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  • 002 CHRIS NEW MUG.jpg Sometimes it’s hard to let go of an old friend

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug shot.jpg Death penalty has its place despite ‘botched’ execution

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heather column head NEW copy.jpg 9/11 Museum ‘gifts’ are in poor taste

    How about a cozy sweatshirt or a nice silk scarf to remember one of the darkest days in America’s history? The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which opened to the public on May 15, is garnering quite a bit of controversy thanks to its addition of a gift shop. The museum, described by those who have visited it as “beautiful and heartbreaking,” is non-profit, and it relies solely on donations, ticket sales (it’s $24 for entry), and other forms of funding.

    May 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug shot.jpg Patients should have ‘right to try’

    May 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heather column mug.jpg Fiscal court should take a stand on harassment

    What a sad, sad day for Pulaski County. I’ve been following the complaints brought against Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris for more than six months now. Actually, we had heard the complaints were coming down long before that —— try January 2013. As a reporter, I’ve done my best to present both the plaintiffs’ sides and Harris’ side,  knowing, however, that legal documents and “he said, she said” responses don’t ever really give us the complete story.

    May 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug shot.jpg Flooded with Mother’s Day memories

    Today is Mother’s Day and I’ll be spending it with my wife, Tricia, who is without doubt one of the best moms I have ever seen. I love watching her and my little girl, Carly, have Play Doh tea parties and sing-a-longs. I’ve loved watching her help raise our two boys (her son Adam and my son Chase) over the decade-plus we’ve been a blended family.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug shot.jpg April evokes memories of 1974 Super Outbreak

    Spring is a wonderful time of year. Everything is in bloom and, of course, there’s baseball.
    But every time a nasty storm begins brewing in April, I think back to 1974.
    Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the so-called “Super Outbreak” — a violent string of tornadoes that cut a swath across middle America and killed more than 300 people in the process.

    April 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • WEB neal.jpg ‘Frozen’ is nothing but a cute movie for children

    I come from the era of vinyl records. Back then folks looking for the subversive accused bands of planting “messages” in their songs that could be heard when the record was played in reverse.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chrismugshot.jpg Pulaski County Schools need to re-think contract issue

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • WEB neal.jpg The pain (and joy) of being a Jets fan

    January 12, 1969. I was 8 years old and ended that day on top of the world. My favorite football team, the New York Jets, had shocked the experts and won Super Bowl III.
    That was 45 long — very long — years ago.

    January 11, 2014 1 Photo

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