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Church offers up frosty beer for the faithful

One Oklahoma church is offering up frosty beers this Sunday to those who would like to worship the old fashioned way through hymns.

East Side Christian Church in Tulsa posted on its marquee out front that it is offering Beer and Hymns Sunday night as part of a weekend-long discussion about the future of the Christian church around the world.

"I think it’s a little surprise for some people here in Oklahoma, but we like to rattle the cage a little bit," said Evan Taylor, outreach pastor at East Side Christian Church.

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Though the event is turning heads of those who drive by, East Side Christian Church isn't alone in the festivities. The event is actually a part of a weekend of beer sipping and theological discussion.

"It’s a chance to reach a wide demographic of people to ask the questions of what’s happening in our Christian world, what’s happening in our churches, and what’s happening in our community," said Michael Riggs, senior pastor at First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa.

First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa, East Side Christian Church, Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Phillips Theological Seminary, and Oklahoma Disciples Foundation are hosting three events over the upcoming weekend with Portland-based religious author Christian Piatt.

Piatt will be discussing his book Post Christian with Green Country Christians. The book focuses on the future of the Christian church as a whole in the world.

They hope that with it being the weekend, more people will head out to talk about the future of the church, if they can catch a frosty brew or two.

"Everybody’s welcome. No questions are banned. No holds barred. Just come and respect each other’s opinions, and just have a good honest conversation about God while having a few beers at the same time," Riggs said.

But if you are worried about the Father's House becoming a frat house, East Side has put in place some measures to keep the event koshure. IDs will be checked for anyone wanting a beer. There will be a limit of three beers per person, and there are options for those who are either underaged or do not wish to partake.

"People are more curious than anything," Taylor said. "It’s not a big drunk fest. It’s just going to a nice time to have a beer and sing some old hymns at the same time."

 

 


Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:35:55 -0400

Maker of Camel, Pall Mall cigarettes bans smoking on premises

In a rather ironic turn of events, the nation's second-largest cigarette producer will no longer allow smoking in its office. 

Starting next year, employees of Reynolds American Inc. will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes at desks, in elevators, in conference rooms or in the majority of the building. Smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes are still okay. 

The company, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is reportedly constructing designated smoking areas inside its building to accomodate smokers. 

Bloomberg points out that the company itself is even realizing the oddity of the situation. A company spokesman said, "We’re well aware that there will be folks who see this as an irony, but we believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it."

The company already banned smoking on factory floors, the fitness center and the cafeteria, but this newest ban is interesting for at least two reasons: the health stigmas of being a regular smoker and the company's desire to jump into the e-cig game. 

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The CDC reports about 18% of American adults smoke. An estimated 42% of adults smoked in 1965 so, clearly the market is changing. 

And that change could include a swing toward e-cigarettes. 

"Well, if you look at the analysts today ... she's predicting that within the next 10 years, e-cigs, vaping in general, will be as large as traditional tobacco."

Bonnie Herzog, an industry analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, expects Reynolds will start bringing in more revenue from e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes by 2021.

Reynolds American launched its own electronic cigarette last year called Vuse. 

While the World Health Organization hasn't taken a strong stance on possible negative effects of vapor systems, the organization has suggested they be regulated as strongly as traditional cigarettes. 

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:47 -0400

Weekend Traffic Update 10/24-10/26

NC 73 CLOSURE: Diverging Diamond

NCDOT is preparing to convert N.C. 73 over I-85 in Concord to a diverging diamond ,the second of two on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project, and the second of four to open to traffic in the Charlotte region. To prepare for this new traffic pattern, NCDOT and Lane Construction will close N.C. 73 over I-85 from 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27. Motorists exiting I-85 North and South to N.C. 73 will be restricted to right turns during the closure. Detours will be posted west of I-85 along Kannapolis Parkway, and east of I-85 along George Liles Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.

October 18: Big South 5K

The race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 at the Blakeney Shopping Center. Event Organizers expect 1500 participants. The route includes Blakeney Heath Road, Fieldcroft Drive, Autumn Applause Drive, Blakeney Drive, Park Farm Lane and Rea Road.

October 18: HopeBuilders 5K

The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 off of Kings Drive. Event organizers expect 1000 participants. The route includes Kings Drive, Dings Road and Queens Road West.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:34:53 -0400

Chiquita shareholders to vote on merger Friday morning

Chiquita shareholders will hold a special vote in uptown Friday morning to decide whether to merge with Fyffes. If the merger goes through, the company's headquarters could leave Charlotte, just a few years after moving to the Queen City.

