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Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy’s jury trial postponed

charlotteobserver.com — Greg Hardy's Nov. 17 jury trial on domestic violence charges has been postponed until after the NFL season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Because the Panthers have indicated they will wait until his legal matter is resolved, Hardy is unlikely to play this season.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @jjones9: Greg Hardy's trial postponed until after the season. His Panthers career likely over charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 30, 2014

Panthers DE Greg Hardy's Carolina Panthers career could be over with delay of trial until after season. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

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Remembering West Charlotte’s ‘Big Mo’ Collins

charlotteobserver.com — Mo Collins played offensive line on a national championship college football team at the University of Florida and started for the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl. But always, Collins was a West Charlotte Lion. Collins, once an All-American offensive lineman at West Charlotte, was in his first season as the Lions' head coach when he died Sunday at age 38.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @theobserver: Mo Collins - even with No. 1 Florida #Gators and Oakland #Raiders in Super Bowl - always a West Charlotte Lion charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 30, 2014

As we await Panthers-Saints, this great story on the late Mo Collins of CLT is well worth your time: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 30, 2014

38 is too young to die. Remembering West Charlotte’s ‘Big Mo’ Collins. Former #Gator & @raiders player. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 30, 2014

Remembering Mo Collins, standout in college and NFL, but most of all, a West Charlotte Lion. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527… pic.twitter.com/d8Fv76EbQo

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Blue Cross mistakenly notifies 42K customers in NC of incorrect rate increases

charlotteobserver.com — Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, said Thursday that about 42,000 customers around the state received insurance renewal letters with incorrect rates, some showing cost increases of more than 100 percent. The affected customers are on grandfathered Blue Advantage Plan A policies with $15 deductibles.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @theobserver: #ICYMI Blue Cross/Blue Shield messed up royally. 42,000 people informed of the wrong rates, many with huge hikes. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @theobserver: #ICYMI Blue Cross/Blue Shield messed up royally. 42,000 people informed of the wrong rates, many with huge hikes. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

Oct 30, 2014

Oops. "@theobserver: Blue Cross mistakenly notifies 42K customers in NC of incorrect rate increases dlvr.it/7MrGND #breaking #clt"

Oct 30, 2014

RT @anndosshelms: BCBSNC sends inflated health insurance rates to 38K NC residents -- and many are ticked at @kayhagan. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/30/527…

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Winter storm warning for western North Carolina

charlotteobserver.com — RALEIGH, N.C. Up to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall in parts of the mountains of western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for eight counties from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Saturday. The warning is in effect in Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Watauga and Yancey counties.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @theobserver: Off to the mountains this weekend? Watch out. A winter storm warning has been issued for 8 counties. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/31/528…

Madison Bumgarner country: A visit to a proud father's home

charlotteobserver.com — Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl. "Wooooooooooo." The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled backed into his living room, waving at me to follow.

Hornets’ Jeff Taylor sentenced to 18 months of probation, alcohol treatment

charlotteobserver.com — Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation on Thursday in connection with a domestic violence conviction, according to multiple media reports. Television news station WILX reported that as a part of the probation Taylor must complete 26 weeks in a batterer's intervention program.

NASCAR: Tony Stewart on the comeback trail

charlotteobserver.com — It has been months since Tony Stewart has been able to spend time reflecting on a strong performance on a NASCAR race track. He got a welcome respite last weekend at Martinsville, Va. Stewart was one of three drivers who elected not to pit during the final caution and took the lead briefly near the end of Sunday's Goody's 500.

Don King: early gay rights ‘warriors” dies of cancer

charlotteobserver.com — Don King arrived in Charlotte in the 1970s, an outwardly gay man, and became one of the region's early and most outspoken activists for the civil rights of gays and lesbians. King was passionate and firm. But always, whether he was standing up for gay men being entrapped by police or playing competitive bridge, King did it with a gentle, articulate Southern zeal.

