Woman says she was bullied at North Carolina Starbucks for wearing Donald Trump shirt

Woman says she was bullied at North Carolina Starbucks for wearing Donald Trump shirt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A woman claims she was bullied at a North Carolina Starbucks because of her Donald Trump shirt.

Kayla Hart told WJZY that it happened Wednesday morning at one of the chain’s locations in the Charlotte neighborhood of Dilworth.

Hart claims that she walked in wearing a Trump T-shirt and was mocked by employees.

“They shouted out ‘build a wall’ and shoved a drink at me and then all the baristas in the back started cracking up laughing,” Hart said.

She also said the words “Build a Wall” were printed on her receipt.

Hart then emailed Starbucks customer service about the incident.

Starbucks sent WJZY a message about the incident, saying that the company failed to meet the customer’s expectations.

“This experience is not consistent with our standards or the welcoming and respectful experience we aim to provide every customer who visit our stores,” the statement read, in part. “We have spoken with our store partners about this situation and are using this as a coaching opportunity for the future.”

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Woman’s ad for her lost ‘jerk’ cat in North Carolina goes viral

Woman’s ad for her lost ‘jerk’ cat in North Carolina goes viral

One woman is warning her North Carolina neighbors about her missing cat.

“She’s kind of a jerk,” Mary Irwin wrote in an ad.

Irwin’s blunt description about her surly feline is now going viral.

The cat, named Babou, went missing in the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne.

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

“She’s probably hiding somewhere cursing my name,” Irwin told ABC News.

The owner really misses her kitty and wants her home but warns “she may run if you try to catch her.” Babou also apparently “has strong opinions about things.”

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

Irwin has high hopes that Babou is still safe and sound somewhere just playing a cruel trick on her owners, but imagined the day she potentially returns home would be like a scene from “West Side Story.”

“It’s going to be like the Sharks and the Jets and she’s going to be leading this team of wild cats,” Irwin said with a laugh. “She’ll show up in two weeks missing an ear and patches of hair and smoking a cigarette all like, ‘You should see the other guy. I’d tell you where he is but then I’d have to kill you.’”

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

Irwin and her husband, Don West, originally found Babou in a Target parking lot in Miami in 2011. At first, the cat’s demeanor was loving and friendly, but then her personality took a sinister turn.

“I had hurt my neck and my husband went into Target to get some medication for me and I said, ‘Oh, God, we can’t leave her here or she’ll get run over,’” Irwin recalled of finding Babou. “She ran across the parking lot and jumped into my arms. She was the coolest cat for six months and then she got spayed and that changed everything.”

So how is the cat such a “jerk”? Let Irwin count the ways.

“She knows how she is supposed to behave but she likes to see what she can get away with,” the owner said. “She has a scratching post but if she’s mad at us, she’ll wait until we’re looking at her, then she’ll walk over to the couch and stick out one paw and run it slowly down the side of the couch. Like a teenager.”

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

“She’ll snuggle with you and then after 2.5 seconds will do that thing where she’ll attack your foot,” Irwin added.

“She usually sleeps on my husband because he’s warmer,” she said. “If he’s sleeping on his side, I’ll wake up and she’s on his hip and she’s staring down at the both of us. She just sits and glares.”

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

Irwin, a makeup artist, said the odd thing is that when Babou is at the vet, she’s an angel.

“When she’s around new, strange people she’s really good, and when she’s around the vet she’s great,” she explained. “But when she’s home, she’s like, ‘Did you just look at me in the eyes? Did you make direct eye contact with me?’

“Ugh, she’s a jerk,” she added with a laugh. “Everyone who knows us knows it. I’m at work and people are like, ‘How’s the jerk?’ That’s just what she’s like.”

Mary Irwin’s ad for her lost cat warns her Charlotte, North Carolina, neighbors that her pet is "kind of a jerk."

Nonetheless, Irwin is devastated she and her husband have no leads as to where their little “jerk” could be. She wanted to make the ad as descriptive of her personality as possible, so strangers would better understand her behavior if they happened to see her.

