• The table of brotherhood actually happened at a burger joint

    I was sitting at an upscale burger place in Atlanta a few months back with my daughter. An African-American family sat down at the table beside us — a mom, a dad, two college-age boys, and a grandmother. The tables were big pine farm style …

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  • Deadly disease requires using all tools in toolbox

    As West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has continued gaining momentum over the last seven months, the global implications of this disease become clearer by the day. Most of us are only 24 hours away by air from this extremely infectious virus. That’s not to engender fear …

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  • Elvis’ last love breaks silence

    My fingers hesitated with each turn of the page. I already knew the end and I didn’t like it. Their relationship was brief but with each month that passed between those pages, I would catch myself mentally doing the math, counting down the days to …

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  • Halloween revenge

    I heard Lenny discussing plans with Butch and Buster for their annual attempt at playing a Halloween prank on Lenny’s uncle, and I wondered what they were talking about. “We’ve got to make it so air will blow through them,” Lenny said. “How about we …

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  • United States should try beating Ebola like polio

    My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine notice on her front door. It was late in the summer of 1951. My mother’s younger sister, Cecelia, had just begun the eighth grade when …

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  • Sharing the pew with little green men

    Unless you’ve been hiding under an asteroid, you’ve probably heard about “Religion and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?,” the new book by David Weintraub, professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Weintraub’s book shares space on the shelves with a volume by two …

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  • 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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