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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:09:00

Guardian UK reports on the failing state next door

Guardian UK recently published a deep and enlightening dive into the fortunes of Oklahoma, the Republican-dominated state where the petroleum industry largely holds sway over environmental regulations, fracking-driven earthquakes rattle the land, school teachers make less than convenience store clerks, 1-in-12 residents has a felony conviction, and Gov. Mary Fallin's best idea to help stave off an ongoing budget meltdown was to proclaim Oilfield Prayer Day, asking Oklahoma residents to use the power of prayer to halt falling global oil prices.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 15:41:47

Arkansas's Sibling Rivalry Press beats out big names for Lambda Lit Award

"He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices" a collection of poetry by author Stephen S. Mills, published by tiny Sibling Rivalry Press of Alexander, Ark. beat out titles by some of the top publishers in the genre last night — including Yale University Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press and a collection by Richard Blanco, who read at President Obama's inauguration in January — to win the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 09:32:44

Modest proposal: Stop National Anthem at most sporting events

Frank Deford should stir a tsunami of comments with his ESPN commentary that, because sports fans are so desensitized to the National Anthem, that it should no longer be played as matter of routine at sporting events, but saved for special occasions.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 07:14:11

Suburban myths debunked

For your reading interest this morning: an op-ed writer in the Washington Post debunks myths about suburban communities.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 10:58:18

'Now that's what I'm talking about'

Here (apropos of nothing) is a great story from the New York Times today about college students celebrating their mixed race identity while making the point that the way we pigeonhole people as "black" or "white" or "hispanic" is essentially absurd.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010 - 06:19:00

Ole Miss shelving Col. Reb

In light of the vigorous discussion here the other day about the continuation of Rebel flag-waving, a Rebel mascot and other Old South trappings at Highland High School in North Arkansas, you might be interested in the New York Times' story on the last year of the Col. Reb mascot (much like a plantation-era figure used by Highland.)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 06:37:13

The unfriendly skies

I'm way late to this, but it's a slow day and I'm still fascinated by the story of the Jet Blue flight attendant, Steven Slater.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 12:02:42

How about a comedian for mayor?

Worth a ready in today's New York Times is a feature on the new mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland — Jon Gnarr, a comedian whose goof campaign had an element of seriousness and who was elected along with a slate of other rockers and political outsiders.

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