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« on: October 03, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »
CIAA tournament move could cost FSU $1 million
By Steve DeVane Staff writer
Sep 22, 2016
Fayetteville State University could lose more than $1 million if the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association moves its basketball tournament out of Charlotte, FSU's chancellor said Thursday.
Chancellor James Anderson talked to FSU's trustees about the potential losses during their board meeting. The heads of the 12 CIAA schools were to discuss the issue in a conference call late Thursday afternoon, but no decision was expected, he said.
The CIAA basketball tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 21-25, is a major social event for the schools in the conference. FSU hosts a brunch at the tournament each year.
Anderson said FSU has made two payments to a hotel for the brunch and would be obligated to pay the rest even if the tournament is moved.Moving the tournament could cost CIAA schools $6 million in scholarship funds, Anderson said.
"That's money our students need," he said.
Anderson said the CIAA is thinking about moving the tournament out of Charlotte because of House Bill 2. The recent violent protests after a fatal police shooting also might impact the decision, because some have called for a boycott of the city, he said.
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:49:31 PM »
Chicago hits 500 homicides for 2016 after deadly Labor Day weekend
CHICAGO — With a holiday weekend spate of violence that killed 13 people, the homicide toll in the nation’s third-largest city hit 500, a grim milestone that puts the city on track to reach a murder rate it hasn't seen since the drug wars of the1990s.
The Labor Day weekend murders come after police recorded 92 murders in August, the deadliest month for Chicago since June 1993. With murders up roughly 50% for the year, Chicago has tallied more homicides than the much larger cities of New York and Los Angeles combined.
The city is on pace to record well over 600 murders for 2016, a threshold it has not reached since 2003. Chicago regularly recorded more than 700 murders a year in the 1990s as gang violence, driven by the crack-cocaine epidemic, raged.
« on: September 01, 2016, 01:01:27 AM »
Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity hits new high: poll
By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity has hit a new high, as she’s erased some of the good will built up in the wake of last month’s Democratic National Convention, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Wednesday.
Thirty-eight percent of registered voters now have a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, compared to 59 percent who reported an unfavorable view. That’s down from her 46 percent/52 percent favorable/unfavorable split in early August, shortly after the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia.
Among registered voters, she’s now on par with Republican nominee Donald Trump, who had a 37 percent/60 percent favorable/unfavorable split in the new poll — essentially unchanged from a 36 percent/61 percent split in early August.
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:06:45 PM »
OPINION: Garland may be GOP’s best option
Aaron Kall 12:04 a.m. EDT August 21, 2016
President Obama's job approval rating in the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll stands at a robust 53 percent. Other recent polls from Monmouth Universityand CNN/ORC respectively show a 56 percent and 54 percent approval rating. He should use this political capital to pressure the Senate on his Supreme Court nominee.
While Obama's popularity at this stage of his presidency closely mirrors the second terms of Presidents Reagan and Clinton, it has been more than 150 days since he nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacant seat of Justice Antonin Scalia. On July 20, Garland officially broke the record of Louis Brandeis, who endured a wait of 125 days between nomination and confirmation to the court.
Given Obama's strong job approval rating and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's sizable leads in national and battleground-state polls, he should channel Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and pen his own Art of the Deal. He could do this by telling Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he will withdraw the Garland nomination unless confirmation hearings are underway by Sept. 6, when the Senate reconvenes after Labor Day.
« on: August 07, 2016, 07:06:43 PM »
Saturday, August 06, 2016 11:25PM Charlotte schools: Don't refer to kids as boys, girls
CHARLOTTE (WTVD) --
A Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools presentation to principals and counselors recommends children are not to be referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students.
READ THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT: CMS transgender student presentation (.pdf)
Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations, WSOC reported.
One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip.
Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:02:09 AM »
By Nick Stevens & Mandy Mitchell
Kinston, N.C. — A town of just over 20,000 people, Kinston is your typical eastern North Carolina town – with one big exception.
Over the last 50 years, seven basketball players from Kinston High School have gone on to be drafted in the NBA or make a NBA roster. That means a player who makes a varsity team at Kinston has roughly a one percent chance of making it to the NBA.
Seven players from Lenoir County have been drafted by NBA teams.
Cedric Maxwell attended UNC-Charlotte, leading the basketball team to the a NCAA Final Four. He was drafted 12th overall by the Boston Celtics in 1977. In 1983, Mitchell Wiggins was drafted 23rd overall by the Indiana Pacers after a college career that took him to both Clemson and Florida State.
Charles Shackleford played college basketball at North Carolina State University and was drafted 32nd overall by the New Jersey Nets in 1988. Jerry Stackhouse played college ball for the University of North Carolina and was drafted third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995.
Herbert Hill played college basketball at Providence and was drafted 55th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2007. More recently, Reggie Bullock went to UNC and was drafted 25th overall by the L.A. Clippers. In June, Brandon Ingram was drafted second overall by the L.A. Lakers after one year at Duke.
Tony Dawson, another product of the Kinston pipeline, was not drafted but did play in the NBA.
"It is incredible the size of the town, but yet you think about those players that have been there and what they've accomplished. It's phenomenal," said UNC basketball coach Roy Williams. "It's a pretty impressive list of just the players who have gone and played in the ACC and kept going. But there's a lot of college coaches that need to make a stop in Kinston every opportunity they get."
