UNC defense preparing for most difficult test against Clemson

Shakeel Rashad, North Carolina’s senior linebacker, was talking on Monday about what the Tar Heels need to do defensively against Clemson in the ACC Championship game, going down the list of checkpoints before UNC’s sternest defensive challenge of the season.

Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.

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Carter the monkey, who gained headlines in March when he escaped from his Charlotte owner’s car, is headed to a primate sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas.
Video by Todd Sumlin tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

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