• Explosion was unlucky for many

    When the Union gunboat, Mound City, exploded during a Confederate attack at St. Charles, Ark., in June 1862, it was called a “lucky” shot. About 150 sailors were killed or severely wounded in what is often called the most destructive single shot of the Civil …

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  • Hey, FDA, mind your own business

    One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is very subjective. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations. Because of this, I was taught that we cannot take a cookie-cutter approach to pain management and …

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  • ‘Anonymous’ calls for protests

    Anonymous, a cyber activist group, along with several other political groups, are calling for a Million Mask March on Tuesday. The global event is set to take place at more than 400 locations across the globe. Organizers want to draw attention to government, education reform, …

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  • Because I could not stop for Minecraft …

    Has a neighbor ever inundated you with homegrown vegetables just when you’re least able to process them? Has a well-meaning relative ever picked out the perfect mate, chapel, honeymoon location, house and cemetery plot for you? It’s sort of like that with my son Gideon …

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  • Professor, long-distance cousin bond over baseball

    Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school quarterback out of western …

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  • Standing your ground or nanner nanner boo boo?

    I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Stand-Your-Ground law or, if you weren’t, you sure figured out what it was following all the media frenzy over the Trayvon Martin case. In basic terms, a Stand-Your-Ground law is a form of self defense that allows people …

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  • Why Millennials consider iPhone a basic human right

    What dictates your spending? Your current economic circumstances? Or the lifestyle in which you were raised? I grew up as the eldest of four kids in a house that only had one bathroom. I was raised on Spam. We never had money for vacations. My …

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  • Tarantulas look scary, but pose little threat

    Editor’s note: Lexie Sullivan wrote the following a few years back for a class she was taking. “I’ve seen two of these frightening critters this month and it made me think of this article,” she said. Sullivan is a former schoolteacher who lives in the …

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  • Satire can make for unique Halloween costumes

    “The wife and I came up with so many Halloween costume ideas this year to satirize Washington politicians, but we aren’t sure which to choose.” “You speak of a relatively recent trend in which adults pick or create Halloween costumes that mock or satirize current …

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  • The Martians were coming, the Martians were coming!

    Ah, time passes faster than a flying saucer. So we blink and find that today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most embarrassing incidents in American history. I’m speaking of the hysteria surrounding the CBS radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel …

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  • Giving back? The NFL sees green in pink

    How do you feel about the NFL donating only 8 percent of pink gear sales toward cancer research? That’s according to Business Insider, who breaks down distribution of the money from sales this way: 50 percent goes to the retailer, 37.5 percent to the manufacturer, …

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  • Communicate, appreciate, validate

    We remain connected to our loved ones, even after they die, according to psychic medium John Edward. I believe that. Even though we leave our earthly bodies when we die, I believe there is still a connection with our loved ones. I remember one afternoon …

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