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Shortly before Judge Frank Whitney sentenced former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon to prison last week, he took note of Cannon’s extraordinary climb from humble beginnings.

96 percent.

Near the bottom of the ballot, next to the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor race, is a $35 million question for Mecklenburg voters this fall.

I’ll miss Fannie Flono.

There were two must-dos when the legislature convened in May: Raise teacher pay and clean up the state’s coal ash mess. In both cases, lawmakers doused the immediate fire but left dangerous embers burning.

Tens of millions of dollars are flowing into North Carolina to influence the Kay Hagan-Thom Tillis U.S. Senate race, and there’s no way to know where the vast majority of it is coming from.

Joey Gay almost didn’t go to school on Dec. 14, 2012. The 7-year-old girl suffered a concussion a few weeks earlier and wasn’t feeling well.

A federal judge made an unusual ruling in California this month that should get Americans thinking – and none more than those of us in North Carolina.

I was given a tough assignment last week. A group of 300 business and civic leaders from Louisville and Lexington, Ky., visited Charlotte to learn about how we have become such a successful city.

Joseph Pulitzer well understood how essential a free and vigorous press was to America.

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Taylor Batten
Taylor Batten is The Observer's editorial page editor.