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  • E-reader: 'The Rover' by Drew Magary, 'If I Had a Stammer' by Meghan Daum

    E-reader: 'The Rover' by Drew Magary, 'If I Had a Stammer' by Meghan Daum
    Here are two good selections to read on your tablet or smartphone. The Rover by Drew Magary, Amazon, 99 cents "The Rover" by frequent GQ correspondent Drew Magary offers a quick, unconventional look at the man vs. machine conflict. ----------------...
  • The right side of history [Commentary]

    The right side of history [Commentary]
    When you read about this nation's past, it is quite obvious what the phrase "right side of history" means. We know, for example, that abolitionists, women's rights organizers and civil rights activists were on the right side of history. And quite often we...
  • Maglev man Morris makes the rounds again

     Maglev man Morris makes the rounds again
    It sure sounds wonderful:  A privately funded magnetic train floating silently along from the Orange County Convention Center to Orlando International Airport. The problem is, magnetic levitation trains are not serving the public in the U.S. anywhere...
  • CNN's VA scandal coverage reminder of what cable news can be

    CNN's VA scandal coverage reminder of what cable news can be
    It was almost like old times last week watching CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal story. I mean the good old times, when cable TV news mattered because it was doing journalism — not right- or left-wing talking points...
  • Is fired N.Y. Times editor Jill Abramson the new Lilly Ledbetter?

    Is Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, who was unceremoniously dumped from her job Wednesday, the professional-class equivalent of equal pay heroine Lilly Ledbetter? Much is still unknown about the circumstances...
  • Maya Angelou's lingering hum

    Maya Angelou's lingering hum
    She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
  • SunRail won't save me time, but it will save my sanity

    SunRail won't save me time, but it will save my sanity
    I now know the truth. SunRail might save my sanity, but it will not save me time. I put it to the test Friday and started running the clock when I pulled out of the driveway in DeBary. It took 10 minutes to get to the station. Out of fairness I...
  • Aloe Blacc has finally stopped being That Guy

    Aloe Blacc has finally stopped being That Guy
    Folk-soul singer Aloe Blacc has been making albums since 2006, but until this year, he's been That Guy: the one you can't place, the one with a minor hit ("I Need a Dollar") you keep hearing in commercials, the one you keep confusing with other...
  • La Cañada High School graduates 50th class

    La Cañada High School graduates 50th class
    Cherishing memories forged in the last four years while inching with anticipation toward what the next four may bring, La Cañada High School’s graduating seniors bid adieu Thursday to their alma mater. The ceremony unfolded traditionally, but this...
  • Removal of U.S. writers from British curriculum stokes furor

    Removal of U.S. writers from British curriculum stokes furor
    Is Michael Gove, Britain’s education minister and Conservative member of Parliament, suspicious of the political agenda of certain members of the American literati? Works by John Steinbeck, Harper Lee and Arthur Miller have long been a part of the...
  • World Cup Fever? Sorry, I'm Immune (OPINION)

    It's that time of year - or actually, every four years - when millions of Americans are seemingly forced to pretend they care about soccer. World Cup fever is sweeping the globe (and increasingly the U.S.), so everyone is expected to join in the...