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IDs to be vertical for those under 21

N.C. bartenders and clerks soon will be looking at underage customers' ID cards a new way.

That's because Gov. Mike Easley on Saturday signed into law a measure changing the format of driver's licenses for people under the age of 21. Beginning Oct. 1, state IDs for people under the legal drinking age will be printed vertically instead of the traditional horizontal layout.

Young adults who hold horizontal cards won't need to get a new one until their current one expires. Lawmakers passed the bill this summer as a way to help bartenders and retailers easily identify which customers were old enough to buy alcohol.

Associated Press


St. Paul Baptist Church has developed a 15-year plan to revitalize about five blocks north of center city.

The nearly 10 acres, located at Allen and 17th streets in Charlotte's Belmont community, would be transformed into a mixed-use district where hundreds of affordable and senior housing units would blend with community service centers and stores.

Church leaders spent the past three years coming up with the plan in hopes the redevelopment would spread the church's message while creating a place where Belmont residents can afford to stay in a community they love, the Rev. Gregory Moss Sr. said.

Nichole Monroe Bell

Officers have located the body of a 20-year old man they've been searching for since Aug. 4.

Employees at a business on Mallard Creek Road called police about a suspicious vehicle there. They determined that the car belonged to Francisco Javier Gonzales, who was reported missing earlier this month. His body was found across the street at a campsite. Authorities don't suspect foul play but have not said how they believe Gonzales died.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and WCNC

A 36-year-old man died Saturday after he fell into Lake Norman near a popular area known as the Sand Bar.

Witnesses told police that Brian Burdick fell into the water while playing around with a friend around 6:20 p.m.

When he didn't resurface, an off-duty reserve Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer tried to pull Burdick out of the water. Other officers began doing CPR, and Burdick was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Cabarrus County | Concord

Concord police said Saturday they are investigating the death of a man found in front of a home at 299 Odell Drive.

Police identified the man as James Nathaniel Mills, 52, of Concord. Someone had called police at 3:15 p.m. to say there was a man injured at that location. No other details were available.

Adam Bell