Kevin Cherry and Martha Young once struggled with crime and drugs. Now, thanks to a Virginia businessman, they soon will be witnessing Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Two Charlotte residents picked to attend inaugural events
Charlotte lawyer pleads guilty to fraud
Demetrius Rainer was accused of being the closing attorney for a mortgage fraud cell operating in Mecklenburg and Union counties
Inauguration to close many bridges into D.C.
All Potomac bridge crossings from Virginia into D.C. will be closed to personal vehicles on Inauguration Day and a large portion of downtown will be off-limits too
Two injured in random west Charlotte shootings
The victims were shot in the legs as they walked in the Brookhill area off Remount Road. Police were looking for two men in a green Mazda.
Just call me butter, ’cause I’m on a roll
I’M JUST SAYIN’
Jemal is perfect in his NFL post-season picks. He also has some thoughts about this past weekend
The inauguration can wait
Obama’s work starts now, and Washington is ready
Preaching the virtues of a healthy diet
Denise Hairston says fatty foods, too much salt and sugar are killing black Americans. Her message: A healthy, meat-free diet can be tasty, too
Nick Mackey faces misdemeanor charge
The charge is related to a July judgment against Mackey’s law firm for unpaid rent, attorneys fees, interest and other costs that now total $101,402
Playoff picks: Four more shots at perfection
I’M JUST SAYIN
A lesser sports writer might boast after so closely calling last week’s Panthers-Saints games. But I’m nothing if not modest
Black history unfolds in Colorado
In the same grand chambers where the Ku Klux Klan once held sway, two black men will assume the most powerful positions in the Colorado General Assembly
Apartheid foe Helen Suzman dies at 91
Suzman was one of the few white South African lawmakers to fight against the injustices of racist rule
Awaking the inner giant
The problems that beset black America will start to vanish when we embrace the ideals of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King, Jr.
DeWayne Walker: The other Aggie coach
I’M JUST SAYIN’
New Mexico State University isn’t the most recognizable athletic program in the world, but it’s about to get a lot more attention
What Lil Wayne can teach us about fashion
When it come to style and fashion, find what works for you and make it your own. True style is about individuality.
Unsolved murders from ’08 linger into ’09
Thirty-two of Charlotte’s 83 homicides from last year were unsolved at year end, according to a Charlotte Observer analysis.