I love to tell stories. I write until it becomes as natural as breathing, I write to inspire others with my story but I write to not only have a voice, voice for everyone who needs it.

Sometimes I write stories that make people think. Other times I write things that make people hungry. Often, I write things that make people cry. On a good day, I can do all three at the same time!

I have written for Carolina Monthly magazine, Blasting News, Hustle Boss Magazine, NC Online News, Loan Solutions PH, and more.

My areas of interest include feature news, breaking news and personal injury. I’m especially interested in current events here in the U.S. I also love blogging and video production, and related topics such as podcasting and storytelling in fiction.

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Trick-Or-Treat: Staying Safe This Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time for children. They get to dress up in costumes, collect candy and generally have a great time. And while Halloween can be a lot of fun, it is also important to keep yourself and children safe from accidents and injuries, which are common at this time of year. In this post, we’ll provide some safety tips for avoiding injuries on Halloween.


Halloween presents many flammable products that children come into contact with as such, open flames should always be closely supervised. Set them on a table or other flat surfaces that are out of reach of children and pets. Ensure that curtains, costumes, fabrics and other materials are clear of the flame area. In the alternative, consider safer options such as battery-operated LED lights, flashlights, or glow sticks.

Check to be sure your child’s costume is flame resistant or flame retardant. At the very least, it should be made of non-flammable materials. Keep costumes above the ground by a few inches so your child doesn’t trip on it while strolling or running. Teach children to stay away from any open flame, and provide other fire safety tips.

Children should never be allowed to use sharp knives to carve pumpkins. If an older child is able to safely use the knife, close adult supervision should still be utilized. Open flames in jack-o-lanterns pose a fire hazard. Consider flashlight, glow sticks, or LED battery-powered candles instead. Pumpkins that are smashed, spoiled, or otherwise spilled can be a hazard for pedestrians, bikes, and cars passing over them. Make sure that all pumpkins are promptly picked up and disposed of after October 31.


Did you know as many as 41 million tricks or treaters flood neighborhood streets and shopping malls throughout the country on Halloween night? In addition to little ghouls and goblins, there are also the adults who accompany them, as well as those who head out in search of fun at parties hosted by friends or local bars and clubs. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of pedestrians and the amount of traffic along with lower nighttime visibility and alcohol consumption results in an increased likelihood for accidents and injuries to occur. Remind your children, before leaving the house about road safety. In their enjoyment, don’t let them hurry out in front of a car.


Planning ahead could make your Halloween outing, event or party a fun and unforgettable one. Keep in mind these easy steps and safety precautions and you are on your way to an injury-free Halloween experience. Remember, Halloween is for teenagers, too. It is an extremely interesting time for them because this is the age where kids want to head out for Trick-or-Treat fun without their parents. What’s promising for you is that you can let them go with a few safety tips:


Teenagers should set off in a group of least four individuals or more. Going alone is not an option! Ensure that your teenager is with a group of friends. Ensure that they know everyone well. Make sure you know exactly where your teenager will be when they are out. Ask them what their plans for the night are and hold them to it.


Set a specific time with your child that they need to be home. This season, Halloween outings, parties and event drops begin on a weekday. Kids, teenagers, and college students have school the next day. Make sure to set a curfew to have your children home at a decent hour.


What about the younger ghosts and goblins? How can we keep them safe? The greatest risk on Halloween to deal with is – injuries from stumbling and falling. The majority of injured kids showing up in the Emergency Room will do so with damaged hands or arms, chipped teeth and cuts and bruises from falling.

Did you know that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween? Not only are there more pedestrians present on the road during Halloween night, but many of these pedestrians are young children excited to be trick-or-treating, and perhaps less cognizant of staying out of the road than normal. Arm your children with lights so they can settle their way down dark routes. Ensure that any flashlight has fresh battery power and lights up well. Carry one yourself.

Benoit Law Firm wishes everyone a Happy Halloween! While every parent or guardian does their best to keep their children safe on Halloween, accidents can happen. If you or your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please call Benoit Law Firm or #TEXTDEX 877-DEX-LAW9 (877) 335-5299.

9 Steps to Get Your Business Ready for a Successful New Year

Most businesses slow down between Christmas and New Year’s. Here are 9 steps to utilize this time and get ready for a successful first quarter.

1. Clean out your pending emails and inbox. Organize your messages into folders. You can also sort them by numerals such as important dates, quarters or months.

2. Declutter your office, files, shelves, drawers, and desk. You can also organize your files by sorting by order of importance, subject, size, etc.

3. Go through your computer, delete duplicates and unnecessary files, backup data on a flash drive or CD-ROM, update programs, upgrade laptop, install new programs, etc.

4. Express your appreciation to your clients for their business. Send thank you cards, gifts, or special notes. Putting a personal touch on these makes a difference for many.

5. Get informed on new sales techniques, online technology and also remember to inform your business associates. Review your customers’ questions and update your marketing material accordingly. Let your customers know that you keep yourself updated on the latest news and research of your industry.

6. Polish your website and social media sites. You may also want to create new social media accounts and get acquainted with the new platforms.

7. Evaluate your team, business conducts, time management, and effectiveness and make changes is necessary. Start with the basics by reviewing your expectations and requirements for the New Year.

8. Revisit your marketing methods, tools and make adjustments if necessary.

9. And here is one of my favorites: Beautify your work environment. Taking your personality into account, create a space that empowers YOU. If you like beauty buy a beautiful picture. If empowerment is your thing, post quotes on your wall. If serenity smoothes your soul, get some candles and plants. If you are a sports fan why not decorate your office with your favorite sports team?

Last but not least, remember to enjoy the holidays! There is no need to put in long days during the last few days of the year. Just pick those steps that are most important to you. Whether you do all of them or just a few, either way they will help you to start a fruitful 2015. 

Woman dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a car accident

Dealing With PTSD Following After an Car Accident?

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 2:30PM

People involved in serious car accidents have been known to suffer injuries resulting in broken bones, whip-lash, minor cuts, and bruises. However, the emotional trauma of a car accident can be just as devastating as the physical wounds. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or “PTSD”, can affect your relationships, career, and enjoyment in life.

Did you know that car wrecks are the leading cause of PTSD in the United States? Many people who are involved in a car accident do not know they’re suffering symptoms of PTSD after a serious accident. Here’s how that kind of diagnosis affects a car accident claim.


PTSD is a psychological condition that can affect people who have been through particularly harrowing experiences. The common thread through all cases of PTSD is that the victim has suffered or witnessed a traumatic, stressful, or fear-inducing incident. PTSD itself is a pathological anxiety disorder that basically occurs when the brain is unable to properly turn off the fight-or-flight reactions and anxieties associated with a traumatic event.


If you are suffering any symptoms of PTSD following a car accident, you should consult with a physician and any recommended specialist to get the treatment you may need, just as you would with any other kind of car accident injury. You should always consult an experienced personal injury attorney as the effects of PTSD might be included in any damages claim you may wish to make.

When it comes to PTSD-like symptoms after a car accident, keep in mind that it is almost certainly not in your best interest to settle your car accident case immediately. You never want to settle until you have a clear sense of the nature and extent of your injuries. And since mental health treatment can be long-lasting in the wake of any kind of trauma, it’s wise to hold off reaching any kind of settlement agreement until you have a complete picture of your losses.


For most people who are in a car accident, the overwhelming feelings go away over time. Sometimes those feelings don’t go away. They can change the way you think and act. Strong feelings that stay with you for a long time and get in the way of everyday life are signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have PTSD after a car accident, you may have some of the following symptoms:

• Reliving the accident through nightmares and flashbacks.
• Sleep problems or inability to concentrate.
• Being afraid to drive or ride in a vehicle.
• Feeling persistent depression or hopelessness.
• Being unable to remember details about the crash.
• Placing irrational blame on yourself or feeling guilty about the accident.

Though the symptoms of how they come to the surface, PTSD is characterized by four primary types of symptoms:
• Arousal – constant alertness, which can include sleep disturbance, hyper-vigilance, paranoia, and inability to focus.
• Numbing – the victim keeps an emotional distance from the world around them; experiences feelings of depression, feelings of hopelessness, and a growing inability to feel emotions.
• Intrusion – the victim experiences recurrent recollections of the event.
• Avoidance – this symptom can include avoidance of people, places, or other circumstances associated with the trauma.


There are things you can do to cope with your feelings after a car accident. First and most important follow up with your family doctor. Your doctor can give you referrals to other health care providers if necessary. He or she can monitor your recovery and prescribe any medication you may need. They can refer you to a mental health specialist or therapist to help you work through your feelings.

Try talking to your friends, relatives, or a counselor about the details of the car accident. Talking to friends, family or counselor about how you felt, thought and acted at the time of the accident and in the days after it will help you open up your feelings. Try to get back to daily activities and routines. Traffic accidents make some people limit what they do. It’s important to try to get back to your usual activities. Even if you’re uncomfortable or scared at first, it’s part of healing.

Stay active. Exercise often. Take part in activities that don’t bother any injuries you sustained during the accident. Your family doctor can help you figure out how much you can do safely. Learn to be a defensive driver. Driving or riding in cars might be hard after the accident. You can lower your risk of future accidents or injuries by practicing defensive driving. Always drive carefully, wear your seat belt, and avoid distractions while you’re driving. These include eating, talking on the phone, or texting. Avoid driving when you’re tired. Never drive if you have had alcohol or taken drugs or medicines that affect your judgment.

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How Social Media Hurts Your Personal Injury Claim

AUGUST 10, 2018 12:30PM

Social media can be a great outlet for people to share the latest events and aspects of their lives. It is a fantastic way to keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues. However, oversharing information after a serious injury can bring big trouble for your injury claim.

If you have social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you need to be cautious about what you post and how you convey information if you have been injured in an accident. At Benoit Law Firm, we’ve had several clients ask about how social media use can hurt your claim after an accident. In this post, we’ll discuss how social media can hurt your injury claim and the steps you can take to reduce the risks.


In order for your claim to be effective, it must prove another party was negligent or responsible for causing the accident. Unfortunately, an injury claim can be influenced by factors that occur after an accident, including information you post on social media accounts. An insurance adjuster looks for evidence to limit the claim or prove no-fault for his or her client.

This is one of the first places they’ll look about is social media. They’re looking for any type of evidence that contradicts your claim. For example, if you claim to have suffered a broken leg injury, but days after the accident you post a picture of yourself running a marathon, this can be used at trial to question your character in front of a judge and jury.

In the event a case goes to trial, social media can be used to discredit the credibility of your claim, which could limit compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and so on. Oversharing on social media is particularly important in states like North Carolina, which follows contributory negligence rules: when an injured person shares one-percent of fault, contributory negligence leaves that person with no chance to recover compensation for any losses stemming from the accident.

If you, for example, share that you had been doing drugs or drinking the night of your accident, this fact could undermine your entire claim. To ensure you get the best outcome, it’s best to avoid posting anything on social media throughout the entire claims process. This includes videos, pictures, tweets, updates, blogs, and other shared content.


Pictures are worth a thousand words. Avoid posting pictures, videos, updates and tweets of you doing anything that may hurt your case. Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys are going to scrutinize every aspect of your profile and your postings. If you sustained a neck injury from a car accident the night before, you should not be participating in triathlon and you definitely should not be posting pictures of it.

It’s important to not talk about your claim over social media. All it takes is a few videos, pictures or misjudged words to incriminate yourself. For example, your arm may be feeling much better one day so you post about it. The next day, you can hardly move your arm again but you have given them ammunition with your previous post. In order to avoid making yourself into your own worst enemy, keep your injuries between you, your personal injury lawyer, and your doctor.

Investigators sometimes look for preexisting injuries through posts. Perhaps you posted something about your past back problem that is contributing to your new injury. Have you heard the saying that some things in your lives are best left in private? Well, a preexisting injury is one of them if you have a personal injury claim. Under any circumstances, you should never post any information affiliated with money towards your case.

This is important for one it is a safety issue. Secondly, you can make yourself seem inconsiderate, greedy, or just in it for the money. These issues can all raise red flags in your case so it is based to avoid them altogether.


If you’ve been injured in a car accident in the Charlotte area, please call Benoit Law Firm or #TEXTDEX 877-DEX-LAW9 (877) 335-5299. Our team of experienced injury attorneys and dedicated staff will ensure you get the answers you need and help you through this difficult process.

Christmas Holiday Hacks to Avoid Going Broke

The leftover honey-baked ham and smoked turkey is wrapped up and stowed away in your refrigerator. The Thanksgiving pies of sweet potato pie, cheese cake and apple pie have been devoured, and you’re ready to kick off the Christmas season. Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means — Christmas shopping!

Unfortunately, Christmas shopping season kicks with chaotic holiday last minute shoppers, shortage of clothes, electronics, toys and movies. Don’t stress out yet looking for the perfect gift for your children, spouse, friends or neighbors. Break out your wrapping paper, ribbons and Christmas cards for your holiday gifts.

This time of the year can be rough on anyone’s wallet — there are gifts to buy, holiday parties to plan of bubbly champagne, delicious apple cider and wine, and of course, those jaw-dropping holiday sales. Remember all that holiday cheer doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet or run you into debt. Don’t worry — we’ve have some tips for Christmas holiday hacks to avoid going broke and staying sane while navigating your holiday shopping madness.


The holidays can create a joyous time for holiday shoppers but also be one of the most hectic for shoppers during the holiday season. Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to start ranking up debt onto your credit cards of buying holiday gifts. Start early by creating a holiday savings fund to start your holiday shopping early for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Your holiday savings fund can be set up at the start of every year, set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to fund this account — either every week, every two weeks(when your paycheck hits) or even just once a month. During the holidays lets say you usually spend around $500 per year, that’s about $40 per month on average, or $20 per paycheck. The holiday savings fund is a lot more manageable than coming up with excessive amount of change around the holidays — or even piling up unnecessary card card debt.


As you are heading out this holiday season to do shopping, arm yourself with a clear plan: a holiday list of who you want to buy for and how much you can spend on each gift for your family, friends or neighbors. To keep track of your expenses, consider using cash instead of credit cards. That way, you can go shopping to buy the least expensive gifts on your list with only enough cash on hand to stick to your shopping budget. REMEMBER this is the time of year where holiday sales associate tempt you to sign up for a store credit card offer. BE AWARE: Those store credit cards tend to have very high interest rates and hidden fees for not using the credit card regularly.


Thrift store shopping during the holiday season brings a magnificent place, filled to the brim with endless possibilities that are just waiting to be re-imagined. Navigating the racks, shelves, buckets and piles of pre-owned pieces can be exciting for any holiday casual shopper. Thrifting has become a popular choice for many shoppers especially for ones who are looking for their next creative or vintage new style, less-costly outfit or last minute Christmas gift.

Thrift shopping is very cost effective, finding valuable items for next to nothing, helps the community and they transport you to another time- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Instead of going to the mall this holiday season, take your Christmas list to the thrift store, Groupon, Ebay and the antique store. Explore the treasures and wonders of bargaining shopping to find more personal and far less expensive gifts that everyone else is gifting this holiday season.


Not everyone this holiday season can needs that Coco Chanel#5, 10Karat diamond earrings or Polo Ralph Lauren Cologne. Do it yourself this holiday season by thinking outside the box and creating your own homemade gifts of Christmas food baskets, homemade hand soaps, Mason jar candy cane salt scrubs, Ombre tote bag, homemade jams and gilded notebooks. You’ll save a ton of money baking mouth-watering treats of cookies, making scented spa scrubs, candles or jam and putting them in nice, decorative and less-expensive packages for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Matthew McConaughey posing for GQ (Photo: Peggy Sirota)

Matthew McConaughey talks marriage, sports, his friendship with Lance Armstrong, and much more

Flashing that award-winning smile and showing off his flawless physique in a denim collared shirt with black tie and corduroy pants,  Matthew McConaughey looks like a normal person.

