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Just like Dad
Posted Tuesday, June 21, at 2:40 PM
Look at the intensity of this kid. It's like he's seen someone else do this sort of thing. Frame 1: Feet sill moving but the mind's already racing, lining up the perfect shot. Frame 2: Stop. Squint. Take a good look at what you want to shoot. (As he gets more polished, he'll learn to do this through the viewfinder.)...

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Scam? Spam? Just leave me alone
Posted Wednesday, June 8, at 12:11 PM

It seems the spam or scam callers (Which is it?) are employing new, more tricky methods for trying to cheat us out of our money. Lately it's been calls from local numbers to make it look like it's not just a random criminal from Teaneck, N.J. No, you think, "This might be someone I know. I better take it."...

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Spies like us
Posted Sunday, May 15, at 11:43 PM

Having spent an undue amount of time working on our upcoming education magazine (due for insertion into the Friday, May 20 Banner Graphic if things go according to plan), I feel I've become something of an expert on what the workforce is going to look like 20 years from now...

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One hip lady
Posted Monday, April 11, at 11:02 AM

If you spend much time listening to a police scanner, you're eventually going to hear a name or address you know. There's a sincere hope that it won't happen, but it will. It happened to my parents the night my grandpa died. Dad was a volunteer firefighter, so he and Mom heard the call even before calls to the family started...

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'Tell me your name, I'm dying here'
Posted Friday, March 11, at 11:15 PM

DISCLAIMER: If you weren't born between the years 1977 and 1983, this is likely to be incomprehensible rambling. It may not make sense even if you are the right age. Proceed at your own risk. You've been warned. Ever go back and look at something from when you were a teenager and wonder what the heck was going on?...

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Slow down, baby
Posted Tuesday, February 9, at 3:55 PM

When I showed this to my son recently, he couldn't stop laughing. That alone makes it worth sharing. But besides that, as a second-time parent, I find myself much more tired, busier and less full of wonder the second time around. That makes me sad because it means I'm not sharing every little thing that Hannah does the way I did with Miles...

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Another night, it's gonna be a long one
Posted Monday, January 18, at 8:52 PM

I'm tired of blogs revolving around the deaths of rock stars, but people important to my fandom keep dying. (Apologies to Lemmy, who died between Christmas and New Year's and got lost in the shuffle. For anyone interested, here's a link to my favorite Motörhead song.)...

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Turn and face the strange
Posted Monday, January 11, at 2:21 PM

This is my first memory of David Bowie: I know the Starman may have just died last night, but can we all agree that was terrible? If I told you that two icons of rock and roll were going to duet on a Motown classic, you'd be all in, right? But if I told you the collaboration happened in 1985, you might pump the brakes...

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The soul felt its worth
Posted Thursday, December 24, at 10:53 AM

It's easy to fall almost deaf to the music of this time of year. In my mind there are Christmas songs and Christmas hymns, but at a certain point they become one and the same. In a way, I think this is a wonderful thing. For all the other meanings (some good, some bad) we might ascribe to Dec. 25, the deeper purpose of this holiday will always be to celebrate of the birth of Jesus Christ...

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No Christmas in Kentucky
Posted Tuesday, December 15, at 12:49 PM

Call me a bleeding heart (I've been called much worse), but I'm a real sucker for a good protest song -- even at Christmas time. This explains my fondness for songs like "Pretty Paper," "Father Christmas" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (even if Yoko's voice nearly ruins it). They are all songs that say, enjoy your season of cheer, but remember life isn't so great for everyone.....

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Nothing cheap, no tricks here; Just good rock 'n' roll
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 12:24 AM

As a band whose most famous song centered on wanting to be wanted, veteran rockers Cheap Trick seems to have found the formula for continuing to be wanted. Forty-one years after their founding in Rockford, Ill., the power pop stalwarts continued to thrill audiences by giving them what they want: The songs we know...

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Two steps forward, one step back for Tigers
Posted Sunday, November 15, at 10:24 PM

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Not this year. DePauw came into its annual rivalry game against Wabash with its best team since its 2010 playoff berth, maybe better. Sure, Wabash was favored to retain the Monon Bell, but it was gonna be close, right?...

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When the gales of November came slashin'
Posted Tuesday, November 10, at 11:03 AM

There's really not too much to say today, except that it's been 40 years since the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior Storm, about 17 miles from Whitefish Bay. The wreck killed all 29 men aboard. Less than a year later, Gordon Lightfoot immortalized the tragedy with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fizgerald," drawing inspiration from a news article on the sinking...

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Time to grow up?
Posted Friday, October 30, at 11:59 AM

For someone who loves Halloween, it's strange to admit this, but I don't have a lot of vivid childhood memories about trick-or-treating. I remember that I went. I remember what I went as at least a handful of years -- football player (twice, against my will both times), ghost, Superman, pirate, vampire...

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Hard not to root for 'the ol' coach'
Posted Tuesday, September 15, at 12:53 PM

A lot can change in 51 years. When Pat Rady coached his first game in November 1964, the Beatles were all still clean shaven. The Supremes' "Baby Love" was in the midst of a four-week run as the No. 1 song in America. "Roustabout," starring Elvis Presley, was the No. 1 movie in the country...

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A coolness setback
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 2:19 PM

I'm trying to raise my children to be caring, considerate and humane people. I swear I am. But in trying to raise upstanding citizens, we parents sometimes have little side projects. I want my kids to like cool things. For a music-obsessed dad like myself, much of this coolness revolves around rock music. While it's a little early for my five-month-old daughter to have developed much in the way of taste, I've done some good work with our five-year-old...

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Blind Melon and my personal music turning point
Posted Saturday, August 15, at 1:06 AM

Blind Melon's sophomore effort "Soup" was released 20 years ago today and over those two decades it has, somewhat against the odds, remained a favorite even as my tastes, attitudes and life have changed. If I were to name my favorite albums of what was my formative decade as a music fan, obvious choices from usual suspects like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Weezer and Radiohead rise quickly to the top...

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You don't know what you missed
Posted Wednesday, July 29, at 7:40 AM

This year's fair marked the third edition of the Putnam County Star event, and the music competition continues to amaze me. A week ago tonight, 12 singers took to the stage at the Putnam County Fairgrounds for a fun night that featured nothing but local talent...

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The nature boy
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:04 AM

On Sunday evening while sitting right here at my desk, I received a tearful phone call. It seems a little boy on the other end of the line wanted my help catching lightning bugs. Or is it fireflies? Peenie wallies? Regardless, we call them lightning bugs because we're Hoosiers and that's the way it is. Firefly is the name a brilliant yet tragically short-lived space western TV show. At least that's what I've been told. I didn't watch it...

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In the presence of greatness
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 2:33 PM

My line of work offers some wonderful opportunities to interact with powerful and notable people. It's long been one of my favorite things about being a journalist. I've had the chance to introduce a sitting governor as the speaker at a local event, watch as another politician (unknowingly) slapped my boss on an already injured shoulder and even meet one of the heroes of my profession -- learning, unfortunately, that he's kind of a jerk...

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