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Wednesday 08/20/2014
He will be missed
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 4:00 am

Like many, I was shocked when I heard the news last week that Robin Williams was found dead at age 63. Like many, I was even more shocked when I found out that the man who had made me laugh so many times throughout my life had committed suicide.

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Police demeanor, dress make a difference
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 4:00 am

It took me awhile, rummaging through the photo files on my computer, to locate the pictures I took during an anti-Iraq War march in Portland, Oregon. How long ago was it? I eventually found them in a 2003 folder. It was over a decade ago.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
On the Menu - Tucson pitmaster is sweating smoke
Posted: August 19, 2014 - 9:07 am

To say that Mark Smith has barbeque in his blood may be an understatement, as this Tucson pitmaster is known to say, “When I sweat, I sweat smoke.”

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Friday 08/15/2014
Gamer's Scoop - Electronic Arts announces new “Access” program on Xbox One. Is it enough to dethrone Sony?
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 8:39 am

EA recently announced the implementation of its EA Access program; a service that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and will allow players access to EA’s “Vault” of video games. This service will cost $5.00 a month, $30.00 a year and will allow members unlimited access to a host of EA’s gaming catalogue, a 10% discount to other EA games and downloadable content, as well as the ability to start playing new games a week before they are released to the public. These are just the features that are being released with the Access service, EA intends to add even more benefits for subscribers in the future.

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Such the Spot - Using our nice words
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 11:46 am

I caught a snippet of The Today Show this morning. I gave up watching that show years ago but it did pop up on my screen this morning briefly as I was starting my workout DVD. The hosts (who I didn’t recognize) were discussing something they referred to as “skinny shaming”. From what I gathered, it was in reference to a GAP ad in which a very gaunt model is depicted in a plaid dress. Apparently the Twitterverse responded adversely to the photo, making disparaging comments about the model’s physique. She is too skinny, apparently.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
It is a powerful tool
Posted: August 13, 2014 - 4:00 am

I had an interesting conversation recently with a citizen who was complaining about the current Tucson City Council, her representative in Congressional District 2 and the state’s current race for governor. She wasn’t happy with anyone, and didn’t appear optimistic with current choices for candidates.

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Guest Column: For women’s equality, we still have work to do
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 10:33 am

Our nation has made great strides towards equalizing opportunity and improving economic prospects for women, but there’s still a long way to go. Women still struggle to break the glass ceiling in management levels in business, public office, the military, and high tech sectors, where most future jobs will be.

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Marana Town Talk: A new school year is under way
Posted: August 13, 2014 - 4:00 am

Another school year has arrived and the community wants it to be enjoyable for students, parents and teachers.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
We are living longer, but not in great shape
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 11:31 pm

If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.  I think Eubie Blake gets credit for that familiar line. The truth is we are living longer, but maybe not in the best of shape.  The average lifespan for men is around 75.  For women it’s 80 - still longer than men but the gap is narrowing.  And here’s the good news: Seniors are healthier, more active and economically better off than they ever have been.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
NFL priorities are not in order
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 4:00 am

The National Football League (NFL) has come under fire in recent weeks after Baltimore Ravens’ tailback Ray Rice received only a two-game suspension for domestic violence after an incident with his fiancée. On the surface, one might say it’s good the NFL took action, and he didn’t get away with it. 

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