Where did the weekend go? Oh well. Happy Monday! Here’s what you need to know to be Charlotte Smart this morning in less than two minutes.
THE BIG STORY: In 2009, Franklin Graham decided that he no longer needed to get paid to head the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2011, he changed his mind and started receiving a salary again.
Along with leading Samaritan’s Purse, that gives Graham two full-time, paid jobs and a total compensation of more than $880,000 in 2013. That’s less than the $1.2 million he received in 2008, but still a decent chunk of money. Some say too much.
Also, how does one person work two full-time jobs?
Read a long and detailed report on Graham’s compensation over on the Observer’s website.
MONUMENTAL SECURITY: The Confederate monument near CPCC has been defaced twice and it sounds like Mecklenburg County is tired of paying to clean it up. The county wants to find some way to safeguard it, but no concrete plans are in the works yet. One option: Security cameras. It cost $370 and $380 to clean up the monument.
SECRET SCHOOL PLAN: N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, a Mecklenburg Republican, has a plan to transform public schools. He wants to create an Achievement District that would force schools to close or be overtaken by charter operators, similar to systems in New Orleans and Tennessee.
Why haven’t you heard about this before now? Because Bryan wanted to keep it a secret.
CMPD SCRUTINY: With all the attention on the criminal trial of CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick, there’s something to be learned from the civil trial in the police shooting of Jonathan Ferrell. In that civil trial, the city of Charlotte settled for a record-high $2.25 million.
Newly released depositions from that trial show that top CMPD commanders were grilled over officer training and oversight. Could this play a role in the criminal trial? We’ll see.
MLS2CLT?: Some folks have started campaigning for Charlotte to get a Major League Soccer franchise, but they’ve got a long way to go. What’s needed: an ownership group that can chip in at least $70 million, an 18-20K-seat stadium and approval from the MLS. The Charlotte Business Journal takes a look at the movement and the city’s chances of scoring an MLS team.
— MLS To Charlotte (@MLS2CLT) July 23, 2015
Photos: Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer; Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer