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Morbid milestones and magnificent memories

In the span of four months this past summer, five former neighbors of the 16-home block where I grew up in Barbourmeade died. Bryan Sumner, 83, of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Privacy in peril

If you’ve got a feeling that somebody’s watching you, the good news is that you’re not paranoid.

Stop Calling Me Surly

A victory for empathy

Now that the game is over, let not the larger lessons be lost amid the shouting. Obama won partly because he showed the electorate more empathy than did Mitt Romney.

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Stop raping my brain

With a scant week remaining till Decision ’12, I’m poised to declare some winners and wieners. Political comedians and critics deserve le grand prix.

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A sublime sexual revolution

Two winners emerged from last Thursday’s vice presidential debate in Danville: Centre College and moderator Martha Raddatz.

Stop Calling Me Surly

A wicked sister bridge

When the early 21st-century history of Louisville is written, if the Ohio River Bridges Project proceeds as planned, I can already hear the official refrain: “Mistakes were made.&r

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Savannah’s amazing grace under fire

In this sparse space, it would be impossible to convey the maturity, courage and empathy of a young sexual-assault victim who prevailed despite a hostile prosecutor and a proposed penalty more suit

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‘Midlands’ gate magnified

I underestimated a bad idea whose time I feared was nigh. It’s worse than I knew. But dissent is more fierce than I fancied — and maybe committed enough to triumph.

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Pimping the VA

It’s a decision that will live in infamy — counterintuitive, scandalous, batshit crazy. After what U.S. Sen.

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Of poultry and polarization

On April 14, 2002, my gay brother died surrounded by his partner, John, my mother, sister and me. None of us will forget the outpouring of love and support from his extended family of friends.