"The NYT (New York Times) promises to intermingle news and opinion"
This was the headline over a story from the Nieman Journalism Lab. Most folks would wonder why it's news, suggesting that the newspaper has been doing this all along.
"A rural life is better. Living in a concrete jungle is stressful and makes you vulnerable to depression."
That little jewel came from the pages of The Daily Mail, a British tabloid. Again, those of us who live in "God's Country" are wondering why this is news. Or, why it has taken so long for our urban-dwelling brethren and sistern to discover something we've known all along.
"Auburn Hikes Gene Chizik's salary to $3.5 million"
This story in USAToday also points out that the school will no longer suspend the coach's pay should an investigation be launched by the Southeastern Conference or the NCAA. Given last year's stories about star quarterback Cam Newton being shopped around to the highest bidder; that may be a very important concern for the coach. So I wonder when the first civil lawsuit by a school against a booster, or even the player who takes graft or gifts, will take place.
"A night out in St. Louis for three Marines ignites new fight over safety."
In the story about three Marines who were mugged, one of whom had his wallet stolen, was another twist. An aide to Mayor Francis Slay, Jeff Rainford, sent several tweets out that flatly said such did not happen. Of course not, this is St. Louis nothing like this could possibly happen there. Rainford later apologized.
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When the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the National Hockey League championship to the Boston Bruins in Vancouver the locals took to the streets; rioting and generally making a mess of things. In the process a small group of folks embarrassed the rest of the western Canadian city's residents .
City fathers usually like to say those type of incidents are always incited by outsiders. And while I haven't read about such claims being made by city leaders, maybe they could claim just that.
Last week I learned that there were indeed outsiders in Vancouver on the night of the Canucks' loss and subsequent uprising in the streets.
Turns out John Hall and Marianne Dalton were in town and staying in a local hotel. His friends have always said John Hall was a riot. Who knew they were talking in a literal sense?
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From the links
The annual Member-Guest golf tournament was held last weekend at the local club. Friends and family reunite for a fun-filled weekend and most manage to depart in good spirits.
I'm happy to report that the two-man team of Patrick McHaney and Clay Faulkner can carve another notch in their belts. Not a notch for actually "winning" but a notch for another year of playing together. The duo now sits at 21 consecutive years of playing together in this tournament. According to an email I received from Clay, "This weekend's outcome was a familiar story - low 60's on the first day only to follow with a mid to high 60's on the second (62-68 this year to be exact). Still looking for that elusive Championship Flight win. However, it's becoming increasingly more difficult with each passing year to compete with the flatbellies. Oh well, it's always great to get back to Kennett to see friends and family. "
After looking at Dustin Pritchett's hat last weekend I'm not so sure it's the "flat belly" that does the trick. I think it's the hat.
His friends are saying, "He Pu'd it."
They're talking about Jack Holifield not getting in the skins game. That's where teams put a few dollars into the pot and the team that makes the low score on any hole, without being tied by another team, collects all the money. Jack's partner and father-in-law, Dale Mayberry, drove the green on the par-4 third hole. The team made an eagle, two strokes under par on that hole. That should have been an automatic winner. The only trouble was Jack didn't put up the $10 to get his team into the skins game.
That was reminiscent of Steve Pu last year when his partner eagled a par four. His partner was elated. At least he was until Steve explained that they were not in the skins game.
The good news for Jack is that the team did play well enough to earn a little cash for their weekend efforts. I think they collected about $400 apiece. If Jack doesn't have to put it all toward Kim's swimming pool project maybe they can get in the skins game next year.
The difference between winning and losing in this tournament often comes down to making good decisions. Should the team play the ball that was hit the farthest and maybe in longer grass or the shorter ball in the fairway?
One team apparently didn't make the right decisions, but then there were other issues with this team.
When they finished on Saturday one member number one was overheard saying, "It's like playing with a three year-old. 'I'm hot. I'm thirsty.' All day long."
His partner, I'll refer to him as team member number two, agreed he might have complained a little during the round. However, he also said his back was hurting him so bad from having to "carry" his partner all day that it was necessary to stop by the chiropractor before going home that night.
I'm referring to the team of Mark Pelts and Lester "Polecat" Wiseman. Good luck if you can decide which of them is number one and which is number two.
Bud Hunt is regional vice
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