“She’s my cat and I want her back,” Irwin said. “I also figured for people who might try to take her to the shelter, in a new situation sometimes she’s an angel, and sometimes they might be like, ‘Maybe we’ll just put this one back because she’s kind of Satan.’” a

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The Ivey Hotel Opens in Charlotte, NC

The Ivey Hotel Opens in Charlotte, NC

King balcony suite at The Ivey Hotel in Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC—The Ivey Hotel, owned by The MRK Hotel Collection, has opened here in the Uptown neighborhood. There are 42 guestrooms, a cocktail lounge, private meeting and event space and a library lounge exclusive to guests of the hotel.

The building was originally Ivey’s Department Store built in the early 1900s. The hotel underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation in the last two years and is over 38,000 sq. ft.

The rooms feature 400-year-old reclaimed French oak floors, exposed brick, custom-designed lighting fixtures and furnishings by Nick Allen, Frette Italian bedding alongside a curated art collection throughout the hotel. Rooms also have free WiFi, Sony 4K televisions, Bose sound systems, iHome docking stations, and Lutron lighting.

All rooms are decorated with modern furniture as well as antiques and no two rooms are the same.

The hotel is also home to two new food and beverage concepts. Sophia’s Lounge will have crafted cocktails and small bites with opulent furnishings and lighting provided by chandeliers. The menu is created by Top Chef alum and executive chef Jamie Lynch with cocktails by mixologist Patricia Smith. 5Church Charlotte is located at the intersection of 5th and Church streets. It will also feature a menu by Chef Jamie Lynch.

This is the third property for The MRK Collection. The company’s two other hotels are the Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville, NC and The Marlin Hotel in South Beach, FL.

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Charlette North Carolina

Charlette, NC is one of the most interesting cities in the entire USA. This city is filled with up and coming restaurants, historic places of interest, friendly people, and great business opportunities. Having seen a huge rate of economic and population growth in the last 10 or so years, it is now set to become an business hub for many different industries.

Despite all of this, the city is actually quite affordable, keeping prices low even in the more popular parts of town. It beats out cities on the opposite coast for similar apartments while offering the same opportunities and incredibly competitive salaries. This makes it easy to live a comfortable life, even with a larger family, while not sacrificing anything that bigger cities tend to offer.

The community is also quite welcoming, with friendliness and hospitality being a pillar of the community. This is shown through a huge number of public programs available through the city, the local library, and many other institutions as well. In addition, it isn’t uncommon for new neighbors to be greeted by everyone around them. People say hello on the street, teachers get to know their students, and workers form real friendships.

Many of the companies in this area have prioritized the growth of careers within their institution as well. They hope to keep their employees in the same company for their entire career. For this reason, the companies are growing very fast and upward mobility is a very real thing for most people. Companies with high turnover rates are also very open to employee suggestions to fix their errors.

Overall, Charlotte, NC is one of the most interesting cities in the USA. It is a great place to settle down, raise a family, pursue a career, and learn more about yourself.

Weekend disputes turn into deadly shootings in Charlotte, police say

Weekend disputes turn into deadly shootings in Charlotte, police say

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) – In less than 24 hours two people were shot and killed in the Queen City. CMPD has made one arrest and officers said they are close to making another.

The first shooting happened Sunday afternoon in northeast Charlotte, hours later and less than five minutes away, the second shooting took another life. Police believe the victims and suspects knew each other in both incidents and what started as a dispute turned deadly.

Officers rushed to the 3500 block of Spring Terrace Lane in northeast Charlotte just before 1:00 a.m. Monday. Police found the victim, William Weddington, 24, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

He later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

Officers identified Maurice Grant as a person of interest at the scene, he was taken to the hospital for a minor injury, when he was released he agreed to speak with police at CMPD Headquarters. He was arrested and charged with Weddington’s murder.

“I hope people can get together and love one another and try to solve this homicide rate in Charlotte because it’s off the hinge,” said Wayne Carey, he recalled welcoming Weddington to the neighborhood a few months ago when he moved in.

CMPD believes Weddington and another person were having a domestic dispute when Grant shot him. “Oh it’s too frequent there’s no question. We have unfortunately, a lot of people that resort to violence when they feel disrespected and, you know, when most time people can talk it out and it’s a shame that it’s that way but it is and police have to deal with it, said Major Vorhees.”

