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“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.”

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Valek the demonic nun is the stuff of nightmares. Annabelle the possessed doll is a freaky sight. La Llorona is about two-thirds as scary as either of them. Her yellow eyes certainly aren’t inviting, nor is her constant stream of tears that could easily be mistaken for blood. But her face is…

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After the Easter baskets have been put away and the chocolate bunnies are a sticky, melted memory, the colored hard-cooked eggs linger on. Remember, that although your colored eggs were attractive as the centerpiece for Easter, they are a perishable food and should have been treated that way.

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We should do better, but how can we? By “we” I mean media wretches — the purveyors, so President Donald Trump charges, of “fake news.” The reality is that we constantly deal in his fake spews of outrageous controversy, which he concocts to feed his insatiable need for attention, and our perp…

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate our natural resources and commit to caring for our planet. As a farmer, this commitment isn’t limited to one day, but rather stretches across 365 days each year. I rely on healthy soils, clean and abundant water and clear air to ensure good growing conditions…

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Last year, Wisconsin lost 691 dairy farms, the most since 2011. Wisconsin also leads neighboring states in farm bankruptcies. Consecutive years of low milk prices, increasing operational costs and changes in trade policy are exerting pressure on dairy farmers and, by extension, the entire da…

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The top two movies in the country right now have the exact opposite premise. “Shazam!” is about a young boy who is happy when he turns into an adult. “Little” is about a grown woman who is miserable when she turns into a child. I guess a good companion piece would be “The Hot Chick,” where o…

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The Easter holiday has a special meaning for me. As a child, Easter meant everything was fresh and new. My mother always bought me a pretty dress and beautiful shoes to wear for the special Easter Sunday church service. After church, she prepared a lovely dinner with a lemon meringue pie, an…

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President Donald Trump obviously loves playing whack-a-mole. You know, like the amusement-park game where once a thingy is knocked back into a hole, another one pops up somewhere nearby. Trump is a political whack-a-mole wizard. Just as his carnival roadies tamp down one of his outrageous co…

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“Shazam!” tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a wily teenager who has spent his life running away from foster homes so he can search for his long-lost mother. His latest home includes five other children, including handicapped superhero aficionado Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer). He’s …

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I love a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast ... and lunch, and dinner, and snacks. OK, I love grilled cheese sandwiches anytime of the day! I’m not the only one who adores a little cheesy goodness from time to time. Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the top comfort foods in the United States.

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Donald Trump’s enemies are in agony after Bob Mueller’s probe did not uncover sufficient evidence that candidate Trump and his people had colluded with the Russians. Meanwhile, he and his supporters are in a vengeful bliss.

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When historians look back to this era, they will wonder why we insisted on outsourcing our border control to a foreign country.

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We suffered a loss last week. Someone special to us has gone home. We debated whether or not to share this with you, but we believe the overall message of the column is important.

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One lesson the Washington reporter learns very quickly is that he or she should never EVER have unbreakable plans for the weekend. It’s a major strain on the relationships that newspersons have with significant others who can accept only so many disappointments resulting from the Friday nigh…

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The release of Robert Mueller’s finding that Donald Trump didn’t collude with Russia should settle a question his critics — and, quietly, some of his allies — have asked repeatedly over the past two years: Why was he acting so guilty?

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I’m no spring chicken, so like many people of a certain age, watching Julia Child’s hilarious explanation of the proper names and weights for various types of chickens was my first introduction to the variety of birds available. The availability and diversity of poultry products that we enjo…

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I know I saw the 1941 animated version of “Dumbo” on multiple occasions back when I was little, but I don’t remember much about it. I remember that the main character was an elephant with overly big ears and that he had a mouse sidekick (who at one time I could have sworn was Jiminy Cricket)…

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There is a great deal of discussion on the country’s mental health crisis. Those in the veterinary profession are not immune, with one in six experiencing a significant psychological event. We are the fourth most likely profession to commit self-harm.

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To all of you who noticed our missing pages last week, what a headache for all of us! You didn’t get to finish reading your local news and we had to figure out what happened to our pages. We had a printing and production issue that wasn’t caught until the papers were all printed and mailed. …

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated itself an organization hostile to women and people of color.

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The Democrats could use some sex education. Right now, their candidates are multiplying like crazy, all clamoring for that top berth on the party’s presidential ticket. They’re clearly in need of some berth control.

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We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border.

