BRIEF-Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (no. 5) Core Fund sells apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina

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* Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (no. 5) Core Fund sells apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina

* Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (no. 5) Core Fund – unit sold belle haven unencumbered for purchase price of approximately us$28.25 million

* Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (no. 5) Core Fund – proceeds from sale will be used to repay outstanding mortgage balance of approximately us$17.8 million

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Charlotte Restaurant Inspections: Moldy Canned Tomatoes, Rotten Lettuce

CHARLOTTE, NC — Recent Charlotte restaurant inspections found open tin cans of tomatoes covered in mold and rotten lettuce, raw chicken stored improperly, dirty cutting boards among other infractions in the latest round of restaurant health inspections.

Do you truly know how clean your favorite coffee shop or restaurant is? Find the most recent restaurant and food service inspections in Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson, and elsewhere in Mecklenburg County, performed by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Godavari Truly South Indian received a “C” rating and a recommendation that the entire kitchen undergo a deep clean. The health inspector found open tin cans of tomatoes covered in mold and rotten lettuce, and noted that there was no certified manager on site at the Indian restaurant after a representative who was on site attempted to present his wife’s online certification. Employees weren’t washing hands properly and ingredients such as fish and “leaf plants with stems” were being sold without any invoices for purchase from approved food sources. The kitchen equipment was dirty, including pans of cooked food with traces of other food stuck to it.

Area restaurants that received a downgraded “B” rating for violations include: U.S. Fried Chicken, Masa Sushi Asian Grill, Hop Feng, New Century Oriental Deli, K&W Cafeteria, Charlotte Cafe, Whole Foods Market on Fairview Rd., Las Meras Tortas and Golden Taipei Restaurant.

Violations at U.S. Fried Chicken included storing raw chicken above raw fish and burgers, and at Masa Sushi Asian Grill, knives with food stuck on them were left unwashed overnight. At Hop Feng, employee food was kept in food prep areas and a cutting board used to cut raw chicken was washed in a prep sink without soap. Dirty cutting boards, microwave and can opener at New Century Oriental Deli brought the score down, as well as unlabeled chemicals and food without dates.

Results from the Mecklenburg County Health Department inspections done June 7 — June 13 are listed below.

Two types of inspections are done: comprehensive inspections evaluate the sanitation, maintenance and food service operations of the facility; and monitoring inspections involve checking the food service operation for critical food temperatures, equipment temperatures and general food handling, cleanliness practices.

County inspectors check kitchens in churches, schools, pool houses and golf clubs. They also monitor the cleanliness of snack bars, kiosks inside grocery stores, hotel kitchens, bakeries and bars.

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Below are the names of the establishments and their scores. You may find more detailed information here.

Here are the Restaurant Inspection Scores for the week of June 7– June 13, 2017:

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Charlotte Hornets’ last pre-draft workout includes Duke, UNC stars, a legacy

The last scheduled pre-draft workout for the Charlotte Hornets will include three possibilities for the 11th pick and a legacy from the first days of the NBA in Charlotte.

Duke’s Luke Kennard, North Carolina’s Justin Jackson and Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo are among six draft candidates set to be at Spectrum Center Sunday morning. All three are projected as first-round picks.

Others invited: Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain, Connecticut’s Rodney Purvis and Lehigh’s Tim Kempton. Kempton, a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, is the son and namesake of original Hornet Tim Kempton, now a broadcaster with the Phoenix Suns.

[MOCK TALK: Four potential picks for the Hornets]

[FAITH AND NEED: Hornets GM Rich Cho expects pick will contribute right away]

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The Hornets hold the 11th and 41st overall picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

▪ Kennard, projected as an NBA shooting guard, averaged 19.5 points for the Blue Devils last season, shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

North Carolina’s Justin Jackson (44) is scheduled to work out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday.

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▪ Jackson, the ACC Player of the Year, averaged 18.3 points for the national champion Tar Heels, shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.

▪ Adebayo, a 6-10 center from Washington, N.C., averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his one season at Kentucky.

▪ Kempton is a 6-10 center. His father, a former star at Notre Dame, signed with the Hornets before their first season (1988-89). A character, the older Kempton once ate a Whopper (Burger King’s super-sized sandwich) in a single bite to win a bet with then-Observer columnist Doug Robarchek.

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‘Gays for Trump’ denied participation in Charlotte, NC Pride Month parade

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Members of the group "Gays for Trump" are speaking out after their application to take part in a Pride parade was denied.

