Clay Aiken Wears a Hoodie - As a "tribute" (expect "tribute" to become the most overused word of 2012 thank you "Hunger Games") to Trayvon Martin.
Appearing on TV shows on Monday promoting reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken explained the hoodie look was "in memory of Trayvon Martin," and added, "We're hoping for justice in that case. That's a story that has angered a lot of Americans... This could have been anybody's child."
Aiken says, "It's pretty infuriating that someone can shoot somebody and not be arrested for it."
Aiken the always effervescent and flamboyant flamer, like a dozen other celebrities who have taken to wearying hoodies misses the mark is his attempt act like a thug.
Rainbow Over Charlotte - Yes it is real.
WCNC's story about how this image was captured is here.
And more photos and how to purchase a copy of the rainbow over Charlotte Photo from Photographer Chris Austin is here.
UNC Goes Down in Flames - The Tarheels lose big to Kansas and return home to share the shame.
CMPD's Deputy Chief Has A Nutty - WFAE reported Monday afternoon that Deputy Chief Harold Medlock fired off a flaming arrow nastygram to the US Secret Service.
And there is one exchange from last June that shows CMPD and its federal security partners off to a bit of a rocky start in their partnership to secure the city for the DNC. CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock sent a testy email chastising his Secret Service contact for not consulting him first in scheduling a series of meetings. Medlock ends by saying "I trust decisions such as this will not become a pattern."
The revelation was part of a bigger story "City Admits Too Much Info Redacted, Makes No Apology" about CMPD's lack of openness. The complete WFAE story is here. The Charlotte Observer picked up the story verbatim failing to expand on the information this morning. The Observers story is here.
More On Trayvon Martin - As facts slowly emerge, members of the black community continue to protest the lack of an arrest in the case.
Early Monday it was leaked that Martin, 17, was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in a plastic baggie in his book bag, family spokesman Ryan Julison said. Martin was serving the suspension when he was shot Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, who was patrolling the neighborhood that Martin was visiting with his father.
Meanwhile Trayvon Martin's mother has filed trademark applications for the slogans "Justice for Trayvon" and "I Am Trayvon."
Cedar's Take: Family members claim that Martin's pot bust had nothing to do with his murder. It may however show what Trayvon's frame of mind was the night he was being followed by cop wanna be George Zimmerman. Unhappy with being sent to his father's house, away from his girlfriend. Could it be that Trayvon had just had enough of people telling him what to do and how to act?
As far as the fire storm blowing around Trayvon's death. It is amazing to me how people can get behind something so divisive and expend so much energy. What in the world are people in Detroit doing protesting a murder in Florida? Don't they have enough to worry about in their own back yard?
Today's Google Doodle - Mies
Today, Google honors Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — Know to many as simply Mies, that German giant of post-World War I architecture — with a poetic Doodle of his crowning achievement: Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was head of the architecture school. The logo celebrates the anniversary of Mies’s birth, 126 years ago. More about Crown Hall is here.