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PHOTOS: More than 200 children and adults entered the Observer’s 13th annual Holiday Card Contest. Through Christmas, we’ll publish one of our favorites in the Observer, with more submissions online. Our Dec. 19 winner is Elicia Kim, 7, of Charlotte.

Sometimes modestly sophisticated technology can be the right choice – and the right price.

While “LMK” – let me know – and “WYCM” – will you call me? – are innocent enough, it’s important to identify slang that could signal some dangerous teen behavior.

Despite their exotic-sounding name, latkes are just grated potatoes fried and topped with tasty things like sour cream, applesauce, maybe even smoked salmon. What’s not to love?

If you think malls are a mob scene in December, try getting in to see your doctor.

A mile-long stretch of Tryon Street goes on display Wednesday in an unfinished attic of the Mint Museum Uptown, the only space long enough that could be found to host the exhibition, which is strangely giant and miniature at the same time.

Here's our annual guide to working, playing, eating and shopping in the Charlotte region.

Slideshow: About 330 entries came in for our Firebird Coloring Contest. Here are the winners.

Roy Tittle played Santa for years at Park Road Shopping CenterTittle was a beloved Santa Claus at...

Retro Charlotte

The stylish staff at Via Veneto sent me an email saying the store had the perfect holiday shoe. A...

Olivia Fortson

Look for the Tiki Hideaway to open Dec. 19 at the former Hef's at ParkTowne Village (beside Park ...

On Dining

Maybe we should call it the season of misgivings. Certainly, this is not the holiday memory we i...

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