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Michael Weinstein’s annual Carolina Follies -- 2013: The year of living dangerously

The bidness of politics is gommint: North Carolina legislators named the megalodon shark tooth as the state fossil; banned state buildings from green certification; and allowed guns on school playgrounds and in bars.

Must have the precious Led by GOP Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews, solons passed a bill (against Charlotte’s wishes) to take the Charlotte airport away from city government control.

The only thing missing? Their clothes. Two women and two children walking naked on Providence Road in May caused traffic delays, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Oh, go ahead and take my precious Embattled Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr resigned in December (for the second time), saying that staying on would hurt efforts to resolve the conflict.

Did I say “Nazi?” What I meant to say was “Nazi” Sen. Rucho refused to apologize for comparing the “damage” of the Affordable Care Act with Nazis and terrorists.

Whiners from NYC: New York Times editorial board chastised N.C. for everything Speaker Thom Tillis is proud of getting done.

About that coming apocalypse 150 people waited in line for the Gander Mountain store to open in Gastonia; the majority headed to the back wall, where rifles and ammunition were sold.

Thanks for the hand Charlotte and Mecklenburg County approved $3 million and the state $95 million in incentives for MetLife to move to Charlotte and Cary.

Thanks for the hand II Charlotte kicks in $87.5 million toward $125 million in renovations at Bank of America Stadium, which the Carolina Panthers own.

Brother, can you spare a dime? The Panthers’ share of the renovations is $37.5 million, less than two years’ worth of pre-tax operating cash flow.

I’m a little short this week Forbes estimates the Panthers were the 16th most profitable NFL team, making $28.9 million before interest, taxes and other charges.

Make mine a lite Gaston County police said an 88-year-old man shot his 80-year-old roommate during a fight over beer. “He had apparently drank a couple beers during the morning, and she was upset that he had drank some alcohol,” an officer said. “And then you mix a firearm into it, it gets bad real quick.”

That would be a “no”: One question on The Kroger Co.’s acquisition of Matthews-based Harris Teeter was whether unions that represent a majority of Kroger’s 343,000 associates would organize union-free Harris Teeter stores.

Does anybody know this guy? N.C. GOP officials disavowed a Buncombe County Republican (Don Yelton) whose racial comments on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” set off a national buzz.

Who’s the chump? Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin called airport committee chief Shawn Dorsch a “chump” and a “numbnuts” during discussions about creating an airport authority.

Overrated: Separation of church and state Rowan County legislators proposed a resolution saying N.C. is not subject to the First Amendment and local governments can establish an official religion.

Mayoral sobriety test Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner was charged with driving while impaired. She also used her town credit card to buy alcohol three times.

Sounded like a good idea at the time CaroMont Health fired its Gastonia chief after its “Cheat Death” marketing slogan backfired.

Hsss Police accused a Lincoln County man with shooting a snake during a domestic dispute.

Tip o’ the hat to Follies correspondents R.Trentham Roberts, Karen Garloch, David Perlmutt, Roland Wilkerson, Jack Russell

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