The state of North Carolina may not have a football team in the top 25, but it has two neighborhoods that cracked the poll of the most dangerous in the country. The area of North Tryon Street just north of uptown comes in at No. 11, while a neighborhood in Winston Salem is at No. 16. In fact, the south is well represented in the poll, taking 13 of the 25 spots.
Former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black was released from prison today in Georgia. Black was scheduled to be released in March of 2011, but will spend the last six months of his time in a halfway house.
Black pleaded guilty in 2007 to bribery and obstruction of justice charges. The Matthews resident was once one of the most powerful politicians in the state.
“Being separated from my family, friends, and loved ones since 2007 has been difficult. My years in two different institutions have been a period of great personal growth and learning,” Jim Black said in a statement.
“While in office, I made speech after speech about the need for education as a means of reducing the prison population,” he said. “I now know firsthand that this is true. So much of what I have learned these last few years has re-energized my commitment to providing educational opportunities to our state’s young people, as well as adult learners.”
As we reported last week, the Mint Hill library will get an extra half-day of service on Thursday. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that the branch will be open from 1-7 pm on Thursdays. It had previously been closed on that day.
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It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that congresswoman Sue Myrick has been endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee for re-election to the House of Representatives. In an official letter from the VFW-PAC, Myrick’s endorsement is based on her “strong support for veterans, national security and defense, and military personnel issues.” Continue reading