Fatal Fair Ride in Ohio Was in Charlotte Just Weeks Ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – According to state reports from the North Carolina Department of Labor, the exact ride that killed one and injured seven others at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night was in Charlotte at the Carolina Fair just last month.

The ‘Fire Ball’ ride was one of many that was available to the public at the Carolina Fair at The Park Expo off Independence Blvd over the memorial day weekend this year, operating in the Queen City just last month.

According to Amusements of America, the company providing rides to the Ohio State Fair this year, ‘The Fire Ball’ “combines swinging and spinning action all in one ride! Since it’s debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway. The Fire Ball swings riders 40′ above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute!”

Based on the safety reports done by inspectors on the ride in North Carolina, there were problems when it was here in town as well.

NBC 4 in Columbus captured video of a 2012 inspection of the ‘The Fire Ball.’

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The Best Limo Service in Charlotte NC – A Step Above Limousine Service Adds New Vehicles

Charlotte, North Carolina – A Step Above Limousine Car Services delivers impeccable limo and car amenities that allow clients to experience superior treatment on the road. Ayman Abusamak owns the ten-year business that offers executive and luxury transportation. It has operations in over 50 states in the United States and in more than 1000 destinations worldwide.

A Step Above Limousine Car Service’s main services are airport limousine, corporate, group transportation, special occasion transportation, and personal carpool. They have the latest automobiles, limos, and mini-buses ready at their customer’s disposal. Theirs is the largest fleet in North Carolina that caters to a multitude of demands. They have the Mercedes S550, Cadillac Black, Black Denali Yukon, and Black Chevy Suburban. The glamorous 300 Chrysler Stretch Limo is a standout in the fleet. The new arrivals are the Lincoln MKT Stretch Limo and the 2017 Freightliner M2. “We are committed to provide superior service that will exceed your expectations. We always go that extra mile to deliver outstanding attention to detail,” says company owner, Ayman Abusamak.

Customer service has always been the company’s number one priority. They have established long-term professional connections with executive travelers, event planners, and travel agents providing them a smooth transition between destinations. One client can’t help but express her satisfaction with the company’s services. “I used A Step Above Limousine this past week for my corporate travel. We had a large group of 28 people. We flew into Charlotte and were greeted by our driver, Ayman. The bus that we rented was amazing and better than expected! I could not have asked for a better experience.”

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A Step Above Limousine Car Service offers an advance online reservation system. Clients can receive management reports in real-time to track their internal business schedules. They also have VIP carpools with professional and uniformed drivers who escort patrons for an enjoyable night. Travel services are not limited to the Charlotte area. The company also extends its services to various towns and states including Huntersville, Mooresville, Fort Mill, Rock Mill, Matthews, Cornelius, Davidson, Concord, Gastonia, Statesville, Troutman, and Monroe.

For inquiries, call (704) 605-1108 or e-mail info@astepabovelimo.com. A Step Above Limousine Car Service is located at 3377 Weston St, Charlotte, NC 28209 (https://goo.gl/maps/Gsfmp7dZLiq). Visit their website at http://www.astepabovelimo.com for more information about their operations and services.

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North Carolina Hospitals Make ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ Rankings

CHARLOTTE, NC — For parents, perhaps the only fear that can outweigh having a sick child is knowing where to go for the best medical care.

For the past 11 years, U.S. News has compiled a ranking of the best children’s hospitals in the nation based upon how the facility performed in clinical outcomes, efficient coordination of care and providing sufficient care-related resources.

This year, three children’s hospitals in North Carolina were ranked among the top 50 medical facilities for treating kids in the U.S., according to the new U.S. News.

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In addition to ranking the best overall hospitals in the nation, U.S. News also ranked the best facilities in 10 specialty areas: neonatology, pediatric cancer, pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, pediatric diabetes & endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, pediatric orthopedics, pediatric pulmonology, and pediatric urology.

You can find U.S. News’ entire rankings of pediatric medical facilities here.

Here is US News’ 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.:
1. Boston Children’s Hospital
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital
5. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
6. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
7. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
7. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
9. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
10. Children’s National Medical Center

Below are the hospital rankings based on speciality, including North Carolina hospitals that made the list.

Best Pediatric Neonatal Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. neonatal hospitals located in North Carolina, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #28 and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #47.

Best Pediatric Cancer Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric cancer hospitals located in North Carolina, North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #24, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #31 and Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte was ranked #37.

Best Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric cardiology and heart surgery hospitals located in North Carolina, Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte was ranked #24, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #38, and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #47.

Best Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric diabetes and endocrinology hospitals located in North Carolina, North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #28 and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #35.

Best Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery hospitals located in North Carolina, North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #27, Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked #35 and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #41.

Best Pediatric Nephrology Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric nephrology hospitals located in North Carolina, Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked #22, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #30, and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #37.

Best Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric neurology and neurosurgery hospitals located in North Carolina, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #33, Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked #35, and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #48.

Best Pediatric Orthopedics Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric orthopedic hospitals located in North Carolina, North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #18, Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked #37 and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #49.

Best Pediatric Pulmonology Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric pulmonology hospitals located in North Carolina, North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC was ranked #9 and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center came in #23.

