March 26, 2014 09:52
Last week was replete with stories about people who share a common affinity. First there was Michael Smith, a northern redneck from Maine, who walked out onto his front yard to yell at a state contractor for cutting down dangerous trees on his property....
March 19, 2014 10:21
In the early 1960’s, the New York Times published a series of articles about civil rights abuses and protests in the deep South. That prompted some segregationist officials in Alabama to try and squash those articles by suing the paper for libel. Fifty years ago last week,....
March 12, 2014 11:10
Following pro-Western protests in Ukraine, which led to the exile of its President Viktor Yanukovych, Vladimir Putin sent in troops to stabilize the Russian speaking region of the Crimean peninsula. Putin then announced that a March 16 referendum would be held to determine whether that region should become part of Russia....
March 5, 2014 10:19
Last year a nursing home in Eastbourne England made news when it was discovered that prostitutes were hired to service elderly male residents. Men who received ladies of the evening, put a red sock on the door knob to ensure privacy. That makes sense because you never want your knob exposed in those situations....
Feb. 26, 2014 09:45
The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 with the motto, “Inspire people to care about the planet”. It’s a pretty good motto, especially in this day and time. My Dad cared about the planet and he treasured his collection of National Geographic magazines....
Feb. 19, 2014 10:05
Duke Energy is quick to ask for rate hikes, but slow, it seems, when it comes to notifying residents about toxic spills. Earlier this month, a 48-inch stormwater pipe broke just beneath a coal ash holding pond at Duke’s dormant Eden power plant, dumping more than 80,000 tons of sludge into the Dan River before the leak was plugged....
Feb. 12, 2014 08:44
Lately I’ve noticed the television airwaves have been inundated with commercials for on-line dating services. I’ve also noticed that these services are very niche oriented, with each one t...
Jan. 29, 2014 12:24
Since the late 18 th century, America has been known as the world’s melting pot, so called because families immigrated here to seek a better life in a new home. Somewhere along the way, though, it became fashionable for Anglo- Americans to import their own multinational, multiracial families....
Jan. 15, 2014 10:16
In 1956, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland all boycotted the Summer Olympics as a way of protesting Russia’s invasion of Hungary. Hungary, however, decided to compete, and when that nation faced off against Russia in a water polo event, violence broke out both in and around the water....

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