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David Cook

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How much does it cost to win a Hamilton County election?

The folks at Merriam-Webster Collegiate have just updated their dictionary, announcing Monday the addition of 150 new words.

Congratulations. What a special weekend. Graduation is this really sweet ceremony of in-betweenness, like getting bear-hugged by the Past and the Future at the same time.

Standing there with my press credentials and flinty newsroom gruff, I'm listening to the mayor speak on Thursday morning, trying to think up some hardnosed Woodward-and-Bernstein question, when blast it, I get choked up. Teary. A little weak in the knees. A little verklempt.

Reporting from the Boulder of the East, here’s a double espresso of outdoor news.

The state is gambling $900 million that the 21st century will look like the 20th.

Even dead, they suffer.

Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb — Fifth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

If I was a woman, I'd want to join the Junior League.

It's a lonely, defeated feeling. You hang your head, like a Vol fan in late October.

The news out of Mexico came fast and without warning, like a mule kick to the you-know-what.

Make that kind of society where it is easier for men to be good. — Peter Maurin

Remember when Jesus spits in the mud?

Ran the Scenic City Trail race on Saturday.

TCAP begins this week.

Really want to protest the Nazis?

Monday night at the four-star Chattanoogan hotel, Mayor Andy Berke gave the annual State of the City address, just as other city mayors have done before him.

The electric chair?

It was love at first sight.

The Gilded Age was so terrible because it was so extreme. Like an hourglass, the measured middle was squeezed up or down. We were an either-or America: you were either fabulously rich or poor like a bowl of dust.

I have a dream.

Pay them not to come.

An hour or two after Pittsburgh teenagers lay bleeding on the floors of their high school Wednesday morning, my good friend Frank called.

With more than 50 chapters and hundreds of members, the National Socialist Movement is the largest neo-Nazi group in America.

I might be wrong. — Radiohead

For more than three decades, the activist-priest John Dear has been traveling the world, teaching nonviolence.

It is the saddest of ironies: twin brothers in Red Bank who tried to live the most private lives possible are now the talk of the town, known across Chattanooga and beyond.

You begin by knowing the obstacles before you, the things you have to avoid.

Me. I'm the fool.

Last week, we boosted the kids from school, checked the tire pressure and headed south to Florida, where the azaleas right now look straight out of Eden. It was 75 degrees by lunch, 80 with my afternoon beer.

We only need 450,000,000 box tops. — CSLA parent

There's nothing we do in Hamilton County with your tax dollars that's more important than education. -- Mayor Jim Coppinger, March 2011

Allen Casey's barge needs to stay right where it is.

It was Saturday, a Halle Berry of an afternoon. I was piddling in the backyard. My retired neighbor was grilling burgers, that charcoal scent filling the air like the springtime version of Vatican incense.

Meet Andrew Reynolds, the luckiest little kid around.

Suzy and Curtis Baggett are white.

What makes you ... you?

Tennessee lawmakers are a few curlicues away from requiring all public school kids to learn how to read and write in cursive.

Five years ago, David Meek died while riding his bike.

Medicine is always about patients first. — Yank Coble

When we're angry or frustrated, sometimes the wrong words tumble out. We say things we really don't mean.

Let's say you work at Erlanger hospital. Maybe you're a technician, or a nurse. And you love your job.

One of the most significant moments in local politics is unfolding smack-dab before us.

If you know all these names — Bessie Smith Strut, Chattanooga Market, Mainx24, Missionary Ridge Road Race — then you need to know this name, too.

This morning, after hearing from a very loud and angry public, the Hamilton County Commission is expected to vote down the sheriff's plan to let police officers use cameras from their patrol cars to ticket speeders.

We need conservatism more than ever.

It is rush hour Friday and I'm leaving downtown and headed north into the heart of Chattanooga road construction: across the Olgiati Bridge, up the road dividing what's left of Stringer's Ridge, and onto the exit ramp toward Red Bank and Signal Mountain.

You hear me? God won't fail. — Jamie Coots

In a week or so, state Sen. Todd Gardenhire plans to introduce legislation that will take some political bravery.

Several weeks ago after church, I met a woman who told me a story about growing up in Chattanooga.

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