Sunday afternoon Lucas Baldwin was shot and killed at Tanglewood Apartments on Wynbrook Way. Police believe they know who pulled the trigger but so far, no arrest has been made.

“I believe they did know each other. It doesn’t appear to be a random event but a dispute that turned violent,” said Major Vorhees.

James Knotts lives in Tanglewood Apartments and said, ”Guns don’t kill people, it’s the people with the guns that kill people and that’s what we try to teach the kids over here. It’s always another way it’s always a second way out. It’s always another way another decision that can be made, let’s not always go with the first decision we make.”

Neighbors in Tanglewood said, they live in a tight knit community and the deadly shooting takes away from what they teach the children that live there.

“Again, its people resolving disputes with violence and it’s unfortunate. I’ve said it we can’t, there’s a lot of variability with homicides. A lot of times things happen that you think results in one but it don’t. We can’t prevent all of them but we can solve them and I’m pretty confident that we can solve this one.”

Lucas Baldwin’s family told FOX 46 they just want people to put the guns down. In the meantime, anyone with information on these shootings is asked to call Crimestoppers. The shootings remain under investigation.

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A bear, gators, maybe even a bobcat sighting. Why is it a jungle around Charlotte lately?

A bear, gators, maybe even a bobcat sighting. Why is it a jungle around Charlotte lately?

It’s been a jungle around Charlotte lately.

Over the past few days, a black bear was seen loping around Matthews and Union County. Two alligators were run over by cars near Charlotte.

In mid-May, a woman said she saw a bobcat in northeast Charlotte. And coyote sightings continue to mount.

So what’s going on around here?

“I think it’s just part of being a North Carolinian,” said Rupert Medford, a Charlotte region district biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “I don’t think it’s Charlotte exclusive by a long shot.

“An animal has a lot less cover in Charlotte so when they are there they are much more likely to be seen,” he said.

I could see (the bobcat) and was like, oh my God, I was just floored.

Sara Fisher

Here’s a breakdown on the latest animal kingdom activities:

Da bear

The biggest news from the call of the wild lately has been a black bear.

It was first spotted in Union County on Saturday in Waxhaw’s Cureton neighborhood. The next day, a woman posted on Facebook that she saw the bear in the Wesley Chapel area crossing the street near a Target. “It looks like a very young bear. He is quite tiny and was by himself.”

By Tuesday, a bear was seen about 15 miles north in Matthews.

When Matthews Police Department put a photo of the bear on its Facebook page Tuesday, it reached upwards of 100,000 people within a day, a record for the department, Officer Tim Aycock said.

In its post, the agency warned people against approaching or feeding the bear, but said there was no need to call police unless the bear was hurt or threatening someone.

On Wednesday night, someone struck a bear on Interstate 485 near Exit 57, Providence Road, in south Charlotte, authorities said. It’s not known if it’s the same bear that was in Matthews and Waxhaw, but it apparently survived and went into the woods.

Well tonight was a first for us…we dispatched on an Motor Vehicle Accident…a car versus a BEAR on I-485. #TrueStory #FirstDueEverywhere

— Charlotte Fire Comms (@CFD_Alarm) June 1, 2017

Early May through mid-June represents breeding season for bears, Medford said.

Smaller, younger male bears can be pushed out of their home areas during this time by bigger male bears. While bear populations are usually found in the mountains and coast, Medford said they can disperse 100 miles away or more before they leave if no female bears are around.

I think the take-home message is there’s really nothing to worry about.

Rupert Medford, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission district biologist

“So it’s not a huge surprise” one was spotted in the area, he added. “We’re just seeing one of them come through.”

Gators on the road

Unlike the bear, the gators were killed on the road.

One was hit by a car Sunday night in western York County, S.C., and later died. It was near Beaver Dam Creek northwest of Clover, S.C., about 30 miles southwest of Charlotte, officials said.

Police do not know where it came from but suspect someone had kept it then released it when it got too big.

In Union County, a 6-foot gator was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday night on U.S. 74 near Marshville, WSOC-TV reported.

Medford called it a fluke that two alligators turned up in the region.

No one has clamored for a sign like this yet in the Charlotte area.

