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Rockie Brown, Sand Dollar and Tuscany forge an unplanned symmetry
Friday, July 18, 2014
As we say, all roads lead through Tuscany Suites. Unless they all lead through the old Sand Dollar, which over the years also has been called Bikini Bar, Bar 702 and is now once more known as the Sand Dollar. ...
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Andre Agassi takes center court at Governor’s Mansion
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sometimes the nuttiest ideas also are the most inspired. Turning a common pair of tube socks, something you’d buy in a three-to-a-pack plastic bag at Target, into pure genius in a Strip production show is such an example ...
Bloomberg injects money, influence into firearms debate
Thursday, July 17, 2014
other voices:
It may be a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry’s policy of no firearms restrictions, period.
Silicon Valley Sharknado
Thursday, July 17, 2014
other voices:
Mostly, this July, I’m worrying about the jumping sharks jumping the shark.
Bordering on heartless
Thursday, July 17, 2014
other voices: Difficult problem has brought out a nasty side
Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.
Roberts court turns further right
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Heard Elsewhere:
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s polemic against the court’s conservative majority decision in the Wheaton College case is as much a cry of frustration as it is a dissent.
Iraqi leader must step aside
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
other voices:
Having ignored Iraq since 2009, the Obama team is now desperately trying to devise a way to prevent its total collapse — and to roll back the jihadi state newly established on a third of Iraqi territory.
If Hillary runs for president, it won’t be as a Clinton Democrat
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
other voices:
Amid the sound and fury that greeted the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, many liberals had sharp words for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal law in which the court’s decision was grounded.
Coulter, not soccer, to blame for country’s moral decay
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
other voices:
Ann Coulter knows how to get our attention, which is not always a good thing. Nikita Kruschev got our attention, as did Miley Cyrus, Sandra Fluke and George Zimmerman. The mere fact that we’re listening is not a propitious sign. However, it does mean that whatever falls from Ann’s mouth will generally be talked about by the sort of people who either think she is a goddess of common sense or who think she peddles horse manure.
Religious freedom in peril
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
other voices:
A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
Where does the buck stop?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
other voices: A dreary back-and-forth is holding back progress and has made both parties unpopular
Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not.
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On fight night, singer Amanda Avila also comes away with a split decision
Monday, July 14, 2014
Amanda Avila likens the experience to climbing into a roller-coaster. “You know it’s going to be fun and scary, all at the same time,” she says. “There’s so much energy. It’s amazing.” Avila gained national fame as a Season 4 finalist on “American Idol.” ...
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Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud: KISS rolls into the Joint in November
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and one of rock’s most enduring live acts, are celebrating their 40th year as an active band with a set of shows aptly titled “KISS rocks Vegas,” running Nov. 5-23. That’s a total of nine dates. ...
Palin just a caricature now
Monday, July 14, 2014
other voices:
Sarah Palin has finally lost it. Last week, in an essay on Breitbart.com, Palin demanded the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Her piece starts off loopy and devolves from there.
This is my American family
Monday, July 14, 2014
other voices:
On the Fourth of July 1951, my parents were married. Not long ago, I asked my mother, who, at 87, is still going strong, why they chose that date. I thought there might have been some symbolism. She quickly disabused me. It was because that was the only time “the market” would be closed, and my father’s family could attend the wedding.

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