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May 25, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined…


‘Aladdin’ needs a magic lamp amid controversy

May 24, 2019

Which genie do you like best — Robin Williams or Will Smith?

Both actors have played Aladdin’s djinn in a bottle. Well, a magic lamp actually.

Both versions are Disney movies, one an animated cartoon, and now the live action film. Disney has appropriated the middle-eastern folk…


Rice pilaf: When homemade is better than the box

May 22, 2019

When I was young, one of my favorite side dishes was rice pilaf. It came in a slim box with a portion of rice and a sachet of spices, dehydrated chicken stock — and goodness knows what else — all set to prepare with water on the stovetop.

The results were salty, addictive and…


Nino’s Cucina Italiana: “The food you enjoy with the people you love”

May 22, 2019

Summer is almost here and that means many local restaurants and eateries will be featuring new products that pay homage to the hot summer months. They will not only cool us off with fun summer drinks and help us unwind, but help you enjoy a relaxing meal with fresh veggies, seafood and other summer…