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KETR News Director Mark Haslett’s multimedia blog about Northeast Texas and the world.

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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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Mark Haslett's Blog
5:23 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

How do you say something's the crawfish's pajamas?

Mmm, crawfish beignets. Or are they crawdad beignets? Depends on what part of the South you're from. And if you say "crayfish," chances are you also say "you guys."
NPR

Maps are fun, visual representations of data are more fun and talking about how Southerners are different from the rest of the country - that's the most fun of all.

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Mark Haslett's Blog
8:11 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Baseball's melee that will live in infamy

Mark Haslett KETR

Tonight's anniversary of an ugly moment in baseball history provides a reminder that the past isn't any more innocent than our own time.

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Mark Haslett's Blog
12:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Dylan's world includes Texas

Bob Dylan's boots of Spanish leather have taken him through Texas a time or two.
NPR

The folks over at Slate decided to chart all the places mentioned in Bob Dylan's music, and of course, Texas is on the map.

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Mark Haslett's Blog
8:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Chagall at DMA: Sublimity from the stage

Model for the curtain in the first act of "The Firebird" by Stravinsky: The Enchanted Forest, 1945. Marc Chagall, 1887–1985.Collage with paper, watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper. Private collection.
© Archives Marc et Ida Chagall. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

Chagall: Beyond Color, on view at the Dallas Museum of Art through May 26, opened Feb. 17.

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Mark Haslett's Blog
11:49 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Development, where ideology meets pragmatism

Thomas Jefferson loathed government on principle, but overcame his revulsion when it suited his purposes.
NPR

In Northeast Texas, the proposed Blacklands Turnpike resembles any other development project in that it has business leaders excited and affected landowners angry.

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