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The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of changing their name to "Hornets," a source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson, including arranging digital assets that wouldMore >>
The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of changing their name to "Hornets," a source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson, including arranging digital assets that would allow a return to their original nickname.More >>
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The University City Division along with the Major Crash Investigation Unit hosted a DWI Checking Station Friday night until Saturday morning. The location was between the 400 and 700 blocks of W. MallardMore >>
The University City Division along with the Major Crash Investigation Unit hosted a DWI Checking Station Friday night until Saturday morning.More >>
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -- The Department of Homeland Security is preparing for the possibility of trouble during the DNC in Charlotte in September.
WBTV has learned its beefing up its supply of riot gear for federal agents to wear.
The DHS has ordered 147 riot helmets, pairs of tactical gloves and sets upper body and shoulder gear; 152 sets protection for the thigh and groin area; and 156 sets forearm protectors.
This gear will be worn by Federal Protective Service agents protecting property, grounds and buildings owned by the federal government.
Joel Martin, a native Charlottean, thinks the feds are going overboard.
"I think it's a little overkill for Charlotte," he said. "Charlotte, historically, has been a safe city. I think the local and regional law enforcement can handle it. I don't think we need it."
But Emily Brown, another Charlotte resident, disagrees.
"I wouldn't be scared if saw people in riot gear," she said. "You're gonna be at the center of national attention and it's good for the people of Charlotte to feel like they're safe. That they're being looked out for."
The gear will also be used at the RNC next month in Tampa and for the 2013 Presidential inauguration.
WBTV has also learned DHS recently purchased a number of bullet-proof checkpoint booths and hired hundreds of new security guards to protect government buildings.
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