RELATED: Chiquita rejects $658M buyout from Brazilian companies

Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said Thursday that they were again raising their bid for the banana producer to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders were expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Thursday that it will review the latest offer. It has repeatedly rejected offers from investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group, preferring to merge with Fyffes in an all-stock deal.

Early Friday morning before the shareholders meeting, Kerrii B. Anderson, Chairwoman of the Chiquita Board of Directors and Ed Lonergan, Chiquita`s Chief Executive Officer said, "Chiquita's Board continues to believe in the long-term value of the ChiquitaFyffes merger and does not believe that the $14.50 offer from Cutrale/Safra is superior to the potential combination. The Board intends to convene the Special Meeting as scheduled at 9 a.m. in Charlotte to allow shareholders to vote on the ChiquitaFyffes merger. The Board also determined that if shareholders do not approve the combination with Fyffes, the Board intends to continue discussions with Cutrale/Safra."

RELATED: Chiquita shareholders suing company over planned merger

ChiquitaFyffes would be the world's largest banana supplier, and the companies plan to incorporate in Dublin to take advantage of lower tax rates. Chiquita is now based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The latest bid from Safra and Cutrale is for $14.50 per Chiquita share, up from an offer of $14 per share earlier this month. They had bid $13 per share in August.

RELATED: Chiquita agrees to new merger terms with Fyffes

Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on the Chiquita-Fyffes combination Friday.

On Monday proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services recommended that Chiquita investors support the Fyffes deal because it is the best option for shareholders. ISS had previously said shareholders should vote against the deal because Chiquita might get a better offer elsewhere.

Chiquita shares rose 97 cents, or 7.6 percent, to $13.71 in late morning trading. The stock has ranged from $9.24 to $14.43 in the past 12 months.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:36:28 -0400

Facebook introduces Rooms app

Facebook's research division — the folks who brought you Paper and Slingshot — unveiled their latest app, Rooms, on Thursday. It's a group-based social networking app focused on small communities and anonymous identities. Rooms bills itself as a mobile-focused version of early chat rooms and forums. Users group up into micro-communities — the rooms — and share photos, videos and text in a communal feed, which can be easily moderated. 

The rooms are invite-only, and spread through QR codes, theoretically making each group as private or as public as the creator wants it to be.

Rooms' other big selling point is its pseudonymity: Rooms users don't have to go by their real name, but can use "whatever name makes you feel most comfortable and proud ...  [and] even create different identities for different contexts."

The ability to mask your own identity on Rooms has drawn a lot of comparisons to other anonymous social apps, notably Whisper and Secret. But Rooms lead Josh Miller, whose startup Branch was purchased by Facebook last year, says the app is more about building communities than protecting anonymity.

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In an interview with TechCrunch, Miller said Rooms is trying to create the same ecosystem of the early Internet, where "each place looks very different from the previous one.  We behaved very different, what we talked about was different there, and you can also bring a different side of yourself."

But the idea that a Facebook product isn't tethering users to their real names is getting a lot of buzz — mostly because of the company's previous missteps in that field.

Facebook witnessed a mini-exodus last month after its real-name policy inadvertently targeted drag queens for using their preferred pseudonym. The social network has since apologized and promised to relax its rules.

One of the beneficiaries of that whole blow-up was social media startup Ello, which spiked in popularity in the days following Facebook's bad press. The site recently announced it has raised $5.5 million from investors — despite pledging never to collect any revenue from ads.

Ello's success speaks to a potential hurdle Rooms is facing — standing out from the crowd of social networks already out there.

SlashGear writer notes the rooms "reminds me of Google+ communities."

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:38:39 -0400

Stretch of NC 73 in Concord to shut down over weekend

Drivers in Concord said getting in and out of a construction area has been a confusing headache over the past few weeks. So they're hoping after this weekend their travel will be much smoother.

Beginning Friday morning, the Department of Transportation will shut down a stretch of N.C. Highway 73 over Interstate 85 while crews prepare to convert the intersection into a new diverging diamond.

That is part of a $125 million I-85 widening project.

Last month, the DOT opened the state's first diverging diamond at Poplar Tent Road and I-85.

One driver said he's ready for this project to be completed, but he's not thrilled he'll be forced to find a different route in the morning.

"That may not be good for me cause… so that means I'll probably have to drive all the way around," said Kyle O’Neill.