Overdue honors for West Charlotte’s McCullough, Collins

charlotteobserver.com — Got a call this week from former West Charlotte basketball player Maurice Caldwell, who was one of the stars of the 1986 unbeaten Lions basketball team that won a N.C. 4A state title.

Former Bank of America chairman Holliday takes same role at Shell

charlotteobserver.com — Chad Holliday Jr. is going from helping Bank of America recover from the financial crisis to helping Royal Dutch Shell deal with slumping oil prices. Holliday, who was Bank of America's chairman until CEO Brian Moynihan replaced him earlier this month, was named chairman of Shell on Thursday.

Charlotte Christian’s Brian Chaffin selected to All-America game

charlotteobserver.com — Charlotte Christian senior offensive lineman Brian Chaffin was selected to play in the 2015 Under Armour All-America game Jan.2 in St Petersburg, Fla. Chaffin, a Stanford commit, was presented with his All-America jersey during an event at the school Oct. 30. ESPN ranks him as the No.

Hornets return in dramatic style, beat Bucks 108-106 in OT

charlotteobserver.com — Kemba Walker hit a step-back 21-footer with five seconds left in overtime to give the Charlotte Hornets a 108-106 season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks forward Khris Middleton missed a three-pointer in the final second of overtime. Walker finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Election 2014: What's on the ballot in Mecklenburg County?

charlotteobserver.com — Don't live in Mecklenburg? Look up your sample ballot at http://bit.ly/1wgq7na Subscribe to The Charlotte Observer. The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @theobserver: No straight-party voting. A constitutional amendment. Bonds. Here's what else you'll see on the Nov. 4 ballot: bit.ly/105YyQt

UNC coach Roy Williams: If they fire me, it won’t be because of AFAM probe

charlotteobserver.com — CHARLOTTE There is a provision in Roy Williams' contract at North Carolina - a provision in a section titled "termination by university for cause" - that describes the reasons the university could part ways with him.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @theobserver: #UNC coach Roy Williams: If they fire me, it won’t be because of AFAM probe #acc #tarheels ow.ly/DyeHf

Oct 30, 2014

RT @theobserver: #UNC coach Roy Williams: If they fire me, it won’t be because of AFAM probe #acc #tarheels ow.ly/DyeHf

Oct 30, 2014

UNC coach Roy Williams: If they fire me, it won't be because of AFAM probe. @_andrewcarter story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/29/527…

UNC spending $782K on PR firm helping with academic scandal

charlotteobserver.com — The public relations costs for UNC as it seeks to manage the fallout from the long-running academic-athletic scandal continue to climb. A firm hired several months ago to help with the scandal and other communications efforts has billed the school $782,000. Edelman identifies itself as the world's largest public relations firm.

Food Lion CEO leaving, company gets third new CEO in two years

charlotteobserver.com — Salisbury-based Food Lion said Thursday that chief executive Beth Newlands Campbell is leaving the company this week. She will be replaced by the grocer's third CEO in less than two years. Newlands Campbell said in a statement that she is leaving for "personal and professional reasons."

NFC South: Which team be the last team standing?

charlotteobserver.com — As an assistant coach with San Diego in 2008, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was part of a Chargers team that made the playoffs by winning the AFC West with an 8-8 record.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @jjones9: The NFC South is the worst in football so enjoy tonight's game for the division lead charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/29/527…

Oct 30, 2014

The NFC South is the worst in football so enjoy tonight's game for the division lead charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/29/527…

Oct 30, 2014

NFC South: Which team will be last one standing? Tonight's Saints-Panthers game could be key. @josephperson story: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/29/527…

Charlotte Hornets late start to finish

charlotteobserver.com — Everyone showed up early Wednesday night – except for the Charlotte Hornets. They finally got there, though, and what an entrance they made. Their 108-106 overtime win against Milwaukee was one of those remarkable “remember when” moments – a thoroughly fitting tribute to the original teal and purple.
Oct 30, 2014

Charlotte Hornets comeback starts with boos and escalates from there. @scott_fowler column: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/29/527…