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Creative Loafing

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Funky Seafood Joint Keeps It Moving Through Thick and Thin – Krazy Fish in Charlotte has been open for just seven years, and it has been a crazy ride, but things are only looking up now.

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The Newly Split Personality of littleSpoon – For folks in Myers Park, the wait is over. Charlotte’s beloved brunch spot littleSpoon opened back up by day, now joined by sister restaurant Comida by night.

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Local Brewers Put Plans on Hold While Awaiting Craft Freedom Decision – Charlotte’s largest breweries, Olde Mecklenburg and NoDa, sue the state for “unconstitutional” laws that kept them from brewing as much beer as they have the demand for.

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Light Rail Meets Brooks’ Sandwich House – With the light-rail extension passing right across the street, Scott Brooks of Brooks’ Sandwich House in NoDa says developers are up to their “devious ways” already, but he’s got no intention of selling … for now.

The Gaston Gazette

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SUNDAY FRONT PAGE: Giving a voice to the older generation – A family is creating an online platform as a way to give voice to the older generation. It was the Sunday paper’s centerpiece story.

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HOMETOWN FRONT PAGE: Learning never goes extinct – A story that got the Gaston County community excited about a new dinosaur exhibit coming to The Schiele Museum of Natural History.

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FRONT PAGE: Gaston nurse learning a different medicine in Africa – A Gaston County native learns how Gabon hospitals provide care for patients without the resources available in the U.S.

Devastation to motivation – A graduate profile on a senior at Highland School of Technology who got a full ride to Meredith College and says she did it all for her mother, who was shot at eight times by her father.

BUSINESS FRONT PAGE: Doughlicious Yummy’s brings unique treat to Mount Holly – The story behind Gaston County’s first cookie dough eatery.

Charlotte Business Journal

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COVER STORY: Building a local brand: How Charlotte craft breweries are tapping into more market share in big-beer battle – The drive by craft brewers to take on big beer has turned into a collective marketing effort that pushes community ties and economic impact. CBJ takes an in-depth look at how that’s playing out.

COVER STORY SIDEBAR: What Charlotte’s largest breweries are doing to stay ahead of the growing competition – In an increasingly crowded craft-beer market, brewers have to both find a niche and continue to build on it.

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COVER STORY: How North Carolina is not making the grade – North Carolina is taking a hit in national business-climate rankings because of lagging education funding. Is it a blip or a warning shot?

How is new-grocer-in-town Lidl holding up next to U.S. competition? Better than expected. – It’s been a year since Lidl stores began popping up in the United States and, according to a recent study, Americans are embracing the German grocer with open wallets.

Discovery Place initiative sparking children’s interest in engineering will cap off with weekend event – The Year of the Engineer piqued children’s interest in the field and brought awareness to the creativity and ingenuity that is part of the job description.

Niner Times

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COVER STORY: Should we be the University of Charlotte? – UNC Charlotte students are once again pushing for a name change, but the chancellor remains opposed.

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COVER STORY: Reflecting on the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott – Student activists who organized and led protests in response to Scott’s killing reflect on the past year.

Levine Scholars create awareness of human trafficking – Two Levine Scholars advocate for a Charlotte where human trafficking doesn’t exist.

Charlotte 49er fans demand changes to athletics – After five seasons, UNC Charlotte students and alumni begin to lose hope in the football program and demand the chancellor fire the athletics director.

School of Architecture design honors lives lost at Pulse – A group of architects at UNC Charlotte created an award-winning piece dedicated to the lives lost during a shooting at a gay nightclub.

Details of fraternity’s hazing investigation emerge – A UNC Charlotte fraternity was suspended for hazing.