a crowd expected to reach more than 100,000 was there on Tryon Street waving, dancing, smiling, clapping and snapping keepsakes with smartphone cameras at the Thanksgiving Day parade.

Small crowds of diehard deal-hunters started to line up outside stores Thursday afternoon in Charlotte, in search of cheap televisions and other electronics.

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee said any new garbage fee that could be imposed by the city under a “pay as you throw” system would come with financial “offsets” for taxpayers.

Heath Morrison said Wednesday that he kept proper records of his travel and expenses as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, despite allegations to the contrary made by a former colleague.

Henry Williams was once one of the country’s top college basketball players and is still the 49ers’ all-time leading scorer. He had a plan and he’s stayed the course, even when it brought challenges he never imagined.

Party Pix 11.27.14

Stores are opening earlier than ever this year for Black Friday, with most major retailers and every area mall open Thanksgiving Day.

All around the Charlotte area, merchants push their promotions for Small Business Saturday.

Nervous about buying for the woman you love? Relax: We’ll help. Starting with this tip: Do not buy this sweater.

"Penguins of Madagascar" is as "cute and cuddly" as ever, and often downright hilarious. Grade: B+

The most wonderful time of the year is coming! This weekend launches us into the holiday season. ...

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~ The Daily Edit 11.27.14

The Portland Trail Blazers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to power through the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday 105-97 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

First it was his heart, then his hamstring and then his ankle. ... In a rare moment of openness, Panthersí all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams reflected on what 2014 has been like for him.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, Iím thankful for home, health, happiness and the occasional putt that stumbles into the cup. Iím also thankful for, among other things ...

UNC's trip to the Bahamas, coach Roy Williams said recently, was all about work, and the Tar Heels on Wednesday found out how much they work they have to do in a 74-66 loss to Butler.

The Observer recognizes the top players and coaches in high school volleyball, boys' soccer, cross country, tennis and golf.

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