Charlotte Smart, Fast: Aug. 7, 2015 — Google Fiber construction disruption

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Contractors doing work installing fiber optic cable lines for Google Fiber in Highland Creek on July 31, 2015. Residents in Highland Creek are coping with the inconvenience of Google Fiber construction. According to a resident who reached out, the contractor is hitting gas lines and tearing up driveways regularly.

Happy Friday! Here’s what you need to know to be Charlotte Smart in less than 2 minutes.

THE BIG STORY: We’re all excited about Google Fiber coming, right? Well, some people up in the north Charlotte neighborhood of Highland Creek may not be as excited these days.

Fiber-related construction in the neighborhood has brought its share of inconveniences, including: disrupted traffic patterns, patched driveways, missing grass, 12 hours of construction noise starting at 7 a.m. each day and, occasionally, crews hitting a gas line.

Charlotte Fire Captain Jackie Wilkes said crews head out to the neighborhood about once a week.

But it’ll all be worth it when the 3,200 miles of fiber optic cable brings ultra high-speed internet to Charlotte, right?

READ A BOOK: It just got so much easier for about 145,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students to check out a book and do online research at the library. The ONE Access program allows students to use their school ID as a public library card at all 20 locations of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. And they won’t be charged late fees.

Students reading (2)

KERRICK TRIAL UPDATE: Thomas Owens, Mecklenburg County’s chief medical examiner, spent Thursday testifying about the bullets that killed Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. Nine shots CMPD officer Randall Kerrick’s .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol hit Ferrell in the chest or abdomen. Another struck his left arm. Five of the bullet wounds were either lethal or potentially so.

Worth checking out: this op-ed from The Observer’s Eric Frazier — “Jonathan Ferrell faced three officers; only the white one used deadly force.

RAINDROPS KEEP (NOT) FALLING ON OUR HEADS: Severe drought has expanded into the Charlotte region over the past week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Water conservation remains voluntary for now, but Charlotte Water is asking that folks limit car washing and watering grass.

Happy weekending. Stay hydrated.

Photos: Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer; Nancy Pierce/Courtesy of CMS

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