UNC Charlotte saw a quick and generous response when it launched an emergency fund for students who lost their dorm rooms and meal plans when the university abruptly closed because of the coronavirus. But the need quickly outstripped those donations. 

It struck me this morning, as I was hearing the birds, that most of us in the city are now living country lives.

Fred "Curly" Neal
Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Fred "Curly" Neal was a Greensboro native and JCSU graduate, who played for the Golden Bulls. He died last week at the age of 77. Curly Neal played all over the world for the entertaining Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985. Joining "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to discuss the legacy of Curly Neal and other sports headlines is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris
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Mecklenburg County released details Monday on the first 303 people who tested positive for the coronavirus showing that African American residents make up a larger share of cases than their share of the county population.  

Mecklenburg County  Manager Dena Diorio Said

A decade ago, President Obama’s stimulus during the Great Recession was $800 billion. Much of that money was for “shovel-ready” construction projects – not cash to help cities and towns balance their budgets.

SC Governor Closes Beach Access; Still No Stay-At-Home Order

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster
U.S. Army

Updated 8:30 p.m. March 30

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Whether all of South Carolina should go under a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus continued to be debated by cities and towns and by lawmakers at both the state and federal level Monday.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

How will the coronavirus change the way America votes? Many states are looking to expand voting-by-mail.

Courtesy Melinda Reljac

Crafters around the Charlotte area are getting involved in the fight against COVID-19 by fashioning homemade face masks and protective gear for local health care workers. The trend has picked up steam over the last week with multiple groups organizing over social media and in the real world.

Saturday morning, I sat on the porch with my mother-in-law and we soaked in the gorgeous spring day.


Police in Charlotte are investigating two separate homicides this weekend.

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Police have arrested a Gaston County man they accuse of coughing at a customer at a Walmart store and saying he had the coronavirus.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says that the first coronavirus-related unemployment payments will be paid starting next week as the state is flooded with tens of thousands of claims.


Updated 5:45 p.m. Sunday

North Carolina passed a milestone on Sunday morning with more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus reported throughout the state. Those include two new deaths — in Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties.

University of Southern California

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Leaders of several South Carolina cities on Saturday said they were defying Gov. Henry McMaster's opposition to stay-at-home orders and Attorney General Alan Wilson's opinion that only McMaster can issue such measures.

NC Legislature

DURHAM — A private funeral was held Friday for North Carolina state Rep. MaryAnn Black, who died this week at age 76.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, all of our lives have changed in some way. Maybe that means you’re working from home for the first time or having to put off a major life event like a wedding or funeral.

It might mean you’re out of work, taking an unexpected financial hit … or juggling work while having your kids at home.

Purell mural
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Charlotte mural artist Darion Fleming was out gathering supplies a couple weeks ago for what he assumed might be a long stay-at-home period when he noticed one thing missing in every store he visited.

Not long ago we bought my 84-year-old mother-in-law a special clock.

Darius Swann

In addition to the lost lives and the thousands of people who have fallen ill from the coronavirus, the country and especially Charlotte lost a legendary figure this month. On March 8, the Rev. Dr. Darius Swann died at the age of 95 from pneumonia. 

Many homeless people have moved their tents this week to East 13th St., near the Urban Ministry Center.
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CMPD officers are helping to clear homeless residents from camps near uptown, leaving many looking for new places to live. That's raising concern among advocates for the homeless, who say the action flies in the face of guidance from federal health officials about preventing the spread of the coronavirus.