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By LAURA LIPPMAN | March 7, 1993
When I interviewed for a job at the Waco Tribune-Herald i 1981, each editor told me two things about the town that would be my home for the next 27 months:"It's a good place to raise children."And, "You know, they call this the buckle on the Bible Belt."Well, you reap what you sow. (Actually, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," Galatians 6:7.) In a region that takes pride in being the Biblical buckle, the God-fearing populace often has its faith put to severe tests.That's not to suggest that Wacoans deserve this fate, only that their religious orientation helps them to survive it. You see, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians are simply the latest saga in a place that has had more than its share of strange sights and grim happenings.
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By Mike Giuliano | September 20, 2011
The stereotypical Southern rednecks indulging in uncivilized behavior in the remake of "Straw Dogs" seem like they grew up watching the original 1972 movie. They also seem likely to have tossed back a few beers while watching "Deliverance," released that same year. Although the new version would be a disastrous choice for a romantic date movie, it's a bluntly effective reminder of what happens when polite people encounter impolite people. Once the rules of etiquette have been breached, it's survival of the fittest.
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By Mubarak S. Dahir | March 3, 1996
Miss Burns had the most beautiful blond hair I had ever seen. Most of the time she wore it high on the back of her head, spun into a tight bun. Sometimes she would wear it in a neat ponytail, pulled back taut in the front so no loose strands dangled in her face. In the back, it flowed silklike in the groove created by her spine.I was in love with Miss Burns. I was 6 years old. She was my first-grade teacher and I loved school almost as much as I loved her. Except for Mondays. I hated the first day of each week because I couldn't bear the way I always let Miss Burns down.
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By Dahleen Glanton and Dahleen Glanton,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 27, 2005
CLEVELAND, Ga. - Kerry Pacer was used to the whispering behind her back, the name-calling and the snickering when she walked down the hall. But when almost the entire student body at White County High School booed as she accepted a rose from a female friend during a Valentine's Day program last month, she knew it was time to do something. Pacer, who said she never has tried to hide the fact that she is a lesbian, did what other gay students in schools across the country have been doing for more than a decade.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
If you like beauty pageants, Theatre Outback is the place to be over the next four weekends as Miss Texas, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Deep South, Miss Great Plains, Miss West Coast and Miss Industrial Northeast vie for the vaunted "Miss Glamouresse" title. Those who've always wanted to judge a beauty contest will be thrilled to know that after the talent, bathing suit, interview and physical fitness competitions have taken place, the audience will get to pick the winner. Oh, and did I mention that each of these comely contestants will be played by a man, and that some of the fellows are in excess of 6 feet 6 inches tall?
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By Andrew J. Glass | July 26, 1998
WASHINGTON -- The one truth in presidential campaigns is . . . no one truth is to be found there. Rather, lots of forks in the political trail lead to either success or ruin.Take the election of 1960. In the run-up to the campaign, there was one serious candidate on the Republican side -- Vice President Richard Nixon -- and five top-tier candidates among the Democrats: Adlai Stevenson and Sens. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, Lyndon Johnson of Texas, John Kennedy of Massachusetts and Stuart Symington of Missouri.
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December 9, 1992
India is a nation full of contradictions, and it is nowhere s evident as in the relationship between religion and politics. In constitutional theory, and usually in practice, it is a secular state. But it is a state with an overwhelming majority of one religion (Hindu) locked in a history of mutual animosity with its largest minority (Muslim). It is also a nation that has been governed virtually all of its independent life by one political party. Frustrated opponents strike out time and again for the tools to bring it down.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 28, 2002
HURRICANE, W.Va. - A wave of pride and relief - but apparently not envy - has spread through this valley town since Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr. stepped forward Thursday to claim a $315 million Powerball prize, making him one of the richest men in this poor state. Under the big black cowboy hat, the 55-year-old contractor came across on television as articulate, quick-witted and successful. In other words, say people here, he's just the person to explode stereotypical views about much-maligned West Virginians.
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By Emily Leventhal | November 1, 1992
HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA:POPULAR CULTURE# AND THE WAR AGAINSTTRADITIONAL VALUES.Michael Medved.HarperCollins.416 pages. $20.7/8 Ever since the first screening of "The Great Train Robbery" in 1903, when unsuspecting viewers fled the theater at the sight of a gun pointed directly at the camera, concerned citizens and public officials have looked at the movies with a skeptical eye. Back then, the most vocal cabal was the Legion of Decency, whose pressure helped...
