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Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size
Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size

Among the proposals state Republicans have floated over the years are more frequent and thorough audits of state departments and agencies.

While the legislative auditor’s office does an exemplary job — the audit that uncovered...

Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size
Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size

Among the proposals state Republicans have floated over the years are more frequent and thorough audits of state departments and agencies.

While the legislative auditor’s office does an exemplary job — the audit that uncovered...

Upholding your pastor

Sunday morning, the man behind the wood or glass podium. Thursday night, the person standing next to you in the ER. Monday morning, the one who leads your staff meeting at church. Wednesday night, the moderator of the prayer meeting. Tuesday all day,...

Will “Normal Barbie” find a “Normal Ken”?

Now that a “Normal Barbie” doll has debuted, featuring realistic body dimensions with optional stretch marks and acne patch accessories, Barbie’s buff BFF Ken must be getting pretty nervous.

Proportions for the new Lammily...

Essays on Faith: Trust the captain

I experienced life at sea with the U.S. Navy in 1968. My first cruise started in early January. Sometimes we would spend several days below deck never seeing the sky. A shipmate would have occasion to go above deck and could tell us what he saw. I...

Winter storms better left unnamed

When the weather outside gets frightful, it’s entirely possible that The Weather Channel has a name for it that you may or may not find delightful.

For a third consecutive year, the folks at TWC are ladling out an extra dollop of seasonal ...

Enough cable to hang themselves?

Now that the recent bumper crop of political attack ads has been harvested and shipped off to whatever corner of hell may be running short of negative energy to burn, about the only promotional game in town still producing a smidgen of a smell is the...

Building a consensus on Bigfoot and Atlantis

Thanks to the recent PBS series “The Roosevelts,” I was reminded again that despite its many challenges, America has “nothing to fear but fear itself,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address. But,...

Correction

A story in Saturday’s Gazette-Mail incorrectly described the autopsy results of Michael Brown, who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. The story should have said that Brown was believed to have been shot in the hand at close...

At 85, ‘rebellious’ Lebanese matriarch embraces chosen life in America
At 85, ‘rebellious’ Lebanese matriarch embraces chosen life in America

She calls herself a rebel. At age 18, back in Lebanon, she did the unthinkable. A single woman leaving home? Unheard of. But Sue Namay’s adventurous spirit got the best of her, of course. So she flew, alone, to America, to go to college in...

Food: It’s what America’s ruining

On Friday, I was feeling kind of bad about taking a cannonball off my recently rejoined weight-watching wagon.

I’d given in to the siren call of free donuts, after a box magically appeared next to the newsroom coffee machine, its lid...

Essays on Faith: This grand adventure is just the start

You can see a lot of life in a small town grocery store. All you have to do is stand back, open your eyes and watch it go by in all of its wonderful diversity. Just the other day I saw a young couple holding hands while they walked down the aisles. I...

Innerviews: Even after 52 years in nursing, she can't walk away  
Innerviews: Even after 52 years in nursing, she can't walk away  

If there's an aspect of nursing Audrey Schmidt hasn't experienced, she'd be hard-pressed to name it. Her been-there-done-that career spans five decades and embraces about every duty imaginable -- OB, pediatrics, ER, ICU and CCU, IV therapy, home...

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