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Dick Jauron a hometown hero

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. -- He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears. He played for eight seasons in the NFL and led the National Football Conference in punt-return average. He held a Yale rushing record for more than a quarter-century. But around here Dick Jauron is remembered for getting an "A" from the toughest son-of-a-buck who ever taught 11th-grade American history in this town.

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No-show politicians

I love politics, but I hate it when politicians who are running for office -- any office -- flood my mailbox with flyers proclaiming they will “take a stand for Tennesseans,” only to “take a knee” when it comes to showing up to face their opponents in political forums.

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Business Pulse: 10-19-14

Business Pulse: 10-19-14

The most popular business question I’ve been asked in recent weeks is when will Kenzeroni’s Pizza open at Plaza Shopping Center?

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The flu can kill up to 50,000

October brings with it a yearly epidemic that, depending on its severity, kills between 3,000 to 50,000 Americans. It's called the flu. Americans don't panic; they get their flu shots, wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, and the flu season passes.

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The Mitt Romney revival

"Run, Mitt, run."

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Real estate can be unreal

Byron plans to sell his cows soon and retire. He has his heart set on selling his farm for twice what it's worth to some rich city people, who will use it as a weekend house during the summer.

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Obama looms over midterms

CONWAY, Arkansas -- In what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged voters here in Arkansas not to use their vote as an expression of disapproval for Barack Obama.

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Reflections on soybeans

My topic this week may be a surprise. Soybeans seldom make headlines in our hectic world. My own interest in them comes from walking among row upon row of soybeans during my daily strolls around the fields and hills of Pleasant Cove.

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Life valuable even when painful

Newark, N.J. -- The salutatorian of the Bayonne High class of 1917 was cause for celebration this past week. "If you can be a saint in Newark, New Jersey ..." my cab driver memorably said as I explained to him the reason for the police, media and crowds. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was being beatified at a morning Mass, in recognition of her saintly life lived on the streets of the Garden State, only a few decades before Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Chris Christie.

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Business Pulse: 10-12-14

There’s great news, boys and girls, concerning the old Ryan’s building across from Walmart. Shoe Show is locating what will be an enormous shoe store at that spot with plans to open in January.

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Ebola outbreak not worth panic

One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who'd become fearful her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were talking about "boots on the ground." She thought she'd heard about a Syrian Ebola outbreak on TV.

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The Democrats' secret weapon

Bill Clinton campaigned in Arkansas this week, focusing on college campuses and urging students to support candidates like Mark Pryor, one of the most endangered Democrats in the Senate. At each stop, staffers scurried through the crowds, gathering email addresses and cellphone numbers that could be used to mobilize voters on Election Day.

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Look at leaves at normal speeds

We have been stuck behind Mr. and Mrs. Leaf Peeper for 45 minutes. Sue and I are on our way home from the grocery store; they are on vacation. It's nice to be on vacation, to not have a worry in the world, to wander wherever the wind blows you, to be awed by the wonder of nature, to slow down and admire every new vista in brilliant, flaming colors.

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Jindal aiming for presidency

A few months ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to Washington to introduce a new national health care proposal. While there, he arranged to meet privately with a small group of conservative journalists and policy experts at the offices of the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank.

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