Victims left out of Myers Park investigation + German manufacturer to add over 130 NC jobs

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Let’s talk headlines. Content warning: The story immediately below this line contains subject matter pertaining to sexual assault.

1. Why were victims left out of Myers Park investigation into rape cases?

Students assembled June 29, 2021 for a protest as Myers Park High and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools faced widespread criticism for how administrators handled past reports of sexual assault on campus.
Students assembled June 29, 2021 for a protest as Myers Park High and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools faced widespread criticism for how administrators handled past reports of sexual assault on campus.

Two former Myers Park High students who filed lawsuits, and a third who reported being raped in a boy’s bathroom stall on campus, weren’t included in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ investigation into how administrators handled past sexual assault cases.

“There’s a lot that went wrong in this investigation ... if you could even call it that,” said Serena Evans, who was 15 in 2016 when she and her mother reported her rape. “No one from CMS reached out to me. No victims were interviewed. I feel angry, hurt and betrayed.”

District officials haven’t released information publicly about the recent investigation. It ran close to three months and focused on former Myers Park Principal Mark Bosco, who was suspended with pay and reassigned in the district.

Read more here with the Observer’s Anna Maria Della Costa.

Want more on this subject? Our editorial writer, Paige Masten, has a new piece about accountability and Myers Park.

2. German manufacturer to add over 130 jobs in NC for its $19-million expansion plan

A German plastics company, Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC, is bringing more than one hundred jobs to Catawba County in a $19.2 million project.

The campus will be in Claremont, Catawba County, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday, and the expansion will create 133 new jobs, according to the governor’s office.

The average salary for the new positions, including machine operators, maintenance technicians and warehouse personnel, is $44,827. The average annual wage in Catawba is $43,920.

Learn more with the Observer’s Hannah Smoot.

3. More news to know as you head into the weekend

Let’s keep the rest of this short and sweet, shall we? We know you’ve got places to be, but first, here’s what you need to know before you start the weekend:

Charlotte’s biggest banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Truist — reported earnings on Thursday and Friday. Here are the takeaways.
Charlotte’s biggest banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Truist — reported earnings on Thursday and Friday. Here are the takeaways.

Charlotte’s biggest banks reported earnings this week. Here are 5 takeaways, by Hannah Lang

  • Charlotte’s biggest banks — Bank of America, Truist and Wells Fargo — reported third-quarter earnings on Thursday and Friday. We unpack what happened there.

Temperatures are going down in NC, but it’s not why your heating bill is going up, by Joe Marusak

  • Beginning Nov. 1, North Carolina residential customers will see their monthly Duke Energy bills climb by about $11.34, or $136 a year.

Five-year-old Desmond Kennedy blew his trumpet alongside the rest of the United House of Prayer Marching Band as they marched down Tryon Street in 2019 in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade. The 2021 version will be a night parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 24.
Five-year-old Desmond Kennedy blew his trumpet alongside the rest of the United House of Prayer Marching Band as they marched down Tryon Street in 2019 in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade. The 2021 version will be a night parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 24.

Back after a hiatus, Charlotte’s Thanksgiving parade will ‘light up the night sky,‘ by Joe Marusak

  • The annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade is back this year with a night event in uptown Charlotte on Nov. 24.

Panthers star Christian McCaffrey ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings, by Jonathan M. Alexander

  • The running back won’t play on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after missing his second consecutive practice Friday.

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