The group reportedly applied to participate in a Pride parade and festival in Charlotte, NC in hopes that they could display a float during this year’s event. The group received an email back after they submitted their application, though, information "Gays for Trump" that their request to participate had been denied.

SEE ALSO: Trump called out for not proclaiming June as ‘Pride Month’

Representatives said they had big plans. They wanted to have drag queens on their float dressed as Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty. Representatives from the group say they didn’t get an explanation as to why that happened.

"Gays for Trump" organizer Brian Talbert told a local Fox affiliate he felt their denial was hypocritical.

"For a group of people to claim to want tolerance, acceptance, and give it to every single person you can imagine to give it to, for them to sit back and judge me for exercising my right as an American to choose my leader without judgement is hypocritical," said Talbert. "I’m proud of my president. I don’t think I should be vilified because I’m proud of a U.S. president as an American."

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A spokesperson for the organization reportedly replied to this incident with a written statement:

"Charlotte Pride reserves the right to decline participation at our events to groups or organizations which do not reflect the mission, vision and values of our organization, as is acknowledged in our parade rules and regulations by all groups at the time of their parade application. In the past, we have made similar decisions to decline participation from other organizations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances."

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Happening nearby south Charlotte: June 7-13, 2017

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Special Event

Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:

Looking for something to do? Come have fun, meet new people, make new friends, and learn to square dance – even with two left feet! Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker is caller – email at gbakercaller@aol.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. June 8.

Les Hardison Golf Tournament:

The Les Hardison Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 9th at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Charlotte. Registration, Driving Range and breakfast open at 8AM. There will be a shotgun start at 10AM.Registration and Sponsorship opportunities are now available online at www.AllThingsPossible.org/Golf-Tournament.The proceeds from the tournament will benefit two local ministries; All Things Possible Ministries (Medical Fundraisers) and Vigilante Truth (Sex Trafficking). Contact MikeSextonNC@gmail.com or 803-448-9177 for more details. Starting at $90. Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill. 704-573-1000. www.oldesycamoregolf.com. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 9.

Chocolate Truffle Making:

Led by Chef Bill Dietz, participants will make their own truffle ganache, learn about infusing flavors, and prep and use various treats in the finished ganache. Class space for Chocolate Truffle Making is limited and is geared for ages 14 and older. Registration is required either in person at The Secret Chocolatier or online at https://squareup.com/market/the-secret-chocolatier. Cost is $60 per person. For information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. $60 per person. The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Road, Charlotte. 2-4 p.m. June 10.

Artists of the Carolinas:

Local artists are an important part of every city. Come see why the Charlotte area has such amazing talent. We will be Showcasing all of our local artists this month; meet them at the opening reception.Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 5-8 p.m. June 10.

Pottery 51 – local handmade NC pottery:

Open Saturdays. Handmade ceramic pottery by more than 20 member artists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces for sale. Classes and workshops offered. Pottery 51, 7714 Matthews, Mint Hill. 704-995-0909. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10.

School of Rock Concert:

Be prepared to dance the night away and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Free. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 10.

Art of Reading Tour – Pride & Prejudice:

The program begins with a docent-facilitated discussion and is followed by a docent-led tour of the Mint’s Portals to the Past: British Ceramics exhibition. See selected works of art that help bring to life the historic events, cultural influences, and lifestyles represented in the book. Free for members; others pay museum admission. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 2-3:30 p.m. June 11.

Talks & Meetings

New Take on Tummy Time:

Two of our most experienced therapists lead this discussion: Gail Fennimore, PT, PCS, C/NDT and Ann Guild, MA CCC-SLP, C/NDTHow to effectively guide your child’s early development. Topics:How early motor skills develop Gravity — Good or Bad Development from 0-3 months Development from 4-6 monthsEarly benefits of positioning and movement How positioning helps a baby gain skills Positioning for feeding Positioning for movementFresh alternative activities while interacting with your baby Free. Child & Family Development – Midtown, 4012 Park Road, Ste. 200, Charlotte. 6:15-7:15 p.m. June 8.

GriefShare:

GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us hep you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30-8 p.m. June 12.

Theater

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. $19 Adults, $13 Students & Seniors. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. East, Matthews. 704-846-8343. 8-10 p.m. June 9. 2-4 p.m. June 11.

Nature

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series, makes the market a great Saturday morning destination for the entire family. Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 10.

