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Lack of sidewalks led to two deaths recently. Photo: Charlotte Observer Enlarge Lack of sidewalks led to two deaths recently. Photo: Charlotte Observer
Lee Howard Posted: February 29th, 2012 Lee Howard

The recent deaths of two children last week increased concern about the lack of sidewalks in Charlotte neighborhoods. However, the city's budget currently doesn't inlcude funding for new sidewalks.

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) works with local churches and groups to help prevent the spread of HIV/Aids. On March 5, the group will co-host a prayer service for individuals with the virus. The service will start at 6:45 p.m. at The Park Church’s west Charlotte campus at 6029 Beatties Ford Road.

The sale of humans for profit is chillingly portrayed in "Cash Crop," on view at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The project by Atlanta-based artist Stephen Hayes extends from American history to overseas sweatshop labor.

The Rev. Vernon Tyson is a key figure in the memoir "Blood Done Sign My Name," written by his son, Duke University professor Timothy Tyson. It's the true story of the racially motivated killing of a 23-year-old black Vietnam-era veteran in Oxford, N.C., in 1970 and the racial unrest that followed. On Sunday, Tyson, 82, of Raleigh, led a Q&A at Gaston College after a showing of the 2009 movie version of the book.

Opera Carolina performer Maurio Hines sang "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme at the restaurant at IKEA during a Random Act of Culture last week. Random Act of Culture brings performances from traditional arts venues to non-traditional settings across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

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