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Texas Turns Battleground as Cowboy Boots Win Hispanics — Alex Steele begins his pitch on how to turn Texas into a Democratic state like any good politician, with the story of how he got to this place. It begins in California's Central Valley, where he grew up: his father working two jobs to support four boys, his mother disabled by illness.

The Baseball Whisperer — About the Book About the Author Excerpts Reviews About the Book From an award-winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America's heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ballplayers - and men Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything.

Michael Tackett - The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams — Clarinda, Iowa is a farming town with a population of 5,000 and an outsize impact on baseball. In his first book, Tackett, an editor at The New York Times Washington bureau and former Washington bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune, tells the inspiring story of Merl Eberly, a coach dedicated not just to baseball, but to kids in need of a goal and a second chance.

Amid the Iowa Corn, Faithful Fertilization of Baseball’s Future — And the lore of Eberly and the Clarinda A's continued to grow. Bud Black, a star pitcher with the Kansas City Royals who went on to manage the San Diego Padres, played there for two summers. So did Phillies outfielder Von Hayes, though he asked Eberly to release him two weeks into his first season because he didn't think he was good enough.

Carl Erskine Helps Honor a Childhood Friend — After Wilson led the state in scoring while playing for tiny Anderson College, the fledgling professional basketball leagues also offered no opportunity. So Wilson signed with the Harlem Globetrotters in the era when the team was highly competitive, barnstorming the country to take on college all-star teams and white professional teams, even traveling to Europe and Asia.

Gramm Admits Investing In Soft-porn Film — WASHINGTON - Sen. Phil Gramm, a Republican presidential hopeful seeking to win the support of the religious Right, invested in an R-rated, soft-core movie production with his brother-in-law 20 years ago, according to the New Republic magazine.

Obamacare Foes Using Shutdown Echo South’s Nullifiers — The Tea Party-inspired drive to derail Obamacare is anchored in a place where opposition to the federal government is as old as the nation: the American South. The current fight, a budget standoff that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S, has vestiges of the secession from the union that started in South Carolina and led to the Civil War.

McCarthy up for anything, but is that good? - News-Herald: Entertainment — Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:23 am An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Need an account? Create one now. Thank you for reading 10 free articles on our site.

How entertainment has changed as America has become less religious - Daily American: News — "The devil exists. God exists," Warren says in the film. "And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow." "The Conjuring" is a successful example of the kind of entertainment that's becoming increasingly rare - the kind that portrays faith as a positive truth rather than an equivocal superstition.

Movie review: 'Paper Towns' gets lost on a trail of clues — The 305-page novel "Paper Towns" by John Green is propelled by a sense of urgency and a thorny mystery. The 109-minute movie "Paper Towns" all too often seems inert, even as it condenses clues to its core puzzle about an 18-year-old girl's whereabouts.
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