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Uncovering a Cover-Up

CNN and NPR both ran stories about Florida’s Dozier School for Boys on Monday. The real-life school served as the inspiration for the fictional reform school in the 2011 Body Farm novel, “The Bone Yard.” There are links to additional … Continue reading

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All That Cremains

A recent news story out of Georgia bothered me because the incident should have been avoided. A funeral director’s license was suspended after he mistreated a corpse he was preparing for cremation. The deceased person weighed about 800 pounds. William … Continue reading

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Preparedness

Officers from the Aurora Police Department attended two events during the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership Conference in Denver last week. They were honored guests at the “Heroes Behind the Badge” preview screening and at the Restore Innocence … Continue reading

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Thin Blue Line

Associate producer Dennis Collins screened a “fine cut” of the film “Heroes Behind the Badge” at the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership Conference in Denver on Thursday night. Our group walked from the Brown Palace Hotel to a … Continue reading

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Ignoble Georgian

It’s no surprise that the words “Tri-State Crematory” would jump off the page while I was reading the descriptions of the various movies to be screened this coming weekend at the Secret City Film Festival. I have heard Dr. Bill … Continue reading

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Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful…

When Boy Scout Troop 630 held a flag ceremony to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they used a special “9/11 Flag of Honor” manufactured by Annin Flagmakers. The names of those who died that … Continue reading

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Power of Choice

The midnight attack upon movie-goers in Colorado has caused many of my Facebook friends to express their opinion about guns. My thoughts went not to firearms, but to faith. The 12 who died and the 58 who were injured are … Continue reading

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The Hunt for Hunter

Hunter Barnes is missing. His father, Dale Barnes, stopped by the taping of “The Weekly Fix” while we were in Maryville this week. Dale is doing everything he can to find his son. Hunter’s family and friends have created a … Continue reading

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Contra-tution

Bacon cheeseburgers are delicious. All restaurants should serve them. In fact, the government should force Indian restaurants and Kosher delicatessens to serve them too. Better still, the government should force Hindu and Jewish business owners to give free bacon cheeseburgers … Continue reading

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State Pen

The parallels between the sex abuse scandal at Penn State and the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church are obvious. As a Catholic, I can understand the shock and disappointment that football fans are feeling. Coach Joe Paterno is … Continue reading

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Brotherhood

At my grandmother’s funeral this summer, we took time to acknowledge the family members who had predeceased her. We prayed for her husband, two of her sons and two of her grandsons. Her late grandsons are my cousins, Terry and … Continue reading

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9 Years, 11 Months

Australian firefighter Nathan Bentley befriended me on Facebook after discovering that FDNY Captain Terry Hatton was my cousin. He is good about keeping in touch when he thinks about 9/11. Here’s a message he sent me the other day: I … Continue reading

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Make Every Dollar Count

A well-meaning pastor was on the news last week. He had a truck parked outside a local grocery store and was accepting donations of bottled water and canned food. He was taking the supplies to Alabama for tornado victims. He … Continue reading

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Never Forgotten

Terry Hatton died on September 11, 2001. Unlike the innocent murder victims who were already in the World Trade Center when terrorists struck, Terry ran into a burning building in an effort to save others. It was his job. He … Continue reading

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