What Larken Egleston’s fundraising couldn’t win + New at Humane Society

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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

Charlotte City Council member Larken Egleston particiates in the Black Political Caucus forum Saturday April 2, 2022.
Charlotte City Council member Larken Egleston particiates in the Black Political Caucus forum Saturday April 2, 2022.

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.

2. More kennels and room to run: New home for dogs and cats opens at Humane Society

The cat adoption area in the new Humane Society of Charlotte building in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 12, 2022. The new 27,000 square foot facility located on Parker Drive will provide spaces such as a cafe and a new medical facility when it opens later this month.
The cat adoption area in the new Humane Society of Charlotte building in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 12, 2022. The new 27,000 square foot facility located on Parker Drive will provide spaces such as a cafe and a new medical facility when it opens later this month.

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.

3. SouthPark Towers sold to out-of-of-state investors looking to make mark. What’s planned next

Crestlight Capital purchased SouthPark Towers earlier this month. This building, at 6000 Fairview Road, is 14 stories. The Detroit-based company plans a cosmetic overhaul to the common areas and updated amenities.
Crestlight Capital purchased SouthPark Towers earlier this month. This building, at 6000 Fairview Road, is 14 stories. The Detroit-based company plans a cosmetic overhaul to the common areas and updated amenities.

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.

4. Two days after election loss, Pat McCrory says he has tested positive for COVID-19

Pat McCrory, left, hugs his brother Phil before speaking to a crowd at Selwyn Pub in Charlotte, NC, after the former mayor and North Carolina governor lost in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Pat McCrory, left, hugs his brother Phil before speaking to a crowd at Selwyn Pub in Charlotte, NC, after the former mayor and North Carolina governor lost in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

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.

5. Why is the director of ‘The Staircase’ docuseries so upset by HBO Max’s dramatization?

Colin Firth as Michael Peterson and Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson in the HBO Max series “The Staircase.”
Colin Firth as Michael Peterson and Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson in the HBO Max series “The Staircase.”

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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