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.
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
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.
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.
Franklin Graham apparently fancies himself the national leader of evangelical Christians and now, with a 50-state tour kicking off in this election year, he aims to make the Republican candidates true believers — in his influence.
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.
The film “Spotlight” has terrific actors and a sickening, true story for the plot line: It’s 2001, and Boston Globe reporters are researching accusations that some Catholic priests have been molesting scores of young children, perhaps for decades. The city is 50 percent Catholic; the church, its most powerful institution.
The news out of the publishing world, which once would have caused the pop culture Earth to quake, created barely a ripple. Playboy magazine was going straight, so to speak. Henceforth, the magazine announced, it would not publish pictures of women in the altogether.
The rumors started a couple, maybe three weeks ago. On the grapevine that runs along highway 54 in Chapel Hill, ‘round the General Administration building of the University of North Carolina system, little brushfires started burning.
VIDEO: Watch a timelapse video as North Carolina Darkside's Matt Gouchoe-Hanas makes the game winning catch to defeat the Case Western Reserve University's Fighting Gobies 16-15 during pool play in the USA Ultimate Division I College National Championships at WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, May 28, 2016.