After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. "I have to tell you," he said, "eight years of one demographically-symbolic president is enough." Subtle, it was not.
Recently there was a television series about some treasure hunters out west having found an old map that they thought would lead them to a long lost gold mine.
So I'm standing in line waiting to place my order at the Old Country Bakery in Brooksville and this voice says, "Why didn't you say in your column that you ate here?"
A rose to everyone who participated in this year's Relay for Life, including sponsors, volunteers and members of the community who made donations to the cause.
Common sense. I was taught early on good and bad, right and wrong. The neighborhood moms would not hesitate to correct, discipline or call home. We were not allowed the luxury of saying my parents were the reason for my actions.
For a month now, the Saudi air force has been bombing Yemen to reverse a takeover of that nation of 25 million by Houthi rebels, and reinstall a president who fled his country and is residing in Riyadh.
"Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."
Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press -- from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.
In some instances, attendance is a poor measure of the success of a meeting.
He was a most handsome black man with gentle, green eyes. He was lean and muscular, a testament to an athletic past. He came to our office with wonder and some shyness. He was a bit reserved but there was an undeniable sweetness about him.
When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.
It's been a soggy spring. The brief respite from rain over the past few days does little to comfort us as we consider the forecast, which calls for -- you guessed it -- even more rain heading into the weekend.
It's April. Mississippi's general election is in November. Want to be on a ballot?
One hardly knows where to begin.
This month, press releases from law enforcement and hospitals have poured into the newsroom, each one reporting a new overdose or arrest related to the use and distribution of synthetic marijuana.
On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.
Another Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has passed and once again we pause to thank all of those who helped ensure the success of one of our city's most anticipated annual events.
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