Who Kicked the Dogs Out? New legislation could mean more homes for pit bulls, other commonly “blacklisted” breeds
Feb03

Who Kicked the Dogs Out? New legislation could mean more homes for pit bulls, other commonly “blacklisted” breeds

Rupert the pit bull stands at the feet of his 2-year-old owner, calmly snorting up popcorn while the toddler yanks forcefully at the dog’s collar. Tai Wickline is pulling hard enough to elicit bulldog-like breathing from his 3-year-old canine. “You trying to pull Rupie up the stairs?” coos his mother, Amanda Shippee, from the kitchen. “I think he’s busy with the popcorn.” Despite the dog having never shown signs of aggression, Shippee...

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Between the Lines: Don’t Screw the Pooch
Feb03

Between the Lines: Don’t Screw the Pooch

I have a confession to make, people — I own a pit bull. Phew! I’ve been hemming and hawing over whether or not to outright say that for weeks. Because the consequences are indeed scary. As a disclaimer: if anyone tries to take my dog-son away we’ll go on the run together. I hesitate to tell you this because my dog — my wrinkly-faced baby who lets my nieces and nephews take toys out of his mouth no-problem and looks sadly on as my cat...

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News of the Weird: Newest Fashionistas
Feb03

News of the Weird: Newest Fashionistas

In January, the upscale Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana introduced stylish hijabs and abayas aimed at Muslim women unafraid to call attention to themselves as they exercise their obliged modesty. D&G’s marketing effort even accessorized models’ headscarves and cloaks with stilettos and oversized, gaudily framed sunglasses. It was clear from the suggested retail prices that D&G would be pitching the line mainly in...

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Between the Lines: Burning Over Bernie & Hillary
Jan25

Between the Lines: Burning Over Bernie & Hillary

Last week, I wrote a column, “Hillary Clinton is the Real Revolution” about why I will cast my vote for Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the March primary. An immensely qualified candidate, Clinton also has the advantage of being a woman, which allows her to bring a unique perspective to U.S. politics — a perspective that is desperately needed. Because of these attributes, Clinton is my candidate. Reaction to the article was strong....

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From Our Readers: Clinton stonewalls on status  quo, co-op revolution
Jan25

From Our Readers: Clinton stonewalls on status quo, co-op revolution

Healthcare: More Bern for Your Buck As a surgeon, I have participated in our healthcare system since 1979. I have witnessed the attempts of medically naive politicians seeking to reform our compromised healthcare system. Bankrolled by health industry lobbyists, these “representatives” fear-monger and manipulate a confused public. They label a potential single payer system as “socialism.” They cite imperfections in the postal service...

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Scene Here: Songs Aloft
Jan25

Scene Here: Songs Aloft

The creaky floorboards cry out when Tom Matherly shifts his weight. He rocks from one heel to the other in his tan boots, staring down at the frayed red rug while he twists the tuning keys on his vintage electric guitar. He’s pausing his set list to play “The Man Who Sold The World” as a tribute to David Bowie, but this guitar is more than 40 years old, and it doesn’t hold its tuning like it used to. Maybe the temperature is to blame...

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