Hi, Charlotteans! This is Kristen. Today at the Observer, we’re honoring the iconic composer and lyricist of Broadway musicals, Stephen Sondheim, after his November death. Here are 10 ways arts editor Adam Bell remembers the man and his music. Rest in peace, Stephen.
Now for today’s news:
The first U.S. case of the omicron COVID-19 variant was found in California. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials in California and San Francisco confirmed it.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who had the case? A fully vaccinated traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22.
Where was it found? Officials did not confirm the city or region.
How is the person doing? They have mild symptoms that are improving, a CDC release said.
The U.S. restricted travel from South Africa and eight other nations on Monday as details about the variant emerged. Not much is known about omicron yet, but officials urge people to continue taking preventative measures, like wearing masks, washing hands and practicing social distancing, and getting vaccinated.
Months after North Carolina’s arts university faced new claims that it mishandled sex abuse in the 1980s, dozens of alumni have contributed to a lawsuit calling for accountability.
A new complaint was filed Monday. Nearly 40 former students say they were sexually abused while enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
With the Observer’s Sara Coello, find out what the new filing reveals, who’s involved and what’s next.
At 357,526 square feet, the tower at 100 W. Worthington Ave. went for $889 per square foot, county property records show.
Electronics manufacturer Honeywell celebrated the grand opening of its uptown headquarters Wednesday.
This fall, only 4.5% of CMS high school students scored high enough on exams to be considered performing at the college or career level in math skills compared to the statewide average of 6.5%.
To combat this, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ district leaders approved updates to a plan to close achievement gaps and significantly increase the percent of students who pass mandatory North Carolina K-12 exams each year. They have goals to make improvements in key subjects — particularly in test results among students who are Black or Latino.
The plan comes after months of discussion by district administrators and board leaders.
Learn more about the effort with the Observer’s Anna Maria Della Costa.
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