McConaughey recently sat down and told all to GQ’s Brett Martin of his marriage to wife Camila, his love of sports, romantic comedies, and keeping a diary.

“I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do,” said McConaughey of marriage.  “I wanted to really want to.  You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, ‘C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. either shit or get off the pot’”

McConaughey spoke about the love of fatherhood and being a father.

“It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be,” he admitted. “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.”

McConaughey revealed that he keeps a diary that he often writes in.

“A man should always have his diary on him,” McConaughey said. “That way he’s guaranteed to always have something incredible to read.”

McConaughey has a love of sports that stems from being a longtime Washington Redskins fan. He says the debate for the team to change its name is twofold.

“What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness,” he explained. “We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it?’ It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.”

McConaughey spoke of his love of movies mostly romantic comedies.

“These things aren’t easy”, said McConaughey.  “What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair.”

McConaughey admits he doesn’t have to work hard to maintain his infamous body.

“I have good genes,” McConaughey said.”My dad was an athlete. I got real fortunate with that. I haven’t used a weight in three years. Plus ten pounds, minus ten pounds—I can go bam, within a week.”

Surprisingly, he discloses he is not the most charismatic McConaughey. His eldest brother, Rooster—his name is Mike McConaughey, but people know him as Rooster—is a “genius” according to McConaughey.

“He just draws people to him,” said McConaughey.

McConaughey discussed his friendship with Lance Armstrong and admits they are still in contact, but not as much as they once were.

“I like people who are great at what they do,” said McConaughey. “At that time, we were two single men who were doing well in their careers and came from different places.”

McConaughey addresses on whether he feels he deserved an apology from Armstrong.

“To put my own emotions in front of this and go ‘You didn’t tell me the truth’ would be arrogant,” he stated. “And you know what? This is a friend. Who I know to be a good man. If there was an apology, it was said and I heard it.”

McConaughey offered up some final comments to close out the conversation.

“I am vain. I think vanity is a good thing. It’s done more good things for me than it has not.”

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Moscow courthouse shooting aftermath leaves 3 people dead, 4 others wounded

Grand Theft Auto gang suspects are killed in Moscow Courthouse escape bid attempt.

Five men were standing trial at a Moscow courthouse where a shooting occurred in the building. Five gang suspects at the Moscow Regional courthouse attacked and brutally beat up a couple of guards in an escape bid attempt, leading to a shooting that killed three people and left four people wounded, according to the Associated Press.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the incident happened when five suspects who were handcuffed were being led by a couple of the security guards into an elevator at the courthouse. The suspects attacked and beat the security guards.

One of the gang suspects tried to choke one of the security guards, said Russia’s chef investigative analyst according to the Associated Press.

Suspects escape bid attempt from Courthouse

The suspects had executed an escape bid attempt. The gang suspects were able to free themselves and they took the guard’s weapons from them. Moscow Regional Court’s spokeswoman, Natalya Osipova, said in a statement the suspects were able to take a couple of the security guards hostage but were ambushed by the courthouse’s security. Osipova said the ambush led to a shootout between the courthouse’s security guards and gang suspects.The other suspects were in another room when the incident happened at the Moscow Regional courthouse.

Three of the gang suspects were killed while four people were wounded during a shootout with Moscow Regional Court’s guards. The four people who were wounded include the two gang suspects and two security guards. One of the gang suspects attacked and beat a female guard that was injured during the shooting. The suspect beat the guard with her weapon and punched her in the face.

According to the BBC news, the security guards who were injured include a National Guard member, who had a gunshot wound and two police officers who suffered injuries as well. The court’s analysts are looking into the matter to see what happened.

Suspects known as Grand Theft Auto Gang

The gang suspects went on trial last summer over a high-profile case of a series of drive-by shootings around Moscow’s roadways.

The prosecutors said the gang suspects put spikes on the roads, pulled drivers out of their cars and gunned them down, according to the Guardian.

The suspects who are accused of murder were a part of a group called the GTA Gang, named after and known as the grisly and violent video game series Grand Theft Auto, the Associated Press reported. The investigation into the Grand Theft Auto gang charged the men, with murder, banditry, and other crimes.

10 Reasons To Love The Great State Of North Carolina

North Carolina is filled with many beautiful attractions, fun activities to do with family and friends, fantastic restaurants, diners and is known as Music paradise.

You’ll find North Carolinians who love everything and anything in the Tar Heel state. North Carolina is known for its Southern hospitality, great food of biscuits and gravy, kind and polite southern roots of talk saying y’all, yes ma’am, suga’ and darlin’ and sports madness of NASCAR, Duke Blue Devils, NC Tar Heels, and the Carolina Panthers.

Nearly everywhere in North Carolina is home to something especially the best reasons why we love the Tarheel state. But with so many to choose from – how does one even choose? Well, these 10 stellar reasons why native North Carolinians love the Tar Heel State.

Sweet Tea (Southern Hospitality)

In North Carolina, you won’t find a native Carolinian who doesn’t love sweet tea. There’s nothing like a big jug or pitcher of sweet tea to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. Sit down, relax, have a cold glass of sweet tea, while enjoying the view from your front porches and just enjoying the laid-back and quiet way of life.

Southern Biscuits N’ Gravy (Like Grandma Used to Make)

There is nothing like smelling the great taste of fresh buttermilk biscuits and gravy like Grandma use to make. North Carolinians have a deep love of fresh, soft and homemade buttermilk biscuits and gravy. There has been generations of generations passing down that mouth-watering recipe to their children and grandkids.

They’re not limited to any one meal, biscuits and gravy are good for anytime for breakfast with eggs, grits and sausage, lunch with fried chicken and dinner with liver, cube steak or rice.

North Carolina Barbecue

As you probably already know barbecue in North Carolina means only one thing: a true battle of east vs. west. Lexington barbecue has earned its reputation as the best-known barbecue joints here in barbecue heaven. There is the tangy and sweet‌ vinegar-based Lexington Style vs. the lighter vinegar, but still sweet, eastern style. You just have to pick a side.

Breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains

The Outer Banks isn’t the only place in North Carolina worthy of a vacation. Take Boone located in the Blue Ridge Mountains is noted for having a blue tint, especially seen from a distance. The trees around the mountains release isoprene into the atmosphere to create the stunning blue haze. Many travelers are drawn here for high country fun including horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

Beautiful Hatteras Island Beach

Come drive to the coast to the outer banks to take in the ocean breeze, peaceful atmosphere and enjoy fun in the sun of a trip of fishing. On Cape Hatteras Island North Carolinians will find exactly that. Take a trip full of surfing and scuba diving. Go beyond great seafood restaurants of enjoying a delicious plate of oysters and shrimp. Take a walk on the beach with a friend or someone special to watch the beautiful gorgeous sunsets.

Historic Landmark Battleship North Carolina

Walk the decks of the marvelous Battleship North Carolina near downtown Wilmington for an intimate reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of the young men who served on this 728-foot ship during World War II, earning it 15 battle stars. The Battleship North Carolina is moored along Cape Fear River across from the Wilmington Riverwalk, a scenic boardwalk with shops, restaurants and museums.

North Carolina has a treasure chest full of places where history was made and still comes alive. North Carolina’s state historic sites offer unique glimpses into our past and collectively tell the story of our state from Native Indian settlers to per-colonial times to World War II. We welcome you to experience them all.

College Basketball Rivalry: UNC vs. Duke

There is no other college basketball rivalry quite like UNC vs. Duke. Life literally pauses during the ACC Tournament. You won’t find more passionate, proud fans anywhere else like native North Carolinians.

Home Of The Carolina Panthers

Nothing gets a Carolinian going then a Panthers tailgate! Panthers tailgate is an absolute blast! The buzz, State’s sport’s spirit and crowd interaction is nothing seen compared to game day action.


North Carolina is NASCAR country. We have the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Technical Institute, the NASCAR Racing experience and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Next to college basketball and NFL team of Carolina Panthers, the NASCAR racing is big thrill with North Carolinians!

Hollywood On The East Coast


North Carolina is labeled as the go-to destination of Hollywood on the East coast. North Carolina is a favorite destination for filmmakers and TV productions. North Carolina has been featured in popular TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and Sleepy Hollow were all shot in Wilmington. Hunger Games fans can visit the actual District 12 in Black Mountain, Safe Haven and Dear John were shot in NC as well.

Dylann Roof, Facing Death, Will Present No Evidence During … – nbcnews.com

White supremacist Dylann Roof Sentenced to death

Dylann Roof faces the death sentence for Charleston Emanuel Church Massacre.

Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for the Charleston Emanuel church massacre for killing nine black church members during Bible study in a calculated, motivated attack. Roof is the first person to face punishment for federal hate crime charges. The jurors in Roof’s trial reached a verdict in the penalty stage, after three hours of deliberation.

Jurors weighing in on Roof’s trial

Wrapping up the trial, Roof specifically didn’t ask jurors to spare his life, saying that he “had to” kill the nine people that night in Bible study at Emanuel AME Church according to the Associated Press.

At the beginning of Roof’s trial he asserted that he wasn’t mentally- ill and didn’t ask the jurors or family of the victims for forgiveness.

According to the Associated Press, Prosecutors in the case concentrated on the ghastly nature of the massacre of nine black churchgoers attending a June 2015 Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Roof spoke to the jury about weighing in on the factors of his case. He noted to one of the jurors that he had to disagree to spare his life. When the juror read the verdict, Roof stood apathetic and unemotional. The courts say he will be formally sentenced Wednesday.

The idea that Roof wanted

Roof confessed to the FBI agents when they arrested him a day after the June 17, 2015, massacre that he wanted the shootings to bring back segregation.

However the massacre had a merging effect, as the state of South Carolina took down the Confederate flag from its Statehouse for the first time in more than 50 years, and other states followed suit. Dylann Roof posed with the confederate flag in various photos that appeared on his social media pages, according to the Associated Press.

Roof had specifically targeted Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest African Methodist Episcopal churches in the South, to carry out the emotionless, calculated slaughter, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said. Richardson also said, those 12 churchgoers who Roof targeted opened the door for a complete stranger with a kind smile.

That day three people survived the ghastly attack, according to the Associated Press.

Testimony from families of the victims

Tuesday in court, several friends and relatives of the victims testified during the sentencing stage of the trial. The relatives and friends shared fond memories of their loved ones, and talked about a future without them.

Clementa Pinckney, the church pastor and a democratic state senator also addressed the court. In the address, Pinckney discussed the great history of Emanuel and what its mission was all about. Roof acted as his own defense and attorney. The last person who was sentenced to death was the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 2015.

Experience Love, Passion Dancing… Celebrating 8th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival

This August, relive the summer of 1963… innocent 17-year-old Baby vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort.

One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, mysterious yet sexy hotel dance instructor, who is experienced as Baby is naive.

Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love. Can you believe it has been 30 YEARS?? Relive and experience the memories all over again: dirty dancing, timeless songs, lake lifts, love & passion, and don’t forget the watermelons! Coming up in three weeks from August 18 and 19 at Morse Park Meadows Lake Lure, North Carolina is the 8th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival.

Come out to join other fans August 18-19th to enjoy the timeless cult-classic movie Dirty Dancing and relive memories of Baby’s (Jennifer Grey) first dance at the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure.

The festival is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film and commemorating Patrick Swayze’s 65th birthday. The festival will have many special guests, activities, free lakeside screening of the original movie at Morse Park Meadows on Friday.

Dirty Dancing film was named the #1 Most-Watched Film by Women by BBC News. The film has been a timeless classic impacting pop culture. Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and beautiful granite cliffs.

The festival has two nights of planned activities starting Friday night, gates open at 8pm for the free Dirty Dancing Festival Lakeside Film screening at Morse Park Meadows. Saturday from 8:45am to 5pm is a full day of fun with dance performances, live soul and beach bands, cider and wine garden, dance lessons, beer, food and craft vendors, games for all ages, and of course the Lake Lift Competition at 4:30pm.

Later that night come out and enjoy the Dirty Dancing After Party lakeside at Rumbling Bald Resort that will have a beach cookout, dancing and feature a 10-piece brass band. The After party is free and runs from 6-11pm.

Take part of the 8th Annual festivities at Lake Lure there are still limited tickets left to attend the event. If you buy a ticket before August 17th its only $20 for adults age 13 and over and after the 17th its $25 at the door if any tickets remain. Children who are 12 and under pay $5 before August 17 and day of the event is $10 at the door. You can purchase tickets on sale now at dirtydancingfestival.com

The festival benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help find a cure, as a tribute to the film’s late star Patrick Swayze who played mysterious yet sexy hotel dance instructor Johnny. During the last seven years the Dirty Dancing Festival has brought dancing, food, live music and fun! Come out to celebrate the most timeless cult-classic film in the beautiful town of Lake Lure, North Carolina for two days—”I’ve had the time of my life….” More info on the Dirty Dancing festival visit dirtydancingfestival.com

Oysters, Sunsets, And Boat Rides On Charlotte’s Boardwalk

Spring is officially here and summer is right around the corner. It’s the perfect weather for fuller, richer, deeper experiences across North Carolina.

Go ahead, take a trip through our stunning high country, find calm on our peaceful beaches or simply uncover the best version of yourself while enjoying our lively cities.

Enjoy Charlotte’s Boardwalk

The scenery around the boardwalk is one of the most beautiful views in Charlotte. This is the perfect time of the season to go outdoors, to grab a friend or your family to walk the beautiful tracks that wraps around the bridge of sparking blue water.

Take the time to feel the amazing breeze of the winds, feel the warm temperatures outside and enjoy the peaceful views.

Grab A Table At Billy’s Rawbar & Grill

Boardwalk Billy’s is a local favorite spot for enjoying some fresh seafood, award-winning BBQ, and southern hospitality. Stop in to relax with a craft beer and plate of Slow-smoked Eastern Carolina BBQ pulled pork.

Grab a table outside on the patio overlooking the view of the lake.

Take A Ride On The Lake

The Charlotte boardwalk offers amazing view on the lake where you can rent a paddle boat and enjoy the warm weather on the lake. The boat rides on the lake are very popular especially where you will see a multitude of ducks, geese and swans add to the ambiance and create a great atmosphere for your family and friends.

Beauty And The Boardwalk


Charlotte’s boardwalk has amazing beauty where many people come out to enjoy the scenery and even have major events I.e. concerts, photo shoots and weddings. The location of the boardwalk is the perfect backdrop to build and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Historical Carolina Theatre at Belk Place Landmark Coming Back for Business

The Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte is set for renovation, and will soon serve as a dynamic civic hub located adjacent to Foundation of the Carolinas’ headquarters facility on North Tryon Street.

The Charlotte City Council entrusted the Foundation with ownership of the 36,000-square-foot historic Carolina Theatre. In June 2013, the City of Charlotte entered into a contract with the Foundation to renovate and restore the property.

The Carolina theater dates all the way back to 1927. For decades, the 28,000-square-foot theater was a major and popular venue. The theater started playing first silent and then sound movies and hosting burlesque acts.

The Carolina Theatre was built in 1927 and was a major performance venue for the Charlotte region, hosting incredible talent as Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn and Elvis Presley. The theatre, once a jewel in Charlotte’s crown, has stood largely vacant since 1978.


