• Stolen topiary tree returned to UNCC botanical gardens with apologetic note

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Whoever stole a topiary tree from the the University of North Carolina-Charlotte botanical gardens has returned the plant -- with a heartfelt apology.

    The university posted earlier on Facebook, asking whoever swiped the tree to please return it, saying that officials would not press charges.

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    School officials said they've been working to train the tree for more than three years, and they believe that it was taken on Sunday.

    The school posted an update Tuesday morning on Facebook, saying that the tree had been returned, with a hand-written note of apology from the person who took it.

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