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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Man Who Mistook Football for a Hat Add to Oliver Sacks’ case studies in “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” University of North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora, who claims the game that paid him $1.85 million last year is “under attack.” Fedora — whose Tar Heels […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel A friend introduced me the other day to an acquaintance, explaining I was the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and a mystery writer. The fellow asked what I did, and because I sometimes miss the finer social nuances, I took his question literally. Thinking he was inquiring about the […]

Time to deal with opioid crisis is now

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher We all know at least one person who is battling drug addiction. Coupled with mental health issues, it is the single largest problem America faces. Forget about health care, immigration or terrorism — drugs, thanks to opioids, have taken center stage. Not too long ago opioids, which are typically prescription pain […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Start Like Finnish Learning Finland is the World’s Happiest Country has plunged me into depression. By the time I pay for a 12-hour flight that will cheer me up, I’ll be too broke for a sauna, then to jump in a frozen lake. The good news is Danielle Braff of the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stopppel Years ago my father gave me solid advice I did not feel obliged to follow. “The older a man gets the better he has to dress so he doesn’t look like a shabby old man,” he said. The old boy followed his own advice, updating his wardrobe on a regular basis. […]

Farewell to a colleague, friend

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher When I heard the news, my heart nearly stopped beating. Longtime friend, co-worker and champion of Clare Al Iacco died yesterday. I felt he and I were going to talk sports forever. That he would always be in the office on Thursdays proofreading the latest Clare County Review edition before we […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Know Secrets Who ‘da thunk Sparty is a woman? Or was? Given issues Michigan (aka Molestation) State University has bungled through lately, the revelation that recent graduate Nicole Niemiec was the Spartan mascot for the last three years was refreshing. Yes, the big muscular guy in green with the shield who […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel You may remember your telephone number from when you were growing up. If you are of a certain age or older, it was probably four digits. Ours was 5150. Later, the first two letters of a name or word were added as a prefix. We became ATlas 5150. When a […]

Feeling helpless in cancer’s wake

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Cancer has struck again. This time the victim is my wonderful brother-in-law, and I feel helpless as he fights the disease. A month after retiring from the state police, in his late 50s, always healthy, a gym-rat kind of guy, he has lost 30 pounds in the last few weeks. In […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor No Right There is no right to literacy, a federal judge has ruled. If there were, this column would make most renounce it. U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III June 30 dismissed a lawsuit focused on the poor reading skills of Detroit schools students. “When a child who could be taught […]