What it was like in the crowd with 23,000 people at Trump’s Gastonia rally

The hired security guards, all with shoulders thick as bulls, walked through the rows of steel barricades shouting instructions. “Pack it in,” they told...

The most millennial city council in America can’t get along

Three years ago, six people lined up in front of Charlotte’s government center for a photo. They were all under 40, five men and one woman, five Democrats...

What it was like to vote in North Carolina on the first day of this monumental election

At Allegra Westbrooks Library on Beatties Ford Road on Thursday morning, I met an Army veteran who built a supply route over the Himalayas during World War II....

Early voting starts today in North Carolina. Find the Mecklenburg County site that’s most convenient for you

We can vote in person today. From the sea to the mountains in North Carolina, and from Cornelius Town Hall in north Mecklenburg to Ardrey Kell High School in...

‘This is maddening’: The Brookhill project is on the brink. Again.

Once again, bad news arrived in the mailbox for the residents of Brookhill Village. The developer on the South Tryon Street affordable-housing project learned...

Charlotte Votes 2020

In 2020, North Carolina matters. We’re one of a handful of battleground states that will determine the presidency. There’s a chance we’re the closest of...

Harold Easter died in CMPD custody. Here’s what 17 body-cam videos tell us

After Harold Easter pulled over and parked next to a soccer field in the Greenville neighborhood just north of Uptown on January 23, some of his first words to...

Why the president’s Proud Boys comment hit home in North Carolina

I stayed sober through Tuesday’s presidential debate, somehow, but still woke up hungover and filled with regret the next morning. “Did we really do that,...

Back-to-back visits from Biden and Trump show just how important your North Carolina vote is

Joe Biden landed in Charlotte around noon on Wednesday, and minutes after stepping onto North Carolina soil for the first time since February, his first public...

The return of the chimney swift (the bird), and 7 other stories to watch this fall

Fall arrives each year in Charlotte inside the chimneys of old buildings, stuck to the wall. And in this year of no-good news, it gives me great pleasure to...

The long drive from Charlotte: Jacob Blake’s father left as soon as he heard the news. This weekend he returns

That Sunday evening, Big Jake Blake was driving on South Boulevard toward his favorite Thai restaurant when his phone rang throughout the car. It was Julia...

The future of Beatties Ford, in renderings and promises

For all the green shirts and signs they put up, it was hard to miss the one behind them for the Burger King. That’s where a young man named Danquirs...