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Cam Newton on Carolina Panthers crowd cheering Manziel injury: ‘We’re better than that’

charlotteobserver.com — When Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel went down with a hamstring injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, many fans in Bank of America Stadium cheered. That didn't sit well with Manziel's Carolina Panthers counterpart, Cam Newton. "I was hoping he was all right," said Newton after Carolina's 17-13 victory.

Carolina Panthers control own destiny after 17-13 win over Cleveland Browns

charlotteobserver.com — Given up dead for last month following a six-game losing streak, the Carolina Panthers are very much alive. The Panthers will play a winner-take-all game for the NFC South title next week at Atlanta after dispatching Cleveland 17-13 on a gray Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
Dec 21, 2014

Early game story from Panthers' 17-13 victory over Cleveland Browns, with quotes from Ron Rivera. By @josephperson: charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/21/539…

McCrory to propose new NC road-building sources

charlotteobserver.com — RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislators praised each other for the new method they approved last year to fund transportation projects they say is based not on who you know but more on reducing gridlock and creating jobs.
Dec 21, 2014

How to pay for billions of $$$ in yet-funded NC road projects? McCrory to make pitch early next year: bit.ly/1DZeMxp #ncga #ncpol

Emails show NC faced long odds vying with SC for big companies

charlotteobserver.com — North Carolina officials want to close the gap with South Carolina and other states that offer larger incentive packages and lower tax rates to lure companies - sometimes causing Charlotte to miss out on hundreds of jobs.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @CoreyHutchins: North Carolina just can't even when it comes to South Carolina's corporate socialism: charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/20/539…

Dec 21, 2014

North Carolina just can't even when it comes to South Carolina's corporate socialism: charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/20/539…

Dec 21, 2014

NC looks enviously at SC on one measure: Luring new industry. See how that happened. charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/20/539… pic.twitter.com/bS3MZZnBK3

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

charlotteobserver.com — The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.

Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel share inescapable hype

charlotteobserver.com — Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel faces Carolina’s Cam Newton on Sunday in the first meeting between the two former Heisman winners. Each produced electrifying plays in the SEC, battled the NCAA and won and enjoyed enormous success off the field as marketing giants in the NFL. And they face some of the same challenges.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @Kroeger: Great in-depth look at how Johnny Football and Cam are very similar yet very different at the same time by @jjones9. ow.ly/GehLh

Connaughton, No. 21 Notre Dame beat Purdue 94-63

charlotteobserver.com — INDIANAPOLIS Notre Dame was already well on its way to routing Purdue when Demetrius Jackson really revved up the Irish fans. Jackson emphatically dunked over 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas with 13:40 left Saturday, bringing the Notre Dame crowd to its feet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Charlotte patients take control of their medical records, doctor visits with virtual care

charlotteobserver.com — At her south Charlotte home one night in September, Beth Straeten got her kids to bed and grabbed her iPhone to download a new app. Within minutes, she was talking face-to-face with a physician assistant. As Straeten described the poison ivy rash on her arms, PA Dimple Joshi sat across town at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, in front of two computer monitors.

For Democrat Leake and Republican Puckett, an unlikely friendship evolves

charlotteobserver.com — Vilma Leake was clearly feeling the moment. At a swearing-in of the new Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners earlier this month, she had much of the crowd cheering as she raised her voice to advocate for young black men and quality education for “children of color.”
Dec 21, 2014

RT @theobserver: From across the aisle, a friendship blooms between Meck commissioners Leake, Puckett bit.ly/1ziueSg pic.twitter.com/lS4BidvuKI

Davidson rolls past College of Charleston 80-68 for 7th straight win

charlotteobserver.com — CHARLESTON Now in his 26th season as Davidson's coach, Bob McKillop has seen just about everything. But he hasn't seen this. Following Saturday night's convincing 80-68 victory over the College of Charleston at TD Arena, his Wildcats are now 9-1 - their best start to a season during McKillop's tenure.
Dec 20, 2014

In his 26th season as @DavidsonMBB’s coach, Bob McKillop has seen just about everything. But he hasn’t seen this. charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/20/539…