As part of the renovation that is restoring the landmark theater, the theater will be joined with the Foundation’s headquarters next door. When it reopens, Carolina Theatre will host arts & entertainment offerings such as film, comedy, and music, as well as serve as a meeting place for the community and host arts programs. The original Carolina theater built in 1927 seated 1,400 people while the renovated venue of the theater will accommodate about 950 people.

For more information on the Carolina theater, https://www.fftc.org/carolina-theatre.

Types of Auto Accidents

JULY 26, 2018 12:30PM

Did you know that car accident occurs every minute of the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA)? Car accidents can result in physical injuries, financial losses, property damage and sometimes lead to the wrongful death of others. Whether you are in traffic on I-77 or I-85, on a side road, or even a parking lot, car accidents can occur anywhere at any time and in many different situations.

There are many different types of car accidents that occur on our nation’s roadways. Learning more about these accidents helps you know what you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in them. Below, our injury attorneys at Benoit Law Firm review five of the most common types of auto accidents and offer tips on ways to help prevent these crashes from occurring.


Multi-vehicle collisions involve three or more cars and tend to occur on busy highways, roads, and freeways. These accidents can be even more dangerous than head-on crashes, because cars may receive multiple impacts from different angles. Multiple impacts are difficult for any car to absorb, no matter how large it is, or how many safety features it has.

Multi-vehicle accidents can be difficult to avoid. Be alert and exercise caution on busy highways and roads where cars are traveling at high speeds. Keep an eye on the cars and drivers around you. If another driver seems distracted or is undertaking any dangerous maneuvers, try to move away from them to avoid being involved in an accident.


These accidents, also known as T-bone collisions, are where the side of one or more vehicles is impacted. These crashes commonly occur at intersections, parking lots and side roads when two vehicles pass on a road.

These types of collisions typically occur when a car runs a stoplight, then crashes into a car traveling through the intersection on a green light. Avoid side-impact collisions by always looking both ways for oncoming traffic even when you have the right of way. Don’t automatically assume other vehicles will adhere to the rules of the road.


Vehicle rollover crashes are complex and violent in nature. More than any other type of crash, rollovers reflect the interaction of the driver, vehicle, road, and environmental factors. Although a vehicle’s type has a significant role in the accident, so does driver behavior, road, and environmental conditions. Other factors include location, speed and sometimes, alcohol consumption.


According to the National, Highway Traffic Safety Administration rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of collision that occurs on US roads, making up 29 percent of all accidents. These crashes often occur because one car follows another too closely on the road, known as tailgating. Prevent these crashes by keeping a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

Avoid distractions when driving, particularly in high-traffic areas where a lot of cars are close to each other. If you are on the road and being tailgated, attempt to change lanes when possible to reduce potential danger.


Head-on collision accidents occur when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other in opposite directions. Head-on collisions are often fatal road traffic accidents. Make sure you are aware of traffic signs, street conditions and staying in your lane, all of which play critical roles in avoiding these types of accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, please call Benoit Law Firm or #TEXTDEX 877-DEX-LAW9 (877) 335-5299. Our team of experienced injury attorneys and dedicated staff will ensure you get the answers you need and help you through this difficult process.

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Seven Tips for New Drivers

JULY 19, 2018 4:15PM

There’s no feeling quite like that of when you’re finally holding that freshly lamented printed license for the first time. Sure, it’s just a piece of plastic, but to a new driver, that plastic card represents the freedom that they’ve been dreaming of for as long as they can remember. Putting a new driver behind the wheel can be quite nerve-racking for parents, guardians and other drivers who will be on the road. Before your new driver hits the open road on their own, it’s important to take a moment to remember a few tips for safe driving. Here are seven “dos and don’ts” that all new drivers should heed on the road.


When it comes to new drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), speeding is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities. It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car accidents. New drivers lack the knowledge of how long it can take to stop a vehicle when faced with a panicked and dangerous situation. Even if you think your reflexes are fast, if you have to stop in a split-second and you’re speeding, your car may be unable to stop in time. So, instead of pushing things to the limit, choose the smart, safe way and avoid the urge or the need to speed.


This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Most new drivers are under the age of 21, which means that it’s illegal to consume alcohol. Unfortunately, even this law doesn’t stop everyone from driving under the influence. While it may be tempting to enjoy a few cold beers or shot of vodka at the bar before hitting the road, driving while impaired increases your risk of an accident in addition to possible license suspension, fines and fees and even jail time. Simply put, don’t drink alcohol before you get behind the wheel.


Distracted driving is any activity from checking emails to daydreaming that takes your attention away from the road. In everyday driving, however, distractions are common. From talking with the passengers in your car to eating, to turning around to check on your bickering children or crying baby, distracted driving endangers your life, your passengers, pedestrians and others who are on the road.

These are just some of the most common distractions, but there are hundreds of other potential disruptions a new driver may face. Did you know distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on the nation’s roads? Distracted driving caused at least 3,450 deaths and nearly 391,000 injuries in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Most distractions that take place behind the wheel are self-imposed, meaning they are completely preventable. So, take control of your environment and safety by getting rid of all things that could potentially distract you while driving.


IT’S THE LAW! The first thing that any driver should do upon entering their vehicle is put on their seatbelt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 34 in the United States. The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on everyday occasions. Make wearing your seatbelt a priority by buckling in before doing anything else.


For new drivers, having too many people in the car can create a very distracting situation. When new drivers first get their license, it’s all too tempting to go grab your friends or family members and hit the road. However, this might not be the best idea, especially when you know that a new driver’s risk of being in fatal crash increases with each passenger added to the vehicle. So, before you start to offer to pick up all your friends, acquaintances and family members, remember the additional risk that comes with getting into a car with them.


Following too closely to other drivers on the road is a terrible idea even for the best drivers. Of course, it’s no fun to get stuck behind a car that’s driving five or ten miles per hour under the speed limit. Hey, it happens right! No matter what though, it’s important that you always leave enough room in between yourself and the car in front of you just in case you need to make a sudden stop.

As a rule of thumb, when driving on the highway, try to leave at least 3 seconds or more between your car and the car in front of you. With inclement weather conditions, allow even more time between cars.


For a lot of new drivers staying alert is the main priority. Be alert when driving because you never know when another driver might come into your lane, or when a pedestrian might cross the street.

Practice these Safety Boating Tips for July 4th Holiday!

JULY 4, 2018 6:30PM

Finally, summer is officially here! People are gearing up for the July 4th holiday for family picnics, enjoying the fireworks displays and sailing across the beautiful lake in style! Those with access to a boat have plenty of options across the Carolinas where multiple lakes or even the ocean is right on your doorstep.

But before you dust off your water skis, wakeboards, and tubes — or paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes, if those are more your speed – consider these five tips for safe boating.


No matter which kind of boat you’re in, visibility is key. Not only do you need to make sure you have a clear view of your surroundings, but other boaters should be able to see you too. During the day, wear polarized sunglasses to banish the bright glare that reflects off the water. And at night, make sure all of the lights on your boat are in good working order and always turned on.


In North Carolina, while operating a personal watercraft (including human-powered boats like canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) you must wear an approved personal flotation device at all times. Children under 13 years of age must also wear an approved life jacket. So, what’s the difference between a lifejacket and a personal floatation device?


  • Generally, provides better floatation and thermal insulation than a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Designed to turn you onto your back so your face doesn’t rest in the water, even if you’re unconscious.
  • Color selection is limited to red, orange, or yellow for greater visibility.

Personal floatation device:

  • For recreational use only
  • More comfortable (lighter and less bulky) than a lifejacket
  • May be designed for a specific sport
  • Usually provides less floatation and thermal protection than a lifejacket
  • Wider variety of color options (darker colors reduce visibility)

Many boating accidents are caused by the same factors that cause car accidents, including speed, careless or distracted driving and poor visibility. Be sure to bring all of your safe driving habits with you when you’re operating a boat — and if your boat has a motor, you’ll need to bring your boating license with you too.


This one should be pretty self-explanatory. See Tip #4 above. While it may be tempting to enjoy a few cold drinks on the dock before hitting the lake, boating while impaired (even in a canoe or kayak) increases your risk of an accident and could land you with the same penalties as drinking and driving. Simply put, don’t drink alcohol before you get behind the wheel or pick up a paddle.


While most home insurance policies include some coverage for certain types of watercraft, other types (larger models or ones with higher horsepower or modifications, for example) may require separate policies. Boat insurance could protect you in the event of damage or theft to your own boat or a liability claim that results from the use of your boat.

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The Dangers of Fireworks

JULY 3, 2018 5:15PM

Picnics, cookouts and other Fourth of July traditions are a time of celebration and fireworks are a fun spectacle often used to celebrate special occasions. In fact, the Fourth of July is the most popular time for the purchase and use of fireworks in the United States. However, fireworks can pose a variety of dangers to your safety including serious burn injuries and even fires.

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we have some tips before lighting up any fireworks. Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take proper safety measures to keep yourself, family, friends, and children safe. Here are some fireworks safety tips to ensure you have a fun, incident-free, Fourth of July celebrations.


First and foremost, KNOW THE LAWS! North Carolina has particularly strict regulations when it comes to fireworks for personal enjoyment. In fact, in North Carolina, barring some very limited exceptions, fireworks that explode, fly, spin, jump in the air, or leave the ground in any way are prohibited by North Carolina law. The law is stipulated in North Carolina General Statutes 14-410 and 14-414. Violation of this law is a Class 2 Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and or 30 days to six months in jail. If you plan on celebrating the holiday out of state, please do so responsibly, with knowledge of the laws in your area.


It is very important that you purchase legal fireworks from a reliable source. Legal fireworks have a label with safety information and the manufacturer’s name, while illegal fireworks are often unlabeled. Banned illegal explosives include, among others, quarter sticks, cherry bombs, silver salutes, and M-80’s.


Never operate fireworks if you have been drinking beer, wine or using any kind of drugs. Fireworks are dangerous enough on their own and adding impaired judgment with potential physical immobility is a recipe for disaster.


Legal fireworks have safety information and performance descriptions included. You should always read the directions and cautionary information before igniting any fireworks. If you don’t know how to properly set up and ignite the fireworks, you are more likely to cause yourself or others serious injury. Remember to always use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings, animals and other people.


Children should never operate or ignite fireworks. A responsible adult should always supervise any activity involving fireworks. Ensure that kids have adult supervision when using sparklers, which are a common source of burns and injuries for children.


Once your fireworks have ignited and gone off, dispose of them by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can. Keep the trash can away from buildings, animals and combustible materials until at least the next day.

By following these tips, you, your family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy a safe Independence Day.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Benoit Law Firm!


Analyzing and Evaluating the Messages Communicated through Various forms of media

AUGUST 23, 2016

Recently, Carolina School of Broadcasting Instructor and Audio Assets Manager Johnny Darling and several students participated in the Teen Literacy Conference at UNC Charlotte. I Am Not The Media, Inc is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that empowers teens and young adults through media literacy and media creation. I Am Not the Media provides outreach programming to teens and youth with a focus on teaching media literacy and building self-esteem.

The mission of I Am not the Media, Inc is to empower teens and young adults to become conscientious media consumers and critical decision makers and to empower them to embrace their individuality and uniqueness. That mission is accomplished through the “Pro-Me” campaign and the Teens & Media Project. The Teen Literacy conference was a three day weekend that wrapped up on Sunday July 31st with keynote speakers discussing Media literacy and media creation. During the conference, CSB Graduate Andrea’ Sturdivant had the honor of speaking with Alicia Haywood.  Alicia Haywood is an award-winning producer with 22 years of experience in the professional media industry. Her career spans radio, television, video, film, and digital media content. Among her credits: Oprah Radio, SiriusXM, Harpo Productions, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), ABC Radio Networks, Radio One, The Style Network, The History Channel, and three independent short films.

Ms. Haywood said, “I’ve been labeled an Inspirational Speaker. But really I just share stories about how I’m living this life. If my example stirs good things in others, I’m grateful.” Alicia, spoke at the Teen Literacy Conference of her background as a Producer, Educator and Speaker. Ms. Haywood spoke on the topics of Media literacy, iSpeakMedia, and National Association for Media Literacy. “My goal for Media Literacy is to help reset the impact of media consumption and raise the level of media literacy in this country… and where ever else in the world they’ll have me. I created iSpeakMedia to help to empower adolescents to reach their greatest potential.”

Media Literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, COMMUNICATE and CREATE using all forms of media. United States Media Literacy Week which is October 31 through November 4, 2016. United States Media Literacy Week is designed to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States. The Teen Media Literacy conference had prominent organizations such as Dream Girls University represented.  Ebony Scott, President and Executive Director of Dream Girls University, spoke about the work and mission of that organization. Dreams Girls University is dedicated to providing girls with the tools to be successful. Their mission is to enhance the development of young women by introducing them to real life experiences that will promote leadership, independent thinking, and positive personal image.

One of the most rewarding things about being at the Teen Media Literacy conference was seeing youth and young adults discuss what they’d learned and how media literacy has impacted them. It was an enriching experience to hear the speakers talk about Media literacy and Media creation. Additionally, the Carolina School of Broadcasting students enjoyed being behind the scenes as production assistants, getting b-roll footage and capturing the Teen Media Literacy Conference on video.


APRIL 20, 2015

Shanette Stukes, Kyle Bynes, Ken Lemon “WSOC-TV 9 News Reporter”, Chevis Armstrong, Timothy Mash, and Andrea Sturdivant

My experience at the NABJ event on Thursday, April 16, was very informative and overall amazing.  I greatly enjoyed speaking with several journalists such as Dedrick Russell, Stephanie Maxwell, Ken Lemon and Brittany Johnson.  I covered the seminar on education and found it to highly informative and insightful.  The Social Emotional Learning program (SEL) through Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has helped and is continuing to help many students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg remove barriers to learning such as constant social and emotional blocks that can interfere with student success in the classroom.  The program helps children in a multitude of ways; one benefit is in the area of academics.  SEL has helped 23% of children increase their overall academic skills.  Additionally, 9% of students show improvement in their attitudes toward themselves, others and their school.  It is reported that for every $1 invested in education through the SEL program, there is an $11 return on the investment.  The Social Emotional Learning program is definitely successful.   

The conference offered discussions on a variety of great topics including an initiative called ”Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” This program demonstrates how schools and communities are working together to boost opportunities for black students.  After the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, many schools began instituting “zero-tolerance” policies for student behavior.  These “zero-tolerance” policies combined with notable biases in disciplinary actions pushed a lot of students out of school and into the juvenile justice system.  However, some school districts are now working diligently to reverse these trends by creating new policies and systems that build strong school foundations and cultures of connections to help students keep learning in the classroom where they belong instead of behind bars.

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Institute on Education, sponsored locally by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists provided a wealth of networking opportunities for me and my classmates.  I was privileged to meet several prominent journalists and educators including Stephanie Maxwell, Anchor/Reporter at WSOC-TV and Ken Lemon and Brittany Johnson, both Reporters at WSOC-TV.  All of them were happy to share their first-hand experiences about working in the broadcast industry.  Ms. Maxwell, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Lemon gave me great advice on connecting with people in the industry and recommended that I gain all the experience I can through the internship program at Carolina School of Broadcasting.  They advised me to maintain a portfolio of my work and constantly learn new technology.  Mr. Lemon told me and other Carolina School of Broadcasting students to never ever give up on our dreams and goals and to keep striving to be the very best we can be.  He said, “If you believe you have the ambition, mindset and attitude you can do anything to make your dreams come true.”

