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  • 10 things you might not know about patriots

    10 things you might not know about patriots
    These are tough times for patriotism. In March, a Georgia man who described himself as a "patriot" was charged with planting a bomb in the hope that Muslims would be blamed. And what NFL team has the worst reputation for cheating? The Patriots. As we mark...
  • Weathering the storms of life

    I worked my way through college as a lifeguard, pool manager and swim coach. One thing lifeguards learn early on is to "read the weather." Besides watching over the swimmers in their charge, lifeguards scan the skies looking for ominous clouds that may...
  • Pedestrian killed in Leesburg crash was Winn-Dixie employee

    Pedestrian killed in Leesburg crash was Winn-Dixie employee
    LEESBURG — Winn-Dixie representatives are mourning the loss of a Leesburg grocery store employee who was killed by a car Wednesday while walking to work, as he did each morning. Scott Parrish, 58, was struck by a 2010 Hyundai SUV as he was...
  • Troopers identify pedestrian killed in Leesburg hit-and-run

    Troopers identify pedestrian killed in Leesburg hit-and-run
    Florida Highway Patrol has identified the pedestrian who died this morning in a Lake County hit-and-run as Scott Parrish, a 58-year-old Leesburg man. Parrish was walking along the paved shoulder of U.S. Highway 27 near the intersection with Arlington...
  • Gifts never asked for

    A man died and went to heaven. Once there, an angel took him on a tour to explore his new, eternal home. He saw incredible things of wonder and beauty. Eventually he came to an expansive warehouse that extended as far as the horizon. When he looked...
  • Bonus Years: Grandchildren do more for your blood pressure than meds

    Last week, Mary Sue and I heard wonderful but long-awaited news: Our daughter, Katie, and her husband, Rob, informed us that we will become grandparents of a little girl sometime around Thanksgiving. What do you say? Way to go! Bravo! Hoo-RAH! HOO-uh...
  • Suffolk police discovery of marijuana manufacturing operation leads to 4 arrests

    Suffolk police discovery of marijuana manufacturing operation leads to 4 arrests
    Four people were arrested by Suffolk police following a search of a home that uncovered a drug manufacturing operation to include more than 100 marijuana plants, as well as tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of gold, vehicles and other items. The...
  • LeSean McCoy's twisted logic brands Eagles coach Chip Kelly a racist

    LeSean McCoy's twisted logic brands Eagles coach Chip Kelly a racist
    First off, have to say that however flawed the logic leading to assertions that Eagles coach Chip Kelly is racially biased may be, the perception is real. What running back LeSean McCoy most recently told ESPN in an interview that's blown up on social...
  • Gas prices still look low for summer even after spring surge

    Gas prices still look low for summer even after spring surge
    Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years. "It's a cheap, cheap, cheap year," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the...
  • Toni Creegan: Mother was backbone of her family

    Toni Creegan: Mother was backbone of her family
    From the sleepless, shapeless nights following the loss of her husband, Toni Creegan gleaned one clear goal: she would untangle her family's sorrow as she fought hard for her boys' success. "She was the backbone of our entire family," said son...
  • Remembering Lusitania A Century Later

    Remembering Lusitania A Century Later
    At about 2 p.m. on May 7, 1915, Theodate Pope of Farmington, and her companion, Harvard man, Edwin Friend, were strolling along the promenade deck of the ocean liner R.M.S. Lusitania on the starboard rail when suddenly the ship was rocked by a violent...