EDITORIAL: That was not Charlotte

The people of Charlotte protested. After a march around the courthouse they even arrived where they started and had a candlelight service. The general vibe was discontent, and they have every right to be upset. Some ended their night at Little Rock Zion Church to pray, and others took a different path.

Once a mass of peopled entered the EpiCenter I knew the peaceful protests were coming to a close. Watching a dozen live video streams from different vantage points gave the continuous feeling of chaos after that point. I have never seen the people of Charlotte act that way, and worse things have happened than this. I can only imagine that there are a percentage of the population that waits for these opportunities to wreak havoc on a vulnerable area. Wanting change in your community means you don’t destroy your community. And I know Charlotte knows that.

For those that read this, and care about their community. Those people will go to their neighbor, their friend, their local government and start a conversation on how to mend these wounds.  Wounds that are apparent and need to be dealt with.

Joshua Komer for the Free Press.


Block parties, baseball and more to do this weekend in Charlotte

This weekend should have a lower chance of rain, so get out there and enjoy some events! Here’s our curated list of things to do brought to you by the Free Press.

LoSo Block Party is this Saturday bringing out live music, six breweries and plenty of food trucks. This is also a cool event because it’ll be benefiting the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Pints for Prostates. You can learn all about it hereIf you are looking for something more family friendly then look to Harvey’s Block Party  in Huntersville or 2nd Friday Street Festival in Cornelious where there will be lots of things to do.

  • While the Charlotte Knights are away in Durham you can still catch some great games in Shelby, NC for the American Legion World Series. Teams from all over the country will go head to head to see who is the best eight different states throughout the country. You can find out more here.
  • McColl Center for the Arts is hosting their member show that starts Saturday and will be displayed until the 27th of August. The show is non-juried, but there is a people’s choice award for whatever artist you may like. It goes from 5-9PM  and you can find out more information here.

2016_FestivalX_FHThe U.S. National Whitewater Center is celebrating 10 years of existence! Festival X will have bike challenges, a cornhole tournament and live music all day. This is a great event if you want to get outside and enjoy the day. More information here.

Families of Benghazi attack victims file lawsuit against Clinton

Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, parents of two Americans soldiers killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012 and have filed a lawsuit against the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In the 17 page document, they make their case for why Hilary should be held accountable for her actions and cite her for the cause of wrongful death and defamation.

Section Five of the suit hold facts that will be used as evidence against the defendant Clinton it states that her private server was not only the source of information that was hacked by foreign countries but that Islamic terrorist obtained information “[of] the location of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. Department of State and the covert Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya.” Terrorists then used the information to plan an attack, according to the suit.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the former secretary of state’s handling of the Benghazi incident has been investigated multiple times and none found wrongdoing.

Patricia Smith spoke at the Republican National Convention denouncing Hillary Clinton as a lier and someone who did nothing when American lives were on the line. “Nobody listened. Nobody seemed to care,” she said after talking to her son on the phone for the last time before he was killed in a terrorist attach at the embassy. “I blame Hillary Clinton, personally for the death of my son,” Smith said.

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.

Weekend Roundup: Phelps secures 19th gold, Ledecky breaks own world record, Trump finally endorses Ryan, McCain

The Summer Olympics in Rio started off quietly with heats and qualifiers throughout the weekend. Sunday brought a few major races in men’s and women’s swimming pushing world records even farther.

Rio de Janeiro - Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil
Rio de Janeiro – Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

Michael Phelps contributed in the second leg of the 4×100 and adding a body length lead before his teammate Ryan Held and finisher Nathan Adrian secured the gold. This was America’s second gold following  Shooter Ginny Thrasher’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning over the weekend. Phelps adding to his well decorated history received his 19th gold medal and 23rd medal overall.
You can keep track of full Olympic coverage here.


Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil
Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

Katie Ledecky took gold in the 400 meter freestyle along with beating her previous world record by almost two seconds. Lengths ahead of the other swimmers in her qualifying round and in the feature Ledecky was in a race against herself. This was her 12th record she has set. Full story here.

Donald Trump - photo by Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump – photo by Gage Skidmore

Last week was rough for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump after continued arguing with a gold star family and refusing to endorse House speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain. Moves that continued to show division within the GOP. Saturday Trump tried to amend these rifts by endorsing Ryan saying, “we may disagree on a couple things but mostly we agree and we’re going to get a lot done and we’re going to do wonderful things.” Full story here.

Jill_Stein_croppedAs America continues to show unfavorable view towards both major candidates the Green Party picked Jill Stein as their nominee. Jill Stein thanked Bernie Sanders supporters for keeping the revolution alive through her. Stein stated that many of her party’s beliefs were the same as Sanders, and the polls and starting to show she is no longer a fringe candidate. Polling up to 6 percent recently Stein has found herself farther along than most would expect. Read more here.

Panthers Fan Fest and more to do this weekend in Charlotte

  • Panthers are back in their stadium! Panthers Fan Fest is a great event to see the team while hanging out with other fans. Fans in attendance will receive a 2016 team roster photo card with a 2016 schedule as well as a gate giveaway. It is a free event, but you have to get a ticket beforehand to enter. Find out more info here.
  • Looking for something to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon? Head down the South End to enjoy August Front Porch Sunday where local vendors, food and entertainment will be there from 1 to 5 p.m. Nothing like a nice stroll in a different neighborhood. Find out more info here.
  • Join the Fillmore for a Pokewalk around Uptown Friday at 8PM. Starting off at Duckworth’s to grab drinks and then making their way to the panthers stadium in hopes of finding some big time Pokemon. Don’t miss out on this if you’ve been glued to your phone like I have! More info here.
  • Start the 2016 Summer Olympics right with a bar crawl! Including nearly 10 bars with no line and no cover with purchase of the event tickets at Rooftop 210. You get a shirt, too! More info here.
  • The Charlotte Mothers of Multiple Kids Consignment Sale is happening this Saturday at The Park Expo & Conference Center. Claimed to be the biggest in the region, all sorts of clothing and toys will be for sale. Two dollars to get in and four dollars to park, cash. Credit card can be used inside. Find out more here.

Weekend Headlines: NC voter ID law overturned, Trump insults Army Gold Star

The top local story came in Friday afternoon where U.S. Appeals court struck down North Carolina’s Voter ID law, a law enacted in 2013 has been one of many topics that put the Carolinas in the national spotlight. The court ruling decided that the law with discriminatory intent against African-Americans.  Read full article here.

Trump found himself in hot water after commenting about a Muslim family that spoke at the DNC, and had lost a son in the Iraq war. “… if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say.” adding “She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.” Many Republicans fell silent after Trump made these comments, leaving the Republican Candidate to fend for himself. Ghazala Khan, mother of a fallen US soldier, wrote in a Washington Post editorial “[Trump] knows nothing about sacrifice.” Khizr Khan later interviewed on CNN and echoed the same message. Read full story here.

An exclusive story by Reuters stated that the Clinton Campaign was also hacked in a continuing cyber attack on Democrats. Read full story here.

A tragic story came out of Texas after a hot air ballon crash killed 16 people. It was suspected that the balloon hit power lines on its way down. Read full story here.