Now that the presidential election is over, you need to cast your eyes toward another important ballot.
A Charlotte dog is in the running to become Milk-Bone's first spokesdog – and she needs your votes to get there.
Maggie, a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, is one of 100 finalists for the coveted title. She lives in Charlotte with her human mom, Vikki Lee, who rescued her seven years ago from a pig farm (she spent the first three years of her life herding pot-bellied pigs).
If Maggie is named the spokesdog, she'll win a $100,000 contract and be featured on a Milk-Bone box for the next year.
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You can vote for Maggie, whom Lee calls an “old soul,” from now until Nov. 18 on www.milk-bone.com.
Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith and wife Angie attending a parenting seminar Monday at Carmel Baptist Church. The Smiths have three children.
Marianne St. Phillips, a local Wachovia employee, spotted New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Dean & DeLuca on South Tryon on Tuesday. A number of folks in the area also reported seeing his teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Madonna expresses Obama win
Madonna celebrated Barack Obama's victory Tuesday night with a glittering rally of her own, leading thousands of fans at her concert in San Diego with a rousing introduction to her song “Express Yourself.”
In a video posted on YouTube, Madonna claps her hands and declares, “This is a historical evening! … We are lucky to be sharing it with each other!”
Other celebrity supporters of Obama echo Madonna's good cheer.
Oprah Winfrey, who cried during the celebration in Chicago's Grant Park, told the TV show “The Insider”: “I was so, so, so excited and then just sort of a calm came over me. It feels like it actually is kind of real, so it feels great.”
Asked what this means for the country, she said, “It means democracy at its finest. It's just the best. We did this. America did this.”
George Clooney said in a statement: “I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic victory, and now it's time to begin unifying the country so we can take on the extraordinary challenges that this generation faces.” Associated Press
Director Mike Nichols, 77. Country singer Stonewall Jackson, 76. Actress Sally Field, 62. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles), 60. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, 59. California's first lady, Maria Shriver, 53. Actress Lori Singer, 51. Actor Ethan Hawke, 38. Actress Thandie Newton, 36. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn, 36.
This day in history Nov. 6
1861: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term.
1977: Thirty-nine people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.