Weekend headlines: Florida shooting victims demand change, Trump reacts after Russia indictment

Florida shooting victims say #Enough

A deadly rampage in a Florida high school that left 17 people dead and 14 others wounded — most of whom were students — left the community of Parkland shaken and a nation in shock. The survivors from the shooting are speaking out for change, demanding tighter gun laws. These high schoolers are finding a unified voice to criticize adults on the lack of change in policy. Activist groups have rallied around the victims by organizing a walkout for everyone from elementary school to college on March 14, along with a march on Washington on March 24. You can read more from the survivors here.

Trump feels vindicated, then defensive after Russian indictment

After an indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to shout “no collusion.” While Trump initially thought the announcement was a victory against what he considers fake news, it quickly became clear that the indictment could question the legitimacy of Trump winning the election by his own power. You can read the president’s reaction from the weekend, along with him backtracking on the Russia investigation being fake news by clicking here.

Man charged after deadly crash in Charlotte split his car in half

A man was charged late Saturday night after he hit multiple trees and split his car in half, killing a woman in Barclay Downs. You can read how it unfolded by clicking here.


Weekend headlines: Winter Olympics, deadly plane crash in Moscow and 2 killed in I-77 crash

2018 Olympics heats up

The United States upped its medal count during this weekend’s Olympic events. Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard brought home the first gold medal for the U.S. in men’s slopestyle. Chris Mazdzer shocked the world with a silver medal after placing in men’s single luge, giving the U.S. its first medal in that category in Olympic history. You can find the full medal count, along with upcoming events, here.

Plane crashes after takeoff in Moscow

A regional jet heading 1,000 miles to a Russian town crashed shortly after takeoff from the Moscow airport Sunday afternoon. All 71 people – 65 passengers and six crew members – were killed. The plane was tracked falling 3,300 feet per minute before it lost signal and triggered a search party, according to FlightRadar24, a real-time plane tracking website. You can read the full story here.

Two killed in I-77 crash

Two people were killed after a driver hit a car on I-77 early Sunday morning in Charlotte, WSOC reported. The driver was charged with two counts of felony death with a vehicle and driving while impaired. You can read the full story here.

Weekend Roundup: North Carolina girl found after yearlong search; health care bill faces trouble


North Carolina girl found alive after being missing for over a year

A Charlotte girl missing for over a year has been found alive in Georgia, according to a statement released by the FBI. 17-year-old Hailey Elizabeth Burns was found in Duluth, Georgia, a town north of Atlanta. Michael Wysolovski, the owner of the house Burns was found in, has been arrested by the FBI and charged with sex offenses, cruelty to children and false imprisonment.


Health care bill faces trouble if unamended

The GOP rolled out its latest health care bill late last week. This second attempt has been drafted in secrecy, and President Donald Trump has backed the bill. Now, five republican senators stand in the way if the new bill goes unamended. Read more here.


Otto Warmbier death brings more questions

Otto Warmbier, the student who visited North Korea and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for destroying property, was laid to rest over the weekend. Warmbier was returned to the United States after he fell into a coma while in North Korea’s care, then died shortly after returning home. That raises serious questions as to what happened and why. Read more here.

Weekend Roundup: Heavy rains in Charlotte; Canadian set on mowing even as tornado looms behind


Heavy rain injures one, leaves thousands without power north of Charlotte

Heavy rain in north Charlotte left thousands without power and injured one after a tree fell on a car as severe thunderstorms swept across the city. Some outages left people in the dark for hours.


14 arrested as tempers flare in Portland protests

Tempers ignited in Portland on Sunday afternoon after 14 were arrested when a “Trump Free Speech” rally ran into a makeshift protest in opposition to the rally. The opposing rally considered the Trump demonstrators to be racially motivated after a man stabbed and killed two people after he was confronted for shouting racial slurs at two women last month. Full story here.

Like Obama’s first term, Trump must decide on a war in Afghanistan

The New York Times published an article on how President Donald Trump’s top advisers are split on adding troops to Afghanistan or slowly pulling away from conflict in that part of the world. Full story here.

Trump is nearing a final infrastructure overhaul

President Donald Trump is working toward a final draft of how he will rebuild the foundation of America. The main catch is putting the burden on local governments whereas in the past, the federal government would normally take the financial hit. Full story here.


London attack executed by 3 assailants

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the latest attack was enough after three assailants used a van to plow through a crowd in London and began an assault using hunting knives that killed seven and left dozens injured. A full timeline, along with preventative action the country plans to take, is available here.


Golden State Warriors continue hot streak

The Golden State Warriors are now 14-0 in the playoffs after beating the Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday night. Cleveland’s LeBron James continues to have outstanding games in an attempt to overthrow the Warriors’ undefeated post-season streak. Full coverage of Game 2 here.

NHL finals

The Nashville Predators answered back with a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. The Predators trailed 0-2 in the series but regained momentum in front of a wild Nashville crowd. Full game recap here.

Bonus Story

Fearless Canadian mows lawn as tornado looms behind him


An Alberta resident had no worries as he was mowing his lawn over the weekend with a large funnel cloud looming behind him. “I was keeping an eye on it,” Theunis Wessels said after his wife snapped a quick photo of it to share with her friends on Facebook. Little did she know that mowing a lawn in front of a tornado is viral material. You can read the full interview here.


