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You'll need a smartphone to see the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium this season

Attention, Carolina Panthers fans: The days of scanning your printed tickets at Bank of America Stadium are ending, starting Friday with the team’s preseason home opener against the Buffalo Bills.

As part of a larger NFL directive, the Panthers will move to full mobile ticketing for the 2019 season. This continues a transition that began last season when roughly 30% of all Panthers tickets were issued via smartphones, The Charlotte Observer’s Brendan Marks reports. This year, the goal is to get as close to 100% as possible.

Why the switch: A team official told the Observer that mobile tickets are safer and less susceptible to counterfeiting or being lost. When the print-at-home option was eliminated last season, the number of fraudulent tickets dropped 50-100 per game, the official said. Mobile ticketing also allows the team to better track sales and resales.

What’s the real reason? It has much to do with marketing, of course. The bulk of the team’s mobile ticketing will be done via the official Panthers app, Ticketmaster app, or web browsers. Either way, the Panthers will collect each buyer’s name, email address and potentially a phone number. This information will be used to “enhance gameday experience down the line,” the team official told the Observer.

Snafus are bound to happen: Not to worry; if your cell phone dies or you encounter some glitch, additional Panthers employees will be stationed around the stadium on Sundays to offer assistance. Look for the people with “Need Help?” on their backs. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still call the ticket office at (704) 358-7800.

Just wondering: Decades from now, will that printed ticket you kept as a souvenir be worth something as a collectors item?
Relief for teachers: The average teacher spends $479 a year on classroom supplies, according to an article published in EdWeek. For another year, Classroom Central is hosting its Free Store to provide some relief for local educators.

Beginning today, teachers within qualifying high-needs schools can make an appointment to “shop” for free school supplies. Eligible teachers work at schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Interested teachers can make an appointment here.

Hours for the 2019-2020 school year:
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 2:30 - 6 p.m.
  • One Saturday per month: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Dates TBA)
Charlotte dad goes viral: Getting laid off is a tough situation to be in, but 28-year-old Michael Bridges was willing to take on any role so that he could provide for his wife and two kids. Last week, FOX46 Charlotte reported Bridges' story and his job-seeking efforts, including passing out resumes during rush hour in Ballantyne and holding a sign that read "Laid off! Need a job. Take a resume. BA and MBA." 

The story went viral, getting more than 5,700 shares on Facebook offering words of encouragement and open positions.

In an update, Bridges told WBTV that the approach paid off. However, he said that he "needs to consult with his wife before choosing which offer to go with."
At a media briefing last week, an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department demonstrated how Nico, a two-year-old German Shepherd, will be used this school year to search for guns stashed in students' book bags -- one of several new security measures CMS has adopted. Read more
CMPD launches weekly podcast

Hip Hop architecture camp inspires teens to meld design and music (WFAE)

Nina Simone Weekend celebrates a legend, and efforts to preserve her legacy (News & Observer)
In response to: Republican National Convention won’t change us, Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles says

"I'm not for the RNC coming to CLT, but it's a done deal! While I'm hoping for the best, why don't the naysayers start offering your "thoughts and prayers" now for a peaceful event!" - D.B.

"We'll see come August 2020. My friends & I will not be here for the show nor will we allow any of our $$$ to be included in the dirty $$$ count." - E.S.

"Well, I suppose that Ms. Lyles will know soon what it feels like to be another single term Mayor of Charlotte." - D.P.

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If you like our Morning Brew, you'll love our Qcity Press Club -- a members-only group devoted to connecting smart and curious people. This month, members can save $15 on selected seats at COMMON's "Let Love Tour," Aug. 23 at Belk Theater. (Discount courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts.)
BLA/ALT Summer Residency – Night 3 (Mon.): The next edition of Black Alternative features music from Pool League, Amity Pointe and XOXOK.

Khalid “Free Spirit” World Tour (Tues.): The R&B singer has pretty much lived on the Billboard charts since he dropped his debut single, “Location,” in 2016. He's enlisted Clairo, the 20-year-old “Pretty Girl” singer-songwriter, to appear as a special guest on his summer tour.

An Afternoon with SHAN Wallace (Wed.): The award-winning photographer has collaborated with students from Charlotte's Lorien Academy of the Arts throughout the summer. Join them for a reveal of the photo series.

Need more ideas for things to do? Our events calendar has you covered. 
A message from today's sponsor: Queen City Entrepreneurs Conference
Queen City Entrepreneurs Conference: Saturday, Aug. 24, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

If you’re a woman interested in starting her own business or you currently own a business and you need resources and information to grow and move your venture forward, join like-minded individuals for networking, information sharing and innovative ideas at our Queen City Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Men are also welcome to attend.

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