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Mayor talks ’round the point
BY KEITH C. BURRIS COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
Some journalists reflexively dislike politicians. They think few are trustworthy and none can give a straight answer. Others are positively sycophantic toward politicians. I think both positions are dangerous. I think the right position is to assume good faith, but to always remain skeptical and clinical. Trust, but verify, as Ronald Reagan said in another context. And try, always, to …

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Secret maritime society treads water
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
SALEM, Mass. — For four generations, members of my family have walked through the doors of the Hawthorne Hotel here, attending Rotary or Chamber of Commerce meetings, stepping into the basement for teen parties, mingling in the lobby after Thanksgiving-morning 5K races that took our family harriers through town and around the shoreline. …

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Around Town: 7-31
BY BARBARA HENDEL BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR
A MARATHON of stories continues about the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I from July 14-20 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Volunteers gathered for their annual aftertournament party July 23 at the Pinnacle. Over food and beverages they gabbed about the great golf they saw, but also about the events within the tournament, spectators, and volunteer …

7/30/2014 12:00 AM
Rehabbing your hedges, columns
BY KELLY HEIDBREDER GARDENING COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
If those shrubs around the base of your home are more than 10 years old, they have worn out their welcome. If you have a hedgerow that really never grew together, or has a few bare spots, it might be time to hang up the hedge trimmers and plant some fresh shrubs. …

7/30/2014 12:00 AM
Kowalczyk turns culture around at UT
BY DAVE HACKENBERG BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
This is too often a bad-news business. The good news sometimes gets overlooked. …

7/29/2014 12:00 AM
Community must rise up against gun violence
BY KEITH C. BURRIS COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
On Sunday, there was the fourth annual “2 Mile March and Rally 2 Stop Gang Violence.” Rain threatened and the PA system sputtered. But the crowd was fervent. I ran into Ray Wood, head of UAW Local 14 and the NAACP. He told me: “This is what matters most now. We need to address our youth, to stop the …

7/29/2014 12:00 AM
Say what you meme and meme what you say
BY MARY BILYEU BLADE FOOD EDITOR
Editor's Note: Click on the words in bold to hear the pronunciation. …

7/29/2014 12:00 AM
Sweep finds no invasive carp
BY MATT MARKEY BLADE OUTDOORS EDITOR
The mysterious fingerprints were there. The unwanted intruder left at least 10 of them, enough to shake up the locals and prompt a call to bring in the cavalry for a search and destroy exercise. …

7/28/2014 12:00 AM
Rice discipline a big mistake by Goodell
BY DAVE HACKENBERG BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
When Roger Goodell became commissioner of the NFL in 2006, he vowed to clean up the game via the players’ personal conduct policy and in the name of on-field safety. …

7/28/2014 12:00 AM
Why a tobacco heir isn’t fuming
BY THOMAS WALTON BLADE COLUMNIST
You might assume that Patrick Reynolds is furious these days. R.J. Reynolds was his grandfather, and the giant tobacco company he founded just got socked with a $23.6 billion judgment by a Florida jury that was determined to send a strong message about the evils perpetrated by the cigarette industry. …