What happens when Olympics, election, NCAA collide

Every four years the Summer Olympics and a U.S. presidential campaign coincide, providing stirring examples of grace under pressure, good sportsmanship, fierce yet respectful competition, and achievements worthy of being celebrated for years to come.

Grapes of Wrath 2016: Who will help displaced workers?

What do we tell these “Okies” of today? Do either the Democrats or the Republicans in 2016 offer our contemporary Joads a future? In the midst of all the bickering, the negative campaigning, the lifted speech of the Republican convention and the leaked emails of the Democratic convention, the plight of the Joads appears lost.

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Videos

Cam Newton: Carolina Panthers 'are not that good yet'

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton talks about the ineffective first-team offense in Carolina's preseason loss to the New England Patriots.
Scott Fowler sfowler@charlotteobserver.com
Cam Newton: Carolina Panthers 'are not that good yet' 0:46

Cam Newton: Carolina Panthers 'are not that good yet'

Remember Ruby Lair, the first girl in a family of six boys? She just turned 1 2:48

Remember Ruby Lair, the first girl in a family of six boys? She just turned 1

Mayberry's Thelma Lou turns 90 2:27

Mayberry's Thelma Lou turns 90

Duke football players become 1:35

Duke football players become "big brothers" to boy in hospital