Read more at http://www.highschoolot.com/big-talent-flows-through-small-nc-basketball-town-/15867408/#KQHDeejEP7Poky0P.99
« on: July 04, 2016, 11:54:20 AM »
Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors.
Saying it has been "by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life," Durant announced his decision Monday in a post on The Players' Tribune.
He is expected to sign a two-year, $54 million contract, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal would include a player option after the first year.http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16759826/kevin-durant-announces-sign-golden-state-warriors
« on: May 29, 2016, 05:27:39 PM »
Libertarian Party sues for access to presidential debates, calls exclusion ‘unfair and illegal’
By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Independent and third party candidates have yet to stand on flashy podiums of officially sanctioned presidential debates. Now the Libertarian Party is pushing back. Fed up with ongoing exclusion and the valuable national exposure that is beyond their reach, the Libertarians have launched a lawsuit against the “duopoly” of Republican and Democratic candidates who have a guaranteed national forum - when alternative candidates do not.
“Most Americans have no idea that the official-sounding and acting Commission on Presidential Debates is, in reality, a private organization created by the Republican and Democrat Parties and funded by special interests whose goal is to protect the status quo,” the Libertarian Party says in its mission statement. “Thus, it is no surprise that the Debate Commission has adopted ‘rules’ that make it virtually impossible for independent or third-party candidates to ever participate in the all-important presidential debates.”
The rules? To qualify, candidates must garner at least 15 percent of national voter support in national surveys - though the Libertarians say these surveys are “arbitrarily selected.” They also call this requirement “unfair and illegal,” and contend that any candidate who is qualified to be president under the Constitution and has qualified for enough states’ ballots to receive at least 50 percent of Electoral College votes should be included.
« on: May 13, 2016, 03:34:08 AM »
Washington (CNN) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the likely general election presidential nominees, are running neck-and-neck in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, results driven by wide gender and racial gaps among voters, a new general election poll shows.
Clinton edges Trump in Florida and Pennsylvania, while Trump leads in Ohio, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
In both Florida and Pennsylvania the poll shows Clinton narrowly over Trump, 43% to 42%. In Ohio, Trump leads Clinton 43% to 39%.
"At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the GOP nominees in 2008 and 2012. And the two candidates are about where their party predecessors were at this point in Ohio and Florida," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, in a memo accompanying the poll results.
The poll also tested general election matchups between Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders, who currently trails Clinton, for their party's nomination. Sanders fares slightly better than Clinton in all three states, even topping Trump in Ohio, 43%-41%.
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:57:55 PM »
I gave it 3.5 stars. Very good movie but not great. Chadwick Boseman was perfect as the Black Panther and I can't wait to see his stand alone movie. I was hugely disappointed with this version of Spiderman. Sony version was better and that's no saying a lot. Fight scenes were great but overall there were a few too many characters in this movie for my taste.
« on: April 17, 2016, 09:41:37 PM »
N.C. A&T Eliminated By Ladyjacks At NCAA Tourney
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (April 16, 2016) – North Carolina A&T fell behind 0-2 twice on Saturday. The first time it happened things didn’t turn out so bad. The second time it happened things didn’t turn out so well.
N.C. A&T was eliminated Saturday from national championship contention in the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes. Stephen F. Austin, the 2015 runner-up at the NCAA championships, swept the Aggies 4-0 (233-180, 199-149, 236-170, 190-168) in a best-of-seven baker play format. As a result of having a total pinfall of 8,552 for the tournament the Aggies finished third nationally.
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:02:12 PM »
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:02:03 AM »
With their academic cheating scandal why are they allowed the opportunity to win a national championship? The irony is they'd likely be on NCAA sanctions right now if they hadn't devilishly self reported additional infractions which extended the NCAA investigation beyond this season. More importantly, where's their integrity? Why didn't they place themselves on post season restrictions? This reeks!
« on: March 07, 2016, 11:30:01 PM »
Maria Sharapova failed a drug test at Australian Open
Maria Sharapova announced Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Sharapova received a letter from the International Tennis Foundation several days ago informing her that she had failed the test for a substance that had been legal until Jan. 1 of this year. Sharapova did not indicate what the penalties would be or how long she might be away from the game of tennis.
She had begun taking the substance Meldonium in 2006 to aid in a variety of health problems. However, the drug was added to a banned list starting at the beginning of 2016. Sharapova conceded that she did not look at the list of newly banned substances for 2016 from the World Anti-Doping Association, and thus indicated that she failed the drug test because of ignorance.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:42:45 PM »
3 charged after 40 to 50 gunshots fired in uptown Charlotte, striking vehicles, hotel
Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
and Karen Sullivan
Three men in town for the CIAA tournament were arrested Sunday after they fired dozens of bullets into two vehicles and an uptown hotel and were found in possession of an AK-47, police said.
No one was reported injured during the early-morning gunfire, which happened around 4:40 a.m. near the Hyatt Place hotel.
The three charged are: Howard Kevin Wright, 32; Kevin Demetrius Thompson, 28; and Dereke Bolton, 34. Wright and Bolton both live in Memphis, according to records from the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office. Thompson lives in Elgin, S.C. The men were in town for the CIAA tournament, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jessica Wallin said.
The city had declared the tournament an extraordinary event and called in a large contingent of city employees, including police officers. But the gunshots were fired around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, when crowds had thinned hours after bars and clubs closed.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article63002407.html#storylink=cpy