NABJ Media Institute on Education.  http://www.caabj.org/

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Thousands pay tribute at memorial service for slain Uber Driver Marlo Medina

MAY 30, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Family, friends and members of the community say their final goodbyes to a great man. A tribute was paid for a memorial service for Marlo Medina-Chevez, 44, who lived a life worth remembering.

“This service for Mr. Medina we think of it as a more we see you later service says Sean Carter, Congregation Elder of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. “

Monday afternoon thousands of people gathered outside the doors of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses for his memorial service. Many friends, family members and members of the church community came out to pay their respects.

“Mr. Medina was very devoted of sharing of his faith with other people, one of the tenants of his faith is resurrection. So, Mr. Medina as well as his family are sustained by that hope of resurrection, says Sean Carter, Congregation Elder of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.”

A husband, father of three, wonderful friend and family members who say he was always up for new adventure didn’t die because of sickness.  He is gone because of violence….

“We see that when there is an accident of senseless violence a tragedy such as this it is very difficult for us to come to terns with that , says Sean Carter, Congregation Elder of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.”

Their faith at Jehovah Witnesses teaches them about resurrection in re-awaking but his death is not overshadowing the life he just lived.

“The hope he had and his family has for the future. Seeing him again on the earthy paradise will be something that will bring comfort to all those who are here in attendance here, says Sean Carter, Congregation Elder of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.”

Cherished friends, family and members of the community talked of a man whose character was generous, funny, and down to earth man who always lend an helping hand to others.

“He was a very generous type of man and he always wanted to help others. We had a privilege to know him, says Victor Cruz, family friend.”

A sad day for many friends, family and strangers who came out to pay tribute for Marlo Medina. They ushered him out of his life, he just lived…

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Tips for a Safe & DUI-Free Labor Day Weekend

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time where people honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. A lot of people around the United States celebrate Labor Day with barbecues, alcohol, and parades. You may be returning home from your celebration today or setting out to enjoy a cool refreshing beverage. Either way, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe, especially with extra drivers on the road.

Heavy traffic and many intoxicated drivers will be out on the road during this Labor Day weekend and it is important to stay safe while on the road. Use these tips to have a safe and DUI-Free Labor Day weekend to maximize the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road. Benoit Law Firm wishes you an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and urges you to drive safely.


Use a designated driver. Labor Day weekend is notorious for parades, parties, and barbecues, where alcohol is a big factor in celebrating. As everyone is out celebrating this weekend, we encourage you to drink responsibly and choose a designated driver. Keep yourself and those around you safe.

Plan ahead and use rideshare companies like Lyft or Uber. If you plan on drinking a lot during the Labor Day weekend, be smart and don’t get behind the wheel to drive. Not only is that illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous. Instead, call a taxi, sober friend or family member, or use a rideshare company like Lyft or Uber to get home safely without risking the safety of others on the road.

Keep other people from driving under the influence. You are out having a good time partying or just having a good time with family and friends where you notice a buddy or family member who has had too much to drink. Instead of allowing them to get behind the wheel, it is important to help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. You could be looking at license suspension, jail time, large fines, the long-term impacts of a criminal record and much worse. You do not want your celebration to be overshadowed by tragedy. Driving under the influence of alcohol can put many lives at risk.

Find somewhere to stay for the weekend. If you can’t find a friend to stay with, if possible, rent a room at a hotel or motel. See if a few friends want to share these costs with you. Renting a room, regardless of the initial costs, will be a far cry from the $10,000 or more than a first-time DUI conviction can end up costing in the long run.

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It’s National Safety Month, Don’t Be a Distracted Driver

It’s 9 a.m., you overslept and now you’re rushing to get ready for work because you have an important meeting. You jump in your car to drive to the office and have every intention of driving safely and obeying the speed limit and other traffic laws. However, within minutes of merging onto the highway, you’ve already checked your emails on your iPhone, made three calls to your office, fiddled around with your car’s radio, spilled ice coffee on your suit while trying to eat your breakfast and sent a text message to your spouse.

You might not realize it, but you’re a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is any activity from checking emails to daydreaming that takes your attention away from the road. In everyday driving however, distractions are common. From talking with the passengers in your car, to eating, to turning around to check on your bickering children or crying baby, distracted driving endangers your life, your passengers, pedestrians and others who are on the road.

Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on the nation’s roads, causing at least 3,450 deaths and nearly 391,000 injuries in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Nearly 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving on a daily basis.

Help make sure that you, your loved ones and others on the road are safe as they travel. Driving is a great privilege, but with that privilege also comes great responsibility.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in the Charlotte area, please call Benoit Law Firm or #TEXTDEX 877-DEX-LAW9 (877) 335-5299. Our team of experienced injury attorneys and dedicated staff will ensure you get the answers you need and help you through this difficult process.

Enjoy Southern Cooking At These Top Restaurants

North Carolina is filled with fantastic restaurants and is known as a foodie paradise.

You’ll find artistic, unique and locally-sourced restaurants in North Carolina, fine dining to barbecue joints, Spanish tamales to soul food at amazing eateries located in unassuming small and large towns.

Southern restaurants bring the best fresh, down home, artistic and unique local cuisine to diners, restaurants and house restaurants across the south.

Nearly everywhere in North Carolina is home to the best southern cooking and amazing restaurants. But with so many to choose from – how does one even choose?

Well, these best of the best restaurants are an absolute MUST TRY for amazing taste of southern cooking.

Mateo Bar de Tapas, Durham

One of the best restaurants in North Carolina that appears on almost every food blog or top review is Mateo. Mateo is known for its artistic unique style of mixing Spanish tapas with a southern touch…you’ll get the best of both worlds in this extremely trendy and delicious restaurant.

Kindred, Davidson

Set among the quaint downtown district of Davidson, Kindred came on the scene and quickly rose to fame. This ‘chef-driven’ restaurant has an ever-changing menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients and family atmosphere.

Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro

Exotic, creative, and unique cuisine awaits your taste buds in this rustic yet cozy farmhouse restaurant and hotel outside of Chapel Hill. Offering a fine dining and modern twist on classic dishes, the award-winning Fearrington House Restaurant has been open since 1980.

Ryan’s Restaurant, Winston-Salem

Nestled deep in a wooded setting just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University, Ryan’s has offered the Triad an escape from the ordinary since 1977.

Enjoy the panoramic view of large oaks and a rolling stream from the many window-side tables, or the large, starlight deck. Or, savor the intimate atmosphere from a comfortable sofa, and in the winter, the warmth of a crackling fireplace.

Colington Cafe, Kill Devil Hills

Colington is consistently ranked as the number one dining spot on the Outer Banks. You’ll find it nestled beneath 300-year-old oak trees. Colington specializes in elegant dishes without sacrificing traditional, comfortable roots. Order up some fresh seafood and experience the best OBX has to offer.

Price’s Chicken Coop, Charlotte


And for some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have in your life…you have to visit the FINEST SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN TO TAKE HOME, OFFICE OR ANY SOCIAL GATHERING IS AVAILABLE AT—famous Price’s in the Queen City.

From the Editor: For more great Southern restaurants, recipes, and more, purchase The North Carolina Almanac here.


JUNE 11, 2018 3:00PM

Hopefully, you know what steps to take if you are ever in a car accident. You, or anyone injured in the wreck, should seek medical attention if necessary, call the police, exchange insurance information with the other driver and if possible, safely move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid further incident. Be proactive and make sure you take photos or videos of any vehicle damage in order to document what happened so you do not forget the details of the wreck later. These are all things you should do.

There are however, some things you should not do after a car accident. In this article, we’ll learn of five things NOT to do after a car accident. Avoid these ill-advised mistakes and you should be back on the road in no time flat — with a little extra knowledge and experience under your belt too.


Hire your attorney. His or her job is, in part, to deal directly with the insurance company regarding your personal injury claim. Don’t be swayed by the insurance adjuster sounding friendly on the phone, remember they have no duty to look out for your best interests. Your attorney holds that duty to you. Don’t believe the commercials. Insurance companies are not “good neighbors” and you are definitely not “in good hands”. They are not in the business of fairly compensating people that have been injured by their drivers. Keep in mind that despite what the insurance company tells you, you are under no obligation to give a written or recorded statement to them.


And why is it important to not give a recorded statement? Because you do not EVER want to admit liability. When police arrive on the scene, make sure you accurately describe the facts of the accident and how it happened, but you don’t need to reach any conclusions as who contributed or caused the wreck at that time. Liability will be determined later with more complete facts are known and statements are taken and compared by the police and attorneys. By admitting the accident was your fault – in any way – no matter how minor you believe your “faulty” actions may have been, you are essentially accepting complete responsibility for an accident. That is because in North Carolina, where contributory negligence is the law of the land, even 1% responsibility on your end will result in the complete denial of your claim.


Another thing you should definitely NOT do is sign any documents without first consulting an attorney. The insurance company for the at-fault driver and their lawyers will act swiftly to obtain evidence to defend the wrongdoer against your case. Again, the insurance companies are not in the business of giving injured victims proper compensation! That is NOT how they make money. Their sole purpose is to move your claim along as quickly as possible, for as little as possible. Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into a quick settlement by signing documents before you fully understand what you are signing. Once you have signed paperwork resolving your claim, it is closed – forever. It does not matter if you have complications months later as a result of the accident, once you’ve signed, your claim is over. Let us help.

At Benoit Law Firm, we use the tools and resources at our disposal to ensure that you are properly compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses and pain and suffering. Hiring the right lawyer can make a significant difference in your recovery. Call or #TextDex and let us get working on your case today.


Social media has increasingly become evidence that can be used against you as your claim progresses. Insurance companies dedicate hundreds of employees to review claimant’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., all in the hopes of finding damaging information. If you have been injured in an accident, avoid posting about the claim or your injuries as those posts may be used against you to weaken your claim. In some instances, it could cost you your case. Be SMART. It is safest to stay off of social media for a short time until all your claims relating to the accident have been settled.


After being involved in car accident, many symptoms can appear days or even weeks after the accident but you should NOT wait that long before seeking medical treatment. See a doctor soon after the accident and report any symptoms you experience, no matter how minor, such as muscle spasms or mild headaches. Be HONEST with your health care providers and describe any and all symptoms you’re feeling from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Make sure you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to help you because it gives them an opportunity to investigate the accident and prepare a stronger case on your behalf.


If you’ve been in a car accident or any other accident and sustained personal injuries, contact attorney Dexter Benoit of Benoit Law Firm or #TextDex 877-DEX-LAW9 (877-335-5299) today.

Marlo Medina, Nissan Pathfinder
Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez and his Nissan Pathfinder (SOURCE: WBTV)

Family and Friends search for missing local Uber driver Marlo Medina-Chevez

MAY 21, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Family members and friends are searching to find their missing loved one who was last seen in southwest Charlotte Saturday night.

Marlo Medina Chevez, mugshot
Medina-Chevez(Source: WBTV News)

“We gathered family and friends and also posted on social media to try and search for my dad, says Debra Medina, Marlo Medina daughter.”

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, 44-year-old Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez left for work around 9:45 p.m. Saturday and haven’t returned home. Medina was working as an Uber driver and left home to pick up a client. Medina left home driving a 2008 dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with North Carolina tag PDV-4382, according to CMPD.

“This is the second search we have done. We are trying to localize on the Eastway. A lot of people have been calling but we don’t know if it is true or not but we are trying to focus on that area for now, says Debra Medina, Marlo Medina daughter.”

MARLON MEDINA CHEVEZ.- Debora Medina / Instagram

Officers said friends and family have not heard from Medina-Chevez. Family and friends of Medina-Chevez were gathered in the Scaleybark area to pass out flyers while conducting a second search for their missing loved one.

” He is very kind, very smart. Funny guy, very humble guy and  down to earth, says Debra Medina, Marlo Medina daughter.”

Diontray Divan Adams and James Aaron Stevens Mugshot
Stevens and Adams (SOURCE: Anne Arundel County Jail)

Two people have been charged in the case of missing Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez. CMPD held a press conference Tuesday, saying that 44-year-old Medina-Chevez’s credit card was used and his vehicle was found in Maryland. Police were alerted Monday night of a license plate reader hit and located Medina-Chevez’s dark blue 2008 Nissan Pathfinder near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. Medina-Chevez is still missing.

Medina’s family is looking for answers to what happened and is asking anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Heroic Boy Killed in Hit and Run accident

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

CHESTER, SC (WBTV) — A family is feeling heartbroken after losing their son.  LaDarious Wylie was hit by a car while waiting for school bus in Chester, South Carolina.  The family is shocked by this tragic incident.

“We can’t really say what’s gonna lie ahead says Felicia Mobley Wylie’s aunt .”

There is an appreciation for the person LaDarious was-He was full of energy, caring, lovable and smart young man.

“We’re just dealing with it on a daily basis,says Felicia Mobley Wylie’s aunt.”

His little sister Shavonte right there behind her aunt and a couple of other kids were standing near corner of Dye and Ashford waiting for a school bus last Tuesday morning when a car-for some reason-swerved toward the kids.

According to the children-at that moment-11 year old LaDarious took on the role of Hero…

LaDarious Wylie (SOURCE: WBTV)

“Yes he did.  Yes he did says, Felicia Mobley Wylie’s aunt.”

In LaDarious final act he pushed his little sister out of the way.  It happened just cornerwise from his house.

“In other words he saved his sister and he ended up being the one where he is now, says  Felicia Mobley Wylie’s aunt.”

So much about vibrant Ashford Street would never be the same.  Across the street that’s yards away a memorial.  The wreath outside hanging on the family’s home.

Imagine walking out the door everyday and how painful it must be to look across the street.

Still, there’s innocence about Ashford Street.  A park where kids and LaDarious spent a lot of time, playing, played a lot of basketball.  So family, friends and neighbors would like to see the park given new life in LaDarious’ name.  They’re trying to get a petition started.

“So what we’re trying to do is get it rebuild and turn it into recreation center for the kids so they don’t have to be playing all out. They can be inside.”To rename the old Brooklyn School in memory of LaDarious says,  Felicia Mobley Wylie’s aunt.”

In a quick second that Tuesday morning… The vibrant Ashford Street changed.

But the hope is-the story of the little boy who courageously put his sister’s life before his own-will always live.

Copyright 2015 WBTV. All rights reserved.

CMPD investigates West Charlotte shooting

OCTOBER 19, 2015

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) —After hearing a shooting in West Charlotte last Saturday, police have arrested and charged two people in the death of a young man.  The community is concerned about the recent shootings happening around in the Charlotte area.

“I’ve never seen something like that in my life.” I just don’t understand. I mean life is too short.  These kids need to get it together, says Monique Williams, West Charlotte resident.”

Police have charged Montreal Forman, 25, and Shawn Joneal Savage, 27, are facing murder charges in the death of 29-year-old Robert Griffin. Neighbors tell us they are concerned.

“I was out and about last night with my daughters and came back around like 12:00 or 12:30, I come in and everything was blocked off says Monique Williams, West Charlotte resident.”

Police say gunfire erupted on Davis Avenue after the men argued over a card game.  We’ve learned children inside the home may have heard and see the violence, but police say they are physically okay.

“It needs to stop, it really needs to stop, it’s not worth it, and it’s not worth somebody’s life or yours for foolishness. I was here by myself because my kids weren’t here. I was like Oh Lord do I have to move, says Monique Williams, West Charlotte resident.”

