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October 24, 2014

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An affair to remember, differently
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The Internet is bristling with unreliable narrators who prefer their takes to the truth.
Potlatch for politicians
Friday, October 24, 2014
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An editor with multiple graduate degrees once called me with a story idea hatched among fellow trend-sniffers in New York.
Who can afford kids nowadays?
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Parenthood should be affordable in this country, but the cost of raising a child from birth to adulthood is now a quarter of a million dollars and projected to double by the time today’s toddlers reach their teens. Will having kids soon be out of reach economically for many American families?
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EJY summons Flip Wilson, but ‘Shakin’’ is no flippant effort
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Eric Jordan Young has talent that spans all time. His goal today is to both remind and indoctrinate fans of what a multitalented entertainer looks and sounds like onstage. ...
Sen. Warren makes the case
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.
What energy crisis?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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There is something extraordinary happening on Main Street, in the suburban strips and at country stores: Workers are lowering the prices on the signs for gasoline.
How to restart health care reform
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Midterm elections are coming, and both parties are lobbing grenades about health care. Despite the furious rhetoric, the two sides are more alike than they realize. Both spent decades pursuing policies that obstruct health care’s capacity to save lives, ease suffering and cut costs. The endless vitriol resembles World War I-style trench warfare. The 2010 Affordable Care Act moved the battle lines a little in one direction; the midterms that year moved them a little in the opposite direction. With divided government, the 2014 elections will move the lines even less.
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The Amazing Johnathan stuns ‘ENTSpeaks’ audience: ‘I have a year to live’
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Amazing Johnathan is the last in line on this night after a series of five speakers at Inspire Theater on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas. Before him, we have been regaled in ...
No faith in our government
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, but I did: While flying from D.C. to Dallas recently, just after the news came out that an Ebola-infected nurse had been allowed to fly while running a fever, I went back and read the opening pages of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
Hearing, listening and marriage
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Here’s what I’ve learned in 23 years of marriage: Love isn’t blind, but it can be hard of hearing.
As aggression rises, it’s time to examine policing
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Today, electronic eyes are everywhere, and the once-submerged issue of encounters between police and black men is coming into public view. It’s creating increasing tensions between blacks — regardless of their income and professional status — and police who have muscled up to fight everything from seat-belt violations to terrorism.
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Rock strikes 12 at Fremont Street with a dozen tribute bands lined up for NYE
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Freddie Mercury would have loved Fremont Street on New Year’s Eve. ...
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‘Henri’ plays a powerful melody at the Smith Center
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Henri plays the piano, but he is not really a pianist. He used to be. But today he runs his hands across a dining table at an assisted-living facility. ...
Failures of competence
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the most trusted agency in the federal government. The CDC has seen the country through SARS and the swine flu virus. The general perception was not only did it do important, apolitical work, but it was highly competent. And then came Ebola.
No shock and no awe
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.

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