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When Randy Edsall came from Storrs to College Park, Maryland had just won nine games and drowned East Carolina with points in the 2010 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. Ralph “The Fridge” Friedgen had just been fired because the folks in College Park didn’t want to visit the Military Bowl in late December. And “The […]

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Dear reader,  This, of course, is the season for a peach story since we’re in the heat of the peach harvest. However, I again find myself distracted by my old tractor business as the more modern and experimental systems enter the antique category. Picklin’ Peaches is an odd combination of a peach growing and wood […]

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Hey, kid. Yes, you, the one with the ginger hair and the freckles and the white, white skin beneath them, and the Marlboro Blacks (at least they are now honest about the color your lungs turn after smoking them) and your mom’s Oxycodone pills left over from her back surgery — the ones you think […]

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The ongoing revelations of the National Security Agency’s large set of domestic surveillance programs – including the collection of telephone metadata, internet traffic, search requests, email, satellite communications, and domestic mail tracking – now present us with a defining issue. The outcome of the struggle over this issue will be defining for the course of […]

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I’d like to thank readers for the feedback I received regarding last week’s column. It is great to know that there is concern regarding the National Security Agency and its proper role. There certainly is a divergence of opinion as to whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. While I hope that he […]

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Our drug war’s sanctimony and sycophancy

Brad’s family surrounded him on the joyous occasion of his graduation from one of America’s great Catholic universities, the kind of school where one makes connections that can propel a career for a lifetime. In that way Brad, a highly personable and reasonably competent if not inspired student, had already landed an enviable job and […]

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Fixing the outcome appears to be what’s behind the application by First Energy to the West Virginia Public Service Commission to transfer its Harrison County coal-burning power plant from deregulated utility Allegheny Energy Supply to regulated utilities Mon Power and Potomac Edison, the justification being that the deal would be a good one for West […]

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It took little time for legislatures in North Carolina and Texas to begin drafting legislation that throws up roadblocks to voting following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that jettisoned one of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act. West Virginians should take heed that lawmakers in Charleston don’t entertain similar folly come the […]

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This month brings the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a crowd of some 250,000 civil rights supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. As part of the Spirit’s coverage of this landmark anniversary, we’re hoping to hear from our readers. Did […]

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Lawmakers see drugs’ devastation firsthand

One of the most disturbing legislative hearings last week in Charleston came when a state trooper from the special State Police Crimes Against Children unit told the brand new Select Committee on Crimes Against Children that police have arrested 107 people for 474 felonies involving children in the first six months of this year. First […]

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