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Donald Trump definitely is not introspective. If he thought about it, he’d probably decide that such self-reflection is navel-gazing and a total waste of time. But, of course, since he’s not introspective, he’s never thought about it. Whatever bubbles up from the Trump sump of his mind dumps…

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I love discovering healthy ingredients and adding them to my favorite recipes. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with quinoa, which looks like small, grayish pearls and has a nutty flavor and a light, creamy texture. Quinoa often is referred to as a “grain,” but it’s actually a relative of lea…

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The temperatures are finally rising, and our beloved robins and other birds are starting to make their way back to our fair state. It must finally be Spring! We are no fan of winter, so it’s good to see the seasons change.

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“Wonder Park” seems like it was conceived as a writing exercise: come up with the most agreeable premise in the world and then screw it up. This is a movie that dares you – dares you – to dislike it. Go ahead and dislike an animated film largely set in a giant amusement park of the main char…

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There’s a weird structure to “Captain Marvel,” the latest entry in the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sent out a distress call to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” It is no secret that this movie is an origin story set…

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Reform is inevitably a difficult process, and not just for the reformees. It’s particularly painful for the reformers, no matter how meritorious their cause. Who would admit opposing fundamental changes to a health care system in this country that is glaringly overpriced and significantly un…

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The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge.

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The people of Ireland embraced the potato around 1780. The crop rapidly became the primary source of food for most of the population. Potatoes are nourishing and filling, and contain most of the vitamins needed for our daily diet. The crop also is a popular food source around the world becau…

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It’s definitely in like a lion, ah March, our favorite month of the year. Winter keeps hanging on and we still can’t go outside. As we write this week’s paper and lay it out temperatures are below zero once again with frigid wind chills, but Spring is only 13 days away on March 20 and Daylig…

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Robert Kraft’s name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so.

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Let’s be fair to Donald Trump. No, seriously. That’s not a joke. When it comes time to judge the presidential candidates, we should remember what they say about geese and ganders, and apply the same standards to all members of this growing gaggle.

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It’s a shame that I never got to review the first two “How to Train Your Dragon” movies from 2010 and 2014, respectively. The beautiful animation, engaging characters, and complex relationships made for some enjoyable family entertainment that I would have highly recommended. But the first f…

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Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are an enduring lunchtime favorite. Although Dr. George Washington Carver invented more than 300 uses for the peanut, the invention of peanut butter isn’t on the list of his accomplishments. The first U.S. patents for peanut butter were issued to Marcellus …

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It’s already begun. With the first serious discussion of “Medicare-for-all,” meaning government-financed health care, and with the introduction of the so-called Green New Deal, those on the right, and even those who get away with describing themselves as moderates, are flinging around the S-…

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When it comes to stories, most of us prefer tacky over technical. Tacky trumps substance. Or these days, attack-y Trump deflects substance. That certainly could explain the decidedly non-substantive high interest in Jeff Bezos, one of President Tweet’s favorite targets. (True, there are thou…

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If Democrats are held to their own standards, then all three embattled state officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign.

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Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite tubers, and what better time to celebrate them than National Sweet Potato Awareness Month. I must admit, though, I didn’t become a real fan until I found out all of the health benefits and the delicious ways to use this colorful tuber.

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It was half-past New Year’s, and a quarter ‘til St. Patrick’s Day. Outside Tyranena Brewing Company it was dark as a suit closet and colder than the front door of a Catholic Church on a January confession. Inside, it was hotter than The Kingston Mines circa 1969. The W.C. Handy Award Winning…

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I know that the suspense has been unbearable, but I’m finally ready to make my announcement: I am not running for president.

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Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her recent CNN town hall — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately.

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My sister, Marcy, and I host local community health outreach events to provide workshops and curriculum about diet-related health issues and support for other non-profits to increase attendance at their events. Our main focus is on diet-related diseases and obesity. Being obese can increase …

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The fundamental offense of the Covington Catholic High School kids wasn’t so much allegedly mobbing, mocking or getting in the face of an American Indian drummer at the Lincoln Memorial. It was wearing red Make America Great Again hats. That was the actual, incontestable conduct that created…

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There’s an expression we hear or see all too frequently, one that is particularly odious: “collateral damage.” Some military types, or civilian leaders who are pursuing their own ambitions, use that phrase to sterilize the death and maiming of innocents as battle operations rage nearby.