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1:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Stunning video of Dallas shot by mini-copter

Brian Aiken's video of Dallas has been buzzing on the Internet.
YouTube

If you're wondering how high those little helicopters with cameras can go, the answer is: Pretty high. Watch this video of Dallas.

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News and Culture Notebook
10:09 am
Sun August 4, 2013

John Graves: The soft-spoken master of Texas literature

John Graves
wikimedia commons

W.K. Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters, shares his thoughts on Texas writer John Graves, who died July 31 at his home near Glen Rose.

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Opinion
10:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Keep lookin' up, 'cuz that's where it all is

Kidd Kraddick
nydailynews.com

In the wake of radio host Kidd Kraddick’s untimely death, I don’t want to pile on, so I’ll be brief.

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News and Culture Notebook
2:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday, United States of America

museumofuncutfunk.com

If you've never heard Paul Robeson singing "Ballad for Americans," here it is.

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Mark Haslett's blog
11:04 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

New media and soccer, L.A. style

Jorge Villafana of Chivas USA, right, and Zach Loyd of FC Dallas compete during a Major League Soccer match in 2012 in Carson, Calif. FC Dallas is hosting Chivas USA on July 4 in Frisco.
scpr.org

FC Dallas is hosting Chivas USA on July 4 in Frisco. Here's a look at the 21st-century fan culture of Los Angeles' "other" soccer team.

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News and Culture Notebook
10:27 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Larger 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico predicted

An oxygen-starved hypoxic zone, commonly called a dead zone and shown in red, forms each summer in the Gulf of Mexico. Fish and shellfish either leave the oxygen-depleted waters or die, resulting in losses to commercial and sports fisheries.
NOAA

If you're planning a Gulf of Mexico trip this summer, it might be worth the extra drive to visit South Texas instead of Louisiana.

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Opinion
11:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The wisdom of Jesus and Groucho

Groucho Marx

Something I’ve noticed about other people’s Facebook pages – almost no one has “favorite quotations.”  I have lots of them.

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Opinion
10:39 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cowboys: Behold the Spurs, do likewise

Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs
www.nba.com

As we watch the very excellent play of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs, here’s a question for Dallas Cowboys fans:  Who is Peter Holt?

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Mark Haslett's Blog
11:56 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Some weekend reading about domestic surveillance

President Obama and former president George W. Bush: Similar stances when it comes to what have been called "national security" issues.
NPR

As usual, the headlines are long on drama, short on context. ProPublica offers some help in understanding an issue that seems to have the country and its government on different pages.

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Opinion
1:19 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The 'elephant in the room' in Commerce

Image from The Kilted Monkey's facebook page.

It's good news that the Kilted Monkey – Commerce’s oddly named but charming pub – is reopening, after a few weeks' absence.  Commerce needs more quirky, funky hangouts for townies and students alike that give the place the character of a true college town.

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Opinion
5:33 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

“Luck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure …”

John Mark Dempsey

I saw something online that fueled my natural pessimistic tendencies.  It was a story about a University of Texas law student who, on a computer, has developed a plastic gun whose parts can apparently can be fabricated using a 3-D printer (did you know there were 3-D printers?) and assembled as a gun that actually fires bullets.

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Opinion
11:33 am
Mon May 20, 2013

“How” and other “bad words:” A-OK

http://www.dinercentric.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/swearing.jpg

I bought a nice Mother’s Day card recently for the long-suffering Tricia.  It carried a sweet and sentimental message – “Screw the laundry.” 

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News and Culture Notebook
9:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Storm pics, videos collected by DFW media

A tornado near Watherford on May 15.
Twitter (@GrantJNBC5)

Northeast Texas was spared from the worst of last night's storms, but to the west, the North Texas communities of Granbury, Cleburne and Ennis suffered devastation and, in Granbury, deaths.

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Opinion
9:33 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Zombies, Slowhand and the weight of the years

John Mark Dempsey
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Lovely wife Tricia and I have attended more than our share of music events lately.  So much that a friend of mine commented on Facebook, “You are really hitting the nightlife!”

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Opinion
11:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Smile when you say that (call “Beaver” unrealistic), podna

The "Leave it to Beaver" house on the Universal lot.
mojosells.com

The 1950s are a litmus test for our political views; love the ’50s, you’re likely conservative; hate the ’50s, you’re likely liberal.*

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