The city of Charlotte’s arborist is concerned whether a billboard company recently cut down too many trees in order to make a sign more visible near the airport.

As Georgia Mack walked up to the large wheel of fortune on opening day at the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center, she made a sign of the cross in the palms of both hands.

A second trial was declared a mistrial Monday in the case against the Baltimore man accused of killing Charlotte-area teen Phylicia Barnes in 2010.

Chilly conditions and light rain are expected for parts or all of Monday and Tuesday in the Charlotte area, and that will be followed on Christmas Eve by heavier rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

Family Dollar is expected to adjourn Tuesday’s vote on a proposed sale to Dollar Tree, delaying a decision on the acquisition for a second time, a source familiar with the situation told the Observer on Monday.

The owner of the Colony Apartments in SouthPark on Monday filed a rezoning request to allow a $400 million mixed-use redevelopment of the site.

Party Pix 12.22.14

A Christian college claiming to offer tuition-free higher education abruptly left its Myrtle Beach headquarters this month.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down at close range in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Charlotte's Singing Christmas Tree has just wrapped up its 60th year.

Photos: More than 200 people entered cards. Here's a winning one from Jacob Church, 15, and a few more entries.

The Daily Edit 12.22.14

So what happened on Cleveland’s lone touchdown? Probably not what you think.

"We are in the position we are excited about. In the position that we hoped to be in... This is an exciting time."

Jimmy Black, the point guard on the Tar Heels’ 1982 national championship squad, hears himself channeling Dean Smith when admonishing his own boys.

All 10 Duke wins have come by double digits – the first season in Blue Devils’ history that has ever started in such dominant fashion.

Duke lab helped analyze 45 bird genomes, published for the first time this month in 28 scientific journals.

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