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Queen City Roundup 3/14: Afghan refugees await homes, NC court rules on domestic violence and more

Collin Cunningham

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The Charlotte Hornets had support in New Orleans on Friday, when they pulled out a 142-120 win over the Pelicans(Charlotte Hornets/Twitter)

By Collin Cunnigham

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Happy Monday, Charlotte! It is March 14, and that means it's Pi Day! The Roundup shares a few pastry producers in the Queen City trading in tarts for $3.14. In other news, it has been over four months since refugees fleeing Afghanistan arrived in Charlotte, but local advocates are having difficulty finding places for them to stay.

The North Carolina Supreme Court granted a win to same-sex couples on Friday by ruling that laws governing domestic violence apply to LGBTQ couples. The Charlotte FC is 0-3 overall after losing an away game on Saturday against Atlanta United FC and the Hornets have had a hard time, losing seven of their last 10 games.

1. 3 months after arrival, Afghan refugees await homes in Charlotte

What's happening: Afghan refugees first arrived in the Queen City in November, but Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte has been unable to find lodgings for five families and four individuals who fled the country.

The nonprofit has placed the displaced evacuees in hotels but said it is having issues with commercial landlords who are less willing to offer affordable housing to people who can't submit to background checks or have active employment.

Why it matters: Many Afghan refugees have lacked permanent housing for nearly seven months following the United States' departure from Afghanistan in August, per FactCheck.org. Since then, Catholic Charities has worked with 205 evacuees and the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency has helped to find homes for 105 former Afghanistan residents.

The news comes as a new refugee situation emerges amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. As of Monday morning, the BBC reported nearly three million people had fled the Eastern European country and President Joe Biden said the United States would care for them, per WBTV.

2. NC Supreme Court: LGBTQ couples can issue restraining orders in domestic violence cases

North Carolina's high court upheld a 2020 ruling on Friday that allows same-sex spouses to file restraining orders in instances of domestic violence. The precedent-setting decision came from a 3-judge panel, which overturned a decision from a Wake County court barring the state's LGBTQ residents from obtaining domestic protection.

Prior to the ruling, the Old North State was the only state in the U.S. to prevent same-sex couples from filing restraining orders, The Charlotte Observer reported.

“For well over a century, North Carolina courts have abided by the foundational principle that administering equity and justice prohibits the elevation of form over substance,” Justice Robin Hudson, one of the four judges to approve the measure, wrote in her decision.

The verdict comes as North Carolina plans to pull $650 million from its Medicaid coffers to assess and improve social factors relating to residents' health, including domestic violence, according to NC Health News. On March 2, Gov. Roy Cooper declared March Women's History Month and announced new funding for initiatives to combat spousal abuse.

3. Sports stories: Charlotte FC is 0-3, Hornets have lost 6 of last 10

Charlotte FC: Charlotte's MLS team lost its third consecutive match to Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, but the Queen City team did grab their first gull score during a regular-season game. Charlotte defender Adam Armour put the black-and-white past Atlanta's goaltender 66 minutes into the game. That followed a previous successful kick by Atlanta, which had a subsequent score a half-hour later brought the Georgia team the win.

Charlotte looks to keep the windmill going for their next match, a home game against the 3-1 New England Revolution at 7 p.m. on March 19.

Charlotte Hornets: Also on a losing march is Charlotte's basketball team, which are 33-35 and 10th in the NBA's Eastern Conference after losing seven of their most recent 10 games. Since the Roundup last mentioned them on March 7, the Nets nurtured a 132-121 win over the Hornets on March 8, the Celtics crossed Charlotte 115-101 on March 9. On Friday, the Hornets returned to their hive from New Orleans after pilfering a 142-120 victory versus the Pelicans.

If Charlotte wants to make the playoffs in April, it will have to avoid sinking any lower on the leaderboard. This week heralds an 8 p.m. match against the Thunder in Oklahoma on Monday, a 7 p.m. homer with the Atlanta Hawks and a Saturday bout between Charlotte and the Mavericks at 7 p.m.

Gordon Hayward and James Bouknight will miss Monday's game due to their respective ankle and neck injuries.

4. Euclidean eats: Where to find pie for $3.14 today in Charlotte

Today might mark the only instance that readers can purchase an entire pie for less than a gallon of gas in Charlotte. March 14 marks Pi Day by sharing digits with the first three numbers in a mathematical measurement that signifies the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle, and the name has been cleverly co-opted into a day of dessert deals. Here are a few spots selling dessert and pizza pies for $3.14 in the Queen City on Monday.

This chain grocery store is doling out blueberry and apple pies with nine-inch diameters for $3.14 through the end of the day.

  • Blaze Pizza — 8915 Christenbury Parkway, Concord 28025

Who said pastries always have to take the Pi Day cake? Blaze Pizza, which also has locations in Gastonia and University City, is slicing the price of its customizable, 11-inch pizzas to $3.14 until Tuesday.

  • Cici's Pizza — 10900 University City Blvd #13-15, Charlotte 28213

This national chain with a Charlotte store is opening up its pizza buffet to everyone for $3.14 on Monday, a bit of a discount from the standard $7.99 price tag.

  • North Italia — 1414 S. Tryon St. Suite 140, Charlotte 28203

This South End restaurant recently debuted a Barbalo chicken pizza and is offering it for $17 through April 11. Some of the proceeds from each bit of dough will be donated to groups fighting hunger in North Carolina.

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