Charlotte mourns Ella Scarborough | New theater for independent films

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Hello, Charlotte! Molly here.

I realize the news cycle in the last 24 hours has been disturbing and full of emotion. Uvalde, Texas, is shouldering loss of unspeakable magnitude. Here in Charlotte, along with more cops in schools, CMS says student support is priority in the aftermath.

As you follow the news over the next days, I hope can find some peace. Our journalists have some expert tips for discussing the event with children who may be wondering. And if you are looking for resources — either to cope or to take action — we have that, too.

Read on for more important stories.

1. ‘A force’: Charlotte, county officials mourn Ella Scarborough and remember her legacy

Ella Scarborough wears one of her church hats on Jan. 30, 2001
Ella Scarborough wears one of her church hats on Jan. 30, 2001

Public officials in Charlotte are remembering the legacy that transcends the life of Ella Scarborough, the former Mecklenburg County commissioner who died Tuesday at the age of 75.

Scarborough, the first Black woman to run for mayor of Charlotte and the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, paved the way for many Black politicians in the city, including Mayor Vi Lyles who called her fellow South Carolina native’s death “a significant loss.”

Among the words used to describe her: trailblazer, smart, dynamic and legend.

Read more from Jonathan Limehouse here.

2. Charlotte’s only movie theater dedicated to independent films finally sets opening date

The 199 rocker-style seats have been installed at Charlotte Film Society’s nonprofit cinema theater, The Independent Picture House, at 4237 Raleigh St. in Charlotte.
The 199 rocker-style seats have been installed at Charlotte Film Society’s nonprofit cinema theater, The Independent Picture House, at 4237 Raleigh St. in Charlotte.

The Independent Picture House will officially open June 24 at in NoDa, theater executive director Brad Ritter told The Charlotte Observer exclusively on Wednesday.

Charlotte Film Society, a 40-year-old nonprofit dedicated to bringing foreign, classic and independent films to Charlotte, owns the theater.

The film society created its permanent home to show independent and foreign films after the city’s last remaining art house, Regal Manor Twin in Myers Park, permanently closed in May 2020.

Check out more details here from Catherine Muccigrosso.

3. From the Editorial Board: North Carolina gets its own ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, and yes, it’s awful

A banner adorns a power pole along Main Street in Durham, N.C. Sept. 27, 2014 during the Pride Parade. The first Pride parade in Durham was June 27, 1981, and it was called Our Day Out.
A banner adorns a power pole along Main Street in Durham, N.C. Sept. 27, 2014 during the Pride Parade. The first Pride parade in Durham was June 27, 1981, and it was called Our Day Out.

Republican lawmakers jumped headfirst into the culture war again Tuesday with what they call a “parents’ bill of rights.”

The legislation, which was introduced Tuesday, bears a remarkable resemblance to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill recently passed in Florida.

The bill’s sponsors were quick to tell everyone that their version is not as bad as the Florida bill. But it is almost as bad, and like the Florida law, North Carolina’s version does little else but hurt students, writes our Editorial Board in its latest opinion.

4. Report: Some NC students are more than a year behind due to pandemic learning loss

Many North Carolina students are months and in some cases more than a year behind where they should be academically in reading and math as a result of learning loss during the pandemic.

A new report released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Instruction shows that elementary and middle school students ended last school year 2.25 months to 7.75 months behind how they should have been doing on state reading exams.

So, what can be done? Read more on this story from T. Keung Hui here.

5. From Scott Fowler: Panthers’ McCaffrey asks hall of famer Marshall Faulk for advice to prolong career

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey watches team warm-ups before the game against the Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, NC.
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey watches team warm-ups before the game against the Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, NC.

This year Christian McCaffrey added a reportorial flair to his workouts by talking to other former NFL players about what they did to stay healthy during their careers.

Foremost among those was Marshall Faulk, the versatile Hall of Fame running back for St. Louis and Indianapolis whom McCaffrey is compared to more than any other player.

Read the latest from The Charlotte Observer’s sports columnist Scott Fowler.

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