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Clothing store ditches kids' shirt that looks like Nazi camp uniform

Clothing retailer Zara has issued an apology after several complaints that a child's shirt they were selling resembles a concentration camp uniform.

The blue-and-white-striped shirt with a six-pointed star that reads 'SHERIFF' was sold at Zara stores in the UK and a few other international outlets.

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The store says the shirt was intended for kid's 3 months to 3 years old, but zoomed out on the website, it looked like what Jewish prisoners wore in concentration camps during WWII.

Zara has removed the shirt from purchase online and took to Twitter to issue an apology:

https://twitter.com/ZARA/status/504568804626931712

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:31:57 -0400

Newsroom to bring back typewriters ... sort of

The sound of typewriters has been brought back to the newsroom of The Times newspaper in Britain, where a speaker has been set up that broadcasts typewriter sounds, with the goal of increasing energy levels and helping reporters to meet their deadlines, according to The Independent.

The sound apparently starts as the click-clack of a single typewriter, and then slowly builds to the sound of many machines being used as the Times' print edition is due to go to press.

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Publisher News UK described the use of the typewriter sound as a "trial," and Lucia Adams, deputy head of digital, called it a "playful idea."

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:09:02 -0400

Ready to feel old? Glimpse into mindset of the incoming Class of 2018

If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan.

Leon's choice of the same university her mother once attended is one of the milestones marked this year by the Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation meant to remind teachers that college freshmen, born mostly in 1996, see the world in a much different way.

They've grown up with Facebook, selfies and web-based TV. And to them, watching cartoons has meant catching "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" instead of Saturday morning fare.

The compilation, released Tuesday, has been assembled every year since 1998 by Ron Nief and Tom McBride, officials at the private college in southeastern Wisconsin. Over the years it has evolved into a cultural touchstone that entertains even as people wonder where the years have gone.

Here's a look at a few of the landmark events that took place around 1996, the year Leon and most of her incoming classmates were born:

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HELLO, DOLLY

No. 23: Cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction.

Scottish scientists announced in 1997 that Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned animal, had been born the previous year. She'd been cloned using a process in which DNA was removed from one sheep's egg cell and replaced with genetic material from another sheep, and then implanted into a surrogate mother. Dolly was euthanized in 2003 after she developed lung disease.

Since then scientists have cloned more than a dozen kinds of mammals, including pigs and lambs.

Dolly's creation captured the public imagination and instantly became a scientific sensation, opening up a range of human therapeutic options but also raising serious questions about the ethics of cloning.

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CASUALTY OF BROWSER WARS

No. 46: They have probably never used Netscape for web browsing.

Netscape Communications helped popularize and commercialize the Internet during the mid-1990s with its Navigator web browser. Around the same time, Microsoft Corp. released the first version of its Internet Explorer browser, which it went on to integrate so tightly into Windows functions that many web users simply used Explorer by default. The U.S. Justice Department and several states ultimately sued Microsoft, accusing it of using its monopoly control over Windows to shut out competitors in other markets. The company fought the charges for years before settling in 2002.

Microsoft's strategy also contributed to another item on the Mindset List:

No. 37. Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S.

The Microsoft co-founder has been the nation's wealthiest man for 20 straight years, and the richest in the world for 15 of those years. Forbes estimated his net worth at $72 billion last year, helped by a rebound in Microsoft's stock price. However, he believes in sharing the wealth. He has helped convince over 100 super-rich people to pledge to donate at least half their net worth to charity.

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WOMEN IN SPORTS

No. 32: Female referees have always officiated NBA games.

Violet Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first woman to referee an NBA game. She withstood plenty of scrutiny from her first tipoff, proving she could handle players' complaints and histrionics with professionalism. She has officiated playoff games and the 2014 All-Star Game.

In 2012, Shannon Eastin became the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game when she was the line judge in a Rams-Lions matchup. Bernice Gera became the first woman to work in baseball's minor leagues in 1972 as an umpire in a New York-Penn League game. Pam Postema umpired major league spring training games in 1989 and Triple-A baseball for six seasons.

