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If I had predicted a year ago that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would retire, that the best receiver in the NFL, Antonio Brown would be out of football, and that a relatively unknown LSU quarterback named Joe Burrow would be the No. 1 pick in the college draft, you all would ha…


Sunday, July 05, 2020

The same day artists began painting “Black lives do matter” and “End racism now” in the no-drive circle around the Market House, the Fayetteville City Council took steps to further distance the city from the historic building.

In July 1864, Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early attacked Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Union forces drove them away after two days of skirmishes, but the battle threw a scare into the capital city and constituted a high point in the Confederacy's Shenandoah Valley campaigns.

The events of recent weeks — beginning with the tragic police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and culminating in the most diverse coalition of protesters for equal justice that this nation has ever seen — have opened color-blind eyes and tone-deaf ears. Congress must seize this moment to address systemic racism in America.

Chief Justice John Roberts has recently sided with the Supreme Court’s four liberal justices on three key rulings: barring discrimination against LGBTQ employees; outlawing draconian abortion restrictions in Louisiana; and protecting about 700,000 undocumented “Dreamers” from deportation.

Recently, I had “the talk” with my four children, two sons and two daughters. For Black families, “the talk” is not about the birds and the bees. The talk is about what to do when you encounter the police. It is a talk about how to stay alive. My mother and my father had a similar talk with me when I was a child. Their parents had the same talk with them when they were children.

The drive to make Washington, D.C., a state has been a favorite of some Democrats for years. Why wouldn’t it be? If enacted, a new state, formed from deepest-blue D.C., would create two new Democratic senators and one new Democratic member of the House. For a Democrat, what’s not to like?


Sunday, July 05, 2020
Friday, July 03, 2020

In the world of science there is no more prestigious institution than Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory. It is home to more than two centuries of Nobel Prize-winning research, including the discovery of the structure of DNA. Inscribed over its entrance of this institution are these…