N.C. 73 at I-85 will shut down beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

Detours will be posted west of I-85.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:34:56 -0400

Heartbreaking scene at home of slain Canadian soldier's family

The Canadian parliament observed a moment of silence today for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, the solider who was slain by a gunman in Ottawa on Wednesday while he was guarding the National War Memorial, ABC News reported.

Those who knew Cirillo said the father and reservist was a dog lover. And today, at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario, a heartbreaking scene unfolded as two dogs peered under a gate, resting their heads near a tribute of flowers and flags as if to mourn the soldier.

"On behalf of all members of the House of Commons Security Services team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our prayers are with you," Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers said in a statement today. Vickers was the man who shot and killed the gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:07:14 -0400

Officials: Man struck and killed by train near uptown

A man was struck and killed by a train Thursday night near North Tryon Street and 16th Street, officials said.

Police said Jarvis Glover was walking along the tracks when he was killed. Officials said the train blew its horn multiple times and tried to slow down.

Police believe Glover may have been homeless and are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:35:21 -0400

Overheated cellphone charging dock blamed for apartment blaze

Investigators believe a cellphone charging dock overheated, starting a fire inside a Charlotte apartment Thursday evening.

Firefighters responded to the apartment fire in the 800 block of Eastway Drive.

The fire broke out at about 6:30 p.m. and was contained to one unit in the small two-story apartment building.

Jessica Gregory told Channel 9 she was inside her home with her family when she heard her next door neighbor screaming.

“The back of my neighbor’s home was all flames,” said Gregory. “I grabbed my grandmother and my two daughters and ran. I just had to get them out of the house.”

Officials said Gregory’s neighbor was cooking when she noticed a fire in her back bedroom.

The woman ran out of her home to get help. Gregory called 911 and watched as the flames grew closer to her home.

“It was getting to the point where it was right there,” said Gregory.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire before it spread to other apartments. A firewall also helped contain the flames to one unit.

Investigators determined a cellphone charging dock that was plugged in and sitting on the bed overheated and sparked the fire.

No one was injured.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:44:57 -0400

Witnesses describe tragic Gastonia wreck

Gastonia police are still investigating a serious crash after a 74-year-old woman died days later.

The other driver involved is accused of driving through a stop sign on Saturday.

Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon talked to witnesses about why they think those charges should be upgraded.

The witnesses said a 21-year-old driver was headed south on Scruggs Street, ran a stop sign and hit a car slamming it into a concrete wall.

The 74-year-old victim in the car died two days later.

Kiara Russell was just a few yards away when the crash happened over the weekend.

"I just think like, 'Oh my God, I just witnessed an accident,'" Russell said.

She rushed over to help and saw Emily Rhyne in the passenger's seat.

She said the driver was OK, but Rhyne couldn't speak.

"She just looked like she was in shock," Russell said.

Another witness said he saw the driver who hit Rhyne seconds before the crash.

"He came up this road,” Ernest Mason said. “From the time he hit his brakes he darted out."

Both witnesses said it looked like the driver Richard Accurso III was trying to beat the car onto Gaston Avenue but he didn't make it.

"It's sad,” witness Kimberly Mason said.  I'm very sorry for the family"

Police charged Accurso with failing to stop for a stop sign.

Since Rhyne died at the hospital Monday, they are going to meet with the district attorney to see if Accurso should be charged with death by motor vehicle.

Witnesses said he needs to be held accountable.

"Yea, it looks like he ran a stop sign for one anyway," Russell said.

"I think it's a shame that people's lives are cut short like that because of people's ignorance of not stopping," Mason said.

Rhyne's family did not want to talk to Channel 9.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:49:04 -0400

Family of man allegedly killed by Satanic couple: He was a good dad

Pazuzu Algarad and his girlfriend faced a judge Thursday for a pretrial hearing. The two are accused of murdering Joshua Wetzler and another man, and then burying their bodies five years ago.

Satanist and wife killed men, buried them in yard, police say

Wetzler’s family talked to Eyewitness News Thursday.

“He was a doting father he loved his son,” said Stacey Carter, ex-girlfriend.

 Friends: Satanic couple bragged openly about killing 2 prostitutes

She said Wetzler last visited their son Jared in 2009.

“They played. Josh made pizzas for us,” said Carter.

