Will black voters get behind a new candidate to take on Trump as Biden struggles?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats in two of the country’s whitest states have spoken. Now begins the battle for black voters, with the Carolinas on the front lines.As recently as two months ago, polls suggested that Joe Biden’s lead in the African American community was insurmountable, making Barack Obama’s vice president the heavy favorite to win the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29 and in North Carolina three days later, on Super Tuesday, March 3.But after Biden’s distant fifth place in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary — coming a week after finishing fourth place in Iowa — many pundits and politic...
The Charlotte Observer
In the race for California's 50th Congressional District Trump has become the defining factor
SAN DIEGO — Even before Rep. Duncan D. Hunter resigned from Congress last month, it was no secret that the race to replace him was going to get brutal, especially on the Republican side of the aisle.After all, the top Republican front-runners, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and former Rep. Darrell Issa, are two of San Diego County’s most well-known firebrands.What has intrigued political observers, though, are the messages each has used to attack each other. DeMaio and Issa have traded pointed barbs for months in TV ads, tweets, mailers, and forums — all about who would be the st...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Polling voters who won't answer the phone, and other challenges of election math
PHILADELPHIA — From her cubicle in a quiet New Jersey office park, Maryann Hand called voter after voter in Iowa with this public-service appeal:“Your participation is very important because only 500 people have been randomly selected for this survey," she read from a script. “Your views will represent many people throughout the state.”But would they? It was the week before the Iowa caucuses, and most people chose not to speak with Hand and her colleagues in the Mount Laurel office of Braun Research, calling on behalf of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. After four evenings they final...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wrestling with why Georgia opposes DNA testing in death cases
ATLANTA — The crude artifacts of murder: a couple of old guns, shell casings, beer cans.These objects helped convict the last three people scheduled for execution in Georgia: Jeff Cromartie, Jimmy Meders and Donnie Lance. All three denied committing their crimes, and all three asked for DNA testing of that evidence before they were to be strapped to a gurney and given a lethal injection.Could the DNA left on the items provide scientific proof that police and prosecutors got the right man? Or could it poke holes into what seemed like a solid murder case? And did the state have an obligation to ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ask Mr. Dad: The dad effect: There's more to fatherhood than what's in dad's wallet
Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve gotten into some heated arguments with friends and family about the importance of fathers in their children’s lives. I know you’ve talked about that a lot. Could you summarize some of the benefits so I can make a stronger case?A: For many decades, conventional wisdom told us that when it came to child development, mothers were the most important parent. Fathers, apparently, weren’t good for much more than piggybacks, reading an occasional bedtime story, and, of course, discipline. Researchers who studied child development bought into that conventional wisdom and rarely bothe...
Tribune News Service
Frank Sinatra got a blank check to decorate an Atlantic City apartment. Now, you can buy his furniture
PHILADELPHIA — You, too, can live like the Chairman of the Board. Or at least you could be using one of his toilets, if you’ve got a spare few grand laying around.About 200 items from Frank Sinatra’s “Chairman Suite” in Atlantic City’s original Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will hit the auction block on Sunday, courtesy of Swedesboro’s S&S Auction. The opportunity gives us “mere mortals” the chance to “own a piece of American history,” S&S sales manager David Berenblit said.“It’s nonsense. It’s insanity,” Berenblit said of Sinatra’s suite furnishings. “This guy had some gravitas. He could have ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Archaeologist overseeing irrigation dig in Newport News uncovers artifacts near historic sites
When Newport News takes on a construction project, that means allocating dollars, soliciting bids and lots of planning.And more frequently over the past few years, it has meant calling Aaron Lamb, the city’s archaeologist.Lamb’s boots, hands and trowel aren’t in the dirt for every project, but if crews plan to come near sites he knows have historic significance, they may reach out to him or he may come by to let them know he’s interested in what they may dig up.“I tell them that I’m not trying to delay their schedule,” Lamb said at the Golf Club at Deer Run next to Newport News Park, where he’...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
A high-schooler struck back at anti-Semitism the best way she knew how: On Instagram
Abby Adams was given her first Star of David when she was in elementary school, but at the time, she says, it was just a pretty necklace to her — she didn’t really understand the symbol’s significance.Here’s what she did understand: She was different from most of the other kids, even if her blonde hair and blue eyes didn’t make her look it.“The first time I felt left out for being Jewish was in first grade, when we were making turkeys for Thanksgiving,” she recalls. “On each little feather, we had to write one thing we were grateful for, and our teacher was giving us examples. One of them was ...
The Charlotte Observer
LA's George Lucas museum acquires 'Separate Cinema' archive
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the billion-dollar brainchild of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and Ariel Investments co-CEO and president Mellody Hobson, has acquired a vast collection known as the Separate Cinema Archive, comprising more than 37,000 film posters, scripts and exhibition and promotion relics dating back more than a century.The LA museum, scheduled to open in 2022, will come to fruition after a lengthy, contentious and ultimately thwarted attempt on behalf of Lucas and Hobson to build a museum in San Francisco, followed by a similar impasse in Chicago.Last year Mayor Lori ...
Some states face political changes as newcomers arrive
WASHINGTON — Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation’s largest population bumps — and the people moving there from more liberal states may be feeding political change in those red-state conservative bastions.As people from California and New York discover the South and Southwest, they’re finding friendly people and lower costs but aren’t sure how they’ll fit in politically.“Politics is something I’ve learned not to discuss with the locals,” said Mimi O’Brien Reese, who moved from the New York City suburbs to Oak Island, N.C., in 2017. “It’s not my job to change the world so...