Concord Mills starts renovations to refresh exterior

Concord Mills will soon be getting a facelift.

According to Simon Property Group, upcoming renovations to the outlet mall include updated signage, LED lights and new landscaping.

The mall will remain open during renovations. The construction will begin later this month and is slated to be complete around August.

This is not the first update to Concord Mills in recent memory. In 2016, major interior renovations included new tables, tile flooring and LED lighting.

The property follows a trend of mall renovations in the Charlotte area as brick and mortar stores work to fight online retailers.

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Late comeback sputters as Panthers fall to Saints 31-26

The Panthers season ended with a bang — or rather, a sack — on Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-26 in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card playoff game.

The Panthers trailed the whole game, struggling to keep up with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. The Panthers assembled a fourth-quarter comeback that put them within a touchdown of advancing to the next round but fell short in the last seconds.

Carolina made it to the red zone in the final minute but was pushed back by an intentional grounding call on quarterback Cam Newton. A fourth down and 23 left Newton sacked and the Saints heading to the next round of the playoffs.

The Panthers offense struggled in the red zone during the first half. Kicker Graham Gano was the only player to put points on the board, leaving the team trailing 21-9 at halftime.

Although Newton didn’t finish a drive with a touchdown until the second half, he still completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards.

Brees didn’t stray from his regular season average, hitting his target 69 percent of the time for 376 yards. Brees threw fewer passes than Newton (33) while seeking his targets farther down the field for crucial touchdown plays.

The Saints will take on the Minnesota Vikings at 4:40 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis. You can watch the game on FOX.

Fast casual Indian food coming to South Park

Charlotte’s South Park will soon become home to another unique restaurant, this time an Indian eatery that’s modeled a bit like Chipotle.

Tandur Indian Kitchen will open near the South Park Mall on Governor Morrison Street. The restaurant will let customers pick their sauce and protein, along with wraps and salads.

The new location is expected to open sometime in January 2018.

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Charlotte Police look for missing Uber driver, Trump visits Middle East – Top Weekend Headlines


Charlotte


CMPD looking for missing Uber driver

Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez

Police are looking for 44-year-old Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez after he went missing while driving for Uber on Saturday night. He was last seen in Southwest Charlotte on Ayrshire Glen Place.

Medina-Chevez was last seen wearing a gray short-sleeve shirt, jeans and sandals, according to police.  Medina-Chevez is described as 5-foot-5 and has black hair with dark eyes. If you have any information, call 911.

South Charlotte Whole Foods opens this week

A high-end grocery store is adding its third location near Providence Road next week. The new Whole Foods will open at 7221 Waverly Walk Ave. on May 23. You can read more about the grand opening here.

Mint Museum Uptown receives $150,000 grant

The stairs at Mint Museum Uptown are about to get a lot cooler thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

The huge concrete stairs lead to the front entrance, and some visitors have said they are intimidating, according to The Mint Museum website. The new stairs will be equipped with LEDs that are interactive to the touch, just like the Seventh Street Station, which is where the inspiration came from. Full story here.


Nation


Trump goes to the Middle East

President Donald Trump made his first international trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend. He is heading to Israel on Monday. Full coverage here.


World


Sea lion grabs girl from pier

A girl was snatched from a Canadian pier when a sea lion attacked her, pulling her headfirst into the water. Luckily, a man who is believed to be her relative jumped in to save her.

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Entertainment


Drake steals the show at Billboard Music Awards

Drake took home a record 13 honors in Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, surpassing Adele’s record. You can read the full list of winners here.

Suicide Squad doesn’t need ratings after making $135 million on opening weekend

After tough reviews from many critics, Suicide Squad’s rating was at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s future was looking grim. Either out of curiosity of how disliked this movie was or the general amount of attention that was drawn towards this movie it paid off as hordes of people went out to see Warner Bros. – DC comics Suicide Squad last weekend bringing in a record breaking amount for super-hero movies. The Associated Press reported, “After fans flocked to theaters on Thursday night and Friday, audiences dropped steeply on Saturday. ” Signs like these could be bad for a movie that has to recoup over $175 million in production and advertising costs. The movie is just over two hours and you can find out when it is playing in Charlotte here

Free Press staff report.