Best Pediatric Urology Hospitals

When it came to top U.S. pediatric urology hospitals located in North Carolina, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center was ranked #44.

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Charlotte Hornets’ Familiarity with Duke, Unc Shouldn’t Breed a Favorite for Pick

If you’re a college basketball fan in the Carolinas, you know Duke’s Luke Kennard and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson. You like Kennard and Jackson…or at least you respect them for what they accomplished at their schools 10 miles apart.

But is that reason enough for the Charlotte Hornets to use the No. 11 pick on either one in Thursday night’s draft? I’m not so sure.

If Kennard or Jackson is legitimately the next best player on the Hornets’ draft board, then fine. Each has a solid college resume. But familiarity bias shouldn’t factor in this assessment, either from the front office or the fan base.

In the lead-up to the draft, the question I’ve been asked most is, “Should Kennard be the Hornets’ pick?” I get that. I watched plenty of Duke basketball last season, and he’s entertaining.

After Kennard worked out for the Hornets Sunday, I asked him if his game is reminiscent of any established NBA player. Kennard mentioned San Antonio Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili, and I can see that comparison. Kennard is offensively creative in somewhat the style of Ginobili and they are both lefthanded.

Kennard has a knack for scoring in a variety of ways, and that’s always appealing. But these days in NBA basketball there is a premium on switching defenses. That would require the 6-6 Kennard to defend not only shooting guards, but sometimes point guards and small forwards.

North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, a possible lottery pick, was one of six participants in Sunday’s Charlotte Hornets pre-draft workout.

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Kennard will have to be somewhat hidden on defense to succeed in the NBA. That would be a challenge for a Hornets team that already took a step backward defensively last season. Kennard says he’s a better athlete than he’s reputed to be. We’ll see. That athleticism will be tested at the next level.

As for Jackson, projected as a 6-8 guard-forward, I think he’ll be more of a defender than Kennard. But in the NBA, where shooting range defines a team’s ability to space the floor, wing players are supposed to make 3-pointers.

In three seasons behind the college 3-point line (four inches closer than the NBA line), Jackson made 34 percent of his attempts. He improved some his final season at North Carolina, making 37 percent.

Shooting is something players can improve as pros, but 3-point accuracy is at a premium in an NBA extensively using 1-in/4-out sets, where everyone but the center is expected to spread the floor. Jackson is just OK at that.

I’m not saying Kennard and Jackson won’t be solid pros. They have size and skill, they’ve spent multiple seasons with great coaches and they’ve been tested at the highest level of college basketball.

But so have a lot of other players in this draft, from the SEC or Pac 12 or Big 12. The fact that these guys played up Tobacco Road shouldn’t put a finger on the scales of the decision for the 11th pick.

Think back to the 2005 NBA draft. The then-Bobcats were fortunate enough to have two lottery picks (top 14). They chose Tar Heels with both those picks, selecting point guard Raymond Felton fifth overall and Sean May 13th.

How’d that work out? May totaled 115 games over four NBA seasons. He’s now retired as a player, working with the North Carolina basketball staff. Felton has bounced around seven NBA rosters. He totaled 45 starts in his last three seasons.

If drafting Felton and May were mistakes that had nothing to do with their college affiliations, then fine; there have been plenty of fine NBA players from North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

But I remember an hour before that 2005 draft getting a call on my cell phone from a national draft expert. He was incredulous to hear the Hornets intended to use the fifth pick on Felton.

If Kennard or Jackson deserves to be the pick, then grab him. Just be sure that decision is for the right reasons.

Rick Bonnell: 704-358-5129, @rick_bonnell

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Charlotte Hornets to Work out Draft Prospect Luke Kennard Before June 22nd

The Charlotte Hornets will host projected lottery pick Luke Kennard for a pre-draft workout.

According to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com, “Luke Kennard says workouts scheduled with ORL (No. 6), NYK (8), DAL (9), CHA (11) all ahead of #Pistons (12).” This means that the Charlotte Hornets will meet with the Duke product before the NBA Draft on June 22nd. He has been linked to the team in multiple mocks but this is the first news connecting the two sides.

DraftExpress.com actually projects Charlotte to select Luke with the 11th overall pick in their latest mock. Despite being projected so high, Kennard is only the 16th overall prospect in this year’s draft class. Most expect him to be taken towards the end of the lottery and it is unlikely that he falls outside of the top-15.

At the NBA Draft Combine, Kennard measured in at 6’5½” and 196 pounds. He also was also recorded as having a 6’5¼” wingspan with an 8’2½” standing reach. While many people don’t think of him as being athletic, Luke reportedly had a 38.5″ max vertical jump when he worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers.

During his sophomore year under Mike Krzyzewski, he averaged 19.5 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 52.5% from two inside the three-point line and 43.8% from deep. Luke led the Blue Devils in scoring, was second in assists and third in rebounding as they finished with a 28-9 record and Second Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Ohio native’s lethal range would be a great asset for the Hornets as they look to add more shooting this summer. He is arguably the best and most consistent outside shooter in the 2017 draft class. With a number of different directions that Charlotte could go with their first-round pick, I would consider Luke a realistic option at No. 11.

