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April 25, 2016

My travels by air essentially ended back in 1999 when I gave up the East Carolina University football beat. Until then, there were six or seven trips a year, depending on bowl games, stretching as far west as Seattle, north to Syracuse, south to Miami and many places in between.

Much of...

April 24, 2016

Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder is tackling Flint’s water crisis with a few plastic jugs and a can-drink attitude.

Snyder, who is facing a crisis of his own via angry state voters, will drink Flint water at home and at work for at least a month to show to residents it is safe with...

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April 24, 2016

Oh, NASCAR. I love you.

I do. I really do. I’ve loved you ever since I can remember. My mom tells a great story about my grandparents visiting during a race when I was 2 years old. I was sitting on my dad’s knee, completely fixed on the television.

My grandmother walked...

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April 23, 2016

For first-time drivers, matching safety with style is rare.

Among parents of teenage drivers, standards for automobile safety have dramatically shifted during the last four decades. In my case it shifted more recently — and rapidly, like a Corvette from zero to sixty.

The...

Mark Rutledge

April 17, 2016

They say over time owners through some arcane alchemy come to resemble their dogs. I can see it, but I think my similarity to our old dog cuts deeper. Maybe down where dogs and people share things quick and sure.

Tess is a mixed breed, gray-haired terrier, now at least 16 years old,...

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April 17, 2016

If you tuned into the early portion of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race and were a bit confused, you probably weren’t alone.

If you stayed around until the end, you should have been thoroughly entertained, which sadly seems to be a rarity these days for the sport’s...

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April 16, 2016

Well into his 50s, a man knows that youthful aspirations unrealized will mostly remain so. But with the possible exception of becoming a professional athlete, some boyhood dreams can still materialize.

Just ask my friend Joe Talbert, who is on top of the world over a pending training...

Mark Rutledge

April 10, 2016

Ratings are everywhere on the web. You can read reviews on restaurants, movies, car service centers and clothing lines. Some sites offer reviews of individual products. A flood of opinions is only a mouse click away.

But a new app, launched last week, may take the ratings game too far....

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April 10, 2016

Watching Kobe Bryant’s basketball career wind down has been among one of the most painful things I’ve ever seen as a sports fan.

Though his competitive fire clearly still burns as hot as ever, seeing him on the bench late in a game last week, slumped down with his knees and...

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April 09, 2016

My radio dial stopped briefly on one of those talk shows with the man and woman co-hosts who laugh cheerfully at cheesy jokes. I liked the show’s theme, however: “Things Dad used to say.”

“So do you live around here or ride a bicycle?” is something the woman...

Mark Rutledge
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