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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

WHITTLE: Market woman’s two big whoppers get attention

Melons thrive in the light mixed-loam soil of the lower Bootheel of southeast Missouri and north east Arkansas farming country

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Referred pain can often be misdiagnosed

In recent years it seems that I have spent a good part of my weekly study time on understanding pain. Fortunately that is because over the past decade a tremendous amount of research has emerged on the topic of pain.

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Royal embarrassment -- Queen’s hoss is a druggie

A sports celebrity flunking a drug test normally is not big news -- just a sad sign of the times -- except when the sports celebrity happens to be a racehorse belonging to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

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Rupert Murdoch vs. Jed Clampett: Calling for Banker Drysdale!

How many readers are familiar with the name Rupert Murdoch?  I’ll guess less than 20 percent. I use a calculation of “20 percent” because when I asked an eclectic mix of six people — different ethnicities, different age brackets, different eco-politico-socio backgrounds — only one of the six was even remotely close to identifying the “real” Rupert Murdoch.

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Media space science coverage continues to decrease

News coverage of the first Apollo moon landing some 45 years ago has sparked a small upsurge in interest in science and technology. But the central question still seems to be, “Where were you during the time from liftoff on July 16, to return on July 24?

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People in Louisiana understand true definition of happiness

When you’re talking about happiness, Louisiana grasped the concept long before Pharrell Williams had a hit record.
Data from a working paper by Harvard University’s Edward Glaeser and Oren Ziv and Vancouver School of Economics professor Joshua Gottlieb show that eight of the 60 cities with the happiest people in the United States are in Louisiana.
Believe it or not, New Orleans, long considered center of all kinds of libertine overindulgence, is not even the happiest city in its own state.

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BURRISS: People have right to know what data are collected

With all of the news about the National Security Agency tracking our cell phones and emails, it is easy to forget that it is not just the federal government that is collecting information about us.

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VINSON: Boy offers defining moment with story

At first, it struck me as the movie “Big Fat Liar” meets the television series “Married with Children.”

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BURRISS: Copyright laws sometimes make no sense

A couple of weeks ago, a Chicago judge ruled that the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson have lost most of their copyright protection, and are in the public domain.

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VINSON: Family's exploits paved real life 'Thunder Road'
VINSON: Family's exploits paved real life 'Thunder Road'

A friend entrusted me with a black notebook – yes, an old-fashioned notebook, not a darn jump drive – in which he has a handwritten account of some of his relatives who were in the business of making and running moonshine in Cannon and DeKalb counties decades ago.

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