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BARRY LEVINE: Singers used television shows to advance their songs

Ricky Nelson first to promote his records on the shows

The trend started in 1957 when Ricky Nelson became the first teen idol to utilize television shows to promote hit records when he sang “I’m Walkin’ ” on “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”

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CARLTON FLETCHER: America needs a refresher course on freedom

OPINION: True freedom allows for different viewpoints

Many Americans seem to have a skewed view of our country’s guaranteed freedoms.

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MICHAEL GERSON: This may be America's populist moment

OPINION: Is populism set to prevail in American politics?

The “establishment” is so universally despised that one wonders who is left to comprise it. Outsiders with no political experience dominate the Republican field. Hillary Clinton has rapidly lost ground to an endearing but unelectable ideologue.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at television milestones 1945-65 | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: When did Bob Hope swap radio for television? Find out here.

From the end of WWII through the heart of the baby boomer years, TV became an important part of American culture.

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MANDY FLYNN: If only I had had a cell phone

LIFESTYLES COLUMNIST: Evidence is easier to get these days

I bet if I think hard enough, I could come up with dozens of things I’ve seen that I wish I’d had a cell phone handy to snap a picture or take a video because no one believed me.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Pondering the mug in the mirror

Outdoors: I'm even handsomer now than usual

In short, I’m pretty doggone comfortable with it and appreciate all of you withholding your honest assessments.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Obama's Syria debacle

OPINION: Putin outmaneuveres Obama

Why is Putin moving so quickly and so brazenly? Because he’s got only 16 more months to push on the open door that is Obama.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Aliens think again about invading earth

OPINION: Just when you think Krutopia is no Utopia

Given all of our issues, visitors from outer space might prefer to stay away.

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JOHN WALLACE: Law officers play critical roles

GUEST COLUMN: Police are underpaid, underappreciated and under scrutiny

It is not enough to make the laws. You need people to enforce the laws. And if you break a law that they have sworn to uphold, they may call you on it. These are your laws, not theirs. That’s how it works. That’s what they do

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BRAD MCEWEN: Lateralus, I'm in love

OPINION: Nothing says I love you like Tool tickets

There are several concert memories that stand out in my mind, but none had me falling in love like the time Tay and I caught a Tool show in Charlotte.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Pope Francis offends all sides

OPINION: Pope shows he is not beholden to liberal or conservative agenda

Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States generated an immense amount of publicity, much of it adoring and admiring. But the Pope also garnered a fair share of condemnation from all sides.

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TOM CONNELLY: Recalling the birth of the disability movement in Southwest Georgia

OPINION: Southwest Georgia has been a leading region for support of people with disabilities

While other less positive attributes may grab more of the headlines of Southwest Georgia, the region’s greatest asset may be the programs that support persons with disabilities.

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T. GAMBLE: Gamble on name change benefits

OPINION: Who knew free gifts came with a name?

I recently read where famous movie actor Matthew McConaughey’s older brother received a free year’s supply of Miller Lite beer. He received this gift because he named his son Miller Lyte. His son is now 9 years old and the name just came to the attention of Miller, resulting in the gift.

THOMAS: John Boehner: Then and now

The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: One man's memories of Jack

OPINION: Late Commissioner Jack Stone left an impression on all he encountered

Jack Stone’s passing brings long-held memories to the surface.