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Like It Is: Wounded Saban bad news for everyone else

posted: 08/30/2015 4:45 a.m. Discuss

With only 10 starters back, including three on offense, Alabama and Nick Saban are in rare air.

Commentary: Laver knows pressure Serena is facing

posted: 08/30/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

The strongest left hand and wrist in the history of tennis was put to use the other day sipping a soft drink and gesturing about Serena Williams, while looking out from a veranda above La Costa's plush golf course.

MALE CALL: Cuff links, pocket squares establish style on a budget

posted: 08/30/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

I'm a young guy who cares about clothes. I work in an office with men who dress well, but my budget is not unlimited. I'm hoping to spend a little and create a personal style by adding pocket squares and French cuff shirts with cuff links. Are these appropriate or do I need $1,000 suits to pull them off?

Dear Abby: Don't let your past taint enjoyment of living today

posted: 08/30/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: Have you any advice for handling nostalgia? While it can be pleasant, lately I have been getting very down when I think about my past. I'm sad that I can never relive those experiences, and I'm wondering what's wrong with my life now that makes me feel this way.

Let's Talk: A decade beyond Katrina

posted: 08/30/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

It had been a pretty good spring and summer for us in 2005. Dre and I had our May 7, comedy-of-errors-but-all-was well-that-ended-well wedding in Monroe, La., enjoyed ourselves in Panama City Beach afterward and were going about the business of settling down to a new life as a married couple.

Pop Notes: Women seek their share in bro-country music world

posted: 08/30/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Is country music having female trouble? Much has been made of the diminishing presence of women on country music radio, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood notwithstanding.

The TV Column: TLC show on child sexual abuse airs at 9 tonight

posted: 08/30/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

I guess we can thank Josh Duggar for this one. Maybe something good will come out of the reality star's recent implosion.

Spin Cycle: Neglected 'Alexa' eager to follow TV voice commands

posted: 08/30/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Regular readers might recall I recently bought a new necessity from But they might remember that it wasn't exactly a necessity. Fine, I splurged on a $129 high-tech gadget-thingy just because it seemed cool and it was marked down.

Business Matters: Like its patients, Pediatrics Plus set to keep growing with plans in NLR

posted: 08/30/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Amy Denton doesn't want this to come off the wrong way.

Column One: In praise of losers

posted: 08/30/2015 2:51 a.m. Discuss

There is a romance to losing, at least on a grand scale, that no string of victories can match. Who really loves the New York Yankees? Who does not sigh a sigh for the ever-doomed Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series since . . . when, 1908?

The heat is on in the Middle East

posted: 08/30/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Here's a bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don't end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long before they destroy one another.

Others say: Jimmy Carter's quiet courage

posted: 08/30/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The soft-spoken older man in the gray suit had taught Bible classes before. When Jimmy Carter sauntered up to the microphone last Sunday at his hometown Baptist church in Plains, Ga., it was the 689th time the former president taught the Bible there.

Columnists: Travel in Jackson County

posted: 08/30/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

I spend a good deal of time reading local history magazines from various Arkansas counties, and it can be quite entertaining and rewarding.

Columnists: Jam sessions

posted: 08/30/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

One of the annoying things about presidents telling us that they feel our pain is that they don't. They don't drive.

Readers respond: On party politics

posted: 08/30/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

My column last week about the dire warnings from our first three founding presidents over the calamity that could befall us should our democratic republic embrace two self-interested, competing political parties drew varied responses from readers.





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