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.

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


Charlotte


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.


Nation


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.


World


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.


Sports


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.


Entertainment


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.

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.