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May 29, 2016

Everyone has days they circle on the calendar, ones they look forward to all year long.

Today is mine.

There are few days that are better to be a race fan than this one, a day that starts at the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco, then cuts to Indianapolis for the 100th running of the...

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May 29, 2016

I like to remember a stream that slips between rolling hills on the northeast Missouri plain and imagine Jesse James and his posse of riders watering their horses with the sun’s rays sliding low and long from the West.

This not altogether fanciful image comes back to me today...

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May 28, 2016

One of the great benefits of living back in East Tennessee is the proximity to drive-in movie theaters. They are few and far between these days, and that's a shame.

Minutes from our home are two awesome drive-ins: State Line in Elizabethton and Twin City in Bristol. For my money, drive-...

Mark Rutledge

May 22, 2016

I have become leery about turning on my computer lately, and it’s not just because Walking Dead fans keep posting photos of gruesome zombies on their news feeds.

It’s the ads. Specifically, it’s the targeted ads.

In the strange world of the internet, any search...

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May 21, 2016

It should not surprise anyone that Americans are struggling so mightily with the concept of unisex bathrooms. We have never even accepted the concept of a man purse.

Maybe we should start there.

Men have been carrying purses for generations, just not so anyone would notice —...

May 21, 2016

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about NASCAR’s willingness to make changes on a whim.

That can be a positive thing in a lot of instances, but Charlotte Motor Speedway will roar to life tonight with the embodiment of the sport’s inability to know how much change is too much....

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May 15, 2016

Ted is our name for the Carolina box turtle that has long lived near the water spigot in our backyard. He was safe there — as long as he stayed put.

I haven’t seen Ted lately, and that’s worrisome since spring is when the turtles are most active. It’s a dangerous...

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May 15, 2016

Today’s race at Dover marks the final stop of the Sprint Cup schedule before the series heads home to the Charlotte area for its annual ‘10 Days of Thunder.’

Most of the attention will be devoted to the Cup Series’ All-Star Race on May 22 and the Coca-Cola 600 on...

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May 14, 2016

Five people coexisting under one roof can be stressful. Throw in some online banjo lessons and four of those people will become tighter wound than a you-know-what string.

The five-string banjo is among the world's most maligned musical instruments, surpassed on the irritation meter only...

Mark Rutledge

May 08, 2016

Although my two little dogs Ollie and Einstein love each other, there are times when it seems as though they are rulers of two warring kingdoms.

My function has become to be a sort of mediator between the boys. This task is made more complicated by their quirks of personality....

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