• Ark. man holds record for executions

    George Maledon carried out more than 60 legal executions at Fort Smith, as ordered by Judge Isaac Parker between 1872 and 1894. He seemed to enjoy his job. Maledon was born in Germany in 1830 and migrated to the United States as a child, with …

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  • Ancient aliens gave up on us

    I’ve heard it said before that every single thing you ever hear or see leaves an imprint on your brain that never goes away. Well if that’s the case then there are definitely some things I don’t want imprinting on my brain: TV shows such …

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  • Reproductive rights and the ‘golden rule’

    When our government was framed, religion was granted freedom in hopes it would return the favor. Call it the Great American Gamble. Give something authoritative in nature free reign and have faith it won’t take over. Here’s the primary debate of a free country: When …

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  • The war against children

    “…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…”  —Mother Teresa   Mountains are neither fair nor unfair to those of us who scale them. Those who resolve to make it to the top, …

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  • Landmark Surgeon General’s report on smoking turns 50

    Does anyone remember Luther Terry? We don’t either, although we probably should since his historic Surgeon General’s report issued in 1964 concluded that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer in men. At that time, cigarette smoking was as popular as sipping soft drinks. People smoked in …

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  • Cher: Iconic star has Arkansas roots

    Cher. Even with just one name, we know exactly who we are talking about. And she has roots right here in Independence County. She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian 67 years ago in El Centro, Calif. to Jackie Jean Crouch and John Paul Sarkisian, a second-generation …

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  • Super Bowl owes its existence to one determined Arkansas native

    Each year, millions of football fans wait for the ultimate championship game: the Super Bowl. But the Super Bowl owes its existence to one determined Arkansas native, Lamar Hunt. Hunt was born in El Dorado in 1932. His father, H.L. Hunt, had earned a fortune …

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  • Cash home, Dyess Museum to open

    Dyess, Arkansas, was created in 1934 for impoverished farmers who had lost their land due to the Great Depression. Dyess Colony, as it was known, became the most famous resettlement in the nation when resident Johnny Cash grew up and became an internationally-known entertainer. Born …

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  • The Beatles: 50 Fab Years

    We can work it out, we can work it out. I wasn’t quite 4 years old at the time, so I cannot say with dead certainty that I was one of the 73 million Americans watching The Beatles make their historic first appearance on “The …

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  • Sex trafficking behind the scenes of the Super Bowl

    On Feb. 2 of this year, thousands will gather at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to watch the Seattle Seahawks battle the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. As the athletes take the field and the fans cheer, they will be oblivious to …

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  • No double standards

    Once again I turn on the news only to hear about the latest sexual predator out there preying on children. Only this time, for a change, it was a woman perpetrator. A 33-year-old mother in Sherwood and former “Cheer Perfection” reality star has been accused …

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  • Smartphones making good judgment obsolete

    The Huffington Post is onto something. In a recent report, the website listed seven things that the iPhone, first released to the public only seven years ago, has made obsolete — though there are surely plenty more than seven. Up first, says the website: roadmaps. …

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