WALK TALK: MLB wakes up and adds expanded instant replay — finally!
Major League Baseball announced last week that it will implement instant replay on virtually every play but balls and strikes — including three managers challenges — in 2014. All I have to say is: It’s about time.
LETTER: Soccer group needs your help in wake of vandalism
Many of us in the community are shocked and disheartened by the vandalism at the Crawford County Youth Soccer Association fields this past weekend.
Column: Beware those who bear the gift of democracy
Following the current events in Egypt, one should wonder what democracy and the democratic process is all about. In 2011, former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was ousted after 18 days of demonstrations. The people of Egypt decided that they did not want to live any longer under a dictatorship.
WALK TALK: Latest Manziel storm makes me wonder why we value autographs
Johnny Manziel has had an eventful offseason since winning the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman last year. He’s currently being investigated for allegedly being paid for his autographs. That had me thinking: What’s the big deal with an athlete or celebrity’s autograph?
Concerns about tire burning, fracking have echoes in history
Two developments have a number of county residents concerned: fracking and tire burning. Citizens elsewhere are equally interested. Fracking has been delayed in New York for some time while Michigan is wrestling with tire burning. Residents of Wheeling, W.Va., are fighting to prevent the construction of a fracking water recycling plant. And in Ohio, where nearly 300 wells have been drilled and more than $2 billion has been paid by gas and oil companies, teachers wonder how much education will benefit from this industrial boom. It is little wonder why critics in Pennsylvania and in other states question whether the gains in gas and electricity from these energy sources significantly outweigh the potential health hazards of contaminated groundwater and air.
WALK TALK: A-Rod needs to accept suspension just like others
Twelve players accepted 50-game suspensions Monday in conjunction with the Biogenesis investigation, with Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta being the most important names since both are on teams that are pennant chasing.
WALK TALK: To trade or not to trade — that's the MLB question
A lot is riding on the next couple days for a number of MLB teams. These next two days — and the decisions that are made by Wednesday’s trade deadline at 4 p.m. — could be the difference between a playoff berth or the end of a team’s season on Sept. 29. It’s a pretty exciting time for fans — buyers and sellers alike. Buyers are looking for one or two missing pieces to reach the World Series, while sellers are in search of superstars of the future. Nothing too big has happened outside of the Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano trades, but things could really heat up today.
Could a smartphone physical be in your future?
But what if these technologies not only make physicians' physical exams easier but also improve our interactions with patients? Smartphones can offer doctors a more reliable exam while increasing patient involvement in their care.
Why tipping is bad for everyone
Tipping is a repugnant custom. It's bad for consumers and terrible for workers. It perpetuates racism. Tipping isn't even good for restaurants, because the legal morass surrounding gratuities results in scores of expensive lawsuits.
WALK TALK: Lefty’s British Open run one for the ages
Some athletic performances leave you with little choice but to sit back and shake your head. That happened Sunday when Phil Mickelson, down five strokes entering the final round on a tough British Open course, came back to win by three shots after sinking four birdies during the final six holes. He shot a 5-under 66, quite possibly the best round of his career just one month and one major after finishing a hard-to-swallow second at the U.S Open. Mickelson wasn’t even in the picture as the third round came to a close. Just 18 holes later, he was front and center.
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