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Life At The Top Of America

I sometimes wonder, usually while I'm stuck in Charlotte traffic, what it would be like to live in a more remote place. The thought of doing so is both appealing and appalling. On the one hand, I'd probably be surrounded by natural beauty with ample room to breathe. On the other hand, I can't imagine…

More Walking, Less Driving In This 'Carpool Karaoke'

James Corden's guest on the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" was the one and only Usher, and they spent almost as much time walking as they did driving. It's supposed to be a CARpool, not a SHOEpool, right? Usher was kind enough to help the Late Late Show host add a little swagger to his…

Panthers Preparing For A Productive 2017

Football season is fast approaching. The Carolina Panthers are in Spartanburg, SC for training camp at Wofford College, alma mater of team owner Jerry Richardson. Before we know it, the team will be back in Charlotte for Fan Fest and their pre-season games. There are lots of reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming season.…

Top 10 Things To Do Before School Starts

Believe it or not, there's only a month left until the end of summer break. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begin a new academic year on Monday, August 28th. So little time, so much to do! Here's a list of things you might need to tackle before the kids go back to school: 10. Find some community service…

"Handy" Path To Better Health Through Reflexology

According to research, there are numerous active trigger points on your hands that can help you overcome physical and emotional discomfort. Reflexology is a form alternative medicine that uses gentle pressure and manipulation applied to both the hands and feet. The theory is that pressing on specific points can elicit a positive change in other…

Are Fire Ants Plotting Against The World?

If you've ever been bitten by a fire ant, you know that you never want that to happen again. And if you see a fire ant mound in your yard, you know you have to get rid of it immediately. But the few times I've been bitten, it has been by one or two fire…

Cliff Divers Have Nerves Of Steel

I remember watching cliff diving on ABC's Wide World of Sports when I was kid. I thought it was insane then. I think it's insane now. But when I see it on TV or online, I have to watch. Let's face it, the sight of men and women jumping off craggy cliffs hundreds of feet…

"The Greatest Showman" Recalls Circus Creator

It's still somewhat hard to believe that the circus is gone. What began as P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling American Museum in the 1840s evolved, through mergers and Barnum's own innovation, to become what we knew as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was an American institution as enduring as baseball, or so we…

Top 10 Hottest Places In The World

We haven't had any heat advisories issued yet this summer, but that could change later in the week. The highs in Charlotte will be close to 100 this Friday and Saturday. It could always be worse. At least we don't live in one of the ten hottest places on Earth, listed here with their record-setting…

Why You Don't See Great White Sharks At Aquariums

It's almost here! Shark Week begins this Sunday (7/23) and you may have already set your DVR to record everything Discovery will be airing. The show I'm most eagerly awaiting is Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy, in which Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps takes on a fast and ferocious great white shark.…