As for the accused shooters, Forman went to jail after being treated in the hospital for a gunshot wound.  Police say Savage ran, but was caught a short time later.  Now community members are calling for peace.

“The violence among young people needs to stop. People are dying every day and it needs to stop says Monique Williams, West Charlotte resident.”

The police are asking the public if they have any additional information that could help in this investigation to call crime stoppers.

The police and community are feeling emotional heartache of this recent shooting.

Copyright 2015 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Charleston Emanuel Nine Shooting: Six months later, Daughter of Church shooting victim remember what happened

DECEMBER 23, 2015

Daughter of Charleston shooting victim
Depayne Middleton Doctor, Charleston Emanuel Nine victim and her daughters, Gracyn and Kaylin Doctor. (Source: WBTV|Raycom Media)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — For Gracyn and Kaylin Doctor, the 17th was always just another day, until it became the one of pain. It’s been six months since their mother, Depayne Middleton Doctor, was killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina church.

“Even six months later, its’ hard to believe that all of this has happened,” Gracyn said.

The women told WBTV that on the evening of June 17, their mother went into Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel AME as she did every week, but she never came out.

“There was definitely a lot of disbelief. I was shocked for a long time,” Gracyn said. “I feel like I’m still trying to get over the shock. “

Nine Charleston victims
The nine Charleston victims. (Source: WCSC|Raycom Media)

Authorities say Dylann Roof walked into the church, sat through Bible study for nearly an hour and then turned on the churchgoers who invited him in with open arms. Nine church members were killed there that night.

“Sometimes, you get to that moment – when your mind just kind of wanders – and you wonder.  Wow, this really happened. Somebody could really do something like that. That part really blows my mind, ” Gracyn said.

Gracyn was in the courtroom as the man who authorities say was responsible for her mother’s and other nine churchgoers murder appeared by video screen for the first time.

“I don’t think I was ready to forgive him just quite yet. If my mom was alive, she would have forgave him, but we’re still a work in progress. I think I’m still working towards forgiving him,” Kaylin said.

Healing is a process for Gracyn and Kaylin, who now live with their aunt in Charlotte along with their younger sisters.

“It will get better. Each day away from the actual event is better,” Gracyn said. “And I feel like as the days go by, the stronger we’ll get, the closer we’ll get to being healed. “

Making it-through this time thanks to each other. The girls are hoping the 17th eventually turns into a day that will hurt a little less.

Copyright 2015 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Austin Serial bomber uses tripwire in latest attack

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Austin Explosions: ‘Serial Bomber’ Hunted After Tripwire Sets Off 4th Blast | NBC Nightly News – Image credit – NBC News | YouTube

Perpetrator gets more elusive, organized and sophisticated with bombings.

March 20, 2018 11:35 PM

AUSTIN, Tex. — A growing sense of fear and panic spread across Texas’ capital on Monday after the latest bombing attack this month. The authorities say, the blast injured two people in Austin on Sunday. The authorities confirmed the makeshift bomb appeared to be connected to three earlier bombings, but the bomb demonstrated a “higher level of organization and sophistication” with the use of an invisible tripwire triggering device, according to the Associated Press.

The three bombings that happened earlier this month were involved with packages that were left on doorsteps and blew up when moved or opened, killing two people and injuring two others, according to the Associated Press.

Police Chief Brian Manley said, “We are clearly dealing with what we believe to be a serial bomber at this point,” he told reporters at a press conference in Travis Country, where the latest bombing occurred, according to the New York Times. He cited connections among the four bombs that has happened in Austin, according to the Associated Press.


The latest attack by the perpetrator occurred in a different part of the city Austin, and both of the people who were wounded are white, while the victims in the earlier attacks of this month were black or Hispanic, according to the Associated Press. Residents in Austin have been asked by authorities to remain indoors through the early part of the day and be vigilant for suspicious packages, like boxes or backpacks, according to the Associated Press.

Thad Holt, 76 who lives in the gated condominium community of 5000 Mission Oaks, a few miles from Sunday’s bomb attack, said an occasional car break-in is the kind of crime most typical in the neighborhood, in an interview with the New York Times. He said, “it’s too close for comfort,” Mr. Holt said.

Fear of this recent attack has put everyone in the whole town on edge.”


The FBI and Police Chief, Brian Manley have not found a motive of bombings from the Austin serial bomber. Police Chief, Brian Manley quoted, “Is this terrorism? Is this hate-crime?” He asked. He said investigators will “have to figure out if we see a specific reasoning behind this crime, or something major that will lead us along with our federal partners to make that decision,” said Mr.

Manley in an interview with the New York Times. Hundreds of agents from the FBI, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms along with Austin police department have joined the investigation to look into the latest attack.

The FBI behavioral analysts from Quantico, VA who are helping with the investigation were trying to build a profile of a possible killer, said Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the bureau’s San Antonio division according to the New York Times. “We don’t know who is behind these attacks. We don’t know whether they will continue,” said Mr. Combs in an interview with the New York Times.

The specialty agents from the FBI and ATF were trying to understand whoever was behind the elusive bombings.

The ATF and FBI agents were trying to find out why serial bomber were using this level of violence targeting the city of Austin according to the New York Times. The police, FBI and the ATF have been alerted to hundreds of packages deemed suspicious, as Austin residents have phoned and emailed family and friends to verify the origin of packages before opening them according to the New York Times.


Since the bombings began three weeks ago, authorities have been warning people to pay extra attention to suspicious-looking packages like delivered boxes or backpacks. Authorities have cautioned residents of Austin to not touch any suspicious packages that look dangerous.

Brian Manley, Austin Police Chief said the tripwire device design required an extreme higher level of skill to create and serve as a “significant change” in an interview with the Associated Press. According to the Associated Press, while the authorities said the earlier bombings appeared targeted, the latest attack appeared to have hurt anyone who happened to walk by.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Christopher Combs, FBI agent in charge of the bureau’s San Antonio division, “the plan went up a little bit — well, it went up a lot yesterday with the tripwire,” he said. Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Houston division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said in an interview with the Associated Press, the latest makeshift device was tied to a metal yard sign near the head of a hiking trail.

“It was a thin piece of wire, the wire was a type of fishing line, “he said. “The wire tied to the sign would have been very difficult for someone to see.”

Milanowski said the FBI, ATF and Austin authorities have checked hundreds of leads since the bombings began three weeks ago. The authorities have had “persons of interest” in the cases, however the people they had so far didn’t led to much according to the Associated Press. The Austin police have asked anyone with surveillance cameras at their homes to come forward with the footage on the chance it captured the suspicious serial bomber or vehicles according to the Associated Press.

Huge explosion in St. Petersburg Metro Station

Explosion in St Petersburg metro in Russia, 10 killed and dozens ... - hindustantimes.com
Explosion in St Petersburg metro in Russia, 10 killed and dozens … – hindustantimes.com

The blast kills at least 10 people in the station while injuring 20 people

April 4, 2017 11:20 AM

On Monday ten people were killed and 20 people were injured when a Bomb ruptured through a subway train in St. Petersburg, Russia. According to the Investigative Committee, Russia’s federal criminal investigation agency, the blast happened on a subway train that was headed toward Technology Institute from Sennaya Square stations. According to Russian news media, authorities were in search of a man who was recorded on surveillance cameras around the attack who authorities thought to have been involved in the attack, which coincided with a visit to the city by President Vladimir Putin.


According to several Russian news outlets, the bomb was packed with shrapnel and was probably a homemade device. Veronika Skvortsova, health minister announced on Russia’s television live that ten people had died, seven people in the subway system, one person was heading en route to a hospital and two other people died while they were being transported and admitted to an emergency room.


Georgy Poltavchenko the governor of St. Petersburg announced to the city that there would be a three-day period of mourning that would start on Tuesday. The explosion of the subway train occurred before the evening rush hour in St. Petersburg.

After the bast occurred security around Moscow Metro added extra security to their subway train and major airports. President Vladimir Putin addressed in a televised statement shortly after the blast happened, saying he had spoken with leaders of special services, law enforcement authorities and the Federal Security Service, who said “they would do everything they can to find out the causes of what had happened in the subway train of St. Petersburg.”


When the blast happened images started showing up on social media showing people who were badly injured from the explosion and damaged subway car after the blast. Certain social media images circulated on the internet showing a video of the blast and a train at a platform in Teknologichesky Institut station with a hole that was blown into its side.

Apparent carjacking led Charlotte Mecklenburg police Department on search for stolen car

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i-85 Archives – WCCB Charlotte – wccbcharlotte.com

Stolen car took authorities on search that expanded to Interstate 85 and northeast Charlotte.

January 19, 2017 5:02 PM


There was an apparent carjacking that took officers on a search in northeast Charlotte early Wednesday morning. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the case of the carjacking. According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and a news report by local television station WCNC, a man told authorities that he was the victim of the carjacking. The man told authorities that his car was stolen in the 1400 block of Tom Hunter Road near the motel Economy Inn. The man described two suspects involved, one female and the other male. He told them that he was robbed, and that the suspects took off with his vehicle at the motel.

911 dispatchers were reportedly told that the vehicle was stolen and that the car the police were looking for was a gray Toyota Corolla. The police later found a vehicle matching that description. The car that was pulled over had two female passengers, and the driver was male, according to WCNC.


Officers say the search of the vehicle lead them all the way to Interstate 85 north that took them to Poplar Tent Road in Cabarrus County. However, the male driver of the car turned the vehicle around and started to drive back to Mecklenburg County. While authorities were in search of the car, detectives were gathering additional information at the scene of the crime. The detectives were informed by the victim that the car was not a Toyota Corolla but a Toyota SUV.

After police received the correct information, they ended their search of the Toyota Corolla.

The police say that the car involved in the chase was deserted a few miles away from the crime scene on Equipment Drive. The driver of the car had fled the vehicle and has not been captured. However, authorities have said they are not involved in the carjacking of the Toyota SUV.

Police are still trying to figure out why the male driver of the Corolla fled from the scene. The police and detectives have not determined whether or not that the two female passengers in the Corolla will be charged. According to the news report by WCNC, officers have not yet located the stolen car. They are asking anyone with information to call local authorities, or to call Crime Stoppers.

Is race dividing our American society?

Half of America Thinks We Live in a Post-Racial Society — The ... - vice.com
Half of America Thinks We Live in a Post-Racial Society — The … – vice.com

The battlefield of wars that are constraining our American society of race.

July 13, 2016 8:59PM

We clearly have a problem in our society. The constant remainders of America’s past racism endure a formidable challenge to our dream for a community that lives out its most endeared principles — freedom and justice for all. Although, there are continued events, which stir racial tensions that reminds us that prejudice and malevolence still intensify. However distrust creeps under the surface of many interactions. News events frequently remind us of the critical and fragile nature of racial tranquility in the United States.

President Barack Obama spoke in a press conference last Thursday following the heinous shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “All of us, as Americans, should be troubled by these shootings, because these are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal-justice system.”


It’sprettyevidenttherearepeopleadamantlyonbothsidesofthisracialargumentintensifyingandimpendinglarger under the social atomic of enraged protestsand counter arguments. The prospective ways to deal with the matter of contention that one side knows as discrimination through deeply impacted prejudice and the other side holds as lawful duty — these suggested answers continue to keep us divided in this war. The end of racial divide is not going to come easy.


The barrier to constancy is that as an American society we are dealing with the chain reactions when we need to deal with the source of the problem. As an American society we are so focused on spreading hate, unleashing anger and retribution when we need to come together as a whole and focus on accepting one another for our characters and not the content of our skin color.

Half of our society isdiscussing about the focal point of the matter: What is the bottom-line cause of it?


According to an article titled, ‘Healing theracial divide –-whatwillittake?’ by Sr. Brenda Walsh, the first step to healing the racial divide of our society is denouncing and dismantling racism in a holistic wayand working together with others to create a community that is whole, inclusive and just.

The second step in healing our society of the racial divide.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was slammed with penalties for Human Rights Injustices

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Politics Archives – Page 3 of 14 – Broadside News – brennerbrief.com

U.S. Department of Treasury bans North Korean Senior Executives and entities linked with Human Rights Injustices.

JULY 8, 2016

First time Washington slammed Kim Jong Un directly

On Wednesday in Washington the Obama administration slammed penalties on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and 10 other establishment administrators for their so-called involvement in human rights injustice against the people of North Korea. Authority leaders said Kim was “fundamentally liable” for what they called “North Korea’s well-known in justices of human rights.”

“Under Kim Jong-Un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor, and torture,” said Adam J. Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said in a announcement revealing the new plan in a press release.


The penalties also expand to five North Korean state bodies, including the Ministry of People’s Security’s Correctional Bureau which the announcement says supervised labor camps, and other detention facilities, where human rights abuses occur such as those involving torture, execution, rape, starvation, and lack of medical care takes place. Choe Chong Pong, Director of the Investigations Bureau of the Ministry of People’s Security, was also named to the list, along with many top administrators in the agency. However, U.S. Administrators addressing the media on the new plans say they expected the penalties to have a “global massive effect “making it difficult for those on the list to do work with global financial companies.


However, this was the first time that administrators noted several of the North Korean officials involved have been publicly noted, citing the hidden nature of the military. The military unit also addressed the hope that the State Department report and penalties will help persuade mid-and-lower-tier administrators to stop from doing Human Rights injustices out of fear of never being touched.

North Korea is already under fire to heavy U.S. penalties for its past nuclear weapons and missile activity. Although, Wednesday’s plan targets the first time government officials have been penalized for Human Rights Injustices. The new quotas were taken in partnership with the State Department’s proceeding of a statement entitled” Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea,” which was authorized by the U.S. Congress under the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, occurred earlier this year.

The government officials said the administration had been functioning before the section of the bill to designate officials for possible penalties in an attempt to expose officials in the North Korean government who are accountable for serious human rights penalties and restriction in North Korea.

3 Reasons to Visit Lake Lure this Carolina Summer

North Carolina is also known as the Tar Heel State that has a lot of places and sights worthy of a visit. Besides the gorgeous beaches, country roadsides, many cities and towns there’s a lot of nature to be explored.

Lake Lure is one of the most beautiful and breath-taking places to visit in North Carolina. The history of the town goes all the way back over a hundred years.

The Lake is a popular destination for Hollywood filming such as Dirty Dancing and Thunder Road. These films have been partially filmed in the Lake Lure area. Lake Lure has some of the most scenic waterfall hikes around the lake. You can hear the rushing sound of water that is mesmerizing and one of mother nature’s most amazing creations to see. Lake Lure has some of the most breathtaking falls you will see.

Little Bearwallow Falls: (Gerton)


Enjoy a beautiful hike through the Hickory Nut Forest with views of Hickory Nut Gorge, several creek crossings and a close-up view of the 100-foot cliff and Little Bearwallow Falls.

Little Bearwallow Falls has an enjoyable hike and the trails are very constructed with stone steps, trail markings and bridges. Little Bearwallow Falls is located at the Florence Nature Preserve – 3836 Gerton Hwy, Gerton, NC 28735 that is approximately 15 min from Lake Lure Town Center.

To hike at Little Bearwallow Falls the cost is free and the hiking distance is approximately 2.3 miles of round trip and is moderate to strenuous to hike.

Little Bradley Falls: (Saluda)

The lush forest surrounds you and the great rushing sounds of Cove Creek relax you as you walk the wonderful wooded trail to Little Bradley Falls. There is a triple-tiered, 50 foot waterfall – that is absolutely gorgeous! The cost to hike is free and located at 5436 Holbert Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773.

