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  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Theme: THE TWENTIES

    ACROSS
    1. Property held by one party for the benefit of another
    6. Band booking
    9. Mary’s pet
    13. Blood circulation organ
    14. Under the weather
    15. Last test
    16. Beech tree fiber textile
    17. Jersey call
    18. 2:3, e.g.
    19. Conceited
    21. *Common Twenties description
    23. Relations
    24. Update, as in iPod
    25. Read-Only Memory
    28. Light beige
    30. Mother?
    34. “____ to it!”
    36. Space above
    38. Respected Hindu

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • High School dropout age receives major bipartisan support

    With time running out in the 2013 Regular Session, we turned our attention this week to reaching agreements on some of the General Assembly’s top priorities.

  • Signing bills into laws

    With only two days remaining to consider possible vetoes and some unresolved issues, the General Assembly completed much of its work this legislative session early last week.
    Since the House and Senate only meet for 30 instead of 60 working days in odd-numbered years – and four of those are set aside to elect leaders and appoint committees – we spent the relatively short amount of time we had tackling a fairly long agenda.

  • THEME: SPRING IN THE AIR

    ACROSS
    1. Father of Hector, Paris and Cassandra
    6. Young newt
    9. Perching place
    13. Fungal skin infection
    14. Tap order
    15. Less than right angle
    16. On pins and needles
    17. Bottom line
    18. Isabel Allende’s “Portrait in _____”
    19. *Say ______ to winter and hello to spring
    21. *Celebrated saint
    23. One of peeps
    24. Cobbler’s concern
    25. Mudbath site
    28. Cellist great
    30. *The ______ Spring, led by Alexander Dubcek

  • Law making is like March Madness

    In some ways, the end of a legislative session is not much different from the final weeks of the college basketball season: Both take months of preparation and teamwork to be successful; and both are at their most exciting as the clock winds down.
    That proved to be the case last week as the House and Senate looked for common ground on a wide variety of issues with only a handful of days remaining to meet.

  • “No indictment, no release"

    I have been fielding lots of questions and responding to all kinds of speculation as to why some arrests are not in the newspaper.
    It’s become a regular question from one individual on Wednesday afternoon when he buys his weekly paper to question why a specific arrest has not been published.
    Despite accusations to the contrary, my pockets are not being lined to keep someone’s name out of the paper.

  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Old Toyota model
    6. Priestly garb
    9. “Yes, ____!”
    13. Shrek and Fiona, e.g.
    14. Neither
    15. “Dancing with the Stars” number
    16. Country alliances
    17. ___-Wan Kenobi
    18. Potter enemy
    19. *Sweet number
    21. *Some fill out more than one
    23. Mork’s planet
    24. Kind of moss
    25. Company that loves logistics
    28. *The shot clock measures how much you have
    30. Loose Hawaiian unbelted dress

  • Theme: Famous Inventors

    ACROSS
    1. Squirrel away
    6. Young newt
    9. They put the bitter in beer
    13. Jousting pole
    14. Tap choice
    15. Bone-chilling
    16. Cast member
    17. Greater than the whole?
    18. Dismal
    19. *Cotton gin inventor
    21. Do this for a waltz, e.g.
    23. *___ Isaac Newton
    24. Shirts on their backs, e.g.
    25. Farmer’s ___
    28. Turkish honorific
    30. Lots
    35. Brother of Jacob
    37. Uh-oh
    39. Poet’s “below”
    40. Slash mark