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The Swampby Mark Silva With Republicans courting Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana to run against Sen. Evan Bayh, analysts are starting to count how many Democratic seats might be lost this fall. "In fact, it is likely that the Republicans will......
"What's the second paragraph?" That is my boilerplate response when someone suggests a column idea to me. "Yeah. Right. But where do I go from there?" Not every topic is worth 700 words. So, today I will offer a few words on recent headlines in the...
Tyler Bauer was politely encouraged to begin taking piano lessons when he was 6 years old. Violin instruction at age 9. The guitar at 13. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder found joy playing football as a high school freshman. Later that school year, he...
The conveyance of knowledge from one wise man to a gathering of eager young people has been the model for education since Ancient Greece, and it has survived largely unchanged in the face of every kind of technology — from the printing press to...
For a very select few, it's still football season. And the winter sports season, filled with hope for basketball players, wrestlers and swimmers, will have its first official day of practice Friday. But while people are already putting up Christmas...
My friend Mildred "Neale" Baltz died last month, just weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. Despite our 40-year age difference, we shared a lot in the nearly two decades that we were next-door neighbors. I wrote a story about Neale in 2005 — its...
Tyler Ward grew up in Charlottesville, Va., the home of the University of Virginia. And not surprisingly, Ward said he grew up a big Cavaliers fan. "I bled blue and orange," Ward said. "From the time I was nine until I was 18, I probably missed like one...
A show of hands: What words do you associate with Americans? No, not "no money down." Name one quality we like to think matters most to us. Fairness, right? That makes us decent people, but it also makes us suckers. Tell us we're being unfair and we're...
You know a nation is in trouble when the worst epithet its citizens can hurl at each other is the title of a folk song: "Kumbaya," an African American spiritual whose name (and chorus) translates from the Gullah dialect as "come by here." It has had...
Tags: George W. Bush, Folk (genre), Texas, Yanni, Elections
(CNN) -- While most college students are hooking up on the dance floor or checking each other out by scrolling through Facebook profile pictures, a small number of students are doing something really counter-cultural -- they're getting married before they...
Tags: Family, Contracts, Loans, Students, CNN (tv network)
The fourth-grade teacher in Virginia who performed a mock slave auction in her classroom April 1 — with the white kids pretending to buy and sell the black kids — was duly chastised by school officials for her racial insensitivity. Given...
- Virginia produced an 18-part series on the Cavaliers' football team - The show airs at 9 p.m.Mondays on Comcast Sports Net - Next week's episode focuses on hiring of assistant coaches Neither "Law & Order" nor "Dancing with the Stars" need fret...
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