Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins

A first lady’s powerful story

She has been the most charismatic first lady of our time. Michelle Obama possesses a presence that commands attention, a warmth, an ease with people, a sincere compassion. Even the Republicans who have made repeated mean-spirited (and that’s putting it mildly) comments in public and private about her husband, the president of the United States, do not speak ill of Mrs. Obama.

Jim Jenkins

Remembering a giant named Jackie

Ken Burns’ public television documentary on Jackie Robinson is running this week. Robinson broke major league baseball’s “color line.” But Robinson’s battles are in many ways still being fought.

Jim Jenkins

Losses won’t cause GOP to back down on HB2

Republican leaders in the General Assembly are unfortunately not going to back away from a hurried action to overturn a non-discrimination law from the Charlotte City Council. And Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the measure on the day it passed, is clearly powerless to do anything about it, even if he had the gumption to do so.

Jim Jenkins

George W.’s return to the political spotlight

The author Richard Ben Cramer wrote one of the best books ever about presidential candidates, “What It Takes,” profiling those who sought the presidency in 1988. The refreshing thing about the book was that it didn’t set out to be an investigative expose, just a look at the character, the backgrounds, the motivations for those who wanted to be president

Jim Jenkins

Jenkins: One night back in Honah Lee

They used to run to center stage, a lithe blonde with a tall, goateed man on her right and a shorter goateed man on her left. The group was the creation of a manager who’d heard about them in Greenwich Village, where they’d worked all the clubs during the folk music craze of the late 1950s and early ’60s. Even as the Beatles invaded with their brand new sound, and some of the folkies faded, these three were always there, always popular.

Jim Jenkins

Trump stomping to (GOP) victory

From the beginning, the pundits — insufferable, self-righteous, all-knowing Washingtonians — sat from on high and predicted a quick end to the campaign of Donald John Trump, the silver-spoon kid from New York who descended on a golden staircase to proclaim his candidacy for president and talk about how rich he is.

Jim Jenkins

A picture of the family circle, unbroken

The family plot is in the well-shaded Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, 40 or so miles west of Charlotte in the foothills. This past Thanksgiving, on a sunny afternoon, my cousin Charles and I paid a visit. Here was the family circle, with our grandparents, his mother, my mother and father, infant children of our grandparents who like some in the early 1900s did not survive childbirth or early childhood.

Videos

Former gang member speaks to young girls at summer camp about leaving gang life

Channell "Lady G" Braxton speaks to News & Observer reporter Thomasi McDonald about her decision to break away from life as a gang member following her visit to Torchlight Academy Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Thomasi McDonald tmcdonald@newsobserver.com
Former gang member speaks to young girls at summer camp about leaving gang life 2:23

Former gang member speaks to young girls at summer camp about leaving gang life

NC GOP mistakenly attacks Kaine for 'shameful' Marine pin that honored his son 0:32

NC GOP mistakenly attacks Kaine for 'shameful' Marine pin that honored his son

Loading Dock Raleigh 1:10

Loading Dock Raleigh

Three-and-out with Princeton Bulldogs football coach Travis Gaster 1:33

Three-and-out with Princeton Bulldogs football coach Travis Gaster