Former Butler principal is now suspended without pay

Former Butler High School Principal Teresa Hopkins is now officially suspended without pay. She was originally suspended in July, but with pay.  Despite the tenuous-sounding term “suspension,” she is not expected to return to the school. CMS will not say why Hopkins was suspended. However, her suspension comes on the heels of former women’s basketball coach Stephanie Butler being removed for recruiting violations, and the suspension of former quarterback Christian LeMay.

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General Growth could exit bankruptcy in early November

General Growth Properties, which owns the majority of the land where the Bridges at Mint Hill mall will be built, could exit bankruptcy in early November according to a statement released by the company. General Growth recently announced a new board of directors and has plans to spin off the Howard Hughes Corporation which will oversee master-planned communities and other real estate assets. It’s unclear if that includes the Bridges at Mint Hill. It was also announced this week that GGP intends to raise $2 billion in stock offerings.

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NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools needs you this weekend

The N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools needs volunteers at the Charlotte premier of “Waiting for Superman,” a movie about the charter school movement in the U.S. The alliance, headed by state Senator Eddie Goodall (District 35, which includes Mint Hill), is looking for people to recruit new members and to hand out fliers. The movie is at the Regal Manor Twin at 607 Providence Road. Times are Friday  6:00-9:30  Saturday 1:00-4:30 and Sunday 1:00-4:30.

Here’s a trailer for the movie:

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District 103 candidates debate tonight; interest heats up

Republican Bill Brawley and Democrat Ann Newman will go head-to-head tonight for the Lion’s Club debate at 7 pm at Jimmie’s Restaurant. The District 103 candidates have made a splash recently as both state Democrats and Republicans look to this race as a possible tipping point in gaining control of the N.C. House.
Meanwhile, Newman recently received the endorsement of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association. NCPBA President Randy Byrd said, “A vote for Ann Newman is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve.”

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N.C. to test new voting system for those vying for N.C. Court of Appeals

As the Carolina Journal reports, the 13 candidates vying for the single spot on the NC Court of Appeals are in an unusual race this year. That’s because when Jim Wynn was appointed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, there was not enough time to have a primary. So this year, we’ll see an “instant runoff” which allows voters to choose their first, second and third choices on the ballot. It’s the first time a U.S. state has used this system in a primary election. If it goes well, lawmakers will consider expanding its use to general elections.
Said Michael Munger, a Duke University professor and former Libertarian candidate for governor:

“The current system forces people to vote for someone they don’t like to keep the person they hate out of office,” Munger said. “We’re always voting our fears.” Instant runoff voting, he said, gives people the chance to “vote their dreams.”

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