Police: 2 NYC cops shot in car, critically injured

charlotteobserver.com — NEW YORK An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, striking them both before running into a nearby subway station and apparently committing suicide, police said. The shooting took place in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @theobserver: Police: 1 NYC cop dead, another critically injured after shooting. Suspect is believed to be dead. bit.ly/1v6tdVZ

A modern Christmas letter from an Internet click-baiter

charlotteobserver.com — Let me start this year's family holiday letter with Astonishing News No One Thought Possible - I got a job writing headlines for the Internet, and Nobody Was Prepared For What Happened Next. Everyone here is in good health, except of course we're Cowering Daily In Trembling Terror that someone in the family might receive as a present one of The 10 Most-Returned Gifts.

Tom Sorensen: I’m back, and thankful

charlotteobserver.com — This column is my first since Sept. 29, a month to the day before the Charlotte Hornets opened their season. Several readers have emailed to ask where I've been, and many said they hoped I'd return. I have, and I've been told repeatedly by three doctors and two nurses how lucky I am.
Dec 20, 2014

Welcome back @TomSorensen! We all missed you, buddy ... Tom Sorenson: I’m back, and thankful | CharlotteObserver.com charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/18/539…

Dec 19, 2014

ICYMI, and you shouldn't have, @tomsorensen is thankful to be back. We're all pretty happy, too charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/18/539…

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Charlotte 49ers rally not enough in 81-78 loss against Georgetown

charlotteobserver.com — WASHINGTON A second-half rally by the Charlotte 49ers came up short in an 81-78 loss against Georgetown on Saturday at the Verizon Center. The 49ers (6-5) trailed by 16 points with 12 minute 42 seconds and had three key players in foul trouble.

Time Warner Cable hikes customer fees for sports channels, Internet modems

charlotteobserver.com — Time Warner Cable will soon charge its 15 million customers for watching sports as the major cable provider tries compensating for the rising costs of broadcasting local channels and athletic programming. Effective Jan. 1, the cable company - which has a major Charlotte administrative office and serves about 50 percent of local households - will charge subscribers a new $2.75-per-month fee for sports programming.
Dec 21, 2014

Still leasing a modem from Time Warner Cable? Your lease fee is going up to $8 soon. TV fees getting a hike, too bit.ly/1zRaqoj

Dec 20, 2014

RT @JmcfaddenObsBiz: ICYMI: #TimeWarnerCable customers will be paying more in sports, broadcasting fees & surcharges starting Jan. 1: http:…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @theobserver: Time Warner Cable hikes customer fees for sports channels, Internet modems dlvr.it/7ss0BF #breaking #clt

Dec 19, 2014

RT @theobserver: Time Warner Cable hikes customer fees for sports channels, Internet modems dlvr.it/7ss0BF #breaking #clt

College football playoff, bowl guide

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Legislature, Congress maps upheld by NC high court

charlotteobserver.com — RALEIGH, N.C. The North Carolina Supreme Court Friday upheld the boundaries for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats.
Dec 20, 2014

US Supreme Court is likely next step for #ncga, Congress maps upheld by NC justices Friday: bit.ly/1Ci3Q9s #ncpol

NFL picks: If Browns lose to Panthers, there’s still Myrtle Beach

charlotteobserver.com — The storylines couldn't get any better. The Carolina Panthers, still very much in the playoff hunt, get Cam Newton back for the final home game of the regular season. The Cleveland Browns are coming off a shutout loss against the rival Bengals but starting Johnny Manziel for the second straight game.
Dec 21, 2014

My NFL picks today. Ohioans living in Charlotte will still have Myrtle Beach after today charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/19/539…

Dec 20, 2014

NFL picks: If Browns lose to Panthers, there's still Myrtle Beach, @jjones9 says: charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/19/539…

NC’s Shrine Bowl backfield has strong Charlotte-area flavor

charlotteobserver.com — SPARTANBURG - When Hal Capps and others talk about North Carolina's backfield for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game, the word "interesting" comes up a lot. That's because Capps is familiar with three of his options - Lake Norman quarterback Josh Ladowski, and running backs Akease Rankin of Mooresville and Rocky Reid of Concord.