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New plan hatched for the Penguin (access required)

A diner shutting down usually doesn’t create much reaction. After all, the restaurant business is notoriously tough, and restaurants close all the time. But when the Penguin was shuttered last month, a ripple effect was felt throughout the city. Known ...

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‘Cash cow for Charlotte’ (access required)

Just follow the money. Do that, Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte says, and you’ll find out why people in the unincorporated areas of Cornelius aren’t getting the police protection for which they pay. “It’s politics at its ultimate,” he said. “The ...

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Movers and shakers back visionary’s ‘Sustain Charlotte’ (access required)

Shannon Binns’ message isn’t new, but he’s hoping how he delivers it and who helps him will make people take notice. But first he has to get the Charlotte community, particularly the business community, to financially back his vision, a ...

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Impact on school plan uncertain (access required)

With the board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools scheduled to vote Tuesday, the final bell is about to toll for some schools as part of its controversial Case for Continuous Improvement program, a plan that calls for closing some schools. Faced with ...

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Closure controversy (access required)

For many Charlotte-area parents, Mike Raible is the bad guy. As executive director of planning and project management for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, he’s in charge of the CMS program known as the Case for Continuous Improvement. It’s a nice, positive-sounding name, ...

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