• ‘Sailing stones’ move by themselves

    Death Valley National Park in eastern California is home to Racetrack Playa, a dried-up lake bed where rocks move by themselves, and the geological phenomenon has stumped scientists for decades. Stones, sometimes weighing as much as 700 pounds, fall from the surrounding mountains onto the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Weapons disposal Dear editor: Isn’t it funny, what goes around comes around? First, Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (probably made in Russia), then he didn’t have any. Then Assad’s Syria had chemical weapons of mass destruction; he used them on his own people. …

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  • Well-meaning, ostentatious baby names

    What’s in a name? Way too much these days where babies are concerned. According to The Wall Street Journal, parents are obsessing over what to name their kids. They’re hiring consultants, applying mathematical formulas and software programs and even bringing in nutty spiritualist types. One …

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  • Tick bites can go from nuisance to menace

    When I was a kid, ticks were just a nuisance. Now, they are dangerous. They can make you sick, very sick. They can kill you. Rather, the diseases they may be carrying can kill you. And when they make you sick, if you do not …

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  • The bread basket is running low

    “Only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein   Wow. Sure seems to be a whole lot of hoopla in the news lately about the SNAP program. First, we got to hear all …

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  • Why viewers flock to ‘Duck Dynasty’

    Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan. “Duck Dynasty,” as you surely are aware, is an A&E reality show that presents the Robertson clan, the long-bearded owners and operators of Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. Duck Commander hand-makes duck calls. The …

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  • Federal court rules Facebook ‘likes’ are protected speech

    Back in 2009, Hampton, Va., Sheriff B.J. Roberts was running for re-election. He won — and promptly fired six employees who, he said, had supported his opponent. Among the offending actions? Clicking “Like” on his opponent’s Facebook page. Politics, most would say. Nothing new about …

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  • Control of state was divided in war

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal army was settling in Little Rock and Pine Bluff after a hard march from Helena in the summer of 1863, culminating into several skirmishes and battles, and by late September, the blue-clad soldiers were at last in their …

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  • Job well done on carnival

    Saturday was a glorious day for being outside — perfect weather for the 70th annual White River Water Carnival. After years and years and years of going to carnivals in the 100-degree sticky August heat, Saturday’s temperatures were a most welcome relief. And Riverside Park …

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  • Idiots Against Guns

    The Idiots Against Guns in the media and Congress overdid it this time. Not wanting to miss a chance to politicize a shooting tragedy, the anti-gun nuts went berserk last Monday when news broke that a man had gone on a rampage at a D.C. …

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  • Shouldn’t artists be paid? It depends

    Recently someone on an email discussion list I follow pointed out that authors or publishers of copyrighted pieces may be reliant on royalty income for their subsistence. The alternative to proprietary information might be that “only people with income from other sources (such as academic …

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  • Interviewing Elvis’ Daughter 101

    As a reporter, reaching out to try and interview someone like Lisa Marie Presley, (OK, not just someone like her — but her), I had my reservations and for years it’s why I never tried until 10 days ago. One, I am a fan who …

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