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When you’ve hosted MTV’s Headbangers Ball and hung out with Axl Rose, what’s still cool? Proving ‘Racing Rocks’ – for NASCAR.

Riki Rachtman hosts “Racing Rocks,” his music-and-NASCAR radio show, like he’s doing play-by-play commentary on the thoughts whizzing through his brain at 140 miles per hour. Sometimes, there’s a wipeout: On a recent Tuesday, he had to interrupt his hypercaffeinated patter because he tripped over a few syllables that shouldn’t have given him trouble. As he complained, “I said my name wrong.”

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Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again

The chief critic-elect of "Saturday Night Live," Donald Trump, is bashing the show and impersonator Alec Baldwin again — this time prodded into action Wednesday by NBC's own Matt Lauer.

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Ole Mason Jar men's clothing store

Bradley Rhyne and co-founder Filipe Ho started their men's clothing store Ole Mason Jar in 2013. They moved to their second floor space at 148 Brevard Court near Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte about a year ago. The pair designs clothing that is made in the USA and often in North Carolina.
John D. Simmons The Charlotte Observer
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Ole Mason Jar men's clothing store

See how a $1 million donation transformed The Nutcracker 2:22

See how a $1 million donation transformed The Nutcracker

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Riki Rachtman "Racing Rocks!" radio

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Charlotte actress cast in national tour of Tony-winning Broadway musical