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Everybody Clap Your Hands

There is a celebrity educator renowned among teachers for his bestselling books and the extraordinary commitment he has made to fostering the success of disadvantaged students. His achievements and advice are laudable, as is his practice of funding his school with the honorariums he earns as a popular speaker. Anyone would be thrilled to have him looking..

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Of Course We’re Going To Riot

Penn State students making their point by destroying property. You can fire the university president, and you can fire the head football coach. You can fully cooperate with authorities and enact whatever painful, pragmatic measures are necessary to restore respectability to a tarnished institution. But what, Penn State officials must be asking themselves, can be..

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The Immortal, Medicinal Marx Brothers

For the uninitiated: Zeppo, Groucho, Chico and Harpo One hectic spring somewhere in my thirties, I realized that I was coming perilously close to taking myself and everyday life too seriously. Dwelling on chronic annoyances and my inability to remedy them was simply compounding my problems. I was at risk of developing a permanently sour..

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Solo Artist

Education Director Jason Hanley interviews Carl Palmer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “There’s lots of things you play when you’ve got an instrument – whether it be a guitar or piano, or whatever – that you kind of play for yourself; you don’t really think of playing it in concert because it’s..

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That’s Right, I Said “Autumnal”

I have just become aware of a popular trend in seasonal nomenclature that threatens to upend millennia of tradition and, more importantly, thumbs its nose at my personal preference. It concerns the term by which we ought to refer to today’s astronomical event, when the center of the sun can be seen to pass directly..

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Kasich Threatens To Hold Breath

Ohio’s strong-willed Republican governor, John R. Kasich, unleashed a new and unprecedented tactic in his ongoing campaign against the repeal of Senate Bill 5, which places severe restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees. “You don’t want to know what will happen if SB5 is repealed,” Kasich told an audience of business owners at an..

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As If I Could Forget

I hesitate to add my voice to the clamorous din of narratives and opinions examining the legacy of the 9/11 tragedy on its tenth anniversary. The notorious event was born on the dawn of media saturation, and not even the enormous towers themselves could have contained the last decade’s voluminous reporting about their destruction. It..

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A Great Summer

The rain in Maine falls mainly on the…um…rocks, I guess. The school year is now well underway in central Ohio. Students have settled into familiar routines, teachers are dutifully plowing through the curriculum, and the specter of statewide standardized achievement testing is but a faint glow on the distant horizon. It’s the season when the..

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Night Of The Hunter

Welcome Back To My Nightmare: Alice Cooper introduces Steve Hunter in Columbus. It’s a great time to be an Alice Cooper fan. Just last November, Alice wrapped up a 16-month world tour dubbed Theatre of Death, an over-the-top theatrical extravaganza propelled by his best band in years. In April, the original Alice Cooper Group was..

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Remember The Alamo? How About The Titanic?

You must take off your hat inside the Alamo, but next door you can buy Alamo Crackers. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, there is a lot of talk about the proper way to commemorate the tragedy. Foremost among many concerns is the desire to maintain a spirit of solemn reverence, and rightfully so…

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