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Anything that lasts 50 years in Charlotte, says Julie Whitney Austin, is remarkable on its own. Festival in the Park, the annual September gathering that has survived the test of time and a hurricane named Hugo, is her baby now.

More than 1,000 reports of child abuse and neglect pour into Mecklenburg County DSS each month, often involving corporal punishment. The practice has come under scrutiny this week with the indictment of NFL running back Adrian Peterson.

A pang of conscience drove a Western North Carolina man across the country and into prison for the next decade.

Cigarette smoking by N.C. middle school and high school students has slightly dropped the past two years, but use of other tobacco products – including electronic cigarettes – has grown at a pace alarming to Mecklenburg County’s health director.

The U.S. government is opposing Bank of America’s request that a federal judge throw out a jury verdict that found it liable for fraud over mortgages sold to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Congressional Black Caucus members will travel to N.C. and other states as part of a new drive to get African Americans out to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Lines snaked across the landscape at Northlake Mall, SouthPark Mall and other sites in Charlotte Friday as people lined up to claim their new iPhones.

In open-plan layouts, the dining area often suffers. But there's always room for a table.

Kevin Smith’s comic horror movie relies on a strong central performance but has an unfinished feel.

The Daily Edit: 09.19.14

While Jerricho Cotchery already has made an impression on several of the Panthers’ first-year players, he’s also shown he can still play.

East Carolina plays North Carolina on Saturday, and Pirates football fans haven't been this excited about a home game since, well, maybe forever.

The 49ers (3-0), who play at Elon on Saturday, are in just their second season of football and now have 12 former walk-ons on scholarship – including three starters and two key special-teams players.

Brad Keselowski says he still hasn’t done anything yet to establish himself as the favorite to win the Chase. Some of his fellow Sprint Cup drivers would make an argument to the contrary.

At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence.

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