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.

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.

A Delaware Chancery Court judge has denied a request to block shareholders from voting on Family Dollar Stores’ proposed sale to Dollar Tree, saying stockholders should have the “opportunity to decide for themselves” on the transaction.

Dorothy and Darryl O’Leary own an attractive two-story home in a tidy north Charlotte neighborhood. But look more closely and you’ll see a husband and wife struggling to hold their dreams together.

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.

Saunders: There is something odious about Bill Cosby’s appeal for racial unity in a case like this.

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.

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

~Cheerleaders 12.21.14

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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