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DEBATE OVER EBONICS

No. 42: "African-American vernacular English" has always been recognized as a distinct language in Oakland, California.

A school board in Oakland sparked a national debate when it suggested that black English was a separate language. Although the board later dropped the suggestion amid criticism, it set off a discussion over whether African American vernacular English, also known as Ebonics, was a language, a dialect or neither.

The board's initial resolution called for conducting some instruction in Ebonics in recognition of its students' needs and upbringing. It eventually passed an amended resolution saying African-American languages were not mere dialects of English.

Congress debated the question hotly in 1997 but the issue faded away after a few months.

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AIDS DEATHS VS. HIV INFECTIONS:

No. 39: While the number of Americans living with HIV has always been going up, American deaths from AIDS have always been going down.

More than 1.1 million Americans are believed to be infected with HIV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number is increasing, in part because medical advances are helping people live longer.

More than 650,000 have already died since the AIDS epidemic began in the U.S. in 1981. The number of deaths peaked in 1995 at 50,877, but declined the following year as multidrug therapy and other treatments became available.

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Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde@ap.org.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:49:18 -0400

Time Warner cable service mostly restored after massive U.S. outage

According to reports service has largely been restored to a large number of Time Warner Cable customers after an early-morning outage Wednesday.

Business Insider reported the problem started around 3 a.m. ET, however a Time Warner spokesman, Bobby Amirshahi, told ABC the problem began at 4:30 a.m.

"As of 6 am ET services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online," he added.

https://twitter.com/mashable/status/504592683504246785

The website DownDetector.com posted a chart showing that outage reports spiked to more than 9,000 at its peak this morning as reports came in from large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Tampa.

https://twitter.com/TWC_Help/status/504585139050250240

"During our routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services," Amirshahi said in a statement.

Time Warner Cable is one of the largest cable providers in the U.S., serving about 14.5 million customers.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:32:38 -0400

Time Warner Cable has widespread internet outages

(AP) Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.

The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

The company says the problem affected all of its markets and started at 4:30 a.m. and was largely restored by 6 a.m., and updates continue to bring all customers back online. The outage sparked widespread complaints on social networks.

Time Warner Cable, which is in the process of being bought by rival Comcast Corp. for $45 billion, has about 11.4 million high-speed data subscribers in 29 states nationwide.

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission said Time Warner Cable, based in New York, would pay $1.1 million to resolve outage reporting violations.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:14:28 -0400

Napa earthquake: Aftershocks could continue for two weeks

More than 80 aftershocks have rumbled through Napa Valley, California, since Sunday's earthquake, and a USGS scientist said gradually diminished shaking would likely continue for up to two weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey has monitored at least 80 aftershocks since Sunday morning's 6.0-magnitude quake. Most have been too small to feel, but a handful have been strong enough to shake the surface and rattle nerves.

Annemarie Baltay of USGS released a list of significant aftershocks measuring 3.0 in magnitude or greater.

"We've had about 80 aftershocks that we've recorded, but we've had 4 large aftershocks," Baltay said.

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The first major aftershock struck moments after the initial quake at 3:24 a.m. PDT Sunday and measured 3.5 in magnitude. The next struck that same morning at 5:47 a.m. and measured 3.6.

The largest aftershock so far measured 3.9 in magnitude and rumbled the Napa Valley on at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday. The latest significant aftershock rumbled through just over an hour later at 6:45 a.m. and measured magnitude 3.0.

"After the earthquake occurs, there's still some afterslip of that stress continuing to be released," Baltay said. "And so the aftershocks are just little tiny areas that are continuing to feel that same sense of motion."

Baltay said the aftershocks should continue for about two weeks after the initial quake, with diminishing intensity.

Scientists are studying the quake to see how much pressure it relieved along the fault line, and whether it makes a major quake on another Bay Area fault more or less likely.

