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Weekly reader: The top Charlotte stories you might have missed

Central Florida linebacker Shaq Griffin runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine Sunday in Indianapolis.
Central Florida linebacker Shaq Griffin runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine Sunday in Indianapolis. AP

What happened in Charlotte news this week, March 5-9? Russians infiltrated a Charlotte political rally, gun deaths hit a peak and McDonald’s rolled out a new burger. Oh, and guess what Daylight Saving Time and the Mob have in common?

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McDonald’s brand-new burger will roll out today. Here’s our verdict.

Readers wanted to know what food writer Kathleen Purvis thought of the new, fresh-meat Quarter Pounder. Among her findings: “A whiff of actual beef.”

Why Daylight Saving Time can kill you

People who are grumpy when Daylight Savings Time begins (on Sunday) might have science on their side. Heart attacks increased by 24 percent the day after the change.

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Matt Rourke AP

NC man admitted to concert scam. He wants to change his plea... because of the mob.

A former Charlotte-area man pleaded guilty to a federal charge from a canceled Stevie Wonder show that became known as the “Wonder Blunder.” He now fears an alleged organized crime contact.

More people than ever are dying from guns in North Carolina. What’s behind it?

North Carolina hit a 35-year high in 2016 for the number of people killed by guns. A jump in firearm-related homicides might explain the increase.

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Charlotte activists were ‘duped’ by Russians, feds say – and it started on Facebook

A friend request led to an alleged Russian conspiracy to infiltrate a 2016 political rally in uptown Charlotte. A federal indictment said it was part of a larger pattern.

If Carolina Panthers draft Shaquem Griffin, he could be more than just a great story

Should the team draft a one-handed linebacker? His workouts at the NFL combine suggest he could make a difference for the Panthers.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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