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Essayist Brenda Miller to read at APSU


Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller, the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes, will be at Austin Peay State University near the end of the month to read from her newest collection of essays.

Miller will read from “Blessing of the Animals” at 8 p.m., Jan. 29 in the Kimbrough Building, Gentry Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

In addition to the reading, Miller will hold an informal discussion with APSU students, faculty and staff at 12:20 p.m., Jan. 29 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. «Read the rest of this article»

Christian Cross does not represent all deceased vets, UA tells Federal Appeal Court


San Diego religious symbol’s display on public land violates Constitution, Church-State watchdog group argues


Mt. Soledad cross, San Diego

The Christian cross is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives and should not be displayed on government property, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Americans United and other religious and civil liberties groups today asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling holding that the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego is a secular war memorial.

“American service personnel come from many different faiths and some follow no spiritual path at all,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It is disrespectful to our deceased veterans to use the symbol of only one faith to memorialize them all. «Read the rest of this article»

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New state constitutional officers elected


In a historic vote, in a joint session of the state house and senate, all three sitting Constitutional Officers have been replaced.

big_tnIn a Republican led move that appears to place more importance on candidate’s party affiliation than actually qualifications, your new Constitutional Officers are as follows:

  • Secretary of State – Tre Hargett (formerly Riley Darnell)
  • Treasurer – David Lilliard (formerly Dale Sims)
  • Comptroller – Justin Wilson (formerly John Morgan)

The press was more interested in the Comptroller and Treasurer candidates, and seemed to give Mr. Hargett a pass.  Phil Williams, of News Channel Five ran several special investigative reports on Justin Wilson, David Lilliard, and Ira Brody.  Here is a little summary of what Mr. Williams found out about these nominees. «Read the rest of this article»

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