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Enter the Net: New laws could ‘free’ your phone to change carriers

March 15, 2013

By David Hughes

Chances are your cell phone(s) and cellular-connected tablet computers are being held hostage. No, the criminal doesn’t have a gun or hide in shadows waiting to reach out and snatch it (them). Believe it or not, it’s a so-called “public servant” ( ha ha ha ha) paid with your tax dollars.
Just who is this vile person? Is it a member of Congress? No … funny how that was your first guess.
Believe it or not, it’s the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, who has held the office since Sept. 14, 1987! He is the 13th person to hold this august title.

Common Sense: Beware, the lowly gallinipper's bite

March 15, 2013

By Brent Davis

Spring break will soon be upon us. Schools will empty and many homes will do the same as the annual trek to warmer climates takes place. A popular destination for Saline Countians is Florida. The surf. The sand. The sun. Paradise.
Or is it?
This year, travelers may encounter what is described as an aggressive mosquito. The scientific name for this so-called monster is Psorophora ciliata, but often goes by the name "gallinippers."

Sense and Nonsense: Don't count the skinnies out; there are some that are 'magnificent'

March 15, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

When I referred to them as a group, it was by the moniker "The Magnificent Seven."
This wasn't a band of American gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding Mexican bandits. Indeed they bore no resemblance to Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz, who portrayed the mighty seven in the movie that was actually a western-style remake based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese film "Seven Samurai."

 

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