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Illegal immigration is taking jobs and risking lives

OCALA, Fla., July 31, 2014 — The Republican-controlled U.S. House is considering a legislative conference with the Democratic-dominated Senate to amend an immigration bill signed by George W. Bush in 2008. This law, in long and short, established the current immigration policy for unaccompanied illegal alien minors. While President Barack Obama wrote executive mandates which

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Illegal immigration is taking jobs and risking lives

OCALA, Fla., July 31, 2014 — The Republican-controlled U.S. House is considering a legislative conference with the Democratic-dominated Senate to amend an immigration bill signed by George W. Bush in 2008. This law, in long and short, established the current immigration policy for unaccompanied illegal alien minors. While President Barack Obama wrote executive mandates which

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Illegal immigration is taking jobs and risking lives

OCALA, Fla., July 31, 2014 — The Republican-controlled U.S. House is considering a legislative conference with the Democratic-dominated Senate to amend an immigration bill signed by George W. Bush in 2008. This law, in long and short, established the current immigration policy for unaccompanied illegal alien minors. While President Barack Obama wrote executive mandates which

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High immigration = low living for average Americans

OCALA, Fla., July 30, 2014 — America is going through some rough economic times. Hardships are felt mainly among the working and lower middle classes, whose median wages have been in decline for decades. During the years ahead, though, things might get worse for white collar workers with the rise of tech-savvy immigrants from Asia.

Chinese students

High immigration = low living for average Americans

OCALA, Fla., July 30, 2014 — America is going through some rough economic times. Hardships are felt mainly among the working and lower middle classes, whose median wages have been in decline for decades. During the years ahead, though, things might get worse for white collar workers with the rise of tech-savvy immigrants from Asia.

Chinese students

High immigration = low living for average Americans

OCALA, Fla., July 30, 2014 — America is going through some rough economic times. Hardships are felt mainly among the working and lower middle classes, whose median wages have been in decline for decades. During the years ahead, though, things might get worse for white collar workers with the rise of tech-savvy immigrants from Asia.

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Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world,

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Catfishing and the despair of online relationships

SANTA CRUZ, July 30, 2014— The online urban dictionary defines catfishing as ‘the phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).’The social phenomenon has spawned a 2010 documentary film, as well as an MTV series. The fact that it is

Cover of Hawke's Point.

Hawke’s Point: Book review

SILVER SPRING, Md, July 30, 2014 – Jonas Hawke is a retired lawyer in the small New England town of Beacon Junction. He spends his days in the bed and breakfast he owns reading the classics, smoking his pipe and keeping to himself. Haunted by the sudden and premature death of his oldest son and

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Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

Screenshot of scene from Universal's new "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer.

Just out: Hot new trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (video)

HOLLYWOOD, July 24, 2014 – Universal released today its first trailer for “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” the sexy, much-anticipated film that’s based on E.L. James’ eponymous blockbuster book. James’ erotic novel has sold over 100 million copies, and the studio is hoping to spin the turnstiles for the new movie, scheduled for what Deadline Hollywood

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

From L: Julian (Alex Podulke) and Claire (Barbara Kingsley).

CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

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Catfishing and the despair of online relationships

SANTA CRUZ, July 30, 2014— The online urban dictionary defines catfishing as ‘the phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).’The social phenomenon has spawned a 2010 documentary film, as well as an MTV series. The fact that it is

Business

Summer vacation. (Credit: Theen Moy, via Flickr, CC 2.0)

Summer vacation: A chance to discover your real life purpose

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – Summer time has always been a popular time of the year for families to take a vacation because the kids are home from school. It’s a great time to kick back and relax. I often encourage clients to make sure they take some “self” time while they are away from

Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.

Apple [AAPL] reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (AAPL) released its eagerly anticipated third-quarter earnings report after Tuesday’s closing bell. The company earned $7.7 billion, $1.28 per share, for the three-month period ending June 28, which was a 12% increase from 2013’s Q3 earnings of $6.9 billion, $1.07 per share. On the other hand, while revenue jumped 6% from

ExamSoft has a blonde bar exam moment. Elle Woods would make it work. Photo: MGM Studios

Bar exam #fail: technology breakdown leads to Barmageddon

SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2014 – Thousands of aspiring attorneys in the U.S. attempting to upload their bar exam essays before the deadline hit a massive roadblock Tuesday night, causing students to vent their frustration with the vendor and the entire situation on social media ExamSoft, a Dallas and Boca Raton, Florida based company that

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5



WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.

Reconstruction of Noah's Ark.

GDP, Fed flood inundates Wall Street. Bull market to end?

SANTA FE, N.M., July 30, 2014 – Flooding was big news yesterday in the otherwise-parched American West, swamping among other places parts of New Mexico’s Sandoval County as surprisingly large summer monsoons continue to wash through this desert state where the Maven is staying this week to review the Santa Fe Opera’s current season. More

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Illegal immigration is taking jobs and risking lives

OCALA, Fla., July 31, 2014 — The Republican-controlled U.S. House is considering a legislative conference with the Democratic-dominated Senate to amend an immigration bill signed by George W. Bush in 2008. This law, in long and short, established the current immigration policy for unaccompanied illegal alien minors. While President Barack Obama wrote executive mandates which

Travel

Downtown Kansas City Missouri Aerial Photos

Kansas City – One charming and burgeoning metropolis

KANSAS CITY, MO, July 31, 2014 — Kansas City is “The City of Fountains” to many people and the home of swing and bebop for many others. Music enthusiasts are drawn to the jazz clubs and old haunts of famous musicians such as Charlie Parker and Count Basie. Kansas City has more fountains than any

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Summer vacation. (Credit: Theen Moy, via Flickr, CC 2.0)

Summer vacation: A chance to discover your real life purpose

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – Summer time has always been a popular time of the year for families to take a vacation because the kids are home from school. It’s a great time to kick back and relax. I often encourage clients to make sure they take some “self” time while they are away from

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