"It does release some of that strain, but that's still a question that we're investigating to understand the details of," Baltay said.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:06:16 -0400

CMPD investigating robbery at west Charlotte grocery store

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were investigating an early morning robbery at a grocery store Wednesday.

According to officers, the manager of the Aldi on Freedom Drive was getting out of his car when a man approached him and robbed him at gunpoint around 6:30 a.m.

The manager was not injured and police have not made any arrests.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:06:07 -0400

Kindergarten student brought loaded gun to Pa. school, police say

Police and school officials in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, said a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to school Monday.

Aliquippa Police Chief Donald Couch Jr. said the loaded .22-caliber revolver was found Monday morning inside a backpack, but officials said the student meant no harm.

Superintendent David Wytiaz told parents that another student told a teacher about the weapon inside a backpack.

Administrators at Aliquippa Elementary School secured the firearm and turned it over to Aliquippa police.

“It's a very unique situation,” Police Chief Donald Couch Jr. said. “As far as the circumstances – how it got there – I can't go into that.”

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Police have contacted the child's mother and her boyfriend to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted. The gun came from the boy's home and is registered to someone born in 1914 who police think is dead.

Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, visited the school about 2:15 p.m. that day.

“I can stress that at no time were any students in danger,” Couch said. “We are definitely sure there was no ill will by the student towards anyone.”

Wytiaz reiterated that point.

“We believe at this point, there was no threat made or anything like that,” Wytiaz said. “The gun was removed without anyone seeing it.”

WPXI-TV’s Gordon Loesch reported the child who had the gun is 5 or 6 years old.

The boy’s family told WPXI-TV that the boy wasn’t being aggressive. He simply was trying to protect his younger brothers.

“For them to say he’s aggressive, that’s a lie,” said his godmother, Nicole Lutle. “It’s not that this child was bad. It’s not that this child had a temper because all of that is a lie.”

According to Lutle and other family friends, the boy found the gun on a bed inside his apartment in the Linmar Terrace housing complex Sunday night.

“He picked it up because he didn’t want his little brother to get to it,” Lutle said. “He knew his little brother wouldn’t go through his book bag, so he put it in his book bag and forgot it was in there."

The boy’s younger brother is 3 years old.

“He’s a very sweet kid. He wasn’t taking the gun to school to hurt anyone,” Lutle said.               

Lutle doesn't condone what happened but said this kindergartener and his siblings need help.

“We have to show these kids more love because if we don’t show them, what do they think they have?" she said.

On Tuesday, several parents told WPXI-TV that they’re angry and fearful after the incident.

“My son, they all ride the bus together. I feel really scared for him,” said Darryce McCoy.

A letter was sent home to parents Tuesday, but some said they should have been notified sooner.

“That’s not good enough. We need to know when it happens,” Smith said.

– The Associated Press and WPXI-TV's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:23:12 -0400

Woman uses farm tools to survive leopard attack

A 54-year-old woman in India is recovering from serious injuries after fending off a leopard attack.

Kalama Devi says the leopard pounced as she walked through a field.

"I held the leopard with my hands, it then bit my hand and then left it... both my hands are in immense pain and I am not able to lift them up," she said, according to news reports.

The fight reportedly lasted half an hour and the woman was armed with just farm tools.

Devi said she pounded the leopard with a sickle until she ran out of energy, then limped to a nearby village for help.

She's now being treated for fractures, swelling, scratches and cuts to her skull.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:52:14 -0400

Monroe PD: Man charged in crash that killed 2 on U.S. 74

Police in Monroe have charged a Union County man with two counts of second-degree murder after officers said he killed two people in a crash last week.

Jose Herrera -- a convicted drunk driver -- was charged late Tuesday night after last Wednesday's crash on Highway 74.

RELATED: Police: 2 dead after crash caused by convicted drunk driver

Investigators said they found empty beer cans in Herrera's truck after he crossed the median and struck another car head-on.

