James Werrell

James Werrell

What if Democrats were in the same boat as Republicans?

It is interesting to contemplate, as a mental exercise, what Democrats, who are high-handedly chiding Republicans for their spineless refusal to condemn their candidate, would do if they were riding the same train. Is there any equivalent situation imaginable in which fringe Democrats might succeed in nominating a presidential candidate so loathsome that middle-of-the-road Democrats couldn’t stomach him?

James Werrell

Muhammad Ali wasn’t always widely admired

One of my favorite teachers in high school, Arnold Brix, used to inject controversial current events into the daily lessons about U.S. history. One question I remember in particular: Is Muhammad Ali a traitor or hero for refusing to serve in the Army?

James Werrell

What’s so hard about writing a summer movie?

Who doesn’t like summer movies? While we might enjoy the more cerebral cinema that populates the rosters of the Academy Awards, movies such as “Mad Max: Fury Road” or any Quentin Tarantino movie, it’s often the mindless summer action flicks that stick in our minds.

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Luke Kuechly gives boy a fifth birthday to remember

Tuesday is Bratton Chandler's fifth birthday so he and his mother, Emily Chandler, came to the Carolina Panthers practice in hopes of meeting linebacker Luke Kuechly. Kuechly didn't disappoint, giving Bratton a pair of his gloves and autographing his shirt and poster board.
Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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Luke Kuechly gives boy a fifth birthday to remember

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Video: Northwestern football coach David Pierce previews South Meck game

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FSU research team makes Zika drug breakthrough