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Defying the apparent hopes of many in the national media, former University of Kansas Professor Feng “Franklin” Tao was convicted last Thursday of hiding ties to the Chinese government while employed at KU.  more
1,000,000 barrels of oil a day
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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. more
Wordplay from across the pond
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My favorite reference librarian has again sent me some wordplay I’d like to share with others of our ilk. This time it’s in the form of witty business and shop names on storefronts and … more
Is the Trump show over?
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Steven Roberts teaches politics and journalism at George Washington University. He can be contacted by email at stevecokie@gmail.com.  more
This article was originally published by the Washington Examiner. Byron York is chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner.  more
Earning money as a kid in Pittsburg, part 2
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This is the second of two excerpts from a chapter about Dick Shaw’s money-making schemes growing up in Pittsburg. It’s taken from his memoir, “Tales from the Professor: Life is a Hoot!”, which is available on Amazon. more
When to check out of the discourse
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Will Smith smacked Chris Rock at the Oscars — you could live in a cave and still know about this, and be subject to the blizzard of opinions about it. more
Riding Along in My Bookmobile…
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One of my favorite books of 2019 was Kim Michele Richardson’s “Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” the story of one of the pack librarians who rode a mule to deliver books to the … more
Religion, and getting your butt in gear
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 I’ve heard some incredibly intelligent people say that they are going to let their children “learn about God on their own.” more
Never underestimate a pound cake
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It's time for a little comfort, and here is a sweet fix. Pound cakes are the pleasing plain-Janes of desserts: figurative no-nonsense confections that provide a welcome pick-me-up without wandering into sugary oblivion. more
Your finances are all in order and your bucket list is complete. You are officially ready to retire, right? Not so fast. Research has shown that we need to be concerned about more than just money … more
Someone had to say it
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In Michael Kinsley's immortal definition, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." By that standard, the term would definitely apply to Joe Biden's recent condemnation of Vladimir Putin.  more
Biden’s blunder was no Reagan replay
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President Joe Biden set off international alarms over the weekend when he committed the United States to the goal of regime change in Russia. "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden … more
Earning money as a kid in Pittsburg, part 1
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During the Covid shutdown, former Pittsburger, Dick Shaw, decided to write his life story. The following is the first of two excerpts from a chapter on ways he made money from 1948 on taken from the resulting book, titled “Tales from the Professor: Life is a Hoot!” more
Mushroom-hunting season is starting, and you may feel the itch to get out and find mushrooms of your own. more
An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business, generally taking on more risk than average to do so. I believe that learning and practicing entrepreneurship at a young age is key to developing the workforce of tomorrow. more
When it rains, it pours
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A few weeks ago, finding a book that interested me was an exercise in futility. Nothing — not even a WWII novel — caught my eye so I turned to magazines, sudoku and word puzzles, and HGTV reruns to pass the time. more
Join us in celebrating Doctors' Day
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After our experiences with COVID-19 in our communities, it is clear now more than ever the critical role our Ascension Via Christi and community physicians play in our region’s health and wellness. more
Meet the Morning Sun’s new ownership group
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Six months have passed since the Pittsburg Publishing Company, LLC, became the owner and operator of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. It is time for an update to the subscribers and readers on the state of their local newspaper.   more
Please pass the fried potatoes
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I’ve been studying a little Latin. The verb “tradere” means “to hand over.” We get a couple of English words from it: one is “trade” and another is … more
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