Little Bradley Falls is approximately 40 min from Lake Lure Town Center and the hiking distance is 2 miles with the hiking trail that is easy to moderate to hike through.

Big Bradley Falls: (Saluda)

The cost is free to hike at Big Bradley Falls (Saluda) and is located at 5436 Holbert Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773 but is on the North side of the road. This is a beautiful wooded hike with creek crossings and a nice view of a 100 foot tall waterfall.

The hiking distance:is approximately 2.3 miles (round trip) – approximately 1.5 miles (round trip) to precipice that looks out to falls. Add .8 miles to also go down to the base of the falls and back. The hikes trails are moderate to difficult to hike but much more difficult if going to base of falls.

Also, don’t forget about the annual Dirty Dancing Festival! More info here.

5 Major Reasons to Love the Tar Heel State!

North Carolina is filled with many reasons to love the Tar Heel state. North Carolina has many fantastic restaurants, diners, fun activities to do with family and friends,beautiful attractions, and popular music and arts events.

The Tarheel state is known for its sports madness of Carolina Panthers, College basketball of Duke Blue Devils and Race-car loving NASCAR fans. Nearly everywhere in North Carolina is home to something especially the best reasons why we love the Tarheel state.

You’ll find North Carolinians who love everything and anything in the Tarheel state. North Carolina is known for many things, kind and polite southern roots of talk saying y’all, yes ma’am, suga’ and darlin’, Southern hospitality, beautiful and breath-taking attractions and North Carolina’s great history. But with so many to choose from – how does one even choose? Well, these five reasons North Carolina is the best Tarheel state.

5. The North Carolina Mountains

North Carolina is home to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the gorgeous mountains of Great Smoky Mountains, The Appalachian and Blue Ridge.  Many travelers are drawn here for high country fun including horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

4. The North Carolina Beaches

North Carolina has some of the beautiful shores to bask in the warm sand and dazzling sea. The beach is where you can watch a gorgeous sunset while walking along the sand on the beach. The best place to enjoy many activities such as kayaking and boating along the Inter-coastal Waterway, take in the ocean breeze, peaceful atmosphere and enjoy fun in the sun of a trip of fishing is at Hatteras Island, Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach.

3. The UNC-Duke Rivalry

From UNC to Duke, the color blue comes in dozens of different shades, but North Carolinians know that there are only two that really matter. Life literally pauses during the ACC Tournament. When it comes to college basketball rivalries, it doesn’t get much more heated and epic than the enduring love/hate affair between “Duke Blue Devils” and Tarheels.

2. Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

Experience the glory of a Biltmore summer, when longer days mean more time to enjoy the fun-for-all-ages appeal of the estate and a host of leisurely pursuits. Delight in outdoor concerts, wine tastings and the opportunity to explore our 8,000 acre backyard via kayak, bike riding, horseback, and Segway. Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in the nation and the area’s stunning natural beauty, architectural masterpiece and gorgeous scenery.

1. The Big City of Charlotte

Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city and a major financial hub along the Eastern seaboard. Charlotte is home to the NFL Carolina Panthers and NASCAR, Charlotte is NASCAR country. We have the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Technical Institute, the NASCAR Racing experience and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.. Next to NFL team of Carolina Panthers, the NASCAR racing is big thrill with North Carolinians! Nothing gets the city of Charlotte going then a Panthers tailgate and CAROLINA PANTHERS GAME! Panthers tailgate and Game is an absolute blast!

Visit These Amazing Historical Attractions In North Carolina

In North Carolina, you don’t just learn about history, you get to experience and get involved with it.

Did you know that North Carolina is one of 13 original colonies that has a fascinating history?

Explore North Carolina’s captivating history – from seeing where flight began at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk to standing in the place where the sit-in movement began at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is the place where the wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright spent many years working on the mysteries of flight.

Go back in time and experience the Flight Line the spot where the Wright brothers first took flight and the locations where they landed. Take a visit to the wright brothers national memorial where Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved greatness by the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903 changing our world forever.

The House in the Horseshoe

The House in the Horseshoe, also known as the Alston House, is a historic house in Carthage, North Carolina in Moore County. The home was built in 1772 by Philip Alston.

The home was the site of a battle between loyalists under the command of David Fanning and patriot militiamen under Alston’s command. The battle ended with Alston’s surrender to Fanning, in which Alston’s wife negotiated the terms with the loyalists.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Step back in time to 1760. Imagine that you’re entering the soft trails of the village while witnessing the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change as European settlers invaded Indian lands. You see and smell the faint tang of wood smoke wafts as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history.

As you walk through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Experience the happiness in cultural dances amid the beautiful swaying oaks and sycamores. As you walk through the Oconaluftee village you get to see the villagers sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, fashion beadwork and hull canoes.

Explore the village in depth and watch as the villagers prepare for war as they amaze you by a blowgun demonstration. Visit Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina it is much more than just a place, it is North Carolina’s great living history.

Battleship North Carolina

Walk the decks of the marvelous Battleship North Carolina near downtown Wilmington for an intimate reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of the young men who served on this 728-foot ship during World War II, earning it 15 battle stars. The Battleship North Carolina is moored along Cape Fear River across from the Wilmington Riverwalk, a scenic boardwalk with shops, restaurants and museums.

North Carolina has a treasure chest full of places where history was made and still comes alive. North Carolina’s state historic sites offer unique glimpses into our past and collectively tell the story of our state from Native Indian settlers to per-colonial times to World War II. We welcome you to experience them all.

Find Your Next Treasure At These Charlotte-Gastonia Thrift Shops

Thrift store shopping brings a magnificent place, filled to the brim with endless possibilities that are just waiting to be re-imagined.

Navigating the racks, shelves, buckets and piles of pre-owned pieces can be overwhelming for any casual shopper, but for me, it’s where I thrive.

Thrifting has become a popular choice for many shoppers especially for ones like myself looking for their next creative or vintage new style.

Thrift shopping is very cost effective, finding valuable items for next to nothing, help the community and they transport you to another time- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Come visit Sleepy Poet Antique Mall located in Charlotte at 4450 South Blvd and 111 West Main Ave in downtown Gastonia are filled with 250 local vendor booths.

Both are open on Monday through Thursday from 10 am until 6 pm, Friday through Saturdays from 10 am until 8pm and on Sundays from 12 pm until 6pm.

The Sleepy Poet Antique Mall sells everything from Antique Furniture and Vintage Clothing, to Mid-Century Modern and Classic Home Decor.

Shop the racks from their Vintage Clothing and Jewelry to their Antique furniture. You will surely come across something valuable that will grab your attention and add an extra something to your wardrobe and home.

So, plan a day or on your next weekend off, make a trip to Charlotte/Gastonia Sleepy Poet Antique Mall; where there is no rhyme or reason, just cool stuff to check out!

Whisk Away To North Carolina’s Top Vacation Spots

Each year millions of vacationers flock to the beautiful shores of North Carolina to bask in the warm sand and dazzling sea.

If you’re looking for a place that is identical to the Caribbean beaches with soft breeze and beautiful scenery come whisk yourself away to North Carolina’s top five vacation spots.

Hatteras Island

Come drive to the coast to the outer banks to take in the ocean breeze, peaceful atmosphere and enjoy fun in the sun of a trip of fishing. On Cape Hatteras Island you will find exactly that.

Take a trip full of surfing and scuba diving. Go beyond great seafood restaurants of enjoying a delicious plate of oysters and shrimp.

Take a walk on the beach with a friend or someone special to watch the beautiful gorgeous sunsets.


Every traveler will have his or her own favorite destination in the Outer Banks, and for many that place is Corolla. This town is known for its wide beaches that are equally perfect for serious relaxation or some fun-filled family time.

Corolla is a seasonal North Carolina beach oasis filled with charming oceanfront local golf courses, hiking trails, and delicious seafood restaurants.


The Outer Banks isn’t the only place in North Carolina worthy of a vacation. Take Boone located in the Blue Ridge Mountains is noted for having a blue tint, especially seen from a distance.

The trees around the mountains release isoprene into the atmosphere to create the stunning blue haze. Many travelers are drawn here for high country fun including horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

Lake Gaston

Leave the hustle and stress at home to take a trip to Lake Gaston, a peaceful lake where adventure and relaxation meet. Families can spend days soaking up the sun on the lakefront.

You can take your pick of indulging in a range of activities from hiking to boating to water skiing and more.

Topsail Island


Travelers looking for an Atlantic coastal destination with a long list of activities should check out Topsail Island. Here, you will find very mild temperatures year-round, beautiful shimmering waters that wash over Topsail Island beaches.

People can enjoy many activities such as kayaking and boating along the Intercoastal Waterway.

Any worries you have, leave them behind while you take a trip to one of North Carolina’s favorite vacation spots.

Whatever your preference is the Blue Ridge Mountains or Topsail Island you’ll find it along the expansive coast of North Carolina.

Experience North Carolina, Through Author Nicholas Sparks

North Carolina is the go-to destination for some authors when it comes to romance for writing their next novels. Many novels have been featured in several of North Carolina’s cities putting North Carolina on the spotlight and on the map. When it comes to romance, Nicholas Sparks has made a name for North Carolina.

Although Sparks is not a native North Carolinian, he has a geographical obsession with the state that has become a hallmark of his writing. In all, Sparks has authored seventeen novels and all his novels are set in various locations around North Carolina. Take a look of the best North Carolina novels to read this summer.

The Longest Ride

The novel, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a cowboy and Sophia Danko, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideas test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make a strong connection with elderly widower Ira Levinson whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife Ruth Levinson deeply inspire the young couple.

The novel is told through the perspectives of Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond trouble, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart. The Longest Ride explores the challenges and great rewards of enduring true love.

Safe Haven

The novel, Safe Haven is a story about a young woman named Erin on the run from her abusive husband. When she arrives in Southport, North Carolina she adopts the name Katie and begins to make a new life for herself. Her job as a waitress doesn’t pay much, but the people are kind and she has a nice place to live. Katie hopes that by keeping to herself she will avoid discovery and entanglements that would necessitate revealing who she is. However the heart has a mind of its own.

Katie becomes close to a widower named Alex and his two young children, falling in love with him and the children. Katie knows her husband Kevin, is a police officer in Massachusetts will not let her go and that his controlling behavior, possessiveness and violence could endanger not just Katie but Alex and his children. Nicholas Sparks takes us into the world of Safe Haven as Katie tries to escape and put her past behind her of starting a new life. She falls in love with a widower named Alex and his two children embarking on a journey of a new life of love, safety and haven.

The Last Song

The novel, The Last Song is a story that revolves around the summer of Ronnie Miller’s seventeenth year, during which she is sent to stay with her estranged father. Through their shared love of music the duo reconnect. A budding romance strikes between Ronnie and the privileged local boy Will.

North Carolina’s Most Beautiful Places To Visit

Escape and explore the most  exquisite spots that North Carolina has to offer.

When it comes to vacation spots or you just want to getaway from work, stress and everyday life, North Carolinians have it all from the beautiful scenery of Blue Ridge mountains to the beaches of Topsail Island and charming historic towns of Winston-Salem and Greensboro dotted in between, there is no shortage of breathtaking views for people to see.

Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head

Jockey’s Ridge State Park has a beautiful scenery of  towering sand dunes, which reaches 80′ – 100′ feet tall and the sand dunes look more of a dessert than in a coastal beach town.

These dues are barren, and made up of nothing but Outer Banks sand, providing an incredible playground for hang gliders, sand boarders, and anyone who doesn’t mind a long hike and some incredible island-spanning views.

While the sand dunes are certainly the biggest and most noticeable attraction in Jockey’s Ridge State Park, there are actually acres of outdoor activities for anyone to explore in this diverse recreational area, from kayaking to kiteboarding, hiking to just soaking up the sun in this tropical paradise spot.

 Looking Glass Falls, Brevard

The Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions and beautiful waterfalls in North Carolina. The name “Looking Glass”  comes from Looking Glass Rock, where the water freezes on its sides in the winter season and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror and looking glass.

The Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

Horticulturists, nature lovers and history buffs will find something unique each season at The Elizabethan Gardens. Winter, spring, summer and fall contribute to the ever changing beauty and tranquility of this unique garden, an oasis of color in a land of sea and sun.

Plan a visit to the Elizabethan Gardens and take in the vibrancy of this living memorial to the Lost Colony, built to entertain and delight Queen Elizabeth I during her reign.

Lake Lure, Rutherford County

There is no doubt that Lake Lure is one of the most beautiful places to relax and visit in North Carolina. The history of the town dates back over a hundred years. The tourist attraction has been a popular filming spot for Hollywood, with movies such as Thunder Road and Dirty Dancing having been partially filmed in the Lake Lure area.

The tours of Lake Lure are popular among many visitors and even North Carolina residents, with one of the most stunning parts of this corner of the state being the gorgeous Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

North Carolina has a lot of beautiful places and sights that are worthy of a visit. Take a trip to explore the great Tar Heel state and experience the many cultures, places, history and insights that North Carolina has to offer.#northcarolina

Entice Your Taste Buds, Taste Of Charlotte, June 9-11

Are you ready to get in on the FUN?

Taste of Charlotte is a three-day festival held along Tryon Street from Stonewall street to 5th Street from Friday June 9 through Sunday June 11 featuring over 100 samples from area restaurants.

The Taste of Charlotte will bring plenty of music, entertainment, and out of this world experience to sample the best food dishes of area restaurants.

There are many participants in the 19 annual Taste of Charlotte from local TV stations WBTV to local radio stations of 107.9 THE WLNK , WBT 1110 News Talk and Sports WFNZ to restaurants of Essex Bar and Bistro.

While the food is the main menu item at the Taste of Charlotte, there’s also plenty activities for kids and family. Enjoy delicious food while strolling the festival experiencing four stages of entertainment, street performances and interactive tours.

The Taste of Charlotte truly is a fun, friendly atmosphere for all ages. Come see for yourself why the Taste of Charlotte festival is an experience worth biting into of everything Charlotte has to offer. The admission to the event is free.


Israeli security forces and emergency services gather around a burnt-out bus following an explosion in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX)

May 28, 2016

Officials say a bus erupted Monday in mechanical area in southern Jerusalem, hurting as many as 16 people.

Jerusalem Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld spoke to USA TODAY that their department are figuring out if there was a hazardous device on the bus.

Channel 2 News reported that the bus had few people on board or was empty when the bus erupted.

Channel 2 News reported that the blast then burst through a second bus next to it, causing both buses to catch on fire.  Clouds of black smoke could be seen miles away from the area.

The news station reported from Shaare Tzedek Medical Center that 16 people were hurt, with two on the critical list.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told Channel 2 News that “Jerusalem citizens, all Israelis, need to be cautious.  They need to keep their range of view open “for apprehensive items and people.

The Associated Press reported that the blast came from among movement of Palestinian invasions on Israelis on the past several months and constructed initial fears of self-destruction attacks a years ago in Israeli cities.

Reuters reported that attacks on Israeli buses by self-destruction bombers were constant during the Palestinian revolt in 2000-2005 but they have been limited in consideration of.

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May 16, 2016

On Monday the Supreme Court failed to reach a clear-cut ruling in one of its biggest cases of the year a protest to a compromise under the Affordable Care Act that allowed certain religious nonprofits to decide out of contraceptive coverage for their employees.

The court’s decision in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, was unidentified, only three pages long, and distributed in the name of the whole court, perhaps highlighting how disruptive the issue was for the justices.  The gap was obvious during oral arguments in the case.