Laral Callahan, who was in that other car, died instantly. Her boyfriend, Paul Randall, was rushed to the hospital but died two days later.

According to state prison records, Herrera, 52, was convicted of DWI in 2002 and 1996, and convicted of driving while license revoked in 1998 and 1999.

Investigators said Herrera suffered a broken ankle in the accident but was treated and released.

Herrera was also charged with reckless driving and driving while impaired. He was in the Union County jail under a $200,000 bond.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:55:10 -0400

McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban

(AP) Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

Gay rights advocates planned Wednesday to deliver petitions to McCrory's office in Raleigh and regional offices in Charlotte and near Asheville. Equality North Carolina says more than 10,000 people have signed the petitions asking McCrory not to defend the 2012 constitutional amendment approved by voters limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

The petitions come a month after pastors rallying at the Capitol asked McCrory to use his powers to defend the amendment. That happened before Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his office would no longer defend the ban after a similar Virginia prohibition was ruled unconstitutional.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:50:57 -0400

Man and his 100-pound scrotum will soon separate

Dan Maurer has spent nearly two decades with a large mass on his groin that has now grown to weigh approximately 100 pounds.

The 39-year-old says it's physically and emotionally exhausting, since everywhere he goes, people stare.

"They don't know what it's like to live in my shoes," Maurer said. "I knew there was something else going on."

After living with his unusual condition for 10 years, Maurer is scheduled to have the mass removed this week.

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Doctors say it's part of a condition called scrotal lymphedema, which Mauer helped identify after watching a TLC documentary about called, "The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum."

Maurer's loved ones then started a campaign in his Michigan hometown, hoping to raise money for surgery. More than 1,000 people donated, raising over $27,000.

While Maurer has health insurance, the funds will help pay for the trip to California, where he will go under the knife with the same surgeon who performed a successful procedure on Wesley Warren Jr., the man with the 132-pound scrotum. (The man died about a year later from diabetes complications.)

"With the surgery, my life is on the line and losing my penis is on the line," he said. "I guarantee almost all men would go for the best (doctor)," he said.

One thing he's excited to do once the procedure is all said and done: Have sex with his wife, Mindy, for the first time in seven years. He also looks forward to traveling and jet-skiing.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:45:06 -0400

Chiquita: Merger would save company $20M per year

Chiquita and Fyffes announced overnight that their merger would be worth more than originally thought.

The companies said they would save $20 million per year by combining its shipping, logistics and technology.

They said that would bring its estimated annual savings up to $60 million.

Shareholders are scheduled to vote on the merger next month. If approved, Chiquita said it would move its headquarters out of Charlotte but keep most of the jobs in the Queen City.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:16:57 -0400

Police: Altercation led to deadly Shelby shooting

Police in Shelby have arrested and charged a 23-year-old after an overnight shooting left a man dead and a woman injured.

Officers said they responded to the shooting call at a home on Crawford Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday and when they arrived found 29-year-old Jacques McIntyre suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police also said 40-year-old Demetria Adams -- McIntyre's girlfriend -- had been shot in the foot.

Both victims were rushed to Cleveland Regional Medical Center, where McIntyre was pronounced dead.

Adams was treated for her injuries and released.

Detectives said there was an altercation at the home involving McIntyre, Adams and 23-year-old Richas Clark. They said Clark left the scene before officers arrived but they were able to find him in Gastonia and brought him back to Shelby, where he was charged with first-degree murder, possession of firearm by felon, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Clark was being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center with no bond.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:34:25 -0400

Mass gnome theft mystifies political party

In what is likely the biggest gnome-related political scandal in history, hundreds of gnomes in Austria's western Vorarlberg state have vanished. 

I know what you're thinking ..."But what do gnomes have to do with politics?" These were no ordinary gnomes, my friends, these were the Social Democratic Party of Austria's so-called "Coolmen" gnomes. 

