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  • Book proves democracy unpure Four years ago Mark Halperin and John Heilemann published the best-selling book, Game Change, an inside look at the 2008 presidential race. It was a fascinating description of what went on behind the scenes to make or break the candidates. It is not surprising that the two authors joined forces again to write a sequel for 2012.

    December 12, 2013

  • Professional football players live on another world Some people may think that professional football players live in an alternative universe. How else do you explain the constant moaning about outlawing helmet-to-helmet contact and the juvenile hi-jinx that goes on in the locker room? Do National Football League (NFL) players that seem so human and down-to-earth away from the game actually inhabit another "planet" on the field?

    December 5, 2013

  • "This Town" examines D.C. corruption I saw a recent poll where Congress has a public approval rating of 12 percent. That figure is shocking only because it should be closer to zero.

    September 26, 2013

  • Memoir reveals the real Shirley Jones In 2002 I had the pleasure of seeing Shirley Jones perform at Hyde Hall. It isn't often we get a star of her magnitude at a local venue and it was exciting to see her in person.

    September 19, 2013

  • Memoir reflects on the dark days of being an addict This column may appear to be a baseball story, but it really isn't. It discusses one of the greatest "can't miss" phenoms to ever appear in a major league uniform. On the surface it sounds like the tale of a future Hall of Famer whose success on the field could only be matched by his popularity. Instead it's the account of an alcoholic and drug addict who saw his career and personal life go down the tubes.

    August 29, 2013

  • Former ballplayer has gift for writing, recreating history History is something you never stop learning. The more you know the more you realize you don't know the half of it. The civil rights struggle in this country is a good example of that. No matter how rough race relations come across in textbooks, novels and movies, there is always another story to leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

    August 15, 2013

  • '42' a must-see biopic; hits on bigger issues in life Of all the civil rights pioneers in this country probably the least appreciated is Jackie Robinson. Most people know that he broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, but few realize the racial taunts, abuse and humiliation he endured to ensure a pathway for other African-Americans to follow.

    August 1, 2013

  • 'Read My Lips' may not be a memoir for everyone Sometimes an actor or actress can be defined by a singular performance. Everyone remembers Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," but most people would be hard pressed to name any of her other films (I can name one, "Caesar & Cleopatra," only because I saw it for a class in college).

    July 3, 2013

  • Men's tennis today isn't all `peaches and cream' Tennis fans today are treated to the exceptional talents of players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. It's hard to believe that there could ever be players with more ability.

    June 27, 2013

  • Greenberg faced a tough path much like Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson blazed the trail for the integration of baseball in 1947. He had to deal with racial taunts, segregated facilities and fellow players that didn’t want to be on the same field with an African American.

    June 13, 2013

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