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      What does the opening day of the baseball season mean to you? Anything other than just another season of high-paid athletes strutting their stuff on the ball field? I guess your answer may depend on your age. Today’s youth have much more to occupy their time and attention. Their heroes appear in highly visual movies and video games. Their activities are more sedentary and solitary than what kids did forty or fifty years ago. The world changes, but is it for the better?

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           Something is very wrong, eleven-year-old Jack Bucher thought as he absently climbed into the freezing backseat of the waiting car. This car feels like a cold tomb. Something terrible is about to happen.

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          The recent movement of Russian troops into the Crimea got me thinking about how history repeats itself. It reminded me not only of how the Russians moved into the Georgian providences of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, but also of how the Germans effortlessly occupied Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939. During each of these “actions,” the aggressor country’s reasoning have been the same—to protect their borders and their native people in the region.

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      Nina Tala was jolted awake by an all-consuming agony unlike anything she’d known in her long years as a murderous criminal. Her muscular limbs shot out with stone-like rigidness. Every nerve ending flamed as if set afire by molten lava. Her black eyes bulged and stared unseeing from her scarred Native American features toward the ceiling of her detention cell.

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           Transcript from Salem Crier staff reporter, Scott Lumley’s, interview with Rex Bana. Special-interest article slated for possible publication in early December, 1999. Tie in 1974-75 Crier articles relating to the Napier Road Killer, the Sara Bana murder case, and subsequent articles regarding Rex Bana’s murder investigations from 1990-1995.

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       I’m not a big TV fan. Nothing gets my panties in a bunch more than repetitive, idiotic commercials. I mostly watch the news to stay informed. But even it’s inundated with irritating medical and pharmaceutical commercials. I tend to smile or block these out, since the medicines sound more dangerous than the conditions they supposedly cure. I do, however, have one pet peeve about some of the current medical hype. I believe the media warnings to not let kids play organized sports for fear of brain concussions is one-sided and uninformed

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            I enjoyed the initial saga of the Rise of the Fifth Order fantasy series, Born of Water.

            In the magic-filled world of Myrrah, the Priests and Priestesses of the Church of the Four Elements can control earth, wind, water, and air. The Church maintains its position of power by “adopting” (kidnapping, was my impression) and training any children who show the power to control the elements.

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            I enjoyed reading Fall Eagle One by Warren Bell

            This historical-fiction novel begins in 1943, Nazi Germany. The war is going poorly for the Germans. They’ve suffered a major defeat at Stalingrad. The Russians are advancing. Allied bombing is devastating German cities and factories. The Allied invasion of Europe is inevitable.

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