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Noted and passed - Nov. 18, 2013

Posted: November 15, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• One of the great talents of the modern musical world was Roy Orbison, who died in 1987 at age 52. Orbison’s sons plan to soon release a host of previously unknown music which the multi-talented singer recorded in the years preceding his death. The sons vow these are not outtakes or junk songs, but tunes which will enhance the singer’s stature rather than reduce it. Orbison, of “Oh, Pretty Woman” fame, left the earth too soon, and his fans will no doubt relish these new releases.

• Incumbent U.S. senators don’t often get a great deal of opposition in party primaries, but you’d never know it from the number of Republicans jumping into the race against Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham, a moderate Republican who’s willing to compromise in Washington, now has four challengers from the far right. But Graham has good name recognition and lots of money, and strict conservative philosophy will probably not topple him.

• Kershaw County baseball fans were no doubt surprised, as was the rest of the Southeast, when the Atlanta Braves announced last week the team would move from downtown Atlanta’s Turner Field to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. Aided by taxpayer dollars, the Braves will build a new complex which will include lodging and retail facilities. Major-league sports are a huge business, and this is a positive step forward for the Braves but a bit shocking, as the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL are set to open play next year in a new stadium in the heart of the urban area. We’re assuming the baseballers won’t change the name to the Cobb County Braves.

• Speaking of baseball, the winner of the Cy Young Award in the American League, given to the best pitcher each year, was awarded this week to Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer didn’t throw a single complete game this year, which shows how much the game has changed. A few decades ago, complete games was one of the most important statistics for a pitcher, and now it’s of no significance whatsoever.

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