• Still wrote for symphonies, movies

    If you have watched “Lost Horizon,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke” or “Have Gun, Will Travel,” then you have heard the music of William Grant Still of Little Rock. Born in Mississippi in 1895, Still was a baby when his father died unexpectedly and …

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  • Religion, or not? Battling over yoga in public schools

    Is yoga secular or religious? That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools. In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the …

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  • Home free

    As one who frequently works from home, I believe Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has seriously erred in removing that option for her staff. I’ve kept a diary of my productivity, and I’m forwarding this rundown of a typical day to Ms. Mayer, urging her to reconsider. …

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  • Gardening woes

    Spring is rapidly approaching and I for one can’t wait. I despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me. In fact I had a good laugh this year at all the people who were hollering for a …

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  • Congress: Munchausen by proxy

    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, now referred to as Factious Disorder by Proxy or FDbP, is where a parent or caretaker enjoys the attention of having a sick child so they exaggerate and sometimes induce their victim’s symptoms. Children are made to be sick; parents are …

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  • Gangsta’ government and the GOP

    America’s founding fathers were beholden to the odd notion that the best prevention against a tyrannical leader or mob rule was the simple yet effective system of checks and balances. Presently, a nominal Republican majority in the House of Representatives is the only thing keeping …

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  • Who owns the news?

    Who owns the news? The glib answer is “no one.”  But of course, the full answer is more complicated than that. Famously, news is “who, what, when, where and why” — the “five Ws.”  That mantra was drilled into the minds of generations of journalists, …

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  • Internet piracy: Is the free ride over?

    Yes, I dutifully affix my copyright notice to my column each week, and I’ve been known to notify the syndicate of suspected unauthorized use; but I haven’t gotten anywhere near as persnickety (or creepy) as the entertainment industry. According to CBS News, the motion picture …

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  • Not The Onion

    Separating satire from real news requires an advanced degree these days. When Jon Stewart becomes the most trusted newsman for millennials, the line between the evening news and The Onion gets blurry, so perhaps we shouldn’t laugh so loudly at old Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky …

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  • First woman elected U.S. Senator

    Hattie Wyatt Caraway will go down in American history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. And, it was Arkansas voters who made it happen back in 1932. In November 1931, Caraway was appointed by Arkansas Gov. Harvey Parnell to fill the vacancy …

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  • 2013 State of the City address

    Tonight I come before you to deliver my State of the City address. 2012 saw its share of challenges for our city but the successes continued moving our community forward. First and foremost, your city operated within its budget constraints and its financial condition is …

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  • Are things piling up?

    Have you ever realized how things seem to simply pile up? I have just endured about 4 1/2 weeks of reducing these piles, sheet by sheet, stack by stack, and at times it felt like word by word — junk mail, business letters, tax paperwork, …

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