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The accents were on gratitude and bridge building Tuesday night as about 1,200 people of various faiths gathered together to sing and pray to God and hear a parade of speakers counsel sensitivity to others’ needs at Mecklenburg Ministries’ 39th annual citywide interfaith Thanksgiving service.
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood wants more deputies on the streets after receiving threats from gangs in the wake of the shooting death of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.
The parade, featuring live music acts this year, along with 14 marching bands and 25 giant balloons, is in its 68th year.

A former Charlotte fire investigator said that the city fired her after she acted as a whistleblower, and she believes that someone associated with the fire department created a fake persona and email account in an effort to discredit her.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, along with members of his family and more than 50 volunteers, hosted "Cam's Thanksgiving Jam" for more than 800 children. Children were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal and were given a bag full of canned goods, a chicken and a pie.

Hundreds of people attended rallies in Charlotte on Tuesday protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August.

Demarcus Ivey’s freedom – and perhaps his life – hinges on whether a Mecklenburg County jury believes he is the hooded gunman in a grainy 2009 video, pausing at the door of the Charlotte strip club he has just robbed to fatally shoot a man kneeling on the floor.

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