(Video via SPOE-Vorarlberg)

These Coolmen gnomes are part of a unique political campaign by the Social Democratic Party in which, instead of using the traditional posters to advertise their platform, they've been using ... gnomes. (Video viaVorarlberg Online)

According to Vorarlberg Online, the party obtained about 20,000 gnomes to be distributed nationwide. Once they've been put up in a city, local residents are then encouraged to bring them home.

But the story of these nomadic gnomes took a sinister twist when 400 of them vanished Saturday. The BBC picked up on the Gnomegate story as it was developing and interviewed a member of Social Democratic Party.

That member says, "An interesting detail is that now ÖVP [the conservative People's Party] campaign posters are now hanging at the same height on many of these lampposts. It would be 'a major scandal' if the gnomes had been stolen by another political party."

The ÖVP flatly rejected the possibility that they did it in an interview with Austrian public broadcaster ORF, saying that making such an accusation puts the Social Democratic Party on the same morally questionable level as the gnome thieves.

With the ÖVP denying any involvement, one has to wonder ... where did these gnomes go? How deep in Austrian politics is the culprit behind the disappearance of these gnomes?

Perhaps it was an inside job — a disgruntled political lackey who was tired of the Social Democratic Party's reliance on the Coolmen's political clout. All we can do now is simply wait.  

​The Social Democratic Party is offering a $1,300 reward for any information leading to these gnomes. 

 

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:05:27 -0400

'Full House' reunion could be in the works

Everywhere you look, it seems reunion rumors are floating around for one old show or another. Now, TV execs apparently have their eyes on the Tanner family.

(Video via Nick at Nite)

TV Guide had the news first, reporting executives at Warner Bros. TV are hoping to get at least some of the original "Full House" cast back together for a new take on the show.

John Stamos, a.k.a. Uncle Jesse, is reportedly all on board for the effort, though no cast members have commented.

And maybe it's not such a stretch considering he, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier seemed happy to reunite for a Super Bowl yogurt commercial and for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" earlier this year.

SAGET: "And just like Uncle Jesse said, you're going to be the host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC."

And even if the Olsen twins, who've retired from acting, aren't in on the reunion, the makers of "Girl Meets World" made the transition from their '90s sitcom source material without the full cast. Maybe "Full House" could as well.

So, why bring the show back? Well, "Full House" still has a lot of fans. Nick at Nite pulls in 1.5 million viewers just for prime-time reruns of the show. And, although the Tanners went off the air in the mid-90s, they have a surprisingly healthy fan base among teenagers.

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Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:58:48 -0400

Instagram's Hyperlapse brings pricy stabilization to phones

A new app came out Tuesday, and it’s got some folks pretty excited. Why? Because its doing away with the curse of all smartphone videos: shaky video shots.

This is Hyperlapse, Instagrams new brainchild. It lets your iPhone capture the kind of footage you'd normally only get with expensive video setups simply by stabilizing videos using your phone's gyroscope.

The social media company announced the app in a blog post, posting a video comparing normal hand-held shots with Hyperlapsed shots.

TechCrunch says, even though the app has a whopping three controls, it's actually pretty complicated.

"Image stabilization tech is processing-intensive to the point where it really isn't feasible on mobile. However, by using the gyroscopes in the phone itself, the Instagram team used algorithms to calculate the movements of the phone and correct it in the shot."

Wired even compared the app to a $15,000 tracking rig. The magazine spoke with Thomas Dimson of Instagram’s product team about what inspired him to create the app.

Turns out, it was 1992’s Baraka — a hybrid film/photo essay that features tracking shots of different parts of humanity.

Dimson told Wired: "It was my senior year, and my friend who was an architect said, 'You have to see it, it will blow you away.' Ever since, it's always been the back of my mind."

Hyperlapse marks the second stand-alone app released by Instagram — the first being Bolt, a Snapchat competitor released in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

As for why the app was released as a stand-alone instead of packaged with Instagram, the company’s co-founder told Wired they felt hyperlapse would be less noticeable hidden inside another app.

