• The Washington Treaty Breakers

    You don’t hear much about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And that, my friends, is a good thing. Usually this federal office is as controversial as parsley wrapped celery. On a 1-10 scale of boring, patent law has to rate about a 3,000. That’s …

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  • Being ‘offended’ does not constitute an ‘establishment’ of religion

    The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church which offered air conditioning, more …

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  • Squawking for a reason

    I misjudged you. For weeks you squawked at Luke and me as we made our way along the Greenway Trail at Fitzhugh Park. It was as if you, and your little duck buddy, didn’t want us around your turf and I admit, it unnerved me. …

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  • Traveling with kids? Columnist gives 10 tips for ‘happy flying’ experience

    American Way (American Airline’s inflight magazine) recently featured the House Fairy! (House Fairy is my get organized program for kids.) The House Fairy is flying high on publicity and it prompted me to write this for you mamas who fly. With vacation time here, and if …

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  • Doctor cures cancer and nearly loses his license for it

    Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is a biochemist and a physician in Houston who is curing cancer but nearly lost his medical license for it. Burzynski found that peptides from blood and urine could be used to treat cancer patients and was doing so with good results …

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  • About Town

    Have you ever noticed how really good restaurants seem to have an environment that is almost as good as the food that is served? Think about your favorite places. For me, it’s hard to separate the food from the overall experience related to my favorite …

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  • Destination:Batesville

    We decided to go for a drive last Friday. Ended up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, after a one-night layover at Tunica. We thought we might motor on down to Biloxi, but reality kept hinting that we’re not up those long drives like we used to be. …

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  • Authentic Norse sites found

    Well, those who write history have pulled these kind of shenanigans before, so this latest is not particularly surprising, but it does seem like these people would catch on that in the days of the Internet, their unscrupulous actions will bring condemnation and scorn upon …

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  • Store Shopping Etiquette 101

    Wasn’t the weather absolutely gorgeous this past weekend? Well, it was on the Gulf, anyway. We decided to skip out on the rain forecast for Arkansas and head down to Gulfport, Mississippi, instead for a nice four-day vacation at Sienna on the Coast. If you’ve …

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  • Protecting whistleblowers

    Back in 2006, Edward Lane was director of the Community Intensive Training for Youth Program at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. During the course of his duties he discovered something was wrong. A state legislator was apparently employed by the program and receiving …

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  • Jeffery family history told; reunion planned

    The old Landers River Landing where steamboats and ferries, keelboats, johnboats and rafts anchored or tied themselves down is underwater. The rusted tin roof of the “Three Old Bachelors” cabin glistens. Stepping outside, the humidity engulfs me, a rude reality check to the beauty that …

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  • Hugh Critz saved Arkansas Tech from closing

    Arkansas began the 20th century with a renewed dedication to higher education. Colleges across the state were quickly established by the state Legislature, including Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. However, enrollments and financial problems nearly shut down Arkansas Tech. In 1918, a new college president, …

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