Opinon: My lifelong hero is accused of abusing minors, and I’m still trying to process it

When I first heard of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” I found every excuse not to watch it. Michael Jackson was found “not guilty” of sexual assault. In my mind at first, there was no way the accusations against him could be credible. When I listened to a New York Times podcast, “The Daily,” explain the credibility of the victims, […]

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Column: Life with Logan

I confidently entered the blue building, pretending to own the place, and directed my dad to the video games aisle. As a 6-year-old without much money, Blockbuster visits were luxury occasions. Whenever I spent the night at a friend’s house, we frequently pit-stopped at Blockbuster to gaze at the different VHS tapes, video games and new innovative products they called […]

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Column: Reels with Ryan ‘Captain Marvel’

Note: This review does not contain spoilers.  There is a certain formula that characterizes movies introducing a new superhero. Sometimes, a seemingly ordinary citizen possesses innate abilities, or a wealthy tech genius finds a desire to fight crime. Other times, an alien from another planet is trying to save the universe. Regardless of the means, the film usually contains a […]

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Opinion: Benjamin Netanyahu is a strong American ally, but he may not be reelected

Israel is America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. However, will the relationship between the two countries stand the test of this year’s election for Israeli Prime Minister? President Donald Trump strongly hopes that incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will win the election against the coalition of Benjamin Gantz and Yair Lapid. Anyone else who wants to see peace […]

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Opinion: The pope and other Catholic leaders must aid and help victims of abuse

In the past seven decades, more than 3,600 children, most under the age of 13, were sexually abused by Catholic clergy members, according to a study commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church Bishop’s conference. In June of 2017, Cardinal George Pell was convicted of abusing two choir boys in 1996. Pell was the highest-ranking Catholic in Australia and was previously […]

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Life with Logan: Mr. Gil and the power of positivity

Our companionships often determine our personalities.  When I interact with negative people, I usually replicate their disposition. Likewise, I’m much more optimistic when I socialize with positive people. That’s why whenever my family shopped at Walmart on Old Forrest Road in Lynchburg, Virginia, we always kept our eyes out for Gil Puzon, a dedicated cashier who embodied positivity better than […]

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Column: Reels with Ryan

With no host and temporary reports that certain category announcements would go untelevised, there was plenty of speculation how this year’s Oscars would go, but surprises and a few genuine moments made the 91st Academy Awards a success. It began with a live performance by Queen — who has been involved in this year’s awards season thanks to the biopic […]

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Column: Life with Logan

Hymns pierce the soul better than contemporary music. My church, a congregation of about 70, balances modern praise and worship with traditional hymns. This genre mix provides stability in our diverse congregation, many of them senior citizens who deeply appreciate the “old-fashioned” music. Unlike contemporary music, hymns focus on powerful, doctrinally-driven lyrics. There’s nothing wrong with contemporary tracks, but I […]

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Opinion: The NBA must change its draft eligibility rules

When Zion Williamson’s defective shoe ripped open 36-seconds into Duke’s rivalry game against North Carolina, all eyes turned to the National Basketball Association to see if they will finally rip up their defective one-and-done rule. By forcing teenagers to attend college for a year and play for a university that monopolizes off their free labor, the NBA has jeopardized the […]

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