Afternoon Observer: Feb. 26

Kristen Kornbluth
·3 min read

Happy Friday, Charlotte. Kristen here, realizing I spoke too soon about the nice weather yesterday as I glance at the upcoming forecast. Will you be spending your rainy weekend at home? Or will you venture out into the water-logged outdoors? Let me know what you’re thinking of doing.

Let’s talk about today’s news:

1. Vaccine events in Mecklenburg this weekend

North Carolina is currently offering vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and anyone age 65 and up. On Feb. 24, the state opened up vaccine appointments to educators, including child care workers, K-12 teachers and school support staff. So where can you get a vaccine if you’re eligible?

New options this weekend:

  • Novant Health’s east Charlotte’s Triangle Shopping Center clinic

  • Atrium Health + Union County Public Health clinic

  • Novant shot administration at McClintock Middle School

Reporter Hannah Smoot has a complete, up-to-date roundup of where you can get a COVID-19 shot in Mecklenburg County.

Editor’s note: This article will be updated periodically as eligibility and locations change.

2. New Shake Shack coming to the Charlotte area

Shake Shack, known for it’s burgers, is opening a new store in Huntersville at Birkdale Landing.
Shake Shack, known for it’s burgers, is opening a new store in Huntersville at Birkdale Landing.

Milkshake and fries, anyone? New York City-based burger joint Shake Shack will be opening its latest Charlotte-area location next week. Where? In Huntersville’s Birkdale Landing across from Birkdale Village. The location will open at limited capacity because of the pandemic, and will offer outdoor seating and take-out options.

There won’t only be burgers available, as the Observer’s Catherine Muccigrosso reports. The popular chain is also known for its hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard, beer (including local craft options) and wine.

3. Small town near Charlotte had an earthquake early Friday

Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, a rare earthquake was reported in Catawba County, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.

The U.S. Geological Survey rated it as a 1.6 magnitude quake. As the Observer’s Mark Price reports, that means the shaking was too light to be felt by most people.

The earthquake came one day after Sparta, about 75 miles to the north, recorded a 2.2 earthquake, the USGS says.

4. DaBaby knocked man’s tooth out in ‘unprovoked attack,’ lawsuit says

Charlotte rapper DaBaby arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. DaBaby and some of his associates are accused of beating and robbing a vacation rental home owner near Hollywood Hills, Calif., and breaking COVID-19 crowding rules to boot, a lawsuit said.
Charlotte rapper DaBaby arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. DaBaby and some of his associates are accused of beating and robbing a vacation rental home owner near Hollywood Hills, Calif., and breaking COVID-19 crowding rules to boot, a lawsuit said.

Charlotte rapper DaBaby and a group of associates are accused in the robbery a vacation rental home owner near Hollywood Hills, California, and a beating that resulted in the loss of the victim’s tooth, a lawsuit said.

The artist also broke California COVID-19 rules by letting dozens of people into the home on the day of the crime and violated terms of the contract he signed to rent the home by having a commercial film crew shoot a video there, according to the suit.

DaBaby did not reply to a request for comment on Friday by The Charlotte Observer. As of time of writing, he’s said nothing about the lawsuit on social media.

5. The Hornets are seen as “scrubs” to the rest of the NBA. The team is sick of that.

Miles Bridges and his teammates are sick of the judgment others in the NBA make of them. “Opponents, they still think we’re scrubs. We’re just trying to show people that it’s a new year,” Bridges said Friday. The Hornets play the Golden State Warriors tonight in San Francisco.

The Hornets beat the Phoenix Suns Wednesday. After the game, Charlotte guard Malik Monk said of the rest of the league, “We’re going to make them respect us.”

Find more details about the Hornets’ record and what to expect in their upcoming game here with the Observer’s Rick Bonnell.

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