Virginia governor’s race a confidence boost

Commentary by Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   On Nov. 7, Virginia elected a new governor for the next four years. In what was expected to be a close race, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won with an impressive nine-point margin. He will succeed fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the 73rd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Reactions following election night included much celebration from national Democrats who see this as a revival of their party. They certainly have reason to do so, making huge gains in Republican-leaning Virginia Beach while also solidifying landslide support in previously competitive northern Virginia.
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Grateful & blessed: Teens & 20s writers share what they’re thankful for

Times-News correspondents

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Thanksgiving is Thursday so the Teens & 20s writers took time to jot down just a few of the things that they’re thankful for:
I am thankful for my loving family, my amazing friends and the life that I have chosen to live. — Alley Morris, eighth-grade home-schooler
I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to participate in community theater, and that I got to do it with my family and friends. — Jordan Carey, sophomore high school home-schooler
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Inspiring to all: Leslie Odom Jr. presents wonderfully personal performance

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

    GREENSBORO — To coin the musical “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr., who is best-known for his role as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical, “blew us all away” Wednesday night at his show at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. It was part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series.
Odom also has two albums of his own, a self-titled jazz album and a Christmas album.
The night began with a reading of two chapters from the draft of his upcoming book, “Failing Up.” The selection included inspiring stories from his acting career, lessons he learned along the way, and how he met his wife, Nicolette Robinson. Odom spoke in a down-to-earth way that made you feel like he was having a private conversation with you, and his welcoming smile easily reached all the hundreds of audience members, who ranged from teenagers to college students to senior citizens. This speaks to Odom’s wide range of taste from the hip-hop of “Hamilton” to what he describes as “what Nat King Cole would write nowadays.”
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