special report

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...

Special report: 10 days in tent city with the ‘new faces’ of homelessness in Charlotte

Past the tent where Cosmo makes paintings, past the tent where Angelique chews on a spoonful of coffee grounds in the morning, around the corner where Michael...

Why Charlotte must keep saying Justin Carr’s name

The little boy sprints from the patio to the memory garden. His white Nikes glide across the grass, and short braids flop on a summer evening. He’s in the...

Mona Lisa’s checklist: A homeless woman’s quest to ‘just get a job’ in Charlotte

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The world knows Chynna Deese because of how she died. Now her family wants to make sure we remember how she lived.

At 10:56 a.m. on July 6, one week to the day before their last communication, Chynna Deese’s phone lit up with a familiar message from her mother. “I’m...

Greg Jackson’s Reagan Drive Initiative tackles tough issues at a forgotten interchange on I-85

On April 25, Patrick walks into the 7-Eleven like he usually does—stoned, strung out, and smiling. “Nope,” the owner, James Phillips, tells him. Since...

In the shadows of the boom, one man is determined not to let a teenager’s felony charge define him

The teenager stares down at the electronic bracelet around his right ankle. Through the apartment’s sliding screen door, he can hear the light rail train making its 7:22 p.m. stop at Tom Hunter station. It’s a new sound in this part of north Charlotte, a signal that people are going somewhere.