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Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles is The Item's News Editor. She has previously worked at the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Washington Times, and newspapers in the midwest and west coast.

Cheryl Charles can be reached at ccharles@itemlive.com

Charles: We are not a monolith | 5:33 PM

I’m probably seventh or eighth generation American. My 97-year-old mother’s grandfather — which means he was my great-grandfather — was