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Death of a comedy legend puts depression in spotlight

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Sadly, the world lost a brilliant soul in Robin Williams this week. For decades, Williams made us laugh until we couldn’t breath and then amazed us with his dramatic acting ability, even earning an Academy Award for his role in “Good Will Hunting.” We were shocked after learning that he committed suicide on Monday. How could anybody so talented, rich and famous take his own life? It just shows that

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  • Community health centers help serve those in need

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed Aug. 10-16 as National Community Health Center Week.  What is a community health center? Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care.  They are: • Located in or serve a high need community. • Governed by a community board composed of a majority (51 percent or more) of health center patients

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  • Hatred in the nuclear era

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media Before nuclear weapons, after nuclear weapons . . . “The latter era, of course,” writes Noam Chomsky, “opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but – so the evidence suggests – not the moral and intellectual capacity to control

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  • Separating cybersecurity hype from reality

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Rachel Marsden Tribune Media The big players in the global information-security industry are intermingling with computer hackers this week at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Even Chris Inglis, who stepped down as the deputy director of the National Security Agency earlier this year, is scheduled to attend the conference in his new capacity as an advisor to the American security-intelligence company Securonix. The purpose of the event

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  • Change could be worthwhile at OHS despite disruption

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    When school opens in just over a week, the word “new” will have a resonance when the new school year starts at Osceola High School. OHS has a new principal, Edward Jones, and two new assistant principals, but more important to the 2,500 or so students at the school, they will have a new schedule with seven 45-minute class periods rather than four 90-minute blocks. In the block schedule, as

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  • Never again to us: Israel’s battle cry?

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don’t stay there. Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe.” This is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward, cleansing the nation’s collective conscience. Is it really that easy to sweep away the moral sting of violent action? A captive population is being pummeled

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  • Penned as dead, handwriting frees the mind

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Mary Schmich Tribune Media Your handwriting is a mirror of your soul. I live with this fear, and I say fear because my penmanship, like the penmanship of almost everyone I know, has devolved since the glory days of childhood into a gibberish of dots and lines that would baffle the smartest cryptologist. Once graceful, precise and bold, my handwriting is now so crabbed that even I sometimes can’t make

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