Hyperlapse won't be the only app offering time lapse functionality for long. Apple announced a similar feature that will be added to the standard camera app when iOS 8 is released this fall. (Video viaAppleInsider)

For now, it's probably best to heed the words of The Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey: "Most importantly, don’t go crazy. We all like a good timelapse, but could do without 500 in our Instagram feeds."

 

Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:54:36 -0400

FAA investigates drone flown over NFL game

Police questioned a man who flew a drone over the Bank of America Stadium on Aug. 17 during the Carolina Panthers-Kansas City Chiefs game.

The unmanned aircraft system, or drone, had a camera mounted on it as it flew over the NFL game, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.

The CMPD turned the investigation over to the Federal Aviation Administration that released a statement that said, “The FAA is investigating a report it received from local law enforcement about an unmanned aircraft operating over Bank of America Stadium during an NFL game on Aug. 17.”

It’s illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft system near the stadium because it’s close to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and is therefore in a Class-B airspace where drones are prohibited, according to the FAA.

Flying over the sporting event may also violate more regulations since the NFL is also involved.

“I think it’s crazy on the security part,” resident Fred Rose said.

“That’s really weird,” Kelley Vincent, a citizen, said. “They should tighten their security.”

Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:41:55 -0400

Waxhaw leaders strip mayor with troubled past of some duties

A mayor with a troubled past has now been removed from some of her duties.
 
Waxhaw's elected officials called a special meeting Tuesday night about Mayor Duane Gardner.

The meeting was quick and so was the decision but Gardner said it means nothing.
 
Gardner tried to push back.
 
But the state Ethics Commission said she was being fined for failure to file paperwork on time in her role on the Charlotte Regional Transportation planning organization

The town's Board of Commissioners voted to remove her from the role.
 
It's the latest setback for a mayor who's faced previous controversy and questions about her ability.
 
“In this position, you need to take care of things and it just wasn't taken care of,” said Mayor Pro Tem Michael Stewart
 
Gardner said it's wasted time and that it was unwarranted.
 
“I'm as perplexed as anyone,” Gardner said. “I filed some paperwork late… like I said, we all have.”

She said she doesn't think the board has the authority to remove her from the role so it doesn't change anything.

“We did what we feel was right in removing her from that body and if someone tells us we can't then we will abide by that, but we run this council and not her,” Stewart said.

In January, Gardner pleaded guilty to driving drunk.

Town officials also investigated spending on her town-issued credit card used to buy alcohol and other unauthorized purchases.

They've since changed their travel and credit card policy.

Waxhaw leaders strip mayor of some duties

Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:47 -0400

CMS School Board discusses funding teacher assistants

On Tuesday night, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board members went over what was accomplished and what wasn't during North Carolina's legislative short session.
 
"I celebrate the fact what we did during a short session -- which normally doesn't happen -- we did affect teacher salaries," Rhonda Lennon District 1 board member said.
 
Teachers will get varying raises this year but there is concern in the district about funding for teacher assistant positions.
 
Based on initial numbers, CMS estimates it will have to use $1.6 million from its savings this year to pay for teacher assistants it planned to hire.
 
The district hoped a technical correction would allow for more flexibility so it wouldn't have to use its savings.
 
"The technical correction would probably be something along the lines of, 'OK, you can use this pot of money to fill in this gap,'" Jonathan Sink, the district's associate general counsel said.
 
The state's $21.1 billion budget gave most state employees a $1,000 raise plus five bonus vacation days.
 
Non-certified school employees will get half that amount and no bonus vacation days.
 
"We need to start treating our school employees like we treat the rest of the governmental employees in this county and this state," Lennon said.
 
CMS leaders congratulated each other throughout the meeting on the work they put in during the short session. 
 
Members said they will continue to press for education funding during the next session.
 
The regular session is expected to start in mid-January.
 
For anything to change with the teacher assistant funding, Gov. Pat McCrory would have to call a special session before then.

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Published: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:56:03 -0400