Charlotte’s buttoned-down business district loosened its tie for a weekday recess Thursday that made way for floats, marching bands, costumed characters and a giant turkey. That’s how this city does a Thanksgiving Day parade, and a crowd was there on Tryon Street waving, dancing, smiling, clapping and snapping keepsakes with smartphone cameras.

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

The State Board of Education will hold a meeting Monday to hear from both a supporter and a critic of the redesigned AP US History course that opponents charge is leftist and unpatriotic.

Cornelius is paying to erect steel cables that will rise 42 feet to resemble two sails soaring over I-77 at Exit 28.

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.

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

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Nordstrom’s personal stylist manager shows you how to create four looks with a Little Black Dress.

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

~ The Daily Edit 11.27.14

After sitting out the past six games with a high ankle sprain, Benwikere will return to his starting role against Minnesota this week.

Backup point guard Brian Roberts was the Hornets 'best player' on Wednesday, when he made his first six shots against the Trail Blazers. He ended up with a career-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

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

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