Here's a pop quiz for you college students out there.
USA Today recently ran a story on what it claimed were the best hamburgers in the United States. The article listed one spot in each state where you can buy a boffo burger.
Just in time for the opening of the Supreme Court's new term arrives a biography of one of history's most influential justices.
If you mentioned "cyber bullying" to someone just five or six years ago, the words alone would have elicited a few giggles.
NEW YORK -- The suicide of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student following an unimaginable invasion of his privacy has launched an overdue examination of casual -- and possibly criminal -- disregard for others' personal space.
People in this country are struggling. This isn't news -- you read it in every paper and hear it on every news station.
"Larger than life." That's how Rahm Emanuel's first grade teacher described him in a written evaluation, according to a March 2009 profile in The New Yorker. Smart teacher. The man widely known as simply "Rahm" or "Rahmbo" today apparently loomed large even then. His looming continues.
This week is National Newspaper Week.
A new poll finds atheist and agnostics know more about religion than believers do. Maybe the pollsters weren't asking the right questions.
In 1776, John Adams published "Thoughts on Government." This document was highly influential in establishing the foundations and framework of our nation. Two very important concepts Adams promoted were that America ought to be a nation of laws, not of men, and the separation of powers between the executive, judiciary, and legislature.
Recently there was an interesting piece of information in a popular newspaper stating that less than 10 percent of the families in the United States had a member of the family who had served in the military. If you think about the experiences of the labeled "greatest" and "baby boomer" generations then that is an astonishing piece of news.
It is true what they say about attitudes and smiles -- they are infectious. They are capable of affecting the mind-set and emotions of others. As I checked out at the grocery store last week, the clerk asked me, "Have you had a good day?" It was the manner in which she posed her question that caught me off guard. She stood there waiting for my response with realness. Unless my naiveté was clouding my view, I saw the clerk's chat as genuine and instantly wanted to emulate her optimism. By following her lead, the crisis that had been bestowed ...
NEW YORK -- After living in New York City for a few weeks, I've reached a few conclusions about the great political divide in America.
The printed page is disappearing as we speak.
I can't think of one thing that annoys me more than hearing someone say they never read.
Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.
I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...
WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.
In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?
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