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The Clown Who Stumbled Into Grace

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It was 2009 when Sister Dorothy Fabritze entered the office of Father Frank Cancro's parish in Charlotte, NC. She was there to petition funds on behal...

As A Muslim, Here's Why I Attend Trump Rallies

Rose Hamid | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Rose Hamid

I want to interact with people like her, and who say they hate Muslims, who would not go to open houses at Mosques or read pamphlets which explain that the religion of Islam does not promote terrorism.

Listen Up!

Rose Hamid | Posted 10.17.2016 | Religion
Rose Hamid

October 21st is World Day of Listening. The Wold Day of Listening website states: "We are Listeners from around the world, representing many traditions, professions, and walks of life - working together to offer peaceful, non-confrontational listening, free of charge and without advice, judgement, argument or interpretation. We are non-partisan and non-promotional."

Five Billion Dollar Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

As I've previously pointed out in McCrory's House Bill 2: A Brief Outline of its Five "Parts," only one part of that five-part bill is about bathrooms, and HB2 provides no remedy if anyone uses the "wrong" restroom.

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

How Latinos are Changing Charlotte's Face

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 05.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Hirania Luzardo

It is easy to fall in love with Charlotte. Charlotte is a captivating place; a modern and a quiet urban city with a solid financial network of ban...

Finding God and Easter Eggs at the Supreme Court in North Carolina

Carolyn Davis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

For me, an ordained United Methodist minister and occasional theology professor and preacher, I cannot help but think first of the women who struggle every day to keep themselves and their families healthy in lean financial times. The women for whom an unplanned pregnancy could mean a lost job, physical risk or devastating financial expense.

From the Sultan of Cities to a Queen City...

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.14.2016 | New York
Arzu Kaya Uranli

While İstanbul is the sultan of other cities and New York is the "Empire State," Charlotte is the "Queen City." So it's time to explore and see why.

How Did You Become Such a Friggin' Liberal?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

I'm often asked by some family and some friends, "How did you become such a Liberal?" Usually not that nicely, but you can guess the rest. The questio...

Charlotte Newspaper Gives Honest Answer to Reader's Question: Why Do You Support Such a Liberal Agenda?

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Yuna Shin

Taylor Batten, the Editorial Page Editor of The Charlotte Observer invited the readers to ask honest questions on Honesty Day, April 30, and promised honest answers. One of the readers, David Fry, took up on this opportunity and sent in his question.

New Artist Reviews: Lovesucker

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

When truly authentic music is created, it does not go unnoticed. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, gypsy-soul duo Lovesucker is invigorating the music world with their emotive musicianship and strong female vocals.

Transgender Student Claims Prejudice and Harassment by North Carolina College

Alexa Diaz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexa Diaz

Andraya Williams and Laverne Cox are pictured together in February. (Image Credit: Sarah Demarest) More than one hundred supporters of Andraya Willia...

15 Things That Happen When You Piss Off A City

Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Carly Ledbetter

A few weeks ago, I decided to write an article about a city I'd recently lived in and call it "the weirdest." In just my third week on the job, I'd pi...

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About America's City Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Arlington, VA, is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista, CA, is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line.

US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum

Eric Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.

Green Infrastructure: Cities Across the Nation Become More Resilient (Part III)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

A number of American cities are looking at innovative and creative ways to develop new park land for their residents in projects which can also help protect their local streams and rivers from the type of dirty water and even raw sewage overflow caused by heavy rainfalls.

DNC Rules Raise Danger for Protesters

Dan Johnson | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Dan Johnson

Charlotte, N.C., has many things in store for convention attendees. But between item restrictions, free-speech zones, airport-style security and the militarization of convention police, Charlotte will have many other things in store for those willing to disagree.

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael BeckelThe Center for Public IntegrityCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While Democrats have touted their grassroots fundraising efforts for the 2012 Democ...

Christina Wilkie

Dirty Politics: Charlotte's Underworld Hungrily Awaits The DNC

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

The VIP section of a popular nightclub in Charlotte, N.C., was booming on a Thursday night in mid-June, as well-dressed revelers passed around top-she...

The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina's Kick-Ass Populism

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

There's a special ingredient in Tar Heel politics that the state's establishment have repeatedly ignored at their peril. Unique in Dixie, North Carolina has a populist tradition going back to the 1670s.

Andrea Stone

Just In Time For Democratic Convention: 'See Something, 'Say Something' Starts In Charlotte

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The Department of Homeland Security said it is expanding its "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign to Charlotte, N.C., just ...

Jason Cherkis

Democratic Convention's Host City Boasts Anti-Union Rules, Packed Shelters, Food Deserts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If Whole Foods were to sell a city, the proposal might look like how local booster Dan Murrey pitches Charlotte. In Murrey's tellin...

Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

Michael Carmichael | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Recognizing that women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

The Bachelor Week 8 Recap: Home Sweet Hometown Dates!

Tasha Gordon-Solmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Brad really upped the ante this week. He began the episode by announcing, "I feel very excited, but also I'm thinking a lot." Thinking? Things are getting serious.

At High-Poverty Schools One Volunteer Can Make All The Difference

Charlotte Observer | Eric Frazier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

With Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools slashing teachers and programs to close a $100 million budget gap, can one volunteer make a difference at a struggl...