Charlotte Observer Staff Cut Backs - Are clearly evident when it comes to crime reporting.
"BLACKSBURG, S.C. A 23-year-old Charlotte man was found slain Thursday morning near a pond in Blacksburg, S.C.
Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Gregory Sarles of Charlotte had been shot several times. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.
Sarles’ body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Thursday by a couple who came to the pond off Burnt Mill Road to check turtle traps they’d set the day before. The area is about 40 miles southwest of Charlotte and only about two miles from Kings Mountain State Park.
Investigators said they found multiple shell casings nearby, and that Sarles appeared to have been dead for several hours before his body was found.
WSPA-TV reports that divers planned to search the pond for evidence.
The Associated Press contributed."
Of course there is much more to this story, as the victim's car was found in Charlotte. He had told family members he was going to the mall to meet someone.
The details thanks to WSPA.
The Death of Charlotte - Curt Walton admitted this week what many have long said was the case, Charlotte is on it's way to becoming the Detroit of the South.
From the Charlotte Observer: "When new property values were released last year, Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton said he noticed an “unsustainable” trend.
Due to large parts of the city dropping in value, the affluent wedge of the city south of uptown is now responsible for roughly half of the city’s tax base.
Walton’s worry is that Charlotte would become similar to an older Rust Belt city, with a small sliver of the population paying the bills."
The Charlotte Observer story is here
Then there is this graphical representation of the problem. That red area covering East Charlotte is epic to the City of Charlotte's troubles.
Mark Pellin digs into the details using the above map at Pundit House which is here.
Cedar's Take: None of this comes as a surprise, watch the number of cars streaming into Charlotte every morning from South Carolina, Gaston County, Union County or Lake Norman. What is the common denominator? (Cover your eyes) THEY ARE ALL WHITE!
Drive past the former Eastland Mall, or the once upscale area around Charlotte Country Club. At one time Albemarle Road and East Charlotte was "the place" but in a short 20 years it has gone to (cover your eyes again) SHIT! Just look at the map above and you can understand why.
Walton's effort is admirable, but folks it is too late. The hand writing is on the wall the fat lady is singing the blues.
"Culture of Stupid" - Black America has become a cesspool of stupid. Call it racist if you like but here are the not so surprising numbers:
49% of the nation's murder victims in 2005 were black and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29.
93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people.
Less than 50% of black students graduate from high school.
The Orlando Sentinel has reported that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was recently suspended 3 times from his high school. According to the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office, in the 2006-07 school year, 22% of all black and Hispanic K-12 students were suspended at least once (as compared to only 5% of whites).
This year 22% of blacks live below the poverty line.
72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.
The national unemployment rate for black people increased last month to over 13%, nearly five points above the average for all Americans. (A number that only includes those actively seeking employment).
Charlotte's non white population exceeds 45%.
It Is Not Just The Hoodie - The shooting death of Trayvon Martin is tragic, but this same thing happens everyday in America. On Saturday a unarmed 19 year old California man was shot and killed by police when he mistakenly reached to his waistband. Police were told he had a gun, he didn't. The New York Times story is here.
The famous Jesse Jackson quote has gotten a lot of traction lately: "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. . . . After all we have been through. Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating."
It is not just the hoodie, Black America has become a stereotype thanks to mass marketing of "Air Jordans", rap, the NBA, and the stunning lack of parenting.
Ask yourself, when was the last time you saw a black man driving a brand new Mercedes and thought "he must be an account manager at Bank of America?"
"Softball Brawl" - A Rock Hill softball game turned into a near brawl after an umpire’s call this week.
From the Charlotte Observer and Rock Hill Hearld: William Brakefield has more than 20 years experience behind the plate and says he’s been in some tough spots, but Tuesday night at Cherry Road Park he was concerned for his safety.
“My dad was an umpire, and I first umpired with my dad in York. I was 15 years old,” Brakefield said. “You’re talking about adult men and women with ball bats. Some of them had them in their hands, and when I turned and walked away someone took a swing at me.”
The call that sparked the pushing and shoving was a squeeze play. A player for the team Hit and Run was called out at first base.
“And he shoved me, (so) I ejected him,” Brakefield said.
Two players were ejected, and Rock Hill police were called out to the field.
A spokesperson for Rock Hill Parks and Recreation said the players will be suspended for a game.
Brakefield says that players are becoming more belligerent, and said it’s a shame to have grown men and women acting like 4-year-olds.
“Why do this?” Brakefield said. “You’re losing 14-4. … You were getting beat. It wasn’t my fault.”