Wiz Khalifa, Logic concert review + Have challenges flying American Airlines?

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Happy Friday! KJ here. Have you ever seen the TV show Cold Case? In short: Every episode centers around Philadelphia detectives investigating a decades-old crime to find out what really happened.

In North Carolina, a group of forensic genealogists do something similar — they work to give names and identities back to the state’s 130 unidentified bodies. The North Carolina Unidentified Project has already helped close three homicide cases, bringing closure to loved ones of those who have died. Kallie Cox has their fascinating story.

We have some news for you to catch up on before you hit the weekend. But before you scroll, I wanted to give a special shoutout (& thank you) to our audience engagement intern Sydney Bergan for her help with the Afternoon Observer this summer. She will be missed!

1. Review: This rap show was low on turnout, but also featured plenty of (cough, cough) highs

For me, the summer of 2011 was the summer of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” His catelog of hits was on display at PNC Music Pavilion last night.

The show, also featuring rappers Logic and 24kGoldn, didn’t get the turnout Théoden Janes expected, he writes.

Here’s a peak into his story: “Maybe rap fans blew their summer-concert budget at Kendrick Lamar’s show at Spectrum Center last week? Or at Chris Brown’s collab concert with Lil Baby at PNC on Tuesday night? (I missed the latter, unfortunately, but someone who was there said that crowd also seemingly was a sold-out one.)”

This review from Théoden is great, and also features one of my favorite headlines of recent memory.

2. Is flying American Airlines a challenge for you? Here are tips for Charlotte travelers

American Airlines recently announced the dropping of more than 1,000 flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport for the months of September and October. The cancellations will result in an estimated 6.5% decrease in American Airlines departures for those two months.
American Airlines recently announced the dropping of more than 1,000 flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport for the months of September and October. The cancellations will result in an estimated 6.5% decrease in American Airlines departures for those two months.

Delays, long lines, canceled flights and more inconveniences. If you run into these issues when traveling with American Airlines, you’re not alone.

High travel demand and staff shortages have resulted in more than 1,000 flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport being slashed from American Airlines’ September and October flight schedules, The Charlotte Observer recently reported.

While the airline says customers affected by changes will be contacted with options to book a new flight and that customers also have the opportunity to request a refund for their canceled flights, we have some tips to ease your travel.

Learn more from Evan Santiago.

3. Biden administration points to Gastonia project as future of fighting climate change

Gov. Roy Cooper joined federal officials from FEMA and the White House Friday, Aug, 12, 2022, for a tour of a project paid for with climate resiliency funds in Gastonia. To Cooper’s right is Robert Cloninger, assistant director of public works for the city of Gastonia.
Gov. Roy Cooper joined federal officials from FEMA and the White House Friday, Aug, 12, 2022, for a tour of a project paid for with climate resiliency funds in Gastonia. To Cooper’s right is Robert Cloninger, assistant director of public works for the city of Gastonia.

A sewer project in Gastonia is being touted by the Biden administration and other officials as an example of how $3 billion in new funding could help communities across the country prepare for climate change.

Gov. Roy Cooper, and officials with FEMA and the Biden administration, were on hand to talk about weather resistance programs in North Carolina and across the country.

Robert Cloninger, assistant director of public works for the city of Gastonia, said the city is putting $2.4 million into the sewer improvement and is looking for other grant opportunities as well.

“There’s not a shortage of communities that could use the funding, I assure you of that,” Cloninger told Cooper.

Will Wright has more from Gastonia.

4. Some more weekend reads...

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KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald
KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald