Hi readers. I'll be out of the office for the first week in October. I plan to be back Oct. 7. In the meantime, if you have any news or questions, please email me and I'll get back to you when I return. Thanks!
Ely Portillo covers retail business, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, US Airways and more for The Charlotte Observer. He previously covered crime and public safety for the Observer, and notes that while this new beat features less crime it doesn't necessarily have any less mayhem.