Lynne Sladky AP

In North Carolina, most alligators reside in the southeastern part of the state, and none have been recorded living naturally past eastern Scotland County, four counties away from Charlotte.

The city lacks the wetlands and swamps that alligators prefer for breeding and raising their young.

A bobcat sighting

One night in mid-May, Sara Fisher was walking her dog off Eastfield Road near the Shops of Eastfield Village in the University area when something caught her eye.

Across the street, an animal came out of a wooded area.

Fisher got a good look at it for a few seconds when it paused under a street light before moving off to a back yard. It had fur sticking out to a point on its ears and a fluffy tail.

Sara Fisher

Courtesy Sara Fisher

“I could see it and was like, oh my God, I was just floored,” Fisher said. “I was able to tell it was a bobcat under the light. But when I got home, I Googled ‘bobcat’ just to make sure.”

From the description, Medford said it sounds like Fisher did indeed see a bobcat. They are rare in the Charlotte area but do turn up.

A northeast Charlotte woman said she saw a bobcat in her neighborhood off Eastfield Road in mid-May.

James Quigg The Daily Press via AP

Unlike foxes or deer, bobcats generally are afraid of people, Medford said. But they will thrive in areas around Mecklenburg County that offer a good, thick brush as a habitat, he said.

Meanwhile, Marty McInerney says he recently came across what was possibly a mountain lion, or maybe a bobcat, in his south Charlotte backyard off Weddington Road.

The animal had a long tail and a rabbit in its mouth, and jumped his fence in one bound. “It was almost surreal to see that in my backyard,” McInerney said.

Marty McInerney

Courtesy Marty McInerney

After he posted on social media many doubted what he saw.

Medford thinks McInerney also misidentified what he saw. Perhaps it was a bobcat but it definitely wasn’t a mountain lion, Medford said, adding: “There is absolutely zero evidence of any big cats in North Carolina.”

Finally, Mecklenburg residents continue to report seeing coyotes. Ten people contacted the county last month, including one who saw a pair near his Matthews yard during the day.

‘Nothing to worry about’

There are a few basic tips that people should follow with wildlife, experts say.

That includes securing trash cans, not leaving pet food outdoors and not dumping extra food outside. Animals will typically run off if you make noise or yell at them, Medford said

And if you see an animal, leave it alone.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says the only time to call 911 about wildlife is if the animals are threatening or attacking them, or appear rabid. People should call 311 if their pet is exposed to a wild animal and are concerned about rabies.

“I think the take-home message is there’s really nothing to worry about,” Medford said. “Folks in either direction, east or west (of Charlotte) have the same critters…and they carry on as normal.”

The (Rock Hill) Herald contributed

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

Have a wildlife question?

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched a call center for the public. It handles: questions about N.C. wildlife species; concerns about diseased, orphaned or injured wildlife; questions about wildlife that may pose a threat to people, pets or property; and reported observations of wildlife. Call 866-318-2401 weekdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Latest: Alonso back for another Indy 500?

The Latest: Alonso back for another Indy 500?

The Latest on motorsport’s busiest day (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Fernando Alonso and McLaren might not be done with the Indy 500 just yet.

The two-time Formula One champion’s opportunity to win the race expired with his engine with 20 laps remaining. Alonso was hoping to add the second jewel to the Triple Crown, joining his victory at the Grand Prix of Monaco, and leave only the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

McLaren boss Zak Brown told The Associated Press that the Indy 500 "is something I’d like to see us do on a more regular basis." The manufacturer returned to Indy this year after a long absence.

Would Alonso be behind the wheel? "”We have to get through tonight," Brown said, "but yeah, I’d like to see him back. … But our goal is to win Monaco next year with Fernando in the car."

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


4 p.m.

Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Japanese driver who wrecked on the final lap while dueling Dario Franchitti for the lead in 2012 held off Helio Castroneves over the final laps. He gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive victory and third in the last four years.

Sato screamed into his radio as he slowed down the front stretch, his Honda engine still under power after three others let go while their drivers were near the front of the race.

Castroneves finished second, followed by Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


3:40 p.m.

Oriol Servia, James Hinchcliffe, James Davison and Will Power are out of the Indianapolis 500 after they were involved in a wreck on a restart with 17 laps to go.

