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1. New installment of CLT Politics: What Larken Egleston’s fundraising couldn’t win: Behind councilman’s at-large primary defeat
The Charlotte Observer is offering a new way to talk politics! CLT Politics is a weekly analysis of political news and events in Charlotte and across the region published every Thursday.
In this week’s edition, Will Wright discusses some of the takeaways from the 2022 primary election in Mecklenburg County. One in particular: Larken Egleston’s loss may stand as one of the most surprising. The District 1 representative ran at-large and fell short Tuesday by 4,752 votes.
But, he outraised every other at-large candidate by a significant margin. Here’s what might have happened.
Dogs and cats at the old Humane Society of Charlotte animal shelter will have a new home by the end of May.
The new Parker Drive facility will offer low-cost and emergency veterinary care, outreach programs, and educational and youth programming. It’ll have a pet food bank for families in need.
The center also will include recreational spaces for animals and pet owners across its 17 acres of land, a public dog park and a cat café.
From Jonathan Limehouse, read more and take a look inside.
Looking to adopt? Animals up for adoption at CMPD shelter go beyond cats and dogs. Why not a guinea pig?
In business news, two SouthPark buildings are under a new owner.
Crestlight Capital, a commercial real estate firm that has offices in Detroit and New York, purchased the two towers this month. It’s the firm’s first investment in Charlotte, and company leaders say more is to come.
Crestlight was attracted to SouthPark Towers for the high quality and overall good condition. The company also liked the location, including ease of access.
Read more from Gordon Rago.
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who lost his bid for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s Republican primary, said he tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his loss to Donald Trump-backed Ted Budd.
“Thanks for so many kind notes from friends and supporters since Tuesday,” the former Charlotte mayor said on Twitter just before 1 p.m. Thursday. “Have not been as responsive because I got diagnosed with Covid yesterday. It’s no fun!”
Read the full story from Joe Marusak here.
This month, the director of the acclaimed 2018 Netflix docuseries “The Staircase,” which entered the case into the national pop-cultural lexicon, alleged that the creator of a new “inspired-by-true-events” HBO Max limited series — which is also titled “The Staircase” and dramatizes both the case and the making of that docuseries — is unfairly depicting how his docuseries was made.
The concern is that the dramatized series tells a story that could tarnish the documentary’s reputation.
Théoden Janes and Brooke Cain have more on that here.
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