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The next 4 steps we should take with North Korea

President Trump, in bellicose fashion, has threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea , as tensions with the emerging nuclear-missile-armed state escalate. Improbably, in between the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he has unwittingly invoked the specter of a nuclear exchange in Asia.

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Memories from a free-range childhood

As we pulled into my driveway in south Charlotte last Saturday, my son uttered three absurd words: “Dad, I’m bored.” It’s absurd because his weekends are chock-full of activities. From a parental involvement standpoint, his slowest surpasses my childhood’s busiest.

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Putin’s U.S. election interference backfired

With his interference in the 2016 election, Russian President Vladimir Putin hoped he could tilt Washington onto a more pro-Moscow course. But after President Donald Trump signed legislation tightening sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, it should be clear that Putin’s strategy backfired in a big way.

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From scouts to cops, the guardrails hold

A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci, qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

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Tonya Jameson held at gunpoint by off-duty cop as she picks up new SUV

Knoxville Police are looking into an officer’s actions after a Charlotte woman said the off-duty officer pulled a gun on her as she changed a license plate on her newly purchased SUV Tonya Jameson, 45, is a former Charlotte Observer reporter and columnist
Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer
Tonya Jameson held at gunpoint by off-duty cop as she picks up new SUV 2:05

Tonya Jameson held at gunpoint by off-duty cop as she picks up new SUV

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Jourdan Rodrigue: Observations on Panthers defense

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Panthers scrimmage Titans

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Confederate monuments in North Carolina coming down?