Davison had spent time in the lead after jumping into the car for Sebastien Bourdais, who was hurt in a qualifying crash last weekend. Servia was also at the front late in the race.

Servia appeared to touch Davison from behind in the first corner and both of them slid up into the wall. Hinchcliffe and Power were caught up in the carnage behind them.

Josef Newgarden touched the inside wall with his left front tire while trying to avoid the damage, sliding up the track. But he appeared to avoid any significant contact.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


3:30 p.m.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has blown his engine with 20 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500, the third Honda to explode in the closing laps of the race.

The crowd went crazy for Alonso as he climbed out of his car.

Alonso, skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to run the race, had been fast all month and was near the front all afternoon. But as he tried to work toward the front late in the race, the Honda power that had been pushing for the lead finally let go.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball also had Honda engines expire, making nine of them during practice, qualifying and the race on Sunday.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


3:25 p.m.

Make that two front-running Hondas that have blown up in the Indianapolis 500.

First, it was Ryan Hunter-Reay who was running near the front when his engine let go. Now, Charlie Kimball is out of the race after running in the top three with 33 laps remaining in the race.

That makes nine Honda engines that have expired during practice, qualifying and the race.

That also put James Davison in front, making him the record 15th race leader. Everyone went to the pits and Helio Castroneves was first off as he pursues his record-tying fourth career win.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


3 p.m.

Winds are picking up and skies are clouding up about three hours before the start of the Coca Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race.

Forecasts call for scattered thunderstorms through the area starting at 6 p.m. — the same time the green flag is scheduled to wave at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick and All-Star winner Kyle Busch will start up front. Series points leader Kyle Larson did not attempt a qualifying lap because of inspection issues and he’ll start 39th. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’ll retire a full-time driver after this fall, begins 19th. Defending 600 champ Martin Truex Jr. will start from the eighth spot.

— Pete Iacobelli reporting from Concord, North Carolina


2:55 p.m.

The trouble Honda has been experiencing all month has bitten Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Honda has been plagued by blown engines ever since teams switched from the road setups for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis to testing on the big oval. James Hinchcliffe’s engine blew on Carb Day and now Hunter-Reay’s engine has let go with 64 laps remaining.

Honda engines have had far more power than Chevrolet this month, but reliability has been a major problem. Hunter-Reay’s was the eighth Honda engine to blow in practice, qualifying and the race.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


2:40 p.m.

Buddy Lazier has made hard impact with Turn 2 at the Indianapolis 500.

The 1996 race winner lost his rear end coming into the corner and slid hard into the outside wall, wheels and debris spilling across the track. Will Power was following Lazier and his onboard camera showed Lazier slightly wiggling before the wreck.

Lazier climbed out of his car and was taken to a local hospital.

Lazier has been coming to the Indy 500 every year in his single-car effort, even though he hasn’t been competitive in years. It’s the lure of the place that keeps the former winner coming back.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


2:15 p.m.

Helio Castroneves was the leader at the midway point of the Indianapolis 500, using an alternate pit strategy along with the rest of his Chevy-powered Team Penske teammates.

He later led his 5,700th lap, moving him into fifth on IndyCar’s career list.

Castroneves pitted from the lead a few minutes later, sending Alexander Rossi back to the front. He was passed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, and when the former winner went into the pits, Graham Rahal moved into the lead. It was the 13th lead change, one off the Indy 500 record.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


2 p.m.

It’s been a parade for Andretti Autosport at the Indy 500.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was leading when a caution came out for debris with 119 laps to go. He was followed by teammates Alexander Rossi and Fernando Alonso with fellow teammate Takuma Sato in fifth.

The debris appeared to come off another teammate, Marco Andretti, who was running 10th.

Andretti Autosport has won two of the last three races with Hunter-Reay taking the 2014 edition and Rossi winning it as a rookie last season.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


1:45 p.m.

Conor Daly has brought out the second caution of the Indianapolis 500 when he crashed into the wall in Turn 3, and the aftermath of the impact also caught up Jack Harvey.

The incident on Lap 66 came shortly after Scott Dixon and Jay Howard were involved in a massive wreck that forced the race to be halted.

