• 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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  • Hookworm held back progress in Arkansas

    At the dawn of the 20th century, many Arkansas business and political leaders had high hopes for progress and prosperity for the state in the coming years. But as Arkansas attempted to move forward, it faced an old scourge that steadily held back its progress. …

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  • RSV: Three little letters can mean big trouble for wee ones

    To hear a baby struggling to breathe is one of the worst sounds a parent can hear. It breaks your heart to see your child experiencing troubled breathing; I know it saddens me to see a little one with these issues in clinic. The telltale …

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  • Protests over protests

    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion — and one hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments …

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