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