Most talked about Charlotte Observer stories

Google Fiber coming to Charlotte — Officials in the Raleigh-Durham area last week also received invitations to a similar event, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported. And in November, a representative of the Moore & Van Allen law firm in Charlotte incorporated a North Carolina entity for Google Fiber, according to N.C. secretary of state records.

Google selects Charlotte for high-speed Internet project — Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant said Tuesday it has chosen the city as one of the new locations for its super-fast Internet service with speeds up to 100 times normal broadband. The selection had been expected since last week when Google invited local officials to an event Wednesday evening.

Andrew Jordan hired as new head football coach at West Charlotte — Former West Charlotte High football player Andrew Jordan will replace the late Mo Collins' as his alma mater's next head football coach. Jordan, 42, graduated from West Charlotte in 1990 and later played college football at North Greenville University and Western Carolina.

Joe Weatherly takes his place among sport’s greats — With his racing career cut short by his untimely death in January 1964, NASCAR and its fans got only a glimpse of Joe Weatherly's potential. But oh, what a view. A hard-charger on the track and in life, Weatherly left an indelible mark on NASCAR's history books and in the vivid memories of friends and fans who had the chance to witness his career firsthand.

Ann Clark to serve as CMS interim superintendent — Ann Clark was named interim superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools while the school board searches for a permanent leader, but Clark will not be considered for the job. She fills the position left by former Superintendent Heath Morrison. "Ann will provide the stability and direction we need," board chairwoman Mary McCray said.

With NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, answers will just have to wait — Kurt Busch met the media Tuesday. The result was weird. You've heard of a Q-and-A session? Busch's session was mostly a Q-and-NA, as in questions from reporters and nonanswers from Busch. A couple of quick examples. Q: What's been the hardest thing about this offseason? NA: The fact there's been no testing.

NASCAR driver Brian Vickers nears return after another health scare — For the third time since 2010, Brian Vickers will return to his NASCAR career after a health scare. The open-heart surgery required to fix a hole in his heart for a second time was traumatic and painful, but his desire to continue racing hasn't wavered.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart looking to turn the page — For Tony Stewart, there is no other option. No looking back; only focus on what's ahead. "I'm not happy with the last two years of my life, by any means," said Stewart on Tuesday, the second day of the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour.

Garden calendar | — Art & Orchids: Through March 18 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Orchid collection with art works by W. Gary Smith. Members free; $12 adults, $11 seniors, $6 children ages 4-12. Details: or 704-825-4490. Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show: Through Jan.

Charlotte Douglas is nearing record year — Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one month of statistics away from setting an all-time record for passengers. The airline said Tuesday that 40.6 million passengers used the airport last year through November. That's up 2.3 percent from 39.7 million travelers during the same time period in 2013.
Jan 27, 2015

Get ready to pop the champagne at @CLTAirport as #CLT is getting close to an all-time record for passengers:…

Dotson brothers drive each other on Providence High court — For as long as he remember, Devon Dotson wanted to be as good as or better than his older brother, Dalen. The siblings have competed against each other on their family's driveway court and on a small basketball hoop in the basement. That rivalry still fuels their success on the hardwood.

Huge trees fall onto home in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood — Two large trees fell on a home early Tuesday on Linganore Place in Charlotte's Dilworth neighborhood. One of the trees caused extensive damage to the roof, although no injuries were reported. The Observer reported on Sunday that more than half the city-maintained trees lining streets in such older neighborhoods as Dilworth and Elizabeth near uptown are in only middling health.

Two S.C. high schools combine to make memorable moment for autistic teen — Fort Mill beat Nation Ford 48-36 Friday in a battle of cross-town rivals. But in the final minute of the game, both schools put away the rivalry for a moment. Fort Mill senior Matt Kjeldsen, a 6-foot-8 player known as "Big Matt," is autistic and has played in four games this season.

Home price growth slows in Charlotte — Reflecting a slowdown at the national level, home prices in Charlotte rose a bit slower in the year ending in November compared with October. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, Charlotte area home prices rose 3.3 percent in the 12 months ending in November, down 0.3 percent from October.

American Airlines posts record profit for 2014 — Charlotte's main carrier American Airlines racked up record profits in 2014, the company said Tuesday, powered by strong demand and plummeting fuel prices. US Airways merged with American in December 2013. The combined carrier posted a $597 million profit for the fourth quarter, compared with a $1.9 billion loss for the same quarter last year.
Jan 27, 2015

Plunging fuel prices, record profits won't translate into lower airfares for #Charlotte flyers on American/US Airways…

Signs point to Google Fiber announcement for Charlotte on Tuesday — All signs are pointing to an announcement on Tuesday that Google has chosen Charlotte as one of the new locations for its super-fast Internet service. Members of the media have been invited to join "local leaders and Google" for a news conference Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Carl Edwards nervous but motivated by switch to Joe Gibbs Racing — The best Carl Edwards has ever felt during his racing career were the final four races of the 2011 season when he and Tony Stewart raced for the Sprint Cup series championship. Edwards ended up losing the title to Stewart in a tiebreaker but that didn't take away from the experience.

NASCAR HOF inductee Rex White made more money selling cars than driving them — Rex White, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday as part of the Class of 2015, was among the first drivers to focus on winning a series championship by competing in most or all of the events of the season.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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If NASCAR, Brian France tweak the Chase, sport will have a winner — In November, NASCAR simultaneously dodged a bullet and ended up with one of the best championship races in its history. Kevin Harvick won the final race at Homestead and the 2014 series title, too. It worked out splendidly - and it was very close to working out badly.