Daly was trying to go around Charlie Kimball on the outside when he touched wheels and shot up the track and into the wall. The debris that scattered behind him is what caught Harvey.

Helio Castroneves narrowly missed the Dixon wreck. He also slipped by Daly’s wreck unscathed.

Dixon’s wreck ended a long streak of caution-free racing that dated to last year’s race. There were no cautions in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis a couple weeks ago, and the yellow flag that flew when Dixon went airborne was the first of the Indy 500.

In all, IndyCar drivers ran 138 consecutive laps in race conditions without a single yellow.

— Michael Marot and Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


1:10 p.m.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon has been involved in a terrifying wreck and is out of the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon’s car struck the car of Jay Howard, who had slid into the outside wall and then careered back across the track.

Dixon’s car then catapulted toward the inside barrier, where it landed and split in half. Pieces of his car were left strewn across the track in Turn 2 as his car slid to a halt.

Dixon was already moving before his wreck car came to a stop. He got out of the car on his own power to a roar from the crowd and stepped into a waiting ambulance for a trip to the infield care center.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


1:05 p.m.

The first 100 miles of the Indianapolis 500 have been dominated by Andretti Autosport.

Defending race winner Alexander Rossi, Formula One star Fernando Alonso and team newcomer Takuma Sato are running away from the field through the first 40 laps. They have already started to pick away lapped traffic as they turn laps of 220 mph.

All three cars are powered by Honda, which has had more power than Chevrolet all month.

The three teammates have begun to jockey for the lead, not racing each other so much as sharing the time at the front. That’s allowing them all to extend their fuel economy.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


1 p.m.

The first round of pit stops at the Indy 500 left Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter in the front, followed by defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Formula One star Fernando Alonso.

Alonso took his first race lead moments later on Lap 37.

Two-time race winner Juan Pablo Montoya stalled his car when he reached pit road, costing him some valuable time. Jay Howard ran out of gas and had to nurse his car to the pits.

Zach Veach missed his pit box and was assessed a drive-thru penalty.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


12:40 p.m.

Tony Kanaan just surpassed the 4,000-lap led mark for his IndyCar career.

In his 20th season, the 2013 Indy 500 champion has roared to the front under cloudy skies and with a stiff breeze blowing off Turn 2. It’s the 13th time in 16 starts at Indianapolis that the Brazilian has led the race, tying four-time winner A.J. Foyt for the race record.

Now, the question is whether Kanaan’s engine can keep him there.

Kanaan is powered by a Honda engine for Chip Ganassi Racing, and there’s been a string of failures for the manufacturer the past few weeks. James Hinchcliffe’s engine was the latest to let go on Carb Day.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


12:30 p.m.

Fernando Alonso had no problems with a rolling start at the Indy 500.

The two-time Formula One champion said this week that he hadn’t made a rolling start in a race in 20 years, back when he was driving karts. But starting in the middle of the second row, Alonso took it easy on the traditional three-wide start under the famed Indianapolis pagoda.

He quickly dropped a few spots as the field got to speed, while Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi began jockeying for the lead ahead of him.

Kanaan was leading Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon after 10 laps.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


12:10 p.m.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is ready for his debut at the Indianapolis 500.

He tells ESPN it is one of the best moments ever to be at one of the world’s greatest races. He also noted that he’s at an experience disadvantage as an Indy 500 rookie.

Still, he was hopeful that the first few laps, first few restarts and first few cautions would help him settle in for a strong run.

"Hopefully I get up to speed as quick as I can," he said in the final minutes before the green flag.

Alonso was starting fifth, the middle of Row 2.


12:05 p.m.

Angela Brown gave a stirring rendition of "God Bless America" at the first Indy 500 since Florence Henderson died.

Henderson sang the song virtually every year for decades.

As a tribute to Henderson, she was recognized Saturday at the driver’s meeting and a brick with her name on it was placed inside speedway’s museum.

— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis


11:15 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen returned to the speedway for another Indy 500, a longtime family tradition.

"It is a global event," Pence told ABC. "To be able to be here … is a real joy for us."

The former Indiana governor left the race prediction to Karen, however, and she went with veteran Ed Carpenter.