“Nothing in this point of view, or in the judgments or orders of the courts below, is to involve the ability of the Government to ensure that women covered by applicant’s health plans obtain, without cost, the full range of FDA accepted contraceptives,” the court said in the decision.

Zubik case reached the Supreme Court as a set of seven reinforce cases— all delivered by Christian academies, colleges and associated nonprofits.  The groups challenged a withdraw tool the Obama administration formulated for organizations that otherwise didn’t qualify for automatic exception from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage stipulation, as churches and chapels do.

To these groups, giving in with this pull out scheme was similar to being conniving in their female employees’ decisions to obtain contraception—- which, coupled with the risk of penalties for refusal, amounted to a difficulty on their faith under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Caught between spiritual objections and the government’s concern in ensuring contraceptive access, the justices issued unusual order, less than a week after hearing the case, informing the Obama administration and the religious groups to reach an understanding.

That all but warn the court was divided on how to rule.

In a decision that appears to divide both ways, the justices seemed to show submission to both the administration’s efforts and the objectors’ faith — likely a result of a court struggling to reach unity after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The Government may not force taxes or penalties on applicants for failure to provide the important notice,” the court declared, referring to the withdraw form that carried about the lawsuit.

Perhaps more severely for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court effectively wiped out all of the government’s prior accomplishments in lower courts — where it had a impeccable streak— and ensured that these cases will be ongoing.

“Given the pressure of the discussion and the substantial explanation and cleansing in the positions of the parties, the parties …should be allowed an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that welcomes applicants’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by applicants’ health plans receive sufficient and identical health coverage, including contraceptive coverage,” the court said.

However, the very heart of these cases was left totally unclear, and the Supreme Court tried strong to not tip its grasp as these controversies face a new round of claims.

“The Court asserts no view on the integrity of the cases,” the justices said. “In particular, the Court does not decide whether applicants’ faith exercise has been considerably loaded, whether the Government has a compelling importance or whether the current arrangements are the least confining means of serving that interest.”

Reasonably fearing that the court’s decision might give certain religious employers the ability to stand in the way of their employees’ access to birth control coverage, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote separately to clear-up what Obamacare does — and what it clearly doesn’t do.

“Requiring standalone birth-control method-only coverage would leave in oblivion.  Sotomayor wrote, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “And requiring that women appropriately pulls out into such coverage would force just the kind of roadblock to the delivery of preventive services that Congress wanted to wipe out.”

Moments after the decision, the Supreme Court ruled separately in a number of awaiting cases that depended on the fallout in Zubik—- a string of challenges involving the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic district and other religiously affiliated institutions and ministries.

However, with the main ruling, these cases are expected to continue in lower courts for periods of time, or maybe even years.  With no decision in sight, it wouldn’t be surprising if another version of the case arrives at the high court — perhaps by the time there’s a ninth justice established.

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Sunday Night Jazz Jam In Old Town Cornelius

Come join us on Sunday April 30 to jazz it up at Old Town Cornelius for Jazz Jam hosted by the dazzling rhythm section of Scott McCloud on bass and Brian Burton on drums!

Come out to enjoy some great jazz music while you treat your soul and ears to the sounds of drums, bass, guitar, sax, keys, harmonica, vocals…you name it and you will hear it!

The jazz jam is held every other Sunday from 6-9 pm. Join us at Old Town Cornelius to fill your mind, body and soul with some groovy jazz.

Jazz Jam is a celebration of music and culture where many musicians from Cornelius, Davidson, Lake Norman, and Charlotte areas come out for a vibrant and flourishing arts scene just outside of Charlotte, NC.

The musicians offer a very unique mix of music associated with the Cornelius, Davidson, Lake Norman, and Charlotte areas including jazz, be-bop, neo-soul, pop and blues music, which is often blended with Ragtime, Folk music, classical and many other styles.

The jazz jam is often a platform for many musicians to showcase their talents from different regions in North Carolina.

Want to hear so great jazz music?

Then stop by Old Town Cornelius for your music destination for culture of all kinds: from boutique stores and bottle shops, to farm-to-fork restaurants and live music venues.

Scene-Stealing, North Carolina Backgrounds On The Big Screen

North Carolina has been stealing some of Hollywood’s thunder being the go-to destination for shooting well-known movies, TV shows and Television productions.

Many of North Carolina’s cities have boasted hot spots from movies and Emmy®-winning TV shows. Below is a backstage pass to the box-office feature films and stellar-award winning TV shows that put North Carolina on the spotlight and the map.

Shots Fired (TV, 2017-present)

New prime time FOX drama series that centers around the story-lines of police shootings, racial profiling, police corruption and racial prejudice. The show is featuring mega-stars Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox and Helen Hunt as Patricia Eamons. The show is filmed in North Carolina’s largest city in Charlotte, where show is filmed extensively in and around the city. During the show’s first season they used locations such as the Charlotte Convention Center for their amazing backgrounds.

Logan Lucky (Film, 2017)

One film that appeared in the box-office is Logan Lucky where shooting took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film crews actually filmed during the running of the actual Coco-Cola 600. The film had starred Hillary Swank, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl and Daniel Craig.

Sully (Film, 2016)

North Carolina largest city Charlotte played a prominent and starring role in the film “Sully”. The film starred academy award winner Tom Hanks as Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. The film’s true story of US Airways Flight 1549, bound to Charlotte from New York City.

The flight was forced to land on the Hudson River after the plane was experiencing multiple bird strikes to its engines upon takeoff from the airport. Many of the passengers on the plane were Charlotte residents, including Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias. If you remember the actual plane that is seen in the film was shot on-site at its permanent resting place at Charlotte’s Carolinas Aviation Museum.

Charlotte Knights Pay Tribute To Jackie Robinson And Honor Negro League

On Tuesday, the Charlotte Knights honored the great legacy of the Negro Leagues at BB&T Ballpark stadium.

Five former Negro League players will take in festivities of greeting fans, signing autographs, and throwing out Baseball ceremonial first pitches.

Former Negro League player, Eddie “G.G.” Burton, Charlotte resident quoted to local news station WCNC “It means an awful lot. I give a lot of credit to teams like the Charlotte Knights, who have chosen to honor us here at the ball field.”

Knights Honor Jackie Robinson

Eddie “G.G.” Burton played for the Harrisburg Giants from 1947-1955. The Knights also paid tribute and celebrated Jackie Robinson breaking important milestone of baseball’s color barrier in April of 1947 which took place 70 years ago. At BB&T Ballpark the Knights also welcomed the Negro League historians having artifacts, featured photos and historical displays. The Charlotte Knights players got the opportunity to meet the former Negro League players.

Charlotte’s Historic Roots

Burton quoted to local news station WCNC, “People and players don’t believe some of the stories that I tell them. Because the game it’s nothing like it is today. The guys don’t know how truly lucky they are.”

Charlotte has great historical roots within its history, it was once home to some of the most famous and prominent Negro League Baseball teams in the Eastern United States. Some of the teams names were The Red Socks, the Charlotte Pepsi and the Charlotte Black Hornets. According to the Center for Negro League Baseball says the Charlotte Black Hornets were the most famous of the minor league teams.

Best Night of the Season

The Charlotte Knights open their doors at 6p.m. at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday’s game. Tuesday the Knights returned home to the ballpark stadium where they played their best baseball of their season. The Knights ended their great night beating the Pawtucket Red Sox by a score of 3-1 in their opening game. The team’s win improved the team’s record to 5-0 at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte yesterday evening


May 14, 2016

A damaged OGA Charters bus is hauled away after a fatal rollover on Saturday, May 14, 2016, south of the Dimmit-Webb County line on U.S. 83 North in Texas. Danny Zaragoza|Laredo Morning Times

LAREDO, TX- Saturday a charter bus was en route to a casino that crashed in miles of South Texas, killing eight people and hurting 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover, authorities said.

On U.S. Highway 83 about 46 miles north of Laredo seven people died at the scene and another person died later at a Laredo hospital, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Conrad Hein said.

“The operator of the bus lost control and rolled over, Everything’s real exploratory right now, Hein said.”

The operator of the bus was among the survivors of the crash.  His name and the names of travelers were not directly available, Hein said.

The trooper announced it was storming Saturday morning but it was undetermined if that was a factor in the crash that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

“Our troopers are going to inspect into what happened but it’s going to take us some time.  We just know the operator of the bus lost control, he said of the investigation.”

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Saturday night it was dispatching a team to also inspect the wreck.  The team were supposed to appear Sunday.

Webb County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ricardo Rangel informed the Laredo Morning Times the bus belonging to OGA Charters was on the way to a casino in Eagle Pass, about 125 miles northwest of Laredo.  The bus corporation is stationed in San Juan, in Hidalgo County in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  A note left at the bus corporation Saturday was not directly returned.

Hein affirmed 23 people were taken to Doctors Hospital in Laredo, where the eighth victim died.  There were fifteen people taken to Laredo Medical Center and seven people were taken to a Dimmit County hospital in Carrizo Springs.

Priscilla Salinas, a spokeswoman for Laredo Medical Center, said bus travelers being cared for there were in stable condition.  She said she could share no further information.

The highway at the accident scene was reopened by early nightfall.  Laredo is about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.

In Texas in the last several years the crash was one of the dangerous bus accidents.  In January 2015, two state corrections leaders and eight prisoners were killed after their Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus bumped into a piece of removed highway guardrail west of Odessa.  The bus dropped down about 20 feet before clashing a Union Pacific freight train that happened to be traveling below the highway.  Last Thursday, the NTSB analyzed that the wreck was caused by the bus bumping the guardrail piece.

In 2008 seventeen travelers died near Sherman when their bus dropped over a highway bridge on their way to a devotional sanctuary in Missouri.  The NTSB accused that crash on a retreaded tire on the right front axle that was ruptured by an unknown object.

However, the retread itself wasn’t the source, the committee noted that the tire was fasten to the front axle illegally, the bus corporation didn’t have the force to leave Texas after declining an inspection three months earlier, and the company that investigated the bus wasn’t completed to judge whether it was ready for the road.  The owner of the Houston bus corporation was incriminated with making dishonest statements but escaped prison in 2014 after a federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation in an appeal affidavit.

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MAY 11, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (NC ONLINE NEWS) —There’s a connection of courage hidden within our community that most people assume to ignore. Many people belittle this connection of courage, focusing on their past rather than bringing out their potential. However, buried in plain sight, all through our community, convicts are making our community more fitting for them and all of us.

When many convicts return to society they feel judged and reminded of the bad decisions they made. King of Kings House is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides a safe drug free environment to men who are in need of a second chance.

King of Kings help those in need especially men who are exiting out of prison. They specialize in immediate referral services for low-cost living, personal living space and helping men to adapt to drug-free environments.

King of Kings help men build long lasting relationships with God, family and friends as well as themselves. Their goal is to strengthen hope to individuals whose lives have collapsed briefly and have found themselves homeless. King of Kings team up with many organizations that give job training, interpersonal development and job skills.

The organizations that team up with King of Kings, My Father’s Choice Ministries help provide transitional housing to men while providing character development. Miracle House of Hope is a transitional housing company organized to teach discipline and life management. Lastly MFC International is tailored to developing men through the workforce development and job attainment.

“My boyfriend went through this program and has since gone back to school to become an engineer, said Anna R.”

King of Kings goal is to influence as many men as they can possibly who are determined about making a positive change in their lives.

Related Links: http://www.kingofkingshouse.org/

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May 9, 2016 10:30 AM

Stephen Curry, MVP

PORTLAND, Ore.-Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be entitled NBA Most Valuable Player for a second straight season, according to organization sources.

According to sources they told ESPN.com that the extensively foreseen honor for Curry is anticipated to be announced in the next few days, with the Warriors hover to return to Oakland, California, on Tuesday after Monday night’s Game 4 in Portland.

Curry has been an mind-boggling favorite to repeat as league MVP since the Warriors’ record-framework start to the season, when Warriors went 24-0 outperforming the previous record for perfect start to a season by nine wins—midway to a 73-9 mark that overshadow the 1995-96 Chicago Bull’s 72-10 record as the successful single season in NBA history.

Curry is demanding to become the first collectively chosen MVP in NBA history; Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James dropped one vote shy of unified pick in 2000 and 2013, properly.

Curry has given himself a spot at across-the-board the selection thanks to a season as demographic prevalent as any guard has ever put together.

Curry is the first player in league history at any spot to moderate 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over the development of a full season.

Curry also smashed his single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402 — his ‎preceding record was 286 last season — while accompanying Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 ratio from the floor, 45 ratio from 3-point range and 90 ratio from the line in a single season.

The 28-year-old will be the 11th player to achieve adjacent MVP awards in the NBA’s 70-season survival. LeBron James was the last to accomplish that victory with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.


Author to credit: Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer

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MAY 4, 2016

Former NC State Golfer, Kelly Mitchum has engaged in more than 20 PGA Tour events, but nothing quite like this week’s event in Charlotte of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Mitchum said, “It will be nostalgic, and a lot sourer than sweet,”.

Kelly Mitchum is the lead golf instructor at Pinehurst Golf Academy, Mitchum wouldn’t have been in the Wells Fargo field had it not been for the death of Mike Townsend, head golf professional from Kiawah Island, S.C. who was killed in a car accident last summer.  Mike Townsend’s victory in the 2015 Carolinas PGA Section Championship had won the Wells Fargo slot at Quail Hollow Club.

Back in March, Mitchum won the Carolinas PGA Head Professional title and the Townsend’s Wells Fargo berth.  Mitchum will be using the tournament this week to raise funds to help Mike Townsend’s family- his wife Katherine and her two children, 3-year-old Spencer and 1-year-old Ana Kate.

During the tournament donations to the Michael Townsend Trust Fund can be made by promising a dollar amount for the number of pars or birdies made by Mitchum during the tournament or a one-time contribution.

Mitchum said, “Mike has been memorialized in many ways and I wanted to find a way I could help the family financially.  “ A lot of people have charity events where they play a number of holes in a day or walk a number of miles.  I personally thought this would be another way of doing it.”

Mitchum is trying to make as many birdies and pars as he can to help out Townsend’s family by playing all four days.

Mithchum said, “There’s a lot of pressure, but this is for Mike Townsend and he was really looking forward to playing in a Tour event.  Unfortunately life sometimes doesn’t always go as planned or expected, as we all know.”

Michael Townsend was a former Methodist University All-American and a Garner native, he was the head pro at the Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique course.  Townsend had a four-shot win over fellow Kiawah Island Club pro Charles Frost in the Carolinas PGA Section championship on July 30 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Townsend had the choice of either battling in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro or the Wells Fargo.

However, some days later Townsend died in a single-car accident on Johns Island, S.C.  He was 32-years-old.

Carolinas PGA Section pros gathered to hit ceremonial tee shots into “Lake Townsend” at Bryan Park Golf Course in Greensboro having a ceremony honoring Townsend that was held in August.

Kelly Mitchum, 45, has participated in the PGA Championship four times and will be battling in his 25th career PGA Tour event.  Townsend’s win in March also obtained him a slot in the recent RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.

During the first two rounds Mitchum was partnered with flashy Bryson DeChambeau, the former U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion at SMU who was making his pro debut.

“He’s the real deal type of person, Mitchum said.  “He really has confidence in himself and he’s got all the shots.”

Kelly Mitchum, 1991 ACC champion at N.C. State and four-time All-American, made the slot at Quail Hollow in 2004 and said he is pleased by the golf course and the tournament setup.

“I feel fanastic about my game, “ he said.  “I need to break away from making any enormous errors, I need to make a few putts.”

