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Icahn roasts Family Dollar’s board as Dollar General looms — With a $9.7 billion upset bid from Dollar General threatening to upset the Matthews-based Family Dollar's planned acquisition by another competitor, the Family Dollar's board of directors is in a vocal critic's crosshairs for not moving more aggressively to combine with Dollar General earlier.
Aug 19, 2014

Carl Icahn calls Family Dollar directors a "crony board," saying they've been too loyal to the CEO:…

Sell-out crowd turns out to see Carlos Rodon while they have the chance — Carlos Rodon touched his black Charlotte Knights' cap with his left hand, put the hand into his glove and brought his left forearm to his mouth. Then he threw the first pitch of his Class AAA career to Jose Constanza of the Gwinnett Braves.

CMS completes $20 million security project — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has wrapped up nearly $20 million in security upgrades across its campuses, a project that began just months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Schools are all equipped with a buzzer entry system, Associate Superintendent Guy Chamberlain said Tuesday during a news conference at Cotswold Elementary.

Add Ferguson to the list of cities that are symbols — Cities have a way of becoming symbols in America. Places have a way of becoming personifications when they’ve been the scene of a horrific, transforming tragedy or iconic, paradigm-changing incident. Pearl Harbor. Ground Zero. Waco. Ruby Ridge. Columbine. Sandy Hook. The circumstances may be very different, but that place-notoriety is the same.