked Crump's attorney from questioning the prospective jurors about their possible racial biases. The 4-3 decision this month overturned a 2018 ruling by the state Court of Appeals that unanimously upheld Crump's conviction. The seven members of the state's highest court, howe...

'It's about democracy': Law school deans weigh in on attacks on election results

As many as half of America’s law school deans are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month’s election amount to what one called “frivolous attacks on our democracy.”The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On Monday Michigan certified its election results, dismissing Trump’s complaints about the fairness of the vote and allowing Democrat Joe Biden to claim the state’s 16 electoral votes.“The thrust of it is that the election was conducted completely fairly and ...

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A NASCAR fan was bullied for being LGBTQ+ ally -- Then he designed Jimmie Johnson's car

Noah Sweet remembers getting in the car and feeling like he needed to drive away, to suppress his racing thoughts, but he doesn’t remember exactly where he went the evening of Sept. 2. Those hours are a blur.He was later told by his mother, Becky Southwell, that his credit card transactions showed him stopping at a KFC, then at a gas station for coffee. At one point, he made it to Grass Lake, a spot familiar to him and close to Southwell’s home in southeast Michigan. Police officers determined Sweet had driven back-and-forth on I-94, using cell towers to track his phone, which he turned off.Ha...

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Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...

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Controversy roils over use of pepper spray at protests after Trump was nominated in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hours after President Donald Trump was nominated for a second term inside the Charlotte Convention Center on Aug. 24, dozens of people gathered in an uptown park to protest.Insults and shouts filled the air, along with a bright orange aerosol that left people coughing and their eyes stinging as they spit into the grass at Marshall Park.The use of pepper spray by police against protesters that afternoon was the first of several times law enforcement officers used the irritant for crowd control that day and later said some protesters had turned violent.But activists who took pa...

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Skirmishes break out in Charlotte between police and protesters as GOP convention nears

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The weekend before the start of Monday’s Republican National Convention in Charlotte opened Friday night on an unsettling note, as demonstrators skirmished with police and officers reportedly made multiple arrests. The turnout in uptown Friday night was small compared to the outpouring of marchers who flooded into uptown following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in May. But confrontations did occur. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said on the department’s Twitter feed at 11:15 p.m. that an unspecified number of officers had been “assaulted” at Trade and North Tryon ...

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Bill O'Reilly, Britney Spears and celebrations galore: The parties that went poof at RNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly was set to hold court for a night at Spirit Square. The jokesters at “The Daily Show” had booked the Knight Theater for a week of taping. There was talk of maybe Toby Keith headlining a concert at the Knights’ uptown ballpark. At the Billy Graham Library, a prayer breakfast was scheduled. And to officially welcome the thousands of out-of-town guests — delegates, donors, elected officials, and media from all over the world — the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee had planned a nearly $2 million “Southern Comforts” party, complete with beach music an...

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Brad Daugherty's Black friends used to feel unwelcome at NASCAR races -- now they want tickets

Brad Daugherty said in June that the root of NASCAR’s diversity issue isn’t black or white.“It’s green,” Daugherty said about the financial barriers to the sport.Daugherty, who’s Black, is a team owner of NASCAR’s JTG Daugherty Racing, a former NBA player and a longtime sports analyst. He briefly touched on the economics of racing on a call with reporters a few days after the Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, in which a rope shaped like a noose was found in the garage stall of driver Bubba Wallace — an act the FBI later determined was not a hate crime.Daugherty’s remarks at the time focused...

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School board member resigns after 'inappropriate' posts mocking NASCAR's Bubba Wallace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Union County, N.C., Board of Education member Travis Kiker resigned Monday, after posting what the chairperson of the board chair called “insensitive” and “inappropriate” images on his personal Facebook page.Melissa Merrell, chairperson of Union County Public Schools’ Board of Education, read Kiker’s statement of resignation at a press conference Monday. “It is with a heavy heart that I submit my immediate resignation from the Union County Board of Education,” Kiker wrote in an email to Merrel, “In light of recent events, I believe my continued service will serve as a distrac...

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has noose found in his car's garage stall at Talladega

A noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s car garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon, NASCAR announced late Sunday evening.“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement. The sanctioning body said it launched an “immediate investigation” and will do everything it can to identify the person(s) responsible and “eliminate them from the sport.”“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for rac...

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Will NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 go on? NC senators want reopening with no fans in Charlotte

Five Republican state senators from the Charlotte area are calling on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to amend his stay-at-home order and partially reopen Charlotte Motor Speedway.They want the NASCAR track in Concord reopened — without fans — for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, the weekend of Memorial Day.Cooper’s stay-at-home order, issued on March 27, closed non-essential businesses in North Carolina in response to the coronavirus. NASCAR has suspended its season until further notice although the Associated Press reported Friday that NASCAR has “privately given teams a revised schedule in which...

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