After that visit, she never heard from him again. She was worried about him, but kept thinking maybe he’d left town to find a better job. A friend soon called to share a strange rumor that Wetzler had been killed and buried in Algarad’s backyard,  in Clemmons in Forsyth County.

"When I went to the police, I thought they'd think I was crazy. I'd never heard of this person so it was pretty bizarre to me,” said Carter.

She said police were familiar with Algarad, a self-proclaimed Satanist.  He had pentagrams painted on his home and family members said he’d bragged about killing people and burying them in his back yard. Police went to search for Wetzler, but found nothing.

A few weeks ago, police received another tip that led them back to the home. This time they found Wetzler’s remains and that of another man named Tommy Welch.

"I want to know why. I want to know why,” said Joshua Wetzler’s mother, Martha Wetzler.

Family members don’t believe Joshua Wetzler knew the suspects. They don’t understand why it took place but his mother hopes they get answers and justice for her son.

"What gives anybody the right to take somebody else's life?” she said.

Carter said she hopes the case brings attention to the need for young people to get help before they get involved in a life of crime. 

“I want this to raise awareness in the community for the need to reach out to youth that are at risk for getting into trouble for going off the rail,” said Carter. 

Both suspects are due in court on April 30.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:03 -0400

Expert: Low fuel costs trigger major gains for American Airlines

American Airlines said it made $952 million in profits in the third quarter -- up 87 percent over last year.

American Airlines is in the process of merging with U.S. Airways.

The gains are attributed to summer travel which typically boosts airline revenue but University of North Carolina --  Charlotte professor Peter Schwarz said it was a reduction in costs that triggered this windfall for American Airlines.

“The main thing that stands out is lower fuel costs,” Schwarz said.

As jet fuel prices drop, profits add up. American Airlines stopped hedging the price of fuel this summer which is a business practice brought over by former U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker who now runs the merged airline.

That means instead of paying a set price their cost fluctuates with fuel prices -- a risk that has paid off.

“What we see happening with American (Airlines) is more the legacy of U.S. Airways. Going into the merger U.S. Airways was doing quite well,” Schwarz said.

He said profits could still be high in the fourth quarter, too.

Schwarz said Parker is pushing for fewer and fuller flights which means the airline will drop prices to fill those planes.

“So at some point, we would expect to see some more favorable fares come along as we come into the fall season,” Schwarz said.

It all points to a smooth merger between the two airlines and makes it less likely Charlotte would ever lose its hub status, he said.

However, those results all came before the widespread fears over Ebola, Schwarz said.

He does not expect that to have a big effect on the fourth quarter unless there is a major outbreak.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:50 -0400

Firefighters criticize fire chief for working 2 full-time positions

Claremont's fire chief is facing a slew of complaints and all are from his firefighters.

They were supposed to discuss the issue with town leaders Thursday, concerned about his second full-time job.

Leaders said they would not talk about the issue because it was a personnel matter. After that, two firefighters quit.

The fire chief also holds a job at the Raleigh Fire Department, which is more than two hours away.
 
The chief said Thursday he loves firefighting and that the town knew about his other full-time job in Raleigh when they hired him.

Fire Chief Bart Travis said he understands the concern but when it comes down to working as Claremont's fire chief and as a fire captain in Raleigh, he is fulfilling his obligations to both departments.

"It's not the perfect situation and it is not the perfect world but I think everyone has been happy to this point,” Travis said. “And I think I've done what has been asked of me and more."

But not everyone is pleased that Claremont chief is working two full-time jobs two and half hours apart, including former long-time volunteer Danny Hedrick. 
 
"I think it is wrong for the citizens of Claremont and business owners like my wife and myself for the chief to be drawing pay here with the amount of taxes we're paying and doing the same in Raleigh," Hedrick said.

Channel 9 found out Travis makes $56,000 as Claremont's chief and $62,000 as a Raleigh fire captain totaling $118,000 a year.
 
One of the department's committees was scheduled to meet with town leaders Thursday’s about the chief's two jobs and what it describes as a dozen other complaints involving his leadership. 
 
But Travis said he is able to do both jobs because in Raleigh he works 10 24-hour shifts a month, leaving him time to rest and work the other full-time job in Claremont. He said he is committed to both departments.
 
"Being a firefighter is my life,” Travis said. “It is my chosen life. But being the chief here and the captain there is not my life that is my job. And I intend to do my job to the best of my abilities."
 
The town manager said he knew about the job in Raleigh when Travis was hired last December and since then he has had a good performance review.
 
