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Dana D. Kelley

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Recent Stories by Dana D. Kelley

OPINION: Heart-wrenching

posted: 08/11/2017 1:58 a.m. Comments 4

It's among the most troubling 10 minutes of video you might ever see. The outcome is already established, which gives it the demeanor of a dreadful countdown.

OPINION: Magical feat

posted: 07/28/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It's hard to imagine now, but only 20 summers ago nobody had ever heard of Harry Potter.

OPINION: Railway reverie

posted: 07/21/2017 1:46 a.m. Comments 2

"A something in a summer's day," begins an Emily Dickinson poem that praises the long, lazy contemplation that often launches and lingers in July shade.

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: Spirit of '31

posted: 07/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

There is something momentous about a large and diverse population aligning along a universal plane of thought.

OPINION: Hard to watch

posted: 06/30/2017 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

Most videos of vicious criminal attacks like the ones released this week from New Orleans and Georgia carry a warning: "Contains graphic content" or "Viewer discretion advised" or "May be disturbing to some viewers" or similar. Inevitably, what frequently appears next on the screen should be extremely disturbing to all viewers.

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: Statehood cartography

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

June is statehood celebration month for Arkansas, which was admitted to the union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: American roulette

posted: 06/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

There are tens of millions of traffic stops every year. It's the most common reason for a citizen's interaction with police, according to a Bureau of Justice Survey.

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: Dash-cam microcosm

posted: 06/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Count me among the many fans of police car dash-cams. When violent situations unfold on video, it serves as powerful evidence of both what happened and what didn't.

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: Righting awful wrongs

posted: 06/02/2017 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

Last week I related the story of Ron Williamson's wrongful murder conviction in Oklahoma, before being exonerated by DNA. Williamson was the subject of John Grisham's first nonfiction book, The Innocent Man. Despite being utterly innocent, Williamson missed lethal injection by a mere five days.

Commentary: DANA D. KELLEY: On wrongful convictions

posted: 05/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

John Grisham's books are among my favorites for summer reading. Some are better than others, of course. But in addition to having Northeast Arkansas roots, Grisham also has a lawyerly way with words and intrigue. When it's good, his storytelling of attorneys with a cause is great.

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