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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
Updated at 10:45 AM

As our properties approach the half-past July signpost, there is no lack of tasks to attack. Weeds must be pulled before they spread their seeds. Deadheading of spring-blooming plants together with any last-minute pruning needs to be completed before the magnolias, rhododendrons, forsythias and other trees and shrubs begin forming flower buds for next spring.

Updated at 10:41 AM

There’s no way to sugarcoat it, raising children is mind-blowingly challenging. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Parenting is bitter, it’s sweet, and it’s everything in between. It’s a 24/7, 365 job with no combat pay, no mental health days,...

Updated at 10:36 AM

Back in the day, as they say, it was not uncommon in some homes to keep what was known as a “swear jar.” Family members who cussed aloud were required to drop money in the receptacle, and the cash so raised provided a kitty to be shared by all for...

Updated at 9:24 AM

“Zoo” begins with a question: What if all the animals decided that humans were not at the top of the food chain and in fact, were food? The answer is watch your back. Organized and angry, the animals on “Zoo” are out for a meal and maybe some...

Updated at 9:17 AM

Most who have read this column over the years know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool college football fan. I have always loved the pageantry of it, the optimism of the early fall and even the “wait-till-next-year” laments at the season’s end when things...

Updated at 8:54 AM

The first four-wheeled Honda I ever saw was in the late ‘60s, in Montreal. Back at home, some of my friends were already zooming around on Honda 50s, and an ad agency was assuring us that “you meet the nicest people on a Honda.” (A Honda motorcycle,...

Updated at 8:36 AM

My belief in the power of humor and joyful living to relieve stress is based not only on these centuries-old notions but on cutting-edge science. In recent years, researchers have shown that laughter positively affects the body in a number of...

Updated at 8:31 AM

New book releases, especially works of fiction, rarely become national or international media events complete with breaking news bulletins, conspiracy theories, frenzied countdowns to publication, and anxious waits for the initial reviews.

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Updated at 8:09 AM

Nintendo announces its chief executive Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55, several months after he abandoned the Japanese videogame giant's consoles-only policy.

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