Aug. 13 headlines: Uber, NoDa pumpkin ale and plastinated bodies

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Hey there! Here’s what you should know to be Charlotte Smart this morning in less than two minutes.

UBER AND THE LAW: An N.C. House Committee has pushed forward proposed laws that would regulate such ride-hailing companies as Uber. They include requiring insurance for drivers and passengers; local and national criminal background checks on all drivers; a $5,000 annual fee to the state and disclosing fares to customers before they request a ride.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE UNDER FIRE: Federal investigators are looking into a real estate business owned by the family of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Charlotte Republican. Pittenger Land Investments has struggled to sell properties it has acquired over the years because the land does not have zoning and other approvals that make the parcels ready for development, according to documents obtained by the Charlotte Observer. Pittenger says the company, run by his wife, has done no wrong.

SIGN OF FALL: Local beer dude Daniel Hartis reports that NoDa Brewing has already brewed 120 barrels of its Gordgeous fall ale. Find it in the taproom Monday, in area bars starting Tuesday and by Labor Day in 16-ounce four-packs.

BODY IS BACK: Discovery Place’s most popular exhibit is returning for a sequel. Look for “Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life” Nov. 21. The exhibit uses human bodies that have been plastinated after death to reveal anatomy.

IS IT WRONG TO ASK WHY?: Charlotte Observer columnist Eric Frazier wrote a commentary last Thursday titled, “Jonathan Ferrell faced three officers; only the white one used deadly force,” in reference to the ongoing voluntary manslaughter trial of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Yesterday, Frazier followed up with an opinion piece about whether it was wrong to ask why. It is a journalist’s duty to “ask the hard questions, even those that make people uncomfortable,” Frazier wrote. We agree.

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