Here’s what you need to know to be Charlotte Smart in less than two minutes today.
THE BIG STORY: The dashcam video from the night Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed in 2013 was shown in court yesterday during the third day of testimony in the voluntary manslaughter trail of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick.
The video, which can be seen here, doesn’t show the shooting or Kerrick. Ferrell can be seen slowly walking toward police cars with his hands visible at his side before suddenly sprinting forward as a Taser is fired in his direction. Kerrick’s voice can be heard yelling “Get on the ground” as Ferrell runs out of the frame. Twelve shots follow.
Officer Adam Neal, whose police cruiser had the camera that captured the video, started testifying yesterday afternoon and will continue today.
BREAKING GROUND: Yesterday officials broke ground for Waverly, the 90-acre, mixed-use development just south of I-485 on Providence Road. Construction has already started on the development — one of the largest underway in Charlotte — which will include a Whole Foods.
Other retail tenants include: Bad Daddy’s, Chuy’s, Chipotle, Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana, Dressler’s Concept, Ted’s Montana Grill, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Firehouse Subs, Modern Salon & Spa, Polished Nail Bar, UltraSkin Wax Center, Ivy & Leo, Quail Dry Cleaners, Novant Health, and Truliant Credit Union.
BREAKING RECORDS: Margaret Hagerty, who is in the Guinness World Records as the oldest person to complete a marathon on every continent, died Saturday at age 92. She started running at age 64 when she quit smoking, and ran 81 marathons.
LYNX TO MATTHEWS?: CATS is hoping to go east with its next light rail expansion, possibly sending the Lynx Silver Line out to Matthews, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. The first step: community meetings. The first is at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station Street.
— Town of Matthews (@townofmatthews) August 4, 2015
CANCER DRUG: Dr. Andrew Gilman at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte helped develop Unituxin, a drug approved to treat high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects the nervous system. Cora Tucker, a 6 year old who was 2 1/2 when she started the clinical trial that added the drug to its regime, is now a survivor.
Photos: Davie Hinshaw/Charlotte Observer; Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer; Courtesy of Vicky Thompson.