Michael Lowrey


Posts by Michael Lowrey (page 10)

  • RIP Tin Can Ann

    Every community has its collection of colorful characters. In Charlotte’s case, that included a woman dressed in bright orange who peddled her bicycle along city streets on a strict schedule to collect cans to sell for their scrap value. Some referred to her as “Tin Can Ann,” to others she…
    Michael Lowrey, July 31, 2016
  • Why customers give Duke Energy low marks

    Oh look it’s an article on “Why customers give Duke Energy low marks.” For me, it might have something to do with my power going out three times today… And, no, there weren’t even any thundershowers near me today!…
    Michael Lowrey, July 28, 2016
  • American Airlines defers its A350 order

    American Airlines held its quarterly earnings call on Friday. The company made a lot of money in the 2nd quarter, as you’d expect from an airline when the economy is doing pretty well and the price of oil is low. More interestingly though, the airline also announced that it…
    Michael Lowrey, July 26, 2016
  • Fighting Cuba flights

    Sometimes you a read a story and you know someone doesn’t quite understand the topic, is playing politics with an issue, or both. The example of the moment comes from McClatchy: A group of U.S. lawmakers want to block the Obama administration’s efforts to open up the United States…
    Michael Lowrey, July 25, 2016
  • Charlotte streetcar bids come in way over budget

    Imagine that. Per the Charlotte Observer: The Charlotte Area Transit System is rejecting the only two bids it received to build the second phase of the Gold Line streetcar because both contractors exceeded the city’s budget for construction work – one by more than 30 percent and one by…
    Michael Lowrey, July 21, 2016
  • This is Richard Burr’s last run for office

    Per the Raleigh News & Observer: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr won’t run for another term – or for any elected office – after this year’s election, he told North Carolina Republican convention delegates Wednesday. Burr, the state’s senior Republican senator, is seeking his third term in this year’s election,…
    Michael Lowrey, July 20, 2016
  • College sports is really big business

    Still trying to wrap my head around this from ESPN, which will include the launch of the ACC Network in 2019: The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have agreed to a 20-year deal and rights extension through the 2035-36 academic year, sources said. The ACC also extended its…
    Michael Lowrey, July 18, 2016
  • Herbalife settles with the FTC for $200 million

    Seems that Herbalife walked and quacked a bit too much like a pyramid scheme for the Federal Trade Commission’s liking. Per the Los Angeles Times: Herbalife Ltd. has agreed to pay $200 million to consumers and change its business practices to settle a two-year federal investigation triggered by allegations…
    Michael Lowrey, July 15, 2016