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Chillin' with Dylan

April 13, 2012

    Baseball season has come around at last and I have been just plain giddy going around taking in some local action this week and last.
    The weather has been more than adequate for baseball as I’m usually wearing layers still at this time, but Mother Nature has allowed me to wear shorts for the entire month of March. Simply beautiful.

Alone With J

April 9, 2012

By J SWYGART
    Okay, we’re gonna start today’s entry with something a little different — a disclaimer; a warning of sorts. Today’s column will take a look at how the North Adams school board later this year will begin its metamorphosis from an appointed body into an elected one. It’s a complex and complicated transition formula. We’ll try to break it down into simplistic terms, but there’s a 50-50 chance we will fail miserably.

From Left Field

April 9, 2012

By BOB SHRALUKA
    In Florida, a person can be arrested and sent to prison for up to three years for pointing a gun at someone. But that same person can shoot and kill that same someone, claim it was in self-defense and, due to the state's "stand your ground" law, cannot be arrested unless it can be proved the shooter was in no way threatened.

Digital Views

April 9, 2012

By MARK TURNER
    The genre of film known as "sword and sandal" has gone up and down over the years. A staple of films in the late '50s and early '60s, the genre lost favor when the age of the anti-hero and film student filmmakers took over.
    But in 2000 that changed when GLADIATOR hit the screens and planted Russell Crowe firmly in the position of movie star. More movies followed like TROY and 300. And so it is we now have the latest film based on Greek mythology, IMMORTALS.

Digital Views

April 2, 2012

By MARK TURNER
    There are movies that are released and then discussed later when Oscar time rolls around as being the next best thing since sliced bread. The actors and directors are talked about and make the talk show route. Almost always these incidents are nothing more than hype, trying to drum up interest in a film that is nominated but nowhere near as good as they claim. Then there are the rare times when it all clicks and turns out to be true as with THE DESCENDANTS.

Alone With J

April 2, 2012

By J SWYGART
    The last week in March is always one of the stranger weeks of the year here at the old newspaper factory. Staffers in the editorial department of the Democrat are catching their breath after the publication of our progress edition — this year called People, Places & Profiles — and it’s always a post-partum time, of sorts. Meanwhile, life in Decatur and Adams County has slowed to a crawl during this annual spring break mystery tour as half the residents headed south for some fun in the sun.

Chillin' with Dylan

March 29, 2012

    Spring is truly here and this week in sports marks the change in season as we see the end of college basketball with the Final Four on Saturday night and the beginning of baseball season.
    A game in Tokyo between the Mariners and A’s was played yesterday to kick off the season with one more game today to finish the Asian showcase.

Alone With J

March 26, 2012

By J SWYGART
    Readers who were paying attention — and especially those sitting members of various public boards and commissions — get a nifty civics lesson earlier this week, courtesy of the Berne City Council.

Digital Views

March 26, 2012


    There have been numerous filmed versions of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling tale THE THREE MUSKETEERS over the years. My favorite of which remains the one starring Gene Kelly and June Allyson.
    Some have been good, some have been bad and many have been so-so. But it's been a while since one was made so I guess it was inevitable that we have a new one; thus, we have this latest version from director Paul W. S. Anderson, the director behind the RESIDENT EVIL series of films as well as two ALIEN sequels.

From Left Field

March 26, 2012

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Applause is due for Decatur City Council, Mayor John Schultz and City Attorney Tim Baker for the professional and thoughtful manner in which they've been  handling the proposed ordinance regulating sexually-oriented businesses that might want to settle here.
    From the outset, Baker has stressed the point, "You can't ban something simply because you don't like it."

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