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Charlotte Shooting Protests

With cans of spray paint, setting the stage for a hip-hop convention in a conflicted city

With cans of spray paint as their medium, Charlotte muralists and graffiti artists are using the Knight Theater’s columns as a way to reflect on the city’s week of trauma.

National

A Muslim woman in Playboy. What could go wrong?

It doesn’t matter that she’s fully covered, wearing a shiny headscarf and leather jacket. It doesn’t matter that she speaks passionately about media distortions of minority communities. And it doesn’t matter that she’s collaborated on a fashion line whose proceeds help to fight human trafficking. Noor Tagouri is a Muslim woman pictured in Playboy, and that’s enough for some conservative Muslims to lose their minds.

Style

Pink Boots Ball

Carolina Breast Friends held their seventh annual Pink Boots Ball on Sept. 15, filling Carmel Country Club with a wash of pink boots and flowers. After an evening of dining and live and silent auctions, the Soul Psychedelique Orchestra made sure that the rest of the party was anything but silent.

Everyday Angels

A stranger picks-up the tab for barbecue to brighten a sad day

A couple of months ago, two friends – Pat Studdert and Sarah Hinson – and I traveled to Salisbury to attend the funeral of Don Burton, Jr., the son of our long-time friend. The three of us are former Eastern Airlines flight attendants, as was our other friend – Jeanne Burton, Don’s mother. We’ve remained friends long since our flying careers were over.

Videos

Charlotte's trees are important to quality of life

Dave Cable, executive director of TreesCharlotte, talks about Charlotte's tree canopy and how it affects the city's air, water, wildlife and home values. TreesCharlotte is hosting their 5th annual Urban Forestry Summit on Sept. 20th.
John D. Simmons The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte's trees are important to quality of life 1:20

Charlotte's trees are important to quality of life

Residential mental health facility opens 1:08

Residential mental health facility opens

Yiasou Greek Festival flash mob 0:30

Yiasou Greek Festival flash mob

$5,000 'neat engineering feat' water bike makes debut on Lake Wylie 1:01

$5,000 'neat engineering feat' water bike makes debut on Lake Wylie