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Good-bye, Mr. Nardone. Thanks for everything

It was 20 years ago, but it seems like it was only yesterday. Long before I was editor of The Oxford Leader, I was the editorial page editor of the Shamrock, the student newspaper at East Detroit High School....more >>

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Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Women football announcers are a sure sign of the apocalypse

A while back Michigan State defeated Big Ten opponent Iowa in a football game in East Lansing. The Big Ten Network televised the game. I do not know who was responsible for getting the play-by-play announcer, and I guess it doesn't matter....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

It's a small world afterall . . . no, really

Thai girl makes Don cry.

Not too many women have made me cry within hours of meeting them. I must confess, however, before I left for the evening, the water works were opened up and tears openly dripped down my cheeks....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Run for the hills

With four days until Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, my training is over. I probably should have got in some more. My goal is to finish safely, with a secondary goal of maintaining a technically running pace the entire time....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for supporting land conservancy

Dear Editor, On behalf of the staff and directors of the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, I would like to thank all those who attended and supported this year's Wild Night Out fundraising event....more >>
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Born March 31st
1914: Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and Nobel Prize-winning writer.
1915: Henry Morgan, comedian, radio performer.
1926: John Fowles, English novelist (The Collector, The French Lieutenant's Woman).
1936: Marge Piercy, poet and novelist.
1948: Al Gore, Vice President to President William J. Clinton (1993-2001).
March 31st
in history
1547: In France, Francis--king since 1515--dies and is succeeded by his son Henry II.
1776: Abigail Adams writes to husband John that women are determined to foment a rebellion if the new Declaration of Independence fails to guarantee their rights.
1779: Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.
1790: In Paris, France, Maximilien Robespierre is elected president of the Jacobin Club.
1836: The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.