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Pols, public figures should be strong enough to handle satire

All of the recent news about the French satire magazine "Charlie Hebdo" has caused much discussion about the role of satire in the public arena. And some confusion about the literary forms of parody and satire. So let's try to clear the air.

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Free-range parents draw crticism

Are you a helicopter parent or a free-range parent?

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Trying to understand spinal degeneration

Considering that there are literally libraries full of medical and scientific research books that have been written about the anatomy, function, pathology and disease of the human spine, the title of this column is ambitious.

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Fontina Arancini a delightful, delectable dish
Fontina Arancini a delightful, delectable dish

Last week was a glorious week in Steamboat Springs, Colo. -- thanks to the Nashville Ski Club. Known to most of us for great alpine skiing, Steamboat is actually a year-round mecca for great food, and snow/river sports of all kinds.

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Back Story:' Before Selma there were Albany and Birmingham

Every story has a "back story."

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Today's euphemism craze has gotten way out of control

The other day I read a story about a shoplifter who was apprehended by the store's "loss prevention officer."

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MTSU professor Brown spends month on Mississippi River

An MTSU professor has created something revelatory that is part journalism, part literature and totally awe-inspiring.

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If heavenly lie is mortal sin, is my childhood chicken house fib also hell fire material?

Alex Malarkey did not die. He didn't go to Heaven either.

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MTSU blazes trail with Blackman High partnership

When MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee saw media reports about Blackman High School's new Collegiate Academy back in the fall, he knew what he had to do.

"I immediately called ... and said, 'We want in.'"

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Celebrate National School Counseling Week Feb. 2-6

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 2-6. This week-long celebration highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have on helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

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The patient who took too many pills

Not too long ago a patient came to see me about a number of complaints. In general terms, she just felt bad most of the time.

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News and entertainment organizations face tough questions each day

Media coverage of the terrorist attack on the French satire magazine "Charlie Hebdo" has also exposed to the public a number of issues journalists debate every day. And while certainly not as essential as the debate over free press itself, they do shine a light on the craft of journalism.

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'French Connection': Salman Rushdie and the 'Satanic Verses'

"The French Connection" is a drama-thriller movie that was released in 1971. It stars actor Gene Hackman as New York City Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, who breaks up a major heroin pipeline transporting narcotics from Marseille, France, to the docks of New York City. It is based on a true story.

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Best-dressed pets strut latest fashions

According to the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals, fluffy Christmas sweaters are real tail-waggers this winter.

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INSIDE MTSU: Financial aid help available Jan. 10 at MTSU workshop

MTSU financial aid representatives and our partners with the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation have a belated Christmas present for any prospective college student and their parents or guardians.

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BURRISS: Resolve to view the 'screen' less in 2015?

With the end of one year, and the beginning of another, it's time for New Year's Resolutions, those new things we are going to try to do that are going to make our lives better.

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KESTNER: Enjoy Successful Health Goals In 2015

Statistics indicate that about 40-50 percent of the readers of this column will have made New Year's Resolutions already. Less than 10 percent will be sticking to the resolutions by March.

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WHITTLE: Pelicans pose for unusual pictures in Tennessee

When showing some of my wildlife photography recently at a nursing home, someone asked: "Are you a professional bird watcher?"

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VINSON: 'Conspiracy Zone': The New York cop killer-magic shoelace case

Conspiracy: a combination of persons banded secretly together and resolved to accomplish an evil or unlawful end reference: Webster's Third New International Dictionary.

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WOODY: Soccer over stock car racing? Nooooo way

Latest evidence civilization, as we have known it, is doomed:

Sprint has announced it is dropping its sponsorship of NASCAR's premier series, Sprint Cup, at the end of the 2015 season.

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VAUGHN: Brother Mathis finds perfect fit at Mt. Carmel Baptist

Dr. F. Murray Mathis, a Southern Baptist minister, has spoken and prayed with small groups and even groups of thousands on many occasions. After all, his Christian ministry stretches over a half-century.

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Liberal arts majors can earn Klingenmeyer Scholarships

Even in these challenging economic times, money is available to help college students realize their ambitions.

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Countries that drink the most? You'd be surprised

For ages, the Irish have labored under the stereotype of being preternaturally inclined to overindulge in alcohol.

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Just how effective is pro-social television today?

Back in the '50's and '60's, we were told television was going to erase illiteracy, promote democracy, and in general improve life for millions of people around the world.

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Older joints require more maintenance

If you are over the age of 30, this article is for you.

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