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Chiquita shareholders reject merger with Irish company Fyffes

charlotteobserver.com — Shareholders of Charlotte-based Chiquita Brands International spurned the company's board of directors Friday, voting down a planned merger with Irish produce company Fyffes. That leaves Chiquita only days to decide whether to accept an all-cash bid by two Brazilian firms to buy Chiquita, which the board has thus far turned down.

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee defends secret cell phone surveillance by police

charlotteobserver.com — Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee on Thursday strongly defended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's secret surveillance of cellphones and other wireless devices, saying officers do not eavesdrop on conversations or store data from innocent people. In a publicly released memo to the City Council, Carlee said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police should continue to use portable equipment that imitates a cell tower.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @theobserver: Charlotte city manager defends cell phone surveillance by police, says bystanders' data not collected. bit.ly/1wotvem

Thom Tillis, once foe of Medicaid expansion for poor, urges state to consider it

charlotteobserver.com — In last spring's Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. "Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare," the narrator said. "Tillis stopped Obama's Medicaid expansion cold. It's not happening in North Carolina, and it's because of Thom Tillis."

Two shot dead at Lake Wylie home

charlotteobserver.com — LAKE WYLIE The York County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting deaths of two people found Thursday at a Lake Wylie home. Deputies responded to a 911 call at 5010 Tioga Road. No suspects have been taken into custody, sheriff's spokesman Trent Faris said, and investigators believe the shootings were not random.

James Madison’s Withers returns home to coach against Charlotte 49ers

charlotteobserver.com — Saturday's James Madison-Charlotte 49ers football game at Richardson Stadium won't be the first time the Dukes' Everett Withers has coached in his hometown of Charlotte. Withers, in his first season as head coach at James Madison, has coached games in Charlotte three times, all of them at Bank of America Stadium.
Oct 24, 2014

Threat-level: low RT @mikepersinger: James Madison's Everett Withers returns home to coach against Charlotte 49ers. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Oct 24, 2014

James Madison's Everett Withers (West Charlotte) returns home to coach against Charlotte 49ers. @davidscott14 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Injury updates: Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams close to ready

charlotteobserver.com — The Carolina Panthers could get their all-time leading rusher back for their Thursday Night Football game against New Orleans on Oct. 30. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday the hope is that by then Williams will be fully recovered from his high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 4 at Baltimore.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @mikepersinger: Injury updates: Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams close to ready. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Oct 24, 2014

Injury updates: Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams close to ready. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Oct 23, 2014

Injury updates: Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams close to ready. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

One road closes, another opens as part of I-485 completion in northeast Mecklenburg County

charlotteobserver.com — Work to complete Interstate 485 in northeast Mecklenburg County led to the permanent closure of a road and the opening of another one this week. Benfield Road Extension opened on Thursday, while Docia Crossing Drive closed permanently between Johnston-Oehler/DeArmon roads and the entrance to Prosperity Park Shopping Center, the Charlotte Department of Transportation announced.
Oct 24, 2014

Traffic heads-up: NC 73 to close for weekend over I-85. Here's why. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/24/526…

World War II airmen fly again in storied B-29

charlotteobserver.com — BATON ROUGE, La. The bomber best known for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan also flew countless other raids. Karnig Thomasian's final mission on a B-29 Superfortress ended in flames when bombs collided and exploded in the air over Burma in 1945. He parachuted out and spent six months in a Japanese prison camp.

Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to site of historic Trucks win

charlotteobserver.com — It was one year ago that Darrell Wallace Jr. left his mark on NASCAR history. Much has changed as he returns this weekend to the site of his first Truck series victory, even the number on his truck. Wallace's win last fall at Martinsville (Va.)

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says new rules not only factor hurting his defense

charlotteobserver.com — When the NFL instituted new rules on illegal contact for defensive backs this offseason, many considered the moves a response to the physical play of Seattle's secondary. The Seahawks have complied, coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday night, but it hasn't worked out well for the defending Super Bowl champions, who visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @mikepersinger: Seattle coach Pete Carroll says new rules not only factor hurting his defense. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Oct 24, 2014

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says new rules not only factor hurting his defense. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Oct 23, 2014

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says new rules not only factor hurting his defense. @jjones9 story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

$8.5 million expansion gives N.C. Zoo’s polar bears more room to roam

charlotteobserver.com — ASHEBORO As Patches the polar bear checked out her new $8.5 million enclosure at the N.C. Zoo on Thursday, it was the children pressing their hands to the glass who were held captive.

Sycamore Brewing coming to South End

charlotteobserver.com — Justin Brigham has built many things in his life, but this is a first. He and his wife, Sarah, have spent the last year turning what used to be an old automotive garage into a brewery. Sycamore Brewing, at 2161 Hawkins St. in South End, will have its grand opening 2-9 p.m.

Wertz: High school football polls not always simple

charlotteobserver.com — About 15 percent of all the email I get - and I get tons - concerns the Sweet 16. One of the more constant questions: Team A beat Team B earlier this year, so why is Team B ranked ahead of Team A?

Providence High running back is proving size doesn’t matter

charlotteobserver.com — At 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, Providence High tailback Brian Mattar doesn't intimidate opposing defenses. He has proven during the past three seasons, however, that his size doesn't matter, rushing for 23 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards. Mattar, 19, had 60 yards on 17 carries during last week's 38-27 win against Ardrey Kell.
Oct 24, 2014

Providence High running back Brian Mattar proving size doesn't matter. He's 5-7, 155. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

How we see the appellate races

charlotteobserver.com — Many voters don't realize it, but the most consequential N.C. Supreme Court election in a decade will be decided Nov. 4. Four of the seven seats - a majority - are on the ballot this fall. So more justices will be elected in one day than will be elected in the eight years that follow.
Oct 24, 2014

Heads-up! Four of seven NC Supreme Court seats on ballot. Monumental. Editorial board recommends these. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

Pick 7: Observer football game picks 10.24.14

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