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Posted Aug 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’m not part Cherokee.I am writing that now because for many years I thought I was. I thought it was a cool thing; still do. It’d come down through folklore that my paternal grandmother’s mother was part Cherokee. When we worked out the fractions it turned out that I was supposed to be something like one part in one hundred and twenty eight. And it’s pretty darned pitiful I know to be proud of that small an amount, but I was. It represented a thread of my...

Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t have just a race problem. It also has a math problem.To call Ferguson a suburb is disingenuous. According to the Brookings Institution, the community’s poverty rate doubled to 22...

Posted Aug 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Dr. Mark Peterson teaches political science at the college level in Topeka, KS."Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it," Jonathan Swift, November, 1710.As the general election campaign hits high gear...

Posted Aug 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

After last week’s column on jitterbug fishing at night in streams, I had a couple of readers complain that they were unable to paddle a canoe and spend the night on a gravel bar, and wanted to know if jitterbugs worked at night on...

Posted Aug 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Imitation dairy products may account for nearly 70 percent of the items a shopper finds in the dairy case today. That’s according to the latest data from the dairy industry.A trip down the grocery aisle will quickly reveal...

Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Our newspapers and TV newscasts are full of conflicts, both statistical and otherwise, some of which make no sense at all. For instance:Congress is suffering through a depth of unpopularity unparalleled in history. A recent...

Posted Aug 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Every dog should have a man of his own. —  Corey FordAfter a long day at Pitt State, Todd Wixson, who runs Sodexo Food Services, has a habit of settling back in his La-Z-Boy at home with a cold beverage...

Posted Aug 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A slew of shockingly good housing data shook US markets this week, especially lumber. Reports showed that construction of new homes is rising from the post-recession doldrums and that sales of existing homes increased for the fourth...

Posted Aug 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The smell of freshly mowed hay, bees buzzing all around and the feel of a gentle south breeze blowing across your face, it is hard to believe that anyone would hate haying season. Putting up hay is one of the many summer tasks...

Posted Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

With children back in school now and fall activities getting into full swing, finding time to eat can be a big challenge, not to mention finding time to prepare nutritious meals to feed a hungry family. If you find yourself feeling...

Posted Aug 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley ... seems not enough.To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS ... feels inadequate.

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