Kelly Mitchum has become a YouTube prodigy because of his putting.  One of his videos on YouTube titled “The best 3-putt, ever” has received almost 800,000 views and another “Best 3-putt, ever?” has been broadly watched.

In the first round, he hits three consecutive putts, all with right-to-left breaks, all breaking off up in the same cup.  In second round, one swing of the putter sends three balls in three various directions, all landing in different cups.

Kelly Mitchum’s cup of tea at the Golf Academy at Pinehurst Resort is the short game, but he has said during the video tapings, “Some people had to be curious what is this guy actually doing?  Mitchum said it took about an hour to shoot the first video, but during the second and third hours on the second.

Mitchum is desiring to make a lot more putts this week. It will be excellent in more ways than more.

Source to Credit: The News & Observer, Author: Chip Alexander

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APRIL 28, 2016 11:00AM

Allen Montague ArtistRALEIGH, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —The Flea Market Trade show featured the amazing craftsmanship of the Allen Montague Collectors Corner at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend.  The Flea Market Trade show featured many fine works of Allen Montague’s Collectors Corner of custom handmade knives and beautiful acrylic artwork.

Allen Montague Collectors Corner showcased many artworks that is nostalgia, abstract, expressionistic, figurative expressionism, nautical, impressionistic and pet portraits of different designs.

Montague’s Collectors Corner showcased many artworks such as expressionistic of jazz band playing music, abstract of acrylic oil-based colors, figurative expressionism of acrylic painting of a woman named Julia, nautical painting of lighthouse on the beach with sailboats and Pet portraits of Golden Retriever.

Allen Montague jazz
Jazz band playing music
Golden Retriever
Pet portraits of Golden Retriever
Sail boat on the beach
Lighthouse on the beach with sail boats
Woman's Portait
Figurative expressionism of acrylic painting of a woman named Julia

Montague’s collectors corner also showcased custom handmade knives made with different types of steels.  Montague’s knives are made of a solid block of high quality, stainless or carbon heat tempered steel.  The Knives have a unique handle design that is hand painted design to your own specifications or embellished with one of Montague’s designs.

Montague’s collectors corner cap off their knives with a beautiful handmade Coach leather sheath, which is custom made for each blade and that the knife will be a great gift for a friend or yourself never to be forgotten.  Hence, the name, “The Heirloom Knife”.

Montague’s inspiration for the “The Heirloom Knife” embarked on his passion for making custom handmade knives.  As a professional designer and artist for many years, Allen Montague created numerous designs and products seen across the United States.

“I wanted to create something that could be passed down through the generations.  Hence, “The Heirloom Knife”.  Since I have a son, daughter, and two grandsons who are all avid sportsmen, knives seemed like the answer, said Montague.”

Before Allen Montague started the collectors corner he started doing Rock ‘n’ Roll and spent 30 years doing art in galleries from Virginia to North Carolina.  Montague did a cooking show that was televised on Fox and Time Warner Cable for 7 years that showcased 320 shows.

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Two NC High School Athletes Awarded 2016 All-District Honors

APRIL 26, 2016

Jordan Matthews High School
Mateen Brothers, Rahim Mateen and Rahman Mateen with their Coach PJ Lowman.

SILER CITY, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —Two Jordan Matthews High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team, two of their players were introduced as the 2016 All-District Honors.

The Mateen Brothers, Rahim Mateen and Rahman Mateen, 12th graders received the All-District Honors from the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBA). Rahim Mateen received the award of being Player of the Year of Jordan-Matthews High School and their coach PJ Lowman received Coach of the Year award.

The Jordan-Matthews Boys Varsity Basketball Team participate in the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBA). The NCBA 2015-2016 Men’s District is made up of 12 Districts. Jordan-Matthews High School participated in the conference as District 8.

District 8 of the NCBA covered counties of Chatham, Randolph, Lee, Harnett, Montgomery, Stanly, Moore, Richmond, Anson and Scotland Counties.

In the NCBA conference, District 8 was composed of three teams, the 1st team Jordan-Matthews Rahim Mateen and Rahman Mateen, 12th graders, Pinecrest-Brandon Harrell, 12th grader, North Stanly-Stephen Misenheimer, 12th grader and Asheboro-Tazmine Dunn.

The 2nd and 3rd teams were Asheboro-Emmanuel Jones, 12th grader, Eastern Randolph-Cole Cheek and Jordan Watt 12th graders, Southern Lee-Noah Millette, 12th grader and Southwestern Randolph-Ethan Walker, 11th grader. Lastly the 3rd team was Scotland County-Willie Douglas and Niem Ratliffe, 12th and 10th graders, Pinecrest-Donnie Haith, 11th grader, Southwestern Randolph-Brandon Dunn, 12th grader and Eastern Randolph-Silas Headen, 12th grader.

Jordan-Matthews High School Boys’ basketball team played a fantastic season ending with 23-6 season. 12th grader Rahim Mateen played 16.3 pts/game and had 6 rebs/game while his brother 12th grader Rahman Mateen played 15.4 pts/game had 3 rebs/game and 2 assists.

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Posted April 18, 2016 6:30PM Updated April 19, 2016 2:30PM EDT

Infant Remains found under home
Police in Smithfield are investigating after they say multiple bags of human child remains were found under a house. 4:11 PM – 18 Apr 2016 · Smithfield, NC Photo of abc11

SMITHFIELD, NC-The police have found the body of at least one infant that was found in the tunnel space of a Smithfield home over the weekend, according to a court order released Monday.

Authorities say, James Morgan, who resides in the tenanted home with his mother, Pamela McBride, who was transporting a cable under the house, at 102 Hartley Drive, when Morgan found couple garbage bags in the tunnel space Saturday afternoon.  When Morgan looked to see what was inside one of the bags, he catches a glimpse of what he thought were human remains, so he and his mother called the police.

A Johnston County medical examiner and Smithfield police later affirmed the body of an infant were in one of the garbage bags.  According to the letter for a court order to search the house and neighboring property, towels were bundled around the body, which were planted inside three garbage bags.

According to neighbor Tozziana Salazar said, “You would discover it in the news from other locations and then, approached to it being so nearby, it’s very unsettling.”

According to the court order application, McBride told the authorities that her daughter, who use to reside in the home, has struggled drug addiction and tried to conceal several pregnancies.  McBride said her daughter often would disclaim being pregnant in the first place and then wouldn’t clarify what had occurred to the baby after she had given birth to the child.  McBride expressly attributed a 2005 incident when her pregnant daughter sealed herself in the restroom for a few hours.  Family members later uncovered a “path of blood” and believed the baby had been delivered, even though the child was nowhere to be detected.

According to the court order application, McBride has guardianship of two of her grandchildren, a 8-month-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.  Another child was given up for adoption at birth.  McBride believed her daughter had been pregnant about ten times.

When authorities searched the home, they apprehended the two garbage bags and the body that was found under the house, a bottle of prenatal vitamins, many Department of Social Services messages postmarked to the daughter and molded grocery bags from a cold storage that contained a phone and other general items.

The body of the infant have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh.

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APRIL 14, 2016 06:00 PM , UPDATED APRIL 15, 2016 1:30PM


The Panthers will kick off their 2016 regular season will start just like the playoffs ended in February.

There will be a Super Bowl 50 rematch of the Panthers and Broncos that will open on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver.  The Broncos won by 24-10.  That’s the first five primetime games featuring the dominating NFC champs.

Since 1970 it is the first Super Bowl rematch on an opening weekend, when Minnesota beat champion Kansas City 27-10.
Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said, “It’s inspiring for our players to compete on a national stage.  We have earned the right to be in the limelight and we have to take advantage of it.”

The Panthers hurdled over the Seahawks on the way to the Big Game, they will get a shot at retribution on Sunday Night Football in early December.  This will be the seventh meeting between the two divisions over a four-year period.
On Monday night football the Carolina Panthers will play twice.  They’ll host Tampa Bay in October and visit Washington on MNF in December.  On Thursday there will be a second game against New Orleans.
The Panthers will have a mainstream stretch that will look exceptionally alarming with three west coast trips over a five-week period.  That mainstream stretch includes Seattle, which will certainly be stressful.

The regular football season ends on Christmas Eve against the Falcons.

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APRIL, 12, 2016

SILER CITY, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —One of the most well-known arguments that people make about the gender pay gap is that it simply doesn’t exit.  Take this for example of the CBS Money Watch that argues The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth.

However, brushing off the pay gap as a fable was created by feminists who couldn’t understand the distinction of finance.  Also on Equal Pay Day is the day that marks how far women in 2016 have to work to catch up with what men had earned last year.  As we explore why pay equity has not simply been achieved and why the subject cannot be brushed off.

Did you know that pay gap has been argued on average from people all over the United States including men and women?  On average women in the United States make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, arguing that it is a very deceitful underestimation.  According to a Washington Post 2015 article, there has been a few experts arguing that there is a wage gap but there are differences in the life choices of men and women.  Such as for women leaving the job when they have children.

Many people argue that the argument of “life choices” made by women are the reason behind the gap is, in itself is ridiculous.  Many women today like to choose to stay home or just cut back on their hours after having children.  However, a lot women don’t decide that. A lot of the time some women are pressured out because they can’t find a full-time job that offers and affords some kind of flexibility or they can’t afford child care.  In our society Americans remain contradictory about women working outside of the home.  Did you know that 30 percent of Americans still believe women should stay home after having children or be fulltime moms to care for young children?

The Gender Pay Gap is a lot worse for women of color.  Black women in 2014 in the United States earned 63 percent of what white men made in this country were paid.  According to the National Women’s Law Center, Latina women earned 54 percent than blacks.  National women’s Law Center estimates that black women tend to lose more than $877,000 over a span of a 40-year career as an aftermath of the pay gap.  Also Black women will have less likely to have access to things on the job such as family leave and paid sick days and flexible work schedules.

When women enter traditionally male fields, the pay drops.  Another reason of brushing off the gender pay gap is to point out that women tend to work in lower paying job fields such as nursing, social work and teaching.  Research has shown that when women enter commonly “male” fields they make less money.

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MARCH 25, 2016

RALEIGH, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —There has been uproar on social media over the battle over Transgender Ordinance. Celebrities, Politicians, and the media all across the country have taken their fight to social media to deliberate the House Bill 2, which revoked a local transgender ordinance in North Carolina.

The bill has blazed a powerful debate on social media. If you click here, you will see multitude of tweets arguing about the issue using hashtag #HB2.

Many Celebrities like actress Laverne Cox of the Netflix original series “Orange is New Black” have asked followers to organize and fight the bill.

North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory broadcasted a statement on his decision to sign the bill on Twitter Wednesday evening, calling the Charlotte’s ordinance ridiculous.
Governor McCrory’s office announced a statement explaining his response, “The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte. This radical breach of trust and security under the false argument of equal access not only impacts the citizens of Charlotte but people who come to Charlotte to work, visit or play. This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room.
“While local municipalities have important priorities working to oversee police, fire, water and sewer, zoning, roads, and transit, the mayor and city council took action far out of its core responsibilities. As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette which was to go into effect April 1. Although other items included in this bill should have waited until regular session, this bill does not change existing rights under state or federal law.
“It is now time for the city of Charlotte elected officials and state elected officials to get back to working on the issues most important to our citizens.”
North Carolina Attorney General and Democratic candidate Roy Cooper is set against McCrory in the November election. Cooper posted a video to the social media of Facebook debating with the bill before it passed. Copper called the HB2 bill biased.
After the HB2 bill was passed, NC Attorney General Cooper asked his Twitter followers to retweet his photo statement that reads, “We’re better than this. Discrimination is wrong, period.”
The North Carolina Attorney General tweet also included the hashtag “#WeAreNotThis”, which has sparked on social media.

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North Carolina University Launches Probe after Police Officer Handcuffed Assault Victim

MARCH 25, 2016| 11:45AM

GREENVILLE, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —A North Carolina University is handling a private review after a white police officer handcuffed a black man who just been viciously beaten by four white people.

Chancellor Steve Ballard said Thursday in a statement to his students, East Carolina Officials were astounded by the matter, which had occurred off campus, but overturned onto the university when the man who ran from the beating was caught and attacked again near a dining hall.

Chancellor Ballard said in his statement, “We understand the inquiry this far provides no affirmation that race played a lead.  We foresee that to be predicament and advise our community and campus to let the work procedure occur.”

Greenville Police said in a news release, the occurrence happened on March 17 when Patrick Myrick punched a woman in the face.

Officials say a lot of people began to attack Myrick, chase him and beat him up again.  Myrick had to be taken to the hospital, he suffered crucial injuries.

Officials say three of the white suspects have been arrested.  Mark Privette, 33, Mack Humbles, 26; and Theresa Marie Lee, 25 all three are charged with assault administering bodily harm and felony.  It is unknown if any of the three suspects had lawyers to speak on their behalf.

Police are searching for the fourth suspect.  According to the school Lee was an East Carolina student but is no longer enrolled as a student.

The East Carolina Police Department is presiding over an internal review of the officer who handcuffed Myrick.  The Police didn’t disclose the officer’s name but said he is on leave and not on campus of the university.

The authorities are currently analyzing the videotape of the incident and said the officer did not use any violence towards Myrick.

Officials say under North Carolina law, police officers can’t charge Myrick with punching a woman in the face because they have to see the crime take place for an offense.  The authorities say the woman involved in the incident told officers that she wants to get arrest warrant against Myrick.

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Raleigh Mother Breaks the Law by Not Reporting Her Child Missing

MARCH 24, 2016

RALEIGH, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —The Raleigh Police Department have charged a mother with Felony on Wednesday, saying the mother had no contact with her 14-year-old son for six days and didn’t tell the local authorities like the state law requires.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts, under “Caylee Law”, the State law says it’s a failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.  It’s a felony after 24 hours of no contact with the child.

Officials say the teen’s disappearance occurred because he did not show for a scheduled appearance in juvenile court Wednesday.

Jewell A. Grant, 37, of 7600 Mine Valley Road was charged under sector of the State law that makes it a felony for a parent or guardian to not inform the police if the parent or guardian doesn’t know the whereabouts of the child.  The parent or guardian hasn’t had contact with the child for a 24-hour period.

Spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said Thursday, “The Police had no explanation that the child, whose name wasn’t revealed because he is a juvenile and was in any endangerment.”

Officials say the case he was to have appeared Wednesday was not divulged and also because of his age.

Officials say Grant was freed on a 5,000 bail.

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NC Officer Gets Shot in Jail Booking Area by Suspect

MARCH 22, 2016

DURHAM, NC (NC ONLINE NEWS) —Police said Monday a North Carolina Police Officer was shot by a snooping suspect in the booking area of the county jail.

Police Officials say the City of Durham voiced in a news release on early Monday that Durham police Officer R.S. Turner discovered the suspect reaching for his gun in his back pants after unlocking his handcuffs in the booking area of the Durham County Detention Facility.

SOURCE: Durham jail crime scene (NC ONLINE NEWS)

Authorities said 44-year-old Danny McMillen and Officer Turner tackled over the gun, firing off once as the bullet grazed Turner’s abdomen.  Turner has been released from the hospital.

Investigators say, Turner was responding to a pepping call when he arrested McMillen about 90 minutes earlier.

McMillen is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on government official, secret pepping, and other charges.  It is unclear if he had a lawyer.

Durham County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman said the shooting happened outside the secure boundary of the detention facility in an area where each law enforcement agency provides it owns security.  Spokeswoman said a Detention officer helped Durham police in an pursuit to control the suspect.

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