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From ash pond to river to your bloodstream
When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.
A dead end for road dollars?
RALEIGH —As state transportation officials take up the knotty issue of how to pay for roads in the future, they better first understand the political thicket in which state legislators have left them.
So someone says they’ve found a chupacabra? I’m convinced
If you know me, you know I’m easily entertained.
Is innovation important?
As a kid, I had a friend who loved to tinker with engines. He’d get under the hood and be lost for hours making adjustments and changes to get his car to go faster or more smoothly – or sometimes, just louder. I’d just watch, having no clue about what he was doing. Still, I went home with grease all over my pants and shirt and would be greeted with a lecture about how clothes were expensive and that I needed to take better care of them.
At many leading schools, football fails to make cut
To my astonishment, 67 of the top 100 schools, ranked by participation in college-level tests, said they do not field a team, denoting a shift in American high school culture, at least in those schools that challenge their students most.
Sex, movies and the desperate attempt to shock audiences
For the past year or two, it seems, movies have become obsessed with sex, continually upping the ante on tone, subject matter and explicitness - and "50 Shades of Grey" hasn't even come out yet.
A man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal
Although not as celebrated as the late American amnesiac H.M., for my money K.C. taught us more important and poignant things about how memory works. He showed how we make memories personal and personally meaningful. He also had a heck of a life story.
Voters beware of oligarchs and bogeymen
Scaring voters to distract them from issues is a tired - and bipartisan - ploy sure to be in heavy rotation this campaign season.
Don't blame voters for low turnout
Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.
Comic books and race in America go hand in hand
Comic books haven't always been a place where African-Americans can find characters they relate to. Black comic characters ranged from being barely noticeable and featuring blatantly disrespectful instances, to receiving lessened moments of racism from decade to decade.
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