"He’s a friend, a hometown boy — and he’s in the front row this year," she said.


10:15 a.m.

Sebastian Bourdais is at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, as promised, he’s using crutches.

The Frenchman was involved in a terrifying wreck on qualifying weekend that left him with a fractured pelvis, hip and ribs. He had surgery hours after the accident, was released from Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and is already going through hours of daily rehabilitation .

"I’m feeling great to be here and out of the hospital atmosphere," said Bourdais, who told The Associated Press on Saturday that he refused to show up in a wheel chair.

Bourdais still can’t put any weight on his right leg for five weeks, but he is targeting he season-ending race at Sonoma to get back in his car. James Davison will start in his place for Dale Coyne Racing on Sunday.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


10 a.m.

The red carpet is in full swing beneath the famed Pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and as usual, it’s an eclectic bunch from the worlds of sports and entertainment.

Professional wrestler Ric Flair dutifully went "Wooooo!" for the crowd. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith stopped by to chat. "The Walking Dead" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who will drive the pace car for the Indy 500, was a popular selfie choice along with his wife, "One Tree Hill" star Hilarie Burton.

Singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha signed autographs a few hours before she was due to sing the national anthem. Jake Gyllenhall was also hanging around to promote his upcoming movie about the Boston Marathon bombing, accompanied by Jeff Bauman, who authored the best-selling book that inspired the film.

Gyllenhall and Bauman were sharing honorary starter duties.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis


3:47 p.m.

Sebastian Vettel beat his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and comfortably extend his lead at the top of the standings.

It was the four-time F1 champion’s third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari’s first at Monaco since Michael Schumacher in 2001. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished third ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

Title rival Lewis Hamilton clawed his Mercedes through the field to finish a commendable seventh from 13th on the grid.

Raikkonen started from pole position for the first time in nine years, with Vettel joining him on the front row. Both made a clean start, with Vettel holding off Bottas heading into the first corner.

After Raikkonen and Bottas had both come in for a tire change a few laps earlier, Vettel timed his change to perfection 39 laps into the 78-lap race. When he came back out, he was in front of Raikkonen.

— Jerome Pugmire in Monaco


3 p.m.

There has been a flurry of activity in the pit lane halfway through the Monaco Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas came in first to change the tires on his Mercedes, quickly followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. That left Sebastian Vettel in the lead from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but Vettel also needed a new set of tires.

He timed his stop perfectly on lap 39 — exactly halfway — and came back out ahead of Raikkonen and into the race lead.

Ricciardo jumped ahead of Bottas, but Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen felt far from happy to be back in fifth and used an expletive over race radio.

French driver Esteban Ocon also blasted his team over radio after having to come in for a puncture repair on his Force India car.

— Jerome Pugmire in Monaco


2:40 p.m.

Lewis Hamilton is making his way through the field and into the points at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The three-time F1 champion started back from 13th place on the grid after a surprisingly bad performance from his Mercedes in Saturday’s qualifying.

But the British driver has picked up three places and is up to 10th place after 30 laps of the 78-lap race.

Up ahead, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was closing in on second-placed Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen still leads as he chases his first win since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013.

— Jerome Pugmire in Monaco


2:05 p.m.

British driver Jenson Button got a surprise message on the radio just as he was preparing to start the Monaco Grand Prix.

It was from Fernando Alonso, who skipped this year’s Formula One race to run in the Indianapolis 500.

Button came out of retirement for this race to fill in for Alonso. The exchange went like this.

Alonso: "I am sure you don’t want to hear my voice before you start but I just want to say good luck and I will be watching you here."

"Thanks mate!" Button replied. "I am going to pee in your seat!"

Said Alonso: "Please don’t do that!"

Monaco’s tight 3.4-kilometer (2.1-mile) course is the hardest in F1 to pass competitors.

— Jerome Pugmire in Monaco



One of the busiest days in motorsports has arrived.

