• Standing your ground or nanner nanner boo boo?

    I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Stand-Your-Ground law or, if you weren’t, you sure figured out what it was following all the media frenzy over the Trayvon Martin case. In basic terms, a Stand-Your-Ground law is a form of self defense that allows people …

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  • Why Millennials consider iPhone a basic human right

    What dictates your spending? Your current economic circumstances? Or the lifestyle in which you were raised? I grew up as the eldest of four kids in a house that only had one bathroom. I was raised on Spam. We never had money for vacations. My …

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  • Tarantulas look scary, but pose little threat

    Editor’s note: Lexie Sullivan wrote the following a few years back for a class she was taking. “I’ve seen two of these frightening critters this month and it made me think of this article,” she said. Sullivan is a former schoolteacher who lives in the …

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  • Satire can make for unique Halloween costumes

    “The wife and I came up with so many Halloween costume ideas this year to satirize Washington politicians, but we aren’t sure which to choose.” “You speak of a relatively recent trend in which adults pick or create Halloween costumes that mock or satirize current …

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  • The Martians were coming, the Martians were coming!

    Ah, time passes faster than a flying saucer. So we blink and find that today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most embarrassing incidents in American history. I’m speaking of the hysteria surrounding the CBS radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel …

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  • Giving back? The NFL sees green in pink

    How do you feel about the NFL donating only 8 percent of pink gear sales toward cancer research? That’s according to Business Insider, who breaks down distribution of the money from sales this way: 50 percent goes to the retailer, 37.5 percent to the manufacturer, …

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  • Collecting students’ money spells trouble

    The Music Man showed up here the other day, hoping to separate school kids from their money. Like the fictional Prof. Harold Hill, whose fast talking convinced residents of River City, Iowa, to invest in a boys’ band, this Music Man raises hopes, makes promises …

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  • There’s more to the story than the headline

    If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik. (Also: chocolate detects cancer, Oreos are …

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  • Ferryboats were ‘floating bridges’

    Independence County once had almost a dozen ferryboats plying the White and Black rivers. Statewide, the number may have been close to 300 boats. During the 1800s, most ferries were constructed of logs and could be the most dangerous part of an overland journey. First, …

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  • My sandwich demands its rights, too

    It’s always nice to see schools in the news for something positive — like implementing new programs for students, teacher of the year, scholarship recipients, sports championships, etc. Those things make us smile. After all, the youth of America is our future and one of …

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  • Does ObamaCare cover sticker shock?

    Rebecca was stunned when she opened her mail last week. Her insurance carrier, Highmark BCBS, said her health insurance premium would rise 40 percent this year and her policy would be canceled on Dec. 1, 2014. She had purchased the policy in 2009, after her …

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  • In all honesty: Tales about The Tooth Fairy

    I love to teach the children at our church. They are always so full of life, and I learn a lot from them. This last Sunday, teaching the 5-year-olds, was no different. My lesson was on honesty, but before we could get to it, we …

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