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 22, 2001
A man clowning it up as a woman has always raised a laugh. That's the idea behind "Pageant," the musical playing at Rep Stage in Columbia. The actors in the cast, though, give much better performances than the amateur efforts you sometimes see at parties. And the laughs are there - plenty of them. The show is a spoof of that great American institution, the beauty pageant - in fact, it's structured like one, with an oily, fawning master of ceremonies, a parade of contestants representing different parts of the country and a full range of competitions - evening gown, talent, swimsuit and physical fitness.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 28, 2002
HURRICANE, W.Va. - A wave of pride and relief - but apparently not envy - has spread through this valley town since Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr. stepped forward Thursday to claim a $315 million Powerball prize, making him one of the richest men in this poor state. Under the big black cowboy hat, the 55-year-old contractor came across on television as articulate, quick-witted and successful. In other words, say people here, he's just the person to explode stereotypical views about much-maligned West Virginians.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 22, 2001
A man clowning it up as a woman has always raised a laugh. That's the idea behind "Pageant," the musical playing at Rep Stage in Columbia. The actors in the cast, though, give much better performances than the amateur efforts you sometimes see at parties. And the laughs are there - plenty of them. The show is a spoof of that great American institution, the beauty pageant - in fact, it's structured like one, with an oily, fawning master of ceremonies, a parade of contestants representing different parts of the country and a full range of competitions - evening gown, talent, swimsuit and physical fitness.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
If you like beauty pageants, Theatre Outback is the place to be over the next four weekends as Miss Texas, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Deep South, Miss Great Plains, Miss West Coast and Miss Industrial Northeast vie for the vaunted "Miss Glamouresse" title. Those who've always wanted to judge a beauty contest will be thrilled to know that after the talent, bathing suit, interview and physical fitness competitions have taken place, the audience will get to pick the winner. Oh, and did I mention that each of these comely contestants will be played by a man, and that some of the fellows are in excess of 6 feet 6 inches tall?
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By Andrew J. Glass | July 26, 1998
WASHINGTON -- The one truth in presidential campaigns is . . . no one truth is to be found there. Rather, lots of forks in the political trail lead to either success or ruin.Take the election of 1960. In the run-up to the campaign, there was one serious candidate on the Republican side -- Vice President Richard Nixon -- and five top-tier candidates among the Democrats: Adlai Stevenson and Sens. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, Lyndon Johnson of Texas, John Kennedy of Massachusetts and Stuart Symington of Missouri.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 19, 1998
The pitch begins much like any come-on to lure people to the picturesque area where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge Mountains, the latest alternative for retirees and others wishing to relocate."
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By Joanne P. Cavanaugh and Joanne P. Cavanaugh,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 1998
The good man eats to live, while the evil man lives to eat." Proverbs 13: 25Chris Griffin had never felt her stomach growl. As a child, she cleaned her dinner plate just as her father ordered. As a young mother of three living in rural Maryland, she downed pizza slices and Hershey's chocolate to stave off cabin fever. And, as an adoptive mother of a severely handicapped son, she drowned her suffering in hot fudge sundaes.The 5-foot-7 Reistertown woman got up to 185 pounds, developed diabetes and had to go on medication.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 3, 1994
BEDFORD, Va. -- Here at Holy Land U.S.A., there are no rides -- unless you count the wagon and minibus tours.Farm animals in this theme park often outnumber daily visitors. There are no lines for exhibits, no costumed tour guides. No food concessions, fast or otherwise."Bring 5 loaves and 2 fishes and have lunch by the Sea of Galilee," suggests the park's brochure.Finally, the playland as parable.Situated in southern Virginia amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Roanoke, this 245-acre replica of ancient Israel is a fantasy land tucked far away from mall-to-mall America.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 19, 1998
The pitch begins much like any come-on to lure people to the picturesque area where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge Mountains, the latest alternative for retirees and others wishing to relocate."
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By Mubarak S. Dahir | March 3, 1996
Miss Burns had the most beautiful blond hair I had ever seen. Most of the time she wore it high on the back of her head, spun into a tight bun. Sometimes she would wear it in a neat ponytail, pulled back taut in the front so no loose strands dangled in her face. In the back, it flowed silklike in the groove created by her spine.I was in love with Miss Burns. I was 6 years old. She was my first-grade teacher and I loved school almost as much as I loved her. Except for Mondays. I hated the first day of each week because I couldn't bear the way I always let Miss Burns down.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 3, 1994
BEDFORD, Va. -- Here at Holy Land U.S.A., there are no rides -- unless you count the wagon and minibus tours.Farm animals in this theme park often outnumber daily visitors. There are no lines for exhibits, no costumed tour guides. No food concessions, fast or otherwise."Bring 5 loaves and 2 fishes and have lunch by the Sea of Galilee," suggests the park's brochure.Finally, the playland as parable.Situated in southern Virginia amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Roanoke, this 245-acre replica of ancient Israel is a fantasy land tucked far away from mall-to-mall America.
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