Weekend Roundup: Memorial Day shooting in Charlotte kills one; Tiger Woods blames DUI on meds


Opening this week: Revamped Bojangles caters to millennials

The Bojangles at 1401 W. Trade St., which has been closed for half a year for renovations, reopens June 1. Find out more about giveaways and freebies by clicking here.

One killed, one injured in Memorial Day shooting in Charlotte

One person is dead and another was injured after a shooting Monday in North Charlotte. This marks the 36th homicide this year. Full story here.


Spotlight turns to Jared Kushner as potential Russian ties are discovered

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump arriving in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law to President Donald Trump, has come under fire for seeking out a channel to communicate with the Russians, according to the New York Times. Kushner met with a well-connected banker from Russia, and now investigations are trying to find out what really happened. Full story here.

Trump denounces Portland stabbing as “unacceptable”

Two men were killed after they intervened when a man was shouting hate speech toward two women on a train in Portland last weekend. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged with murder and attempted murder, has been arrested. Many gathered to remember the victims Saturday, and President Donald Trump tweeted, “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.” You can read more about the two who defended the women on the train here.


New French president draws clear line for Russia, gives strong handshake

The new president of France, Emmanuel Macron, met with Russian Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin over the weekend to mark out what would happen if chemical weapons are used again in Syria. You can read more on the clear stance Macron took by clicking here. He also sent a message to President Trump after an awkwardly long handshake when they met last week.


Coca-Cola 600

It was great seeing that No. 3 in victory lane again, right? The Charlotte Observer has full coverage from a fantastic night of racing.

Indianapolis 500

Many records were broken as Takuma Sato took home the trophy and became the first Japanese driver to win the iconic race. He is also 40 years old, making him part of a small group of older winning drivers. Also, a Denver Post journalist got fired for tweeting that Sato’s win made him “uncomfortable.”

Panthers wrap up Week 1 of OTA training; Cam named No. 44 in NFL top 100

The Panthers’ Organized Training Activity gave people the first look at who is preparing for the fall. Kelvin Benjamin was a hot topic as he is gearing up for the next season. Julius Peppers sat out this week, but OTA’s aren’t make or break. Full coverage here.

Cam Newton was ranked No. 44 out of the 100 best players in 2017 after having a below-average year with the Panthers. You can watch the full video highlighting his successes here.


Tiger Woods arrested, suspected of DUI

Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. He is blaming his medications for the mishap. Full story here with updates.

Trump’s ties to Russia lead back to Charlotte golf course | Top weekend headlines

Trump’s ties to Russia go south

James Dodson, a veteran reporter and author, has remained unchanged about Eric Trump telling him that a Lake Norman golf course was largely funded by Russian investment. Trump National Golf Club Charlotte is one of 17 locations that are “some of the most iconic golf properties and championship courses in the world,” according to the Trump Golf website. The Charlotte Observer confirmed with Dodson that he did not hear Eric Trump wrong when he said Carolina location was made possible by Russian financiers. You can read the entire story by clicking here.

Topgolf scoping out second location in Charlotte

As Topgolf prepares to open its first North Carolina location this summer, renderings of a second location are going before the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.  Specifics have not been released, but there may be more answers after the city council meeting. You can read and see more here.

Patric Cannon says “anything else is God’s will” when it comes to running for office

Former Charlotte Mayor Patric Cannon made his first public appearance Saturday at the Black Political Caucus Forum after being released from prison, where he served time for federal corruption charges. When asked by reporters if he would ever try running for office again, Cannon said he is focusing on his family right now, but “anything else is God’s will.” You can read more about his first appearance by clicking here.

Concert Watch

Imagine Dragons announced they are coming to the Spectrum Center in November. You can buy tickets here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be rocking out the Coca-Cola 600 in just two weeks. Why not add some rock n’ roll to racing? Ticket info here.

Weekend Roundup: Charlotte to see solar eclipse, officers injured at S.C. prison


3 officers injured after altercation at S.C. prison

After a disturbance inside a jail in South Carolina, three officers have non-life threatening injuries, and everyone is accounted for at the Kershaw Correctional Institution. WSOC-TV reported that one of the officers was treated for stab wounds. You can read the full story here.

Total solar eclipse headed our way

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Towns in North Carolina are gearing up for a rare sight as a total solar eclipse is coming Aug. 21. The Carolinas are expected to get at least 90 percent coverage from this solar eclipse, with Charlotte getting 98 percent coverage. You can read more about it by clicking here.


Tensions rise between North Korea and U.S.; Pence visits South Korea

Vice President Mike Pence is on tour of South Korea and made a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Monday. His visit is in part to calm tensions that have been growing after President Donald Trump sent a fleet of warships to the Korean peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on a day of celebration, said the country will test nuclear weapons whenever it pleases, increasing tensions with the U.S. You can read the latest on this by clicking here.


Knights go 0-3 against Norfolk over the weekend

After having an explosive opening weekend against the Norfolk Tides, the Knights got swept on the road. Quiet bats and three errors on Sunday’s game sealed their fate against Norfolk. You can read more about the team’s weekend by clicking here.