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WOODY: Preposterously promoting prescriptions for pampered pets

While channel-flipping the other day I came across a woman on one of those morning chat shows, distraught and fighting back tears. She was worried about an impending medical procedure for her "best friend."

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VINSON: Galloping on Asphalt: McQueen, Shelby and Eleanor - cool!

The week's column was inspired by several different, though directly correlated, events. If it works as planned, both young and older readers might learn something useful.

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KESTNER: Chronic pain often caused by muscle and connective tissue

Right now approximately 50 percent or more readers have pain that bothers them on a daily or near daily basis.

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LOGUE: Maynard assisted suicide case makes us take a long, hard look

Brittany Maynard will take her own life on Nov. 1, and there's nothing anyone can do to stop her.

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BURRISS: Good things can be found even through tragedies

Ebola, beheadings, missing planes and the economy. Everything seems to be going from bad to worse. But even when there is a disaster, a killing or a crime, there is generally some good news to be found.

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WHITTLE: TV commercial claims to support greatness

Some TV commercials are so stupid, I instantly click to the weather.

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WOODY: Stewart will always be haunted by track tragedy

Now that emotions have cooled and the armchair attorneys have packed it in, here's my take on the Tony Stewart incident:

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KESTNER: Balance problems can create health risks

One of the most common findings that I see in patients with neck or back problems is a loss of balance. This is particularly true of patients that have been experiencing pain for months or years.

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BURRISS: Ebola scare headlines aren't helping the public

We've often commented here on the abysmal state of science reporting, from numerical illiteracy to giving credence to pseudoscience to ignorance of scientific principles and results.

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FORD: Plenty of food gems in Memphis besides barbecue

Memphis is no longer just about barbecue. I know many of us drive there to see Beale Street or eat at iconic places like Vergo's Rendevous and Gus' Famous Fried Chicken, but there is much more to the Memphis food scene these days.

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LOGUE: Headline about the South shows no objectivity

Here's a provocative headline: "Why the South is the worst place to live in the U.S. - in 10 charts."

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INSIDE MTSU: Oct. 15 Science Building celebration will be grand

The invitation comes from the Office of the President at MTSU:

You are invited to the Middle Tennessee State University Science Building Opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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VINSON: Hidden treasure: Kentucky-Maxwell House Coffee & Teddy Roosevelt

When one wanders off the beaten path to "parts unknown," part of the intrigue is not knowing what awaits you.

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VINSON: Furs, diamonds and blood: Political cover-ups!

*Marilyn Monroe and JFK:

Having been the first Centerfold in Hugh Hefner's first edition of "Playboy" magazine, published December 1953, actress Marilyn Monroe would become America's no. 1 female sex symbol, and would star in movies such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Some Like it Hot."

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VAUGHN: Wax follows his calling to the pulpit

Kevin Wax, 55, of Murfreesboro decided at the age of 14 that he had a Divine calling to be a preacher.

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KESTNER: Always use pain relievers with caution

If you are like most people, there will be times when you reach for a familiar bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers.

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Hot under the collar over this Global Warming

Last week thousands of screeching protestors converged on Wall Street to vent their wrath over Global Warming.

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VINSON: ‘Timeout in basketball: Skill & Finesse vs. the LeBron James Factor’

Back in February, 2011, I wrote a column for “The Post” titled, “The dunk shot, a 12-year-old, white kid, civil rights.” If you will, allow me to revisit bits and pieces of that column before I move on to the focal point of this week’s column.

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WHITTLE: Is ‘Nashville Banner’ rebirth possible?

Can the “Nashville Banner” be born-again?

As a former feature writer for the old afternoon newspaper published from 1876-1998, I could get spiritual about such a rebirth.

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Politics and religion can be a tricky mix

When pollsters take the temperature of the general public on religion, as they do occasionally, a great many of us yawn, roll over and go back to sleep.

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INSIDE MTSU: Raiders Closet grand reopening scheduled Oct. 1

Would you show up for a job interview with tattoos visible on your otherwise bare arms?

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FORD: Pancakes can be huge hit with kitchen ingenuity

Fall is coming and with it come packed schedules and the need for some time saving tricks in the kitchen. It is a boom time for imaginative ideas, especially when you are faced with the dilemma of cooking great foods fast.

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BURRISS: Hard to beat Mothman pancakes and Big Foot

Point Pleasant, W.Va. -- Over the years I’ve been to dozens of media-related conferences all over the world. We’ve discussed legal issues, new communication theories, trends in journalism education and statistics-based research.

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The drunken monkeys can manage money better than Feds

With the bloated federal deficit swollen to approximately $16.7 trillion and rising (it just went up another billion while you gasped) some wonder how it could possibly happen.

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Vinson: A gangster’s takedown -- The ‘boob job boo-boo’

The FBI’s manhunt for 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden was the most expensive, exhaustive and wide-scale in the Bureau’s history.

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