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Aug. 14 headlines: Hornets sked out, police officer takes stand, social media rebounds

Your Friday headlines:

HORNETS TIME ALREADY?: The Panthers haven’t even started to play, but already it’s time to think NBA. The Hornets released its schedule this week. Big games to look for: Nov. 27 it’s LeBron and the Cavaliers; Dec. 2 it’s hometown hero/MVP/Golden State phenom Stephen Curry and on Dec. 28 it could be Kobe’s final game in Charlotte.

KERRICK TAKES THE STAND: It was a dramatic day in the voluntary manslaughter trial of former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, accused of wrongly shooting to death a black, unarmed man. Kerrick testified for more than 90 minutes, telling jurors he feared for his own life before he pulled the trigger. 

SOCIAL MEDIA REBOOT: Back in the day, we loved going to the monthly Social Media Charlotte breakfasts. We’d network and hear from some of the city’s most innovative. It went dormant about 2 years ago, but now it’s back. Organizers plan to announce happy hours and breakfast events ASAP, as well as offer social media training.

POOL UPGRADES: The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center is deep into its $8.6 million renovation. Check out this slideshow of empty pools, bleachers turned to rubble and exposed walls.

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