The Formula One series kicks things off with the Monaco Grand Prix. Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel holds a slender six-point lead on three-time champion Lewis Hamilton. They have two wins each, but Vettel’s Ferrari looks much quicker than it did last year while Hamilton’s Mercedes is not as dominant. Vettel starts the race on the front row alongside teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

The Indianapolis 500 is next, with a special guest this year. All eyes will be on two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard makes a one-off debut. He qualified in fifth place for the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar. Scott Dixon is on the pole for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

NASCAR wraps things up Sunday night with one of its biggest races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kevin Harvick is on the pole.


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Charlotte to Host 2019 All-Star Game Due To The HB2 Act Getting Repealed

Charlotte to Host 2019 All-Star Game Due To The HB2 Act Getting Repealed


The news broke today that the 2019 NBA All-Star game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina after the repeal of the hb2 act. This act previously required any persons in a government building to use the restroom that correlates with the gender listed on their birth certificate. Many saw the hb2 act as discriminatory towards people in the LGBT community and caused the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans.

The act that repealed the bathroom rule of hb2, hb142, is not seen by many as a step forward towards helping to protect the rights of the LGBT community. This opinion is due to Section 3 of the act stating; no local governments may create ordinances that change the regulation of any private employment practices on public accommodations and Section 4 goes on to state that Section 3 is effective until December 1, 2020.

However, this tiny act does not come as a surprise due to Charlotte estimating their loss from the All-Star game switch to be $395 million. That loss caused the original backer of hb2 to lose re-election and the city to move quickly to make up for what was lost.

So essentially this one-page act was created just to meet the NBA’s demands for Charlotte to host another event, for which, The NBA and Adam Silver have decided is good enough. Silver stated today that “While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law.” This move by the NBA can be seen as almost a “make-up call” for their “bait and switch” of the 2017 All-Star game and even Silver admits that the repeal did nothing more to protect members of the LGBT community.

No matter your opinion on the events that occurred in Charlotte, as of right now, we will be seeing the best of the best lace it up on a court in 2019. Who knows what will happen in the two years until the All-Star break of the 18’-19’ season but we can expect Charlotte to keep their end of the bargain and not take a step backward.

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High-speed chase through N. Charlotte ends in crash; 2 in custody

High-speed chase through N. Charlotte ends in crash; 2 in custody

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) – A high-speed chase through north Charlotte ended in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, police said. Two people have been taken into custody.

The driver led officers on a pursuit in a reported stolen vehicle, reaching speeds of nearly 70 mph, along Interstate-85. The vehicle eventually got off the interstate and traveled down neighborhood roads before crashing into another car in the 4600 block of North Tryon Street.

The driver of that car was treated for minor injuries on scene and released, police said.

The two people inside the stolen car were arrested following a brief foot chase by police and K-9 units.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, around 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 they responded to a reported robbery in the 2400 block of Dunlavin Way. The person who called 911 said he and two other people were approached by several suspects and robbed at gunpoint. His vehicle was also taken.

The next day, officers spotted the stolen vehicle around 3:30 p.m. near The Plaza and E. Sugar Creek Road. CMPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused and that’s when the high-speed chase began.

The identity of the two suspects and their charges will be released at a later time, police said.

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North Carolina’s Most Popular Baby Names For 2016 Are…

North Carolina’s Most Popular Baby Names For 2016 Are…

CHARLOTTE, NC — Emma and Noah have beaten out the competition once again to be crowned America’s most popular baby names, for the third year in a row.
For Noah — this marks the fourth year at the top — and for Emma, it’s the third straight year being number one.

The most popular baby names for 2016 were released by the Social Security Administration Friday. Among the top 10, the SSA says there is just once new addition, Elijah, the first time the name has reached the top 10.

For girl, the top 10 baby names in North Carolina for 2016 are:

Ava Emma Olivia Charlotte Harper Abigail Isabella Sophia Elizabeth Madison

For boys, the top 10 baby names in North Carolina for 2016 are:

William Noah Mason Liam Elijah James Benjamin Jackson Michael Grayson

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The SSA began compiling the list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. The administration also notes how popular culture influences baby names. For 2016, the name Kehlani had the biggest jump in popularity and for boys, the name was Kylo.

The bump in popularity for Kehlani is likely to do with the popularity of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, according to the SSA. The bump for Kylo on the other hand likely has to do with the character in the 2015 movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Feroze Dhanoa contributed to this report.

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