special report

#TeamCameronGray: The Hilliard family’s mission to find a cure for childhood cancer

He’s been through dozens of rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. He’s temporarily moved to another state to participate in trial treatments for the...

Scoop: Defunct events company EatWorkPlay got $50K in COVID relief

It’s been two years since EatWorkPlay’s last event in Charlotte, but earlier this year the company applied for and received $49,569 in COVID-19...

Behind the scenes at the Duke’s Mayo Classic, and the 72 hours that brought Charlotte to life again

The moments before Saturday’s Clemson-Georgia game were as electric as any Charlotte’s experienced in years. Tens of thousands of fans painted in...

The woman behind the Panthers’ social media, and her miracle child

The toddler pressed his face against the glass door at 7:01am, hoping someone would let him out. Tripp had 29 minutes left to be free from the breathing tubes...

The most millennial city council in America can’t get along

Three years ago, six people lined up in front of Charlotte’s government center for a photo. They were all under 40, five men and one woman, five Democrats...

The long drive from Charlotte: Jacob Blake’s father left as soon as he heard the news. This weekend he returns

That Sunday evening, Big Jake Blake was driving on South Boulevard toward his favorite Thai restaurant when his phone rang throughout the car. It was Julia...

Special report: 10 days in tent city with the ‘new faces’ of homelessness in Charlotte

Past the tent where Cosmo makes paintings, past the tent where Angelique chews on a spoonful of coffee grounds in the morning, around the corner where Michael...

Why Charlotte must keep saying Justin Carr’s name

The little boy sprints from the patio to the memory garden. His white Nikes glide across the grass, and short braids flop on a summer evening. He’s in the...

Mona Lisa’s checklist: A homeless woman’s quest to ‘just get a job’ in Charlotte

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The world knows Chynna Deese because of how she died. Now her family wants to make sure we remember how she lived.

At 10:56 a.m. on July 6, one week to the day before their last communication, Chynna Deese’s phone lit up with a familiar message from her mother. “I’m...

Greg Jackson’s Reagan Drive Initiative tackles tough issues at a forgotten interchange on I-85

On April 25, Patrick walks into the 7-Eleven like he usually does—stoned, strung out, and smiling. “Nope,” the owner, James Phillips, tells him. Since...

In the shadows of the boom, one man is determined not to let a teenager’s felony charge define him

The teenager stares down at the electronic bracelet around his right ankle. Through the apartment’s sliding screen door, he can hear the light rail train making its 7:22 p.m. stop at Tom Hunter station. It’s a new sound in this part of north Charlotte, a signal that people are going somewhere.