First Drip (8/21/15): Last day to register to vote for Sept. 15 primary elections



Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming September 15 primaries. Democrats will choose between six mayoral candidates and 12 at-large city council candidates. Republicans will choose between two mayoral candidates. The deadline to register (or postmark your mailed-in registration) is today at 5 p.m.

Staff at a south Charlotte church that has supported LGBT equality for years found their church vandalized on Thursday morning, with anti-LGBT graffiti spray-painted across the front door. Video of the graffiti shows that someone used black spray paint to write "[blurred out] are pedos" across the doors at Wedgewood Church. They also spray-painted a sign that read "LGBT Equality" in front of the church. Church officials are discussing keeping the sign up or changing it to read "We Forgive You." 

A tree fell on two homes near Uptown
 early this morning. Red Cross responded to the scene on Merriman Avenue in Wilmore to assist two families consisting of nine adults and two children that were displaced by the damage. No injuries were reported. 

Following comments from U.S. Defense Department officials stating they would evaluate a naval brig in Hanahan, South Carolina as a possible spot to relocate prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she will fight any attempt to do so. Haley said moving the detainees to any state would violate federal law. President Obama has been trying to close down Guantanamo since he took office in 2009. The administration is reportedly also considering moving detainees to to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

The city of Charlotte has released its 2015 list of the highest crash rates by intersection within the city. The intersection of East 8th and North College streets topped the list for the second consecutive year. The intersection saw seven wrecks in 2014 and hosted a daily traffic volume of  6,100 vehicles. Six of the top 10 intersections on the list are in Uptown, with another just down the street at East 4th Street and Kings Drive. 

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