• Baseball: A game of and for the ages

    Roughly 15 million people watched each of the six games between Boston and St. Louis on TV last month, while here in the Phoenix metroplex a concurrent amateur World Series sparked every bit as much passion, maybe even more, among 324 adult baseball teams. So, …

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  • Touch screens can lead to being out of touch

    There’s no question that the rise of touch screens has made our lives just a little bit easier. Need a quick recipe while scanning the pantry for ingredients? Easy to pull up on the tablet. Want to check the weather to see if you need …

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  • Veterans Day: Is anybody listening?

    Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree. Dad was inducted into the U.S. Army at the tail end of World War II. During basic training, the drill instructor demonstrated how to disarm a knife-wielding assailant. One …

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  • General Assembly takes up veterans affairs

    More than 250,000 veterans call Arkansas home. As we near Veterans Day, the 89th General Assembly extends its appreciation to every single Arkansan and their families who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country. Veteran’s affairs is a very personal issue for the General Assembly, …

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  • Explosion was unlucky for many

    When the Union gunboat, Mound City, exploded during a Confederate attack at St. Charles, Ark., in June 1862, it was called a “lucky” shot. About 150 sailors were killed or severely wounded in what is often called the most destructive single shot of the Civil …

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  • Hey, FDA, mind your own business

    One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is very subjective. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations. Because of this, I was taught that we cannot take a cookie-cutter approach to pain management and …

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  • Because I could not stop for Minecraft …

    Has a neighbor ever inundated you with homegrown vegetables just when you’re least able to process them? Has a well-meaning relative ever picked out the perfect mate, chapel, honeymoon location, house and cemetery plot for you? It’s sort of like that with my son Gideon …

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  • Professor, long-distance cousin bond over baseball

    Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school quarterback out of western …

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  • 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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