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My Life as a Marathon: Exhaustion and exhilaration
Sometimes you set out running at full speed, not knowing what is ahead of you. Despite the uncertainty and butterflies in your stomach, you do it anyway. That, for me, was the 28-hour, 27-minute Reno Tahoe Odyssey Adventure Relay. The 178-mile run winds through downtown Reno, west to Verdi, past Stampede and Boca reservoirs, through Truckee, around the rolling tree-lined hills of Lake Tahoe, down into the Carson valley, through Virginia City a...
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Butchering our honored anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
Watching sporting events is a national pastime for many of us. Before the games begin, our national anthem usually is sung out of respect for our national heritage. The anthem is a symbol of our courage, bravery and valor during the Revolutionary War. In reverence to our legacy and the American flag, we place our right hand over our heart and reflect on the words and meaning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  But over the years, the anthem has ev...
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World Cup runneth over
World Cup soccer is in full swing. The entire world literally is glued to any and every television or radio broadcast concerning the games and their outcomes 24 hours a day. The United States has even finally come out of its soccer (or football, as the world calls it) closet and embraced the sport more than it ever has. For the uninformed, the World Cup is the Super Bowl of soccer. The World Cup is held every four years. The only reason I beli...
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Welcome to the Big Top
Money and politics have been sharing a bed together since the first politician denied that he would be running for public office and then proceeded to solicit donations anyway.
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Thumbs up, thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval.
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Translating the politically inscrutable
The political primary season may be over, but the beleaguered body politic still needs all the help it can get.
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Israel obstacle in Mideast
White House reporter Helen Thomas, asked to comment on the latest Israeli crime, erupted angerly: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine!”
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Chicks up front
One of the few benefits of aging is the perspective it offers from experience. I remember it well is more than just a phrase.
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The most contentious political race in Nevada history
The general outcome of last week’s primary election wasn’t any great surprise. Republican Don Gustavson defeated County Commissioner Bob Larkin handily in his bid for state Senate District 2 seat in Carson City. Gustavson will have his hands full challenging Democrat Allison Edwards in this race. Gustavson is a termed-out state assemblyman. His claim to fame is his habitual “no” vote on almost all new legislation and his ongoing failed attempt...
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If I knew then what I know now
My Saturday morning was busy. I hurried to photograph the free fishing day at the Sparks Marina, arriving early in hopes of capturing that moment of surprise on a child’s face when a fish finally takes the bait. I waited, moved from family to family along the south bank of the marina, waiting for that moment. It never happened, or at least I wasn’t able to capture it to accompany reporter Sarah Cooper’s story. Rushing from the marina back to t...
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Flag Day unfolded
Monday was Flag Day. I hope everyone flew the Stars and Stripes on that day to show respect not only to the flag, but also to our country. The flag shouldn’t be torn, dirty or tattered. It should be bright, crisp and clean to show proper deference. It really irks me to see a dirty, torn or tattered flag flying anywhere. I know flags are expensive, but either fly the banner properly or don’t fly it at all. We do a lot of things with the flag ot...
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Let the electoral games officially begin
Sports reporters have the Super Bowl. News reporters have Election Day.
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‘O Canada!’ a civil land
The Vancouver Public Library may be the best library in the world. Entering its doors you surprisingly encounter a courtyard full of stores, ice cream and coffee parlors and food outlets with “sidewalk cafés.”
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Sexy follytix 2010: Reality vs. Superficiality
As I’ve always reminded my radio and TV audiences, just because I’m on the sending side of the media doesn’t imply any special wisdom. Last week’s elections showed that the pundit class can miss the heart of a story handed to them on a Silver State platter.
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The night they drove old Dixie down
S.C. — Stranger than South Carolina’s politics is the nearly nativist pride many take in its nastiness.
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Freedom: Our license to vote
By the end of the day we will know who will compete for the privilege of representing us locally and nationally in the hippodrome for politics.  In ancient times, hippodromes were arenas for circuses and horse racing. It’s only fitting that today, political horse races are resolved in the circus of donkeys and elephants. Locally, City Councilman Ron Schmitt is challenging incumbent Mayor Geno Martini for the top administrator’s seat.  The outc...
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Paper boy shares memories for Tribune's 100th
On Thursday, the Sparks Tribune will celebrate its 100th anniversary. I moved to Sparks in 1956 at the ripe old age of 10 years old. I immediately put in for a newspaper route at the area’s larger two newspapers. One was a morning paper and the other was an evening paper, which no longer exists. I didn’t even know there was a Sparks Tribune in those days. All I knew was that I had an Omaha World Herald paper route at my former home in Hot Spri...
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Libidos gone wild
When a long-ago South Carolina legislator described his state as “too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum,” he might have added, “but just perfect for a bordello!” Perhaps it is the humidity. Throw in a cocktail, stir with human nature and you’ve got that ol’ fleeting magic. But what’s with all these kissy-boys spilling the beans on their paramours? Whither chivalry? Whither, alas, manliness? The women in these romantic...
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Happy birthday to us
Something happened in 1910 that would change Sparks forever: Patrick H. Mulcahy founded the Sparks Tribune.
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English programs important for our community
English language learning (ELL) programs and teachers are integral to the success and development of all students who do not speak English as their primary language.
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