‘B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal,’ by J.C. Hallman

By Jeff Turrentine April 23 at 5:10 PM About two-thirds of the way into “B & Me,” J.C. Hallman sets us straight. If we think we’ve been reading a 277-page mash note from a besotted literary critic to the idiosyncratically erudite writer Nicholson Baker, then we’ve...

What’s listeria and how is it traced to ice cream?

WASHINGTON (AP) — New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the...

‘Tiger Man’ fights for return of animals

  ‘ STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — The maze of steel cages where bears and black leopards roamed for more than three decades are quiet now. The growls and roars of tigers and lions no longer echo across Kenny Hetrick’s backyard and into his neighbor’s windows. All of his animals,...
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Lane: Why don’t we just abolish the VA?

The Veterans Affairs hospital under construction in in Aurora, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press) By Charles Lane Opinion writer April 22 at 7:54 PM The men and women who serve in the military protect both the United States’ security and its values, including...
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When bootleggers and Baptists converge

A woman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette. (Phil Noble/Reuters) By George F. Will Opinion writer April 22 at 7:57 PM Smoking, said England’s King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later...
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Dionne: The Gingrich-Adams lesson on federal spending

President Obama, with Dr. Nancy Sullivan, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, both of the National Institutes of Health. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer April 22 at 8:13 PM Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich. There...
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Putting on your ‘professional hands’

A nurse prepares a flu vaccine injection. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) By Melissa Beth Behl April 22 at 8:18 PM Melissa Beth Behl is studying for a master’s degree at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. For the first time, I was present as one of my patients died. I had...
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Editorial: A city’s trust, severed in Baltimore

Edward Brown speaks at a protest outside City Hall about Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Amy Davis/AP) By Editorial Board April 21 at 8:24 PM ONCE AGAIN, a black man has died, unaccountably, at the hands of police in an American city. Once again, indignant...
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Editorial: Amidst an economic crisis, Greek leaders are playing to the demos

Marching protesters in Athens carry a banner that reads, “Write off the debt now.” (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) By Editorial Board April 21 at 8:23 PM THE ELECTION victory of Greece’s Syriza party in January thrilled left-wing populists across Europe — but...