• Ghostly dreams

    Just in case there are some little-known statutes of limitations regarding criminal trespass, let me state up front that everything you are about to read here is total fiction. Not a word of it is true — you know, like most of my columns. We …

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  • Protecting children or violating rights?

    I have to say, for the first time in a while I am really impressed with the state of California, in particular the town of Simi Valley, which has recently adopted new restrictions on sex offenders to ban them from setting up outdoor decorations and …

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  • Nelson Bunker Hunt was part of Texas oil dynasty

    In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, millions of people would tune in weekly to watch Dallas, a night-time soap opera about the tawdry scandals and business dealings of a Texas oil family. At the same time, a family of Texas oil barons transplanted …

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  • Threat of Ebola low; hospitals on heightened alert

    I’ve heard so many comments by people who are terrified that they’re going to catch the Ebola virus. Personally, I’m not really worried at this point. The people in Independence County are at a very low risk of contracting the Ebola virus unless they’ve come …

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  • All Hallow’s Eve

    Here it comes. Creeping down dark alleys. Overturning garbage cans and spooking black cats. The scariest day of the year. With the exception of your next birthday, that is. Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve. The night preceding All Saint’s Day. Time to carve a gourd. Besides …

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  • Girl next door or Disney Princess?

    The media has been obsessed with Renee’s Zellweger’s new face, with articles quoting plastic surgeons on why she doesn’t look like herself. Zellweger says she looks different because she’s happy now and doesn’t admit to having plastic surgery. Most plastic surgeons are quoted saying Zellweger …

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  • The Journey

    Fall 1999. Preppers everywhere were cautiously making plans for something called Y2K. Some computer geek somewhere opined that computer chips everywhere were going to freeze up at one second after midnight, Dec. 31, 1999. The idea caught on and spawned a movement to prepare for …

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  • Halloween in the time of Ebola

    “Ewww!” said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover “Breaking Bad” meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop. These suits are just part of a trend (call it tacky, insensitive, creepy, gross) that includes …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls, they will receive lengthy ballots that include four proposed constitutional amendments. Three of the proposed amendments were referred by the legislature and would change current laws on ethics, ballot issues, term limits and the procedures for implementing rules …

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  • History of nursing homes in Ark.

    “What are you going to do about it?” implored a mother to her son one day. The year was 1969, and U.S. Rep. David Pryor was being confronted by his mother about a serious problem facing an aunt in a nursing home. In spite of …

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  • No offense, but …

    The latest mudslinging to hit the political races last week was the racist email forwarded eight years ago by one candidate. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming to be a supporter but when choosing candidates, this sure doesn’t weigh up there on the …

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  • Local performances sure to entertain all

    My oldest daughter texted me and told me she had tickets for the Crescent Circus and she wanted me to tag along. My first reaction was that I really don’t care for circuses. I feel sorry for the animals, clowns really freak me out and …

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