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Abuse by athletes finally prompts outrage

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It has taken generations for celebs — particularly professional athletes — to be called to account for domestic violence and sexual abuse, but the tide is steadily turning.


Journalists in war-torn regions know the risks

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The execution of yet another journalist, Steven Sotloff, by the terror group ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) demonstrates human behavior at its most vile. Sotloff, an Israeli citizen, and James Foley, an American beheaded two weeks ago, were innocents simply doing their jobs.


The deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa has spawned fear and anger not only in remote villages in Africa but among sophisticates in American media, government and the general population.


Many Jews, Arabs refuse to be enemies

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An online news service carried an interesting sidebar the other day under a story on the latest in the clash between the Israeli army and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


“Sir, I really like your nails!”

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My wife Susan and I picked up our two grandsons and their little sister, a 4-year-old, at their home in Illinois and brought them back to our place in Jefferson City, Mo., for four nights last week. The boys are almost 9 and nearly 12, by the way.

We like it that they become excited anticipating their visits with us. We’re not the only Missouri attractions for them. They get to spend time with their uncle, our 11-year-old Sheltie and our year-old Golden Retriever. Our Golden is still mastering commands like “sit,” “drop” (when she finds a sock or toy she’s been caught carrying around), “stay,” “place” and others. At times, two or three of the kids were shouting out different instructions at the same time.


Being a 'Greg' helps enlighten life (and soccer)

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I was at a Baptist meeting a couple of weeks ago, rooming with a former colleague from another state for the two nights I was in Atlanta. Greg told me he had become a fan of the World Cup soccer competition in progress, especially since the United States team was still in the running.

I must confess that I was certainly interested in how the American team fared but I also confess that I had not become much of a fan of the most popular team sport in the world.


Father's Day: Thanksgiving and recommitment

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My father, Robert Webb, died unexpectedly on Nov. 8, 1988, at the age of 61. Dad had been disabled by a heart condition years earlier, but his first heart attack and death took my mother, two sisters, brother and me by surprise. He died within 24 hours of suffering the attack.


The suspended search for Malaysian Airline Flight 370

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I’ve tried to stay abreast of developments in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which virtually disappeared from radio and radar contact two months ago with more than 200 people aboard.


The passing of a generation

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My Aunt Betty, who had been bedfast while in hospice care for two or three years at her home in the southern Illinois village of Bluford, died the other day.


The death of journalists

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The recent news of the shooting death of Associated Press journalist Anja Niedringhaus in Afghanistan and the wounding in the same attack of fellow AP journalist Kathy Gannon struck a nerve with me.

The two women were traveling in a convoy in March delivering election materials on the eve of the recent presidential election in Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire on the women after the convoy arrived at its destination. They were still sitting in a car at the entrance to a police station.


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