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Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Candidates, if you’re not sincere, voters will say ‘no’

    When strange men start knocking on her door, local columnist Deidra Jackson knows it must be election time. Jackson takes a look at the door-to-door campaigning and offers a few tips to those who are out to sway those who’ll be voting in upcoming elections. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)

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      Green-uns

      There are all kinds of ways to learn valuable lessons, and local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about one as he revisits memories of pilfering green, juicy plums from trees in the yard of one of his teachers at school. (July 12, 2011, Page 4)

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        Life and death

        Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)

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          Dreamers and Doers

          People often fall into one of two categories – dreamers and doers. Occasionally, however, there are those who are both. Local columnist Jimmy Reed talks about one of those, a student of his who is working to overcome lupus on the way to becoming a doctor. (July 5, 2011, Page 4)

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            It’s time to give life’s ‘useless’ info its due

            Minutiae – it captures all of us from time to time, even founding father George Washington. With that bit of info, local columnist Deidra Jackson admits she’s caught up in the Casey Anthony murder trial, which sparks thoughts back to earlier days as a reporter covering cases in court. (June 30, 2011, Page 4)

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              The OED – dictionary extraordinary

              It has 27 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words – the Oxford English Dictionary. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the multi-volume book and passes along a few words he found in its entries. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

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                Born American

                With the Fourth of July approaching, local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at some of the words of two of his favorite Americans, Ronald Reagan and George Patton, as he expresses his appreciation for being born an American. (June 28, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Just E-Madgin

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about how some words are catchall terms, giving a couple his mentor, Jaybird, used – “e-madgin” and “goodeel” – to explain or describe lots of things. (June 21, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Good fathers – in for the long haul, fine print and all

                    While the role of the father in families has changed over the years, it’s also remained much the same as local columnist Deidra Jackson writes in a column taking a look at all her father has done throughout her life. (June 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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