Stream Adventures:

Join us on an adventure to see what lives in the stream and what these creatures can teach us about our environment. Wear boots or old tennis shoes. Your feet will get wet! Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3:30 p.m. June 10.

Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:

Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Experience the whoosh of feathers over your head. Learn about the natural history, habitat and natural behaviors of birds of prey. Interact with birds as you never have before. Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show.Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Sign up online until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time.The free Talons Flight Show program is made possible through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Shows are 1 and 3 PM on Saturdays and 1:30 PM on Sundays. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 10. 1:30-2 p.m. June 11.

Fly Fishing 101 With Orvis:

Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. All students will receive special offers on gear to get you started. Space is limited; call the store or visit our website to sign up! Free. Orvis Charlotte, 6800 Phillips Place Ct., Charlotte. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 10.

Poultry Day:

Saturday, June 10th is Poultry Day at the Charlotte Regional Farmer Market (1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte 28217). Our vendors will be passing out free chicken recipes. Chicken is not the only poultry our vendors have. Turkey is very popular and we have one vendor who sells duck. Come expand your poultry palate by participating in Poultry Day at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Free. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. June 10.

DIY Hummingbird Feeders:

Bring the family to Reedy Creek Nature Center to make a hummingbird feeder you can hang outside of your house! Use it as a tool to teach your children about nature and pollination. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 2-3 p.m. June 11.

Natural Happenings: Radical Reptiles:

Join a naturalist from the McDowell Nature Center on select Sundays for a drop-in nature program. Each program will feature a different nature activity such as an animal encounter, family hike, scavenger hunt, craft and more. Dress for the weather and bring your sense of adventure. Registration is not required. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring a water bottle. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-3:30 p.m. June 11.

Budding Adventures:

Calling all kids and parents! Discover what Summer has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, we will learn about animals and plants that surround us in the preserve. Come and explore with us. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. June 12.

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“We Do Not Have Time To Wait For A New Administration”: Charlotte Responds To Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord

CHARLOTTE, NC — Within hours of President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Accord, the city of Charlotte announced it was still committed to the environmental pact going forward as it joined a growing list of cities openly defying the Administration’s stance on climate change.

Trump announced June 1 that America would withdraw from the international agreement that bound all countries to promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Including the U.S., there are 190 countries committed to the Paris Accord, and only two countries — Syria and Nicaragua — have not signed the agreement.

“I am deeply disappointed in President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Accord, but Charlotte is no less determined to do our part to combat climate change,” Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said in a statement Thursday. “I have joined 68 mayors from across the country in committing to ‘adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.”

Charlotte’s efforts to combat climate change include adopting the Envision Charlotte program aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint by 19 percent uptown and shaving $26 million in utility costs, Roberts said.

“Climate change is an issue that affects us all, and we do not have time to wait for a new administration,” Roberts said.

North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper echoed Roberts, saying, “Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children, and the generations to come.” He added: “The United States should be a leader in fighting pollution."

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he applauded Trump’s decision to withdraw, tweeting that the Paris Accord was “a bad deal for the American people — it hampers economic growth, burdens jobs creators, and stifles innovation.”

From the military’s perspective, climate change leads to “more famine, more conflict, more terrorism,” Rep. Alma Adams said in a tweet.

Watch video of the mixed reaction from Trump’s announcement:

Video of Trump announcing the withdrawal from the Paris Accord:

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National Basketball Association 2019 All-Star game slated for Charlotte, North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.

The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.

“All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.”

Despite Silver’s intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state.

“North Carolina’s discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact,” HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof said.

The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.

The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That’s been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.

Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is “thrilled” the game is coming back to Charlotte.

“We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City,” Jordan said in the release. “All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.”

Jordan asked Silver to keep the city in mind for 2019 after the league moved the 2017 game — hopeful the HB2 law would eventually be repealed.

Silver honored that request.

Hornets COO and president Fred Whitfield represented the Hornets and Spectrum Center in doing whatever he could to help facilitate a resolution, spending time meeting with legislatures and other business leaders in North Carolina.

“From the very beginning I was in engaged to see if we could not only save the 2019 All-Star game, but the NCAA (basketball) regionals and the ACC Tournament, as well as concerts and events in the building,” Whitfield said. “We are operators of the building and we felt like we had to get engaged to assist to get some resolution.”

Even as talks to repeal HB2 stalled at times, the Hornets continued to move forward with the league’s request to upgrade the arena.