Town leaders will look at his employment agreement at their next council meeting on Nov. 3.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:28 -0400

Court rules woman can keep $10K ring from ex-boyfriend

So who gets to keep the engagement ring when a couple go their separate ways? 

One former couple took that question all the way to a New York court. But here's what's interesting about this story: The man, Joseph Robert Torres, says he clearly proposed. But the woman, Debbie Lopez, says Torres never asked that oh-so-important question. 

WNYW: "Turns out the couple's 6-year-old son handed the ring to his mom. She says her boyfriend never actually said the four famous words, 'Will you marry me?' ... She told the judge she thought the $10,000 ring was a gift."

The New York Post reports the judge ruled "Lopez was not bound by the law requiring women to return engagement rings because it was 'given as a gift and not in contemplation of marriage.'"  

So, in this case, Lopez gets to keep the $10,000 sparkler. That got us thinking — are there actually laws that require people to give back engagement rings when couples break up?

The answer is yes. An attorney writing for Primer Magazine says many states have adopted the rationale that "an engagement ring is a conditional gift, which is conditioned upon marriage between the parties." 

This means states such as Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Pennsylvania all say if the couple never gets married, then the "condition" is not met and legally the ring must be returned to the person who purchased it. 

Although New York is one of those states requiring engagement rings to be returned, in the case of Lopez and Torres, the judge deemed the ring an unconditional gift. 

The Campbell Law Observer defines three components of unconditional gift-giving: the giver's intention to bestow the item as a gift, the giver's delivery of the gift and the recipient's acceptance of the gift. In this case the judge decided Torres hadn't explicitly mentioned a condition when delivering the ring as a gift.

But really, if you're going to ask someone to marry you, you should probably say those four little words. 

This video includes images from Kris / CC BY NC SA 2.0 and herefordcat / CC BY NC 2.0

 

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:46:44 -0400

CMPD investigating over 20 break-ins at north Charlotte businesses

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is now working to solve more than 20 break-ins to north Charlotte businesses.

Debrae Bryant, who owns Sports Page Food and Spirits, told Channel 9 Saturday morning, a masked man broke into her restaurant and stole everything from her upstairs safe.

"When you work so hard and people come in a steal from you like that. It's just really stressful,” Bryant said.

Bryant told Channel 9 the burglar came in through a side window. She said it was smashed to pieces and blood everywhere.

Police are getting the burglar's blood tested.

"I feel like that someone would have to know - be familiar with the building," Bryant said.

Police believe one group of burglars is targeting north Charlotte businesses for cash and goods.

They are also tracking another group breaking into pharmacies and stealing painkillers, including a Rite Aid on Mount Holly Huntersville Road.

"We're looking for any information about any painkillers being sold on black market," said CMPD Capt. Rod Golding told Channel 9.

All of these businesses are targeted at night.

For Bryant, she hopes police will catch the man she said not only stole her money but her peace of mind.

"I'm just praying they catch whoever did it,” she said.

Police added extra patrols in the area.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:46 -0400

Money dumped on sidewalk after northeast Charlotte bank robbery

Police responded to a bank robbery in northeast Charlotte Thursday afternoon.

RAW: Cash dumped on ground after bank robbery
 
The robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo on East Sugar Creek Road at 12:50 p.m.

While officers were investigating at the bank, Channel 9 was with other officers when they found stolen money laying on a sidewalk, along with a circuit board-type device on Eastway Drive.

The money had a device attached to it to help track the robber.

Chopper 9 was in the air while police surrounded the bank, while other officers investigated the scene on Eastway Drive.
 
CHOPPER 9: Bundles of money dumped on Eastway Drive


It all happened just yards away from Terrell Linder's house.

“I was wondering what happened,” Linder said.

He said he was inside making lunch when investigators found a stack of bills taken during the robbery on the ground.

The suspect apparently tossed it out a window when the robber realized the teller gave him money that was bugged with a tracking device.

IMAGES: Scene of money dumped after bank robbery

Pieces of that device were shattered on the ground.

Police are looking for that robber and the car he was driving.

Linder said his family will be on the lookout in hopes an arrest will make the area safer.

“Look how busy it is. There is always something going on around here,” Linder said.

Police have not released any information on the robber, the getaway car or whether the robber was armed.

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:11:40 -0400

Community shocked by prostitution allegations at high school

According to students attending Bolton High School in Tennessee, a ninth-grade female student was charging male students for sexual acts performed in a school bathroom.

