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The Real Ground Zero

E. R. BILLS
On Feb. 9, 2001, two American civilians (no doubt big George Bush presidential campaign contributors) were permitted to take the USS Greenville (a 7,000-ton nuclear submarine) for a joyride in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


Grasshopper, Clubhopper

Last Call
A famous Zen proverb says: “You are where you are.” In Clubland, a similar adage holds true: “The party is where you are.”



Wilkes-Barre the Door!

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Journalists at the The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre breathed a misguided sigh of relief when Fort Worth’s Richard Connor and a group of investors recently bought the northern Pennsylvania newspaper.


Super Target

LESLIE WIMMER
A blue-collar neighborhood that has long been fighting against the Cultural District’s upscale development boom won a round at City Hall recently. Just as important, Linwood residents got the message from city officials that ...



Loss of (Money) Down

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When the We-Love-You-Jerry proponents of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington made their case for sales tax dollars to be used for the football monolith, the main argument was that all sorts of money would be rolling int...


Sayonara to SAM

ELIZABETH BASSETT
When Southside Area Ministries shut down at the end of May, all of the office furniture was donated to Berry Good Buys, where it will be sold to benefit the Women’s Haven and Safe Haven. The office phones were cut off before ...



Hold That Call

DAN MCGRAW
There is not one ounce of longing for the good old days in my head. Because when I think back to Pacer cars and white-belted leisure suits and Spiro Agnew and Steve Perry of the band Journey, I come to the conclusion that life ...


Lionizing Lone Star Art

Jeff Prince
At first glance, it’s simply a painting of a black gardener in overalls and floppy hat, tin cup dangling from his fingers, a gentle look on his weathered face. But it’s so much more to at least one collector.



Doggin’ the Cats

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Baseball is as American as apple pie, assuming the pie is stuffed with ster-oids, amphetamines, and gold-digging groupies in addition to apples. But how American can baseball be at LaGrave Field, where the Stars and Stripes bei...


An Uncertain Future

Dan Malone
For Mahmoud Alafyouny, the North Texas man whom the government branded and jailed as a terrorist, freedom apparently has become just another word for nothing more to say.