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December 14, 2017

Outside the walls of Minges Coliseum on Thursday morning, the country waded through another criticism-laced, tirade-filled day of political firestorm, racial unrest and sexual assault allegation.

But the anger, protest and divisiveness across the great divide could not find a seat amid the 5,300…

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December 09, 2017

A week into December it hit me that something was missing at our house. Christmas spirit.

The next-door neighbors have installed festive lights and an inflated snowman. We don’t have so much as a wreath.

No tree. No lights. No big red bows.

Not a single jingle, as far as bells go.

So what or…

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December 03, 2017

Ardent fan that I am of ancient history and carbs, it seems a bit odd that I never considered visiting Italy until this year. I suppose I was just waiting for a window of opportunity to visit the birthplace of pizza.

That window opened when my younger sister, Nancy, got a job in Naples. Suddenly…

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December 02, 2017

After spending Thanksgiving in Ohio with my wife’s family, we came home with loads of thankfulness and something we’d just as soon not have: A disgusting stomach bug. My wife and one daughter were among several who were stricken.

Once it was safe for the afflicted ones at our house to…

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November 27, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

There was an unmistakable feeling of deja vu floating around Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Standing at the mouth of the visitors end zone tunnel, East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery tried to summarize a second consecutive 3-9 season with the Pirates.…

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November 26, 2017

Sports Editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly fishing excursions on the Tar River and its tributaries to study the river's character and its characters. This is the second of two parts spent with Joe Albea and Tommy Harrington.

UPPER GOOSE CREEK — Despite his easy-going southern demeanor,…

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November 26, 2017

For all the twists and turns, after more than 10,000 laps and 13,000 miles across a nine-month season, at the end of the day, the fastest car won.

It’s been a week since Martin Truex Jr. was crowned the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. It’s weird to think about the idea…

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November 26, 2017

The colors of fall are the colors of northern Arizona. Yellow sandstone, Mars-like Vermillion Cliffs, chocolate shale, and orange limestone create a permanent autumn landscape, all without the contribution of a single leaf! With no leaves, the stark shape of the terrain stands out, harsh and…

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November 25, 2017

Our friends Paul and Ramona invited Sharon and me to see Grand Funk Railroad last weekend at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. Another couple was supposed to go, but they canceled at the last minute citing fatigue from moving furniture.

We had a fantastic time, but the…

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November 19, 2017

I make my living with the language, but there are times when particular words or phrases make me want to shred my dictionary.

Last week, for example, someone sent me an email that used the word “synergize.” This isn’t a new word —  after some research I discovered it…

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