Kennard has already worked out for the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. He will meet with the Orlando Magic, the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks as well. It looks like there will be plenty of potential lottery teams after Luke in this year’s draft.

Charlotte has already worked out a number of prospects including V.J. Beachem, Kadeem Allen, Kyle Kuzma, Nigel Williams-Goss and even Amile Jefferson who was one of Kennard’s teammates. They are also scheduled to scout Tyler Dorsey, Derrick White, Justin Patton, Terrance Ferguson and Donovan Mitchell.

With the connection between Duke and the Hornets (both being in North Carolina), the possible marriage between these two has been a fun one to entertain. Luke still has a lot to prove before the draft. He will really need to show Charlotte something in his pre-draft workout.

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Charlotte Nc Is Home to Many of the State’s Professional Franchises

Charlotte NC is the biggest city in the state in terms of population, and the surrounding county is the most populous within the state as well. So, it should come as no shock that the city is home to some of the state’s most notable professional franchises.

Major league professional sports first came to North Carolina in the late 1980s when the NBA expanded, bringing the Hornets franchise to the Queen City. The team played there for over a decade before leaving for New Orleans. However, the NBA quickly rewarded the city with a new franchise in the Bobcats. A deal was struck later on between the new franchise and old, as New Orleans wanted to rebrand itself to something more oriented to Louisiana. That allowed the Bobcats to reclaim all legacy and records that happened in Charlotte under the original franchise.

The success of the Hornets early on was astounding in terms of leading the league in attendance. It convinced NFL owners that a team in the Carolinas was viable, and after a year playing in South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers started taking the field, making two Super Bowl appearances already.

Charlotte also has minor league teams in other sports, notably the baseball Knights and hockey Checkers. Rugby, lacrosse, soccer, roller derby, indoor football, and even women’s basketball have happened here at some point or another.

One interesting point about major league teams in the state of North Carolina is that the NHL expansion went to the Triangle area instead, and the Carolina Hurricanes became the first major league championship team for the state when they won the Stanley Cup some years back.

At the time of writing this, there was debate going on as to whether or not the city government of Charlotte should fund a stadium that might draw a major league soccer expansion.

Icymi: Five Charlotte Houses That No One Wants to Buy

CHARLOTTE, NC — Selling a home relies on so many factors, starting with finding the right buyer. While the Charlotte area has a wealth of beautiful, multi-million dollar homes on the market, finding that buyer can be a challenge. Several of the most expensive homes in the city have been on the market for nearly two or more years.

Here’s a look at five Charlotte properties listed at $1 million or higher that have been on the market for more than a year:

Address: 9545 Greyson Ridge Dr., Charlotte

This five-bedroom beautiful hard coat stucco estate sits on a 1.5 acre private double lot. It has a gourmet kitchen, a family room, a den, play room, media room and library. It’s master suite and guest suite are both on the main floor. Outside, it has a heated saltwater pool, a fenced-in sports court, an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage. It initially had a $1.55 million asking price when it first went on the market in April 2014. It was reduced to $1.35 million in January 2015, and reduced to $1.3 million in April 2017. See the full listing here.

Address: 1816 Craigmore Dr., Charlotte

This French-inspired six bedroom home is in the popular Pellyn Wood neighborhood. The main level features long leaf pine flooring and walls, and the second floor hallway is Venetian plaster. A gourmet kitchen opens to a den and breakfast area. Upstairs features a suite with a kitchenette, media and playroom. In the basement, there’s a sauna, wine cellar and exercise room. Outside features an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, pool and hot tub. This property initially went on the market for $3.9 million in December 2011, and has been relisted and reduced numerous times since. The most recent price drop was in May 2016, when it was reduced to $2.85 million. See the full listing here.

Address: 7401 Morrocroft Farms Ln., Charlotte

This five bedroom home sits on 1.3 private and beautifully landscaped acres in the highly sought after gated community of Morrocroft Estates. This home was designed by Meyer, Greeson and Paullin and built by Simonini Builders. This home features gracious formal areas, high ceilings, hardwoods throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and a pool/guest house. This home was initially listed in June 2014 for $3.68 million, and was reduced May 19, 2017 to $3.2 million. See the full listing here.

Address: 5404 Stonesthrow Ct., Charlotte

This seven-bedroom exquisite full brick custom home was renovated with meticulous attention in 2013-2014. It’s floor plan includes a home theater, billiard room, elevator, second kitchen, garage for nine cars, and a gourmet kitchen. It’s wine cellar can accommodate 1,400 bottles of wine. The property is a resort-like private oasis and features a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, two fire pits, a covered terrace and gardens. It went on the market in July 2015 for $4.15 million and was reduced in April 2017 to $4 million. See the full listing here.

Address: 9821 Windygap Rd., Charlotte

This five bedroom custom built, energy efficient home sits on the waterfront on Lake Wylie. It has its own dock and pier. The main level has 11-foot ceilings and 8-foot mahogany doors. There are three fireplaces, including one in the master bedroom. This home initially went on the market for $995,000 in July 2015, and was increased to $1,049,000 in March 2017. See the full listing here.

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