• Farm fresh

    Two cars pull up side-by-side in the back of an empty movie theater parking lot. The cars faced opposite directions, so the driver side windows are parallel. After a brief conversation between the drivers, money exchanges hands for a couple of plastic bags. The contents …

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  • Toltec Mounds are a mystery

    It is a story that stretches back more than 1,200 years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to report a curious find on her property near Scott in Lonoke County, …

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  • Change is the only constant

    Let’s face it — change is hard. We get up each morning and immediately start making decisions throughout the day; some are easy while others, not so much. Do I fix oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Do I wear the pink shirt and black pants, …

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  • Biggest difference between success and mediocrity for teachers, leaders

    Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss? You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth-grade teacher, whom I shall not name, peering over her glasses at me, rolling her eyes, and …

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  • The vindication of President Nixon

    Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means …

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  • Memphis halts Beale Street fee

    What might be bad for business could be dangerous for visitors, especially those who go walking after midnight. The city of Memphis recently thought it was a good idea to institute a $10 “security fee” to people who visit Beale Street during peak times as …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    I worked at the polls when the renewal of the ¼ cent economic tax was voted on and I heard 2 main reasons expressed by the majority of the voters for the ¼ cent economic tax failing. One reason was the fact that much of …

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  • Carbon pawprint: Should pets be banned?

    Could it be that the “elephant in the room” is literally an elephant in the room? Yes, most of us try not to think too hard about the precious resources used by our precious four-legged companions; but a “community discussion” in the Salon online magazine …

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  • Crystal skull found in top of Memphis pyramid

    It’s always a sight to behold when crossing over the bridge heading into Memphis — the Pyramid Arena. The 32-foot-tall pyramid seems oddly out of place but for those who know the history of Memphis, it makes perfect sense. Memphis was founded by President Andrew …

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  • Life, liberty and the right of a child to fire an Uzi

    The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use … an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That …

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  • Government doesn’t care about U.S. workers

    Another meaningless Labor Day has passed. For many, the holiday represents a day off from work and the end of summer. Some attended local parades where they heard candidates pledge to create jobs. President Obama, in Wisconsin, said that under his direction, the economy has …

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  • Central High and Faubus’ legacy

    In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that “separate but equal” public schools were unconstitutional and ordered and end to segregation in schools across the U.S. In the South there was resistance — often violent resistance. But desegregation …

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