The $41 million renovation — $33.5 million of which came from the City of Charlotte — is almost complete, and has included a new scoreboard, new floor and renovations to suites and hospitality areas, among other upgrades.

Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

Pete Guelli, the Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, estimates a $100 economic impact for the city, but said the reputational effect will be even bigger.

“This city has changed significantly since the last time it hosted a game 28 years ago,” Guelli said, “and the opportunity to showcase that on an international stage is incalculable.”

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Some NC county pools aren’t checked before opening

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Mecklenburg County allows public pools to open for the summer without an inspection – something three other large counties in North Carolina won’t allow.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2qoLQus ) Mecklenburg County does follow state law that allows permits for pools to open without an inspection as long as they are checked within two months.

But officials in Forsyth, Guilford and Wake counties all say they won’t let a pool open for the summer without someone checking for things like exposed wires, proper chlorine levels, adequate safety equipment and proper drains.

More than 350 of the 1,400 public pools in Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte area haven’t been inspected so far in 2017. The county posts its pool inspections on its website .

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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Three Places Tourists Go When They Get To Charlotte NC

If a vacation take to into the state of North Carolina, you need to book a hotel in Charlotte. It’s one of those cities that you have probably thought of going to before, but you didn’t know how much fun it could be. It’s a place that has many different attractions that will appeal to people from all different backgrounds. Let’s look at a few of the top tourist attractions that people will go to, places and events that might motivate you to book your flight and stay for a few days.

Beyond The Grave Haunted History Tour

What is amazing about the East Coast, and even the southern states like Alabama and Georgia, there are a multitude of ghost tours. Part of that reason may have to do with the Civil War, or the fact that people in these areas simply believe in ghosts. The tours are very inexpensive. You will get to go out at night, and they will take you to these haunted locations. This is a fun event that will definitely cause you to get scared which is worth the price of admission.

NASCAR Hall Of Fame

If you like NASCAR, you need to go to this particular specialty museum. You can learn all about the origins of NASCAR, and the drivers. If you have small kids, especially those that like to watch the races, they will be absolutely astounded by what they see. For those that are fanatics about racing, the same is true. It is well-designed. From there, you can head over to a final tour which is going to take you all throughout Charlotte, and this can be done in a couple of different ways.

The Best Way To Tour Charlotte

To see a large portion of Charlotte, and also take advantage of a tour guide, you can go on one of two possible excursions. One is the Charlotte Segway Tour, and the other one is the Charlotte Comedy City Tour, both of which are going to provide you with a lot of information about the city. These can be extremely fun if you are bringing your kids. This is especially true with the Segway tour that is provided.

If you only have a few days to spend in Charlotte, these are some of the best things that you can do. They are actually very affordable. There are many other locations, but if all you get to do is learn about NASCAR, ghosts, and the city of Charlotte itself, it will be worth the entire trip that you take on a vacation.

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NBA announces 2019 All-Star Game will held in Charlotte

The NBA All-Star Game is headed back to Charlotte, N.C., in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.

The NBA announced that All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Hornets.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets’ organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.

“All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.”

Despite Silver’s intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for nondiscrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state.

“North Carolina’s discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact,” said HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof.

The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the ACC also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.

The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That has been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual-identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.

Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

Childs, former Warriors assistant GM, dies: Hal Childs, a former assistant general manger who ran the Warriors’ PR department during the organization’s first West Coast championship season in 1974-75, died Sunday at age 84 at his home in Dublin. The cause was complication from heart disease, his wife, Jacqueline, said.

Mr. Childs also served as Golden State’s assistant GM from 1984 through ’85. He also was assistant general manager for the New York Knicks (1987-91) and PR director for the Seattle Mariners, Seattle SuperSonics and San Diego Clippers.

Mr. Childs was born in Yakima, Wash., in 1933 and was given the nickname “Duke” by his father. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, one son, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held for him Friday in Dublin.

Celtics-Cavs: It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason.

After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to overcome a 16-point hole and win Game 4.

The chatter about an NBA Finals’ matchup of two teams with unblemished playoff records is gone, but the challenge from the Celtics has sharpened the focus of the defending champs. Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Boston team that isn’t backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit in the series.

“The closeout game is always the hardest, and Boston is going to make it even harder,” said LeBron James, who rebounded from a playoff-low 11 points in Game 3 to score 34 in Game 4.

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