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Regional Report Charlotte September 2011

Charlotte boosters spent more than $700,000 — most of it tax money — on a Center City 2020 Vision Plan that focuses on what they want to see downtown but is fuzzy on details of how to get it.

Down the rabbit hole

Illegal immigration can do funny things to politicians.

One nation under nanny

President Obama came to town a few weeks ago, and much levity ensued.

Incentives to win

It wasn’t happenstance. Gov. Beverly Perdue, delivering her State of the State address to the General Assembly back in February, recognized a company and its CEO, who stood in the House gallery.

Soldier on

Thirty minutes, they said. “Get your combat gear and be on the airplane at Pope” — the Air Force base next door to Fort Bragg.

The uniform commercial code

The night is hot, the beer cold, the neon bright. Rick’s Lounge, which anchors Hay Street — “Combat Alley” — in downtown Fayetteville, is packed.

This business about the budget

Back in January, leaders of the new Republican majority in the General Assembly spoke of working in partnership with the Democratic governor.

2011 Legal Elite

We asked top Tar Heel lawyers where they pictured themselves practicing — or just living — if it couldn’t be North Carolina.


Easley and the enablers

Mike Easley always has been a charming fellow.


The people pick up the tab

Everyone has a fuse, and when lit that fuse can ignite an extended rant on whichever subject an individual holds dear in his or her lockbox of rage.


2009 Legal Elite

For the eighth year, North Carolina lawyers judge their peers to decide who presides as best of the bar.

Economic outlook

For three years, Wayne Goodwin was state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long’s understudy.

Legal Elite - Antitrust

2009 Legal Elite winner: Antitrust - Mark J. Horoschak, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Bankruptcy

2009 Legal Elite winner: Bankruptcy - Holmes P. Harden, Williams Mullen, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Business Law

2009 Legal Elite winner: Business Law - Gerad F. Roach, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Construction

2009 Legal Elite winner: Construction - Michael L. Wilson, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Corporate counsel

2009 Legal Elite winner: Corporate Counsel - B. Judd Hartman, Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc., Wilmington

Legal Elite - Criminal

2009 Legal Elite winner: Criminal - Stephen T. Smith, McMillan, Smith & Plyler, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Employment

2009 Legal Elite winner: Employment - Sarah J. Kromer, Sarah J. Kromer PLLC, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Environmental

Environmental - Richard C. Gaskins Jr., Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Inc., Charlotte