Students, staff and the community are stunned by the allegations.

FOX 13 interviewed several students about the allegations. The students say up to 10 students may have been involved. One student said the ninth-grader in question is a special needs student, but this has not been verified by the school.

In regards to the female student charging for the sex acts, one student claimed that, "She was charging like she said if dudes were ugly he had to pay $5. And if he was fine he got it for free and there was dudes lined up outside the bathroom."

Shelby County Schools released the following statement about the incident:

“We are aware of the allegations regarding some students at Bolton High School being involved in sex acts on campus. Six students have been suspended for varying reasons as a result of the investigation. There have been no criminal charges in connection with the investigation.”

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:56:33 -0400

Audi recalls 850,000 A4s for air-bag fix

(AP) Audi AG , the German luxury car maker, has issued a world-wide recall of 850,000 Audi A4 sedans, urging their owners to bring their cars in to repair a defective air bag, a company spokesman said Thursday.

The move makes the Volkswagen AG subsidiary the latest global auto maker to launch a recall.

Audi said the problem with its air bags isn't related to the global recall of millions of cars containing defective air bags manufactured by the Japanese company Takata Corp. The problem with Audi's air bags is related to a software glitch that can prevent the air bag from opening in a collision, the company said.

"We are looking into a number of accidents to see if the air bag was involved," an Audi spokesman said, adding that the Ingolstadt, Germany-based company knows of no injuries or deaths related to the air bag problem.

The Audi spokesman said the recall affects the Audi A4 sedans, Avant and AllRoad versions from 2011 through October 2014.

The recall was first reported by German trade magazine Auto Motor & Sport.

The spokesman said Audi only needs to perform a simple software update to correct the problem.

"It's a matter of three minutes," the spokesman said.

This is just the latest in a series of global recalls by auto makers recently as a result of faulty parts. Nearly a dozen global manufacturers have recalled millions of cars in connection with the Takata air bag, including Audi rival BMW AG , which has recalled 1.6 million cars.

Volkswagen issued a global recall of 1.1 million vehicles earlier this week related to problems with the rear-end suspension of some models.

General Motors Co. has recalled nearly three million vehicles over an ignition-switch defect.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:55:50 -0400

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Early voting began at 21 locations around Mecklenburg County.
       
A new state law has cut the number of early voting days, but extended the hours.
       
In recent elections nearly half of all votes cast were early votes and political experts expect that trend to continue.

“We may see longer lines in terms of early voting than we necessarily would on Election Day,” said political expert Michael Bitzer.

Early voting begins: What you need to know
 
    
With less than two weeks before the election candidates are stumping hard.

Channel 9 reporter Jim Bradley is live at the Mallard Creek Barbeque where voters have a chance to meet the candidates.

If you are a political candidate running for office in Mecklenburg County tradition almost makes it a mandatory appearance here at the event.

But while this event has brought the state’s biggest political candidates in the past, this year the two people running in the state’s biggest race will be no-shows.
 
Neither Sen. Kay Hagan nor her opponent Thom Tillis will be at the event. Their campaign officials told Channel 9 they're in other parts of the state Thursday.

Senate Showdown: Hagan vs. Tillis
    
But that won't stop the barbecue or the politicking here.
   
As always there will be a line for politicians to stand in where they can chat and shake hands with voters. And those voters will be able to get an up close look at the candidates too.

The annual Mallard Creek Barbeque is in its 85th year of serving Carolina-style barbeque around election time.

IMAGES: 85th annual Mallard Creek BBQ

It’s always held on the fourth Thursday in October.

Mallard Creek Barbeque by the numbers:

20,000: Visitors expected in 2014
14,600: Pounds of pork cooked
2,500: Gallons of Brunswick stew
2 tons: Coleslaw prepared
400: Gallons of coffee made

 

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:04 -0400

Injunction sought against SC gay marriage ban

(AP) A South Carolina couple is asking a federal judge for an injunction blocking enforcement of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley were the first couple to apply for a same-sex marriage license in Charleston County and sued last week. Late Wednesday they asked U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel for an injunction to prevent anyone from enforcing the ban.

Attorneys for the couple say the law in the 4th U.S. Circuit, of which South Carolina is a part, is clear in saying states must now allow same-sex marriage.

South Carolina has until Nov. 3 to respond to the injunction request. But Gergel meets with attorneys in Charleston on Friday to discuss how the court will proceed in dealing with the issue.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:50:11 -0400