Michael Lowrey

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  • The sad state of retail, September 2016 edition

    Business Insider reports that Kmart is closing another 64 stores, on top of the 68 locations it announced it was closing earlier this tear. The latest round of closings includes two North Carolina locations: Burlington and Mount Airy.
    Michael Lowrey, September 20, 2016
  • Brother, can you spare a $1 billion?

    Per the Charlotte Observer: After nearly two decades of discussion, the Charlotte Area Transit System has selected a route for the Silver Line – a proposed light-rail line running along and near Independence Boulevard from uptown to Matthews. The Silver Line would likely cost at least $1 billion, and…
    Michael Lowrey, September 15, 2016
  • Las Vegas’ possible new $1.9 billion NFL stadium

    Yes, you read that amount right. Las Vegas wants the NFL and the Oakland Raiders have said they want to move there. The key issue going forward is building a new stadium for the team. The Las Vegas Review-Journal sums up the current situation: The $1.9 billion project…
    Michael Lowrey, September 13, 2016
  • Carolinas HealthCare System gets sued again

    For alleged antitrust violations. Per the Charlotte Observer: Three months after the state and federal and government sued Carolinas HealthCare System over alleged antitrust violations, a San Francisco law firm has filed a class action lawsuit alleging the hospital system engaged in illegal and anti-competitive actions. The suit named…
    Michael Lowrey, September 12, 2016
  • Does the ‘skills gap’ really exist in manufacturing hiring?

    Maybe not, writes Ben Casselman for fivethirtyeight.com: Rather than degrees or licenses, what employers say they are struggling to find are workers with industry-specific skills, such as how to program the machines that do much of the physical work in modern factories. But according to a new paper by…
    Michael Lowrey, September 11, 2016
  • Public relations fail of the moment

    Sometimes even big companies with presumably large and experienced PR departments get it way wrong. Per the Charlotte Observer: Wells Fargo is apologizing for advertisements that appear to value careers in science over those in the arts. The San Francisco-based bank, whose largest employment hub is in Charlotte, generated…
    Michael Lowrey, September 6, 2016
  • Surveying a U-boat wreck off the North Carolina coast

    In 1942, four German submarines were sunk right off the North Carolina coast. The wreck of U-576, the last of these U-boats to be located, was only found two years ago. This summer NOAA, with the help of a private foundation, staged an expedition to map the wreck. The…
    Michael Lowrey, September 3, 2016
  • Allegiant Air adds another destination out of Concord

    New Orleans, twice a week, year-round, starting November 18th. Allegiant seems to to doing OK in using Concord as a budget alternative to Charlotte Douglas International Airport to connect the Charlotte area to vacation destinations a couple of times a week.
    Michael Lowrey, August 31, 2016