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Monday, March 1, 2021
  • More powerful 2021 Subaru Crosstrek likes hiking and cafes
    Monday, March 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Whenever the history of Subaru is written, it’s the Outback that’s heralded as the successor to early DL and GL wagons from the ‘70s and ‘80s. My family drives an Outback, and it’s an excellent automobile that I’d gladly buy again, but that’s not the entire story. Early Subarus were compact four-wheel-drive cars, not nearly full-size SUVs. The true inheritor of Subaru’s early history is the Impreza-based Crosstrek.
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  • Learning about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or Hodgkin’s Disease
    Monday, March 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Last week I tried to explain the very complex non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). This week I want to cover Hodgkin lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin’s Disease (HD). It gets its eponymous name from Dr. Thomas Hodgkin who first described it in 1832.  
    Hodgkin’s is a potentially curable malignant lymphoma that carries a much better prognosis than non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is a very specific type of lymphoma, defined by its microscopic appearance and by specific proteins that are found in the cell membranes of the tumor cells.
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  • 20-somethings singing sea shanties
    Monday, March 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    I am not exactly a connoisseur of contemporary culture. 
    I haven’t seen the latest series on Netflix or anything else. I don’t follow Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram. But somehow, a TikTok phenomenon came to my attention that I found too delightful to ignore. 
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  • My, how things can pile up before you even notice
    Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    Have you ever realized how things seem to simply pile up?
    I have just endured about four and a half weeks of reducing these piles, sheet by sheet, stack by stack, and at times it felt like word by word - junk mail, business letters, tax paperwork, newspapers, magazines?
    I was never so happy about two weeks ago, when I came to realize that the floor of my living room was wood and not carpet with black type printed on it.
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  • Should I claim Social Security now or wait until I’m 70?
    Saturday, February 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: I'm currently 67 years old and still working full time. I took a big financial hit in 2008, which is why I'm still working, and I expect to continue working until I'm 70. My question is: should I take Social Security now, bank it until I’m 70, and then pay it out to myself upon retirement? Or would it be better to hold off until I’m 70 to claim. Longevity of about 85 seems to run in my family. Signed: Working Senior
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  • Clashes at Statehouse blow up
    Saturday, February 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    For the past four decades, I've covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a "racial" clash. And I will tell you upfront that while there has been racial tension throughout Indiana's two centuries of statehood, this is the first time in my memory that it bubbled up so publicly at the Statehouse.
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  • Numbers, especially in recruiting, don’t tell whole story
    Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Many years ago, Purdue football coach Jim Colletto ranted about the lunacy of recruiting rankings and how these experts frequently were wrong. 
    The trigger for Colletto’s remarks was the underrating and, in at least one instance, disparaging remarks about the prize recruit of the Boilermaker class. That recruit was Parade All-American Mike Alstott, who four years later would leave Purdue as the school’s career rushing leader.
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  • Snow day meant pay day for Wolfsie
    Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Last week when the snowstorm hit, I was fortunate to have neighbors who knew that I had a bad knee, a bad back and a cardiologist on retainer. Paul and Eric shoveled our driveway and Noah (Eric’s 10-year-old son) somehow managed to maneuver the snowblower.
    As they finished up about 4:30 in the afternoon, I threw on a coat and went outside to thank them. “Wow,” said Paul, “you are still in your pajama bottoms. You haven’t gotten dressed yet?”
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  • 4-H for FISH: improving food security for local families
    Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    At the start of every 4-H meeting, youth and volunteers recite the 4-H pledge to help create a sense of belonging. Not only that, but reciting the 4-H pledge is making a commitment to the four H’s (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) and helps members commit to something bigger than themselves. The 2021 4-H Junior Leader officer team understands committing to something bigger than themselves and were able to give back to their community in a big way. 
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  • Butch's poem about his days at school
    Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Note: This is the poem that I read at the Darlington Alumni banquet for our 50th class reunion . . . 

    Good Ol' School Days

    In nineteen hundred and fifty-four
    My parents let me off at the schoolhouse door;
    Marian Couger welcomed me to Darlington School,
    Then assigned me a seat and laid down the rules.
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  • A delightful and different ATC for you today
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    Let’s get this perfectly straight – I cannot write poetry – it is pathetic (ask any kid I ever taught in school) however, I appreciate aspects of poetry. To me, poetry must speak to you. The second thing is that it must relate to you in some way and when I read the poem, The Ones Who Came Before by Dianne Combs, I loved it, as it spoke to me loudly and clearly and I can relate to almost every word. I asked her if I could use it as I had an idea.
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  • Sen. Boots shares latest from Statehouse
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unique challenges for our state and the entire nation, and my colleagues and I in the General Assembly are working on legislation in response to a variety of these issues.?To improve visitation access for long-term care facilities, my colleagues and I voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 202, which would require nursing homes and other residential care facilities to allow their residents to participate in the Compassionate Care Program and Essential Caregiver Program. 
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  • Book on Indiana history fascinating read
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was a young man, a great weekend would involve being with my girlfriend, playing softball with good friends and enjoying a few cold beverages. As time went by, the girlfriend became my wife, and those good friends and cold beverages were plopped in front of a sporting event on TV (there were a lot less injuries that way).
    Now, my wife and I enjoy spending weekends avoiding the TV, opting instead to wander Indiana, and hoping to run into some of those good friends. Along the way we tend to find a few festivals and flea markets. And once there, I always try to find the booths that have books.
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  • Representative democracy should represent everyone, but doesn’t
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was young and under the scourge of thinking I knew it all now, I made an argument with my father claiming that the will of the majority ought to prevail, such was the crux of democracy. My father countered, “Shouldn’t the needs of the minority be protected?” His answer blindsided me. I wasn’t sure of which minority he spoke--he was a ride-or-die conservative who long held that his party needed to dominate and fix America as if there was only one way to do that. He didn’t mean to, but his contrarian response broke something loose in my thinking. 
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  • A happy little pill called Betcha-wish-ya-hadn’t
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Nature hates a vacuum, and so does Windy Wilson. The other day, emerging from the drug store, he looked around, and, finding no handy audience, spoke instead to the world.
    “Dad-gum ol’ Doc, anyway,” he said. “He’s one-a my bestest pals, but if you go to him for a mizz-ry, he makes you do some things and quit doin’ some other things. Them things Doc wants you to do you don’t wanna do, and the things he wants you to quit doin’ are stuff you bin savin’ up to do a buncha years now.
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