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  • On the Town: Booster Club, Tony's go after causes

     On the Town: Booster Club, Tony's go after causes
    With two different, and yet equally important goals, the Roosevelt Elementary School Booster Club and Tony Yanow, the proprietor of Burbank's Tony's Darts Away, staged respective fundraisers this past week.
  • A Word, Please: Are initials in parentheses really necessary?

    A Word, Please: Are initials in parentheses really necessary?
    People sometimes tell me to tell other people what to do, linguistically that is. I’ll get an email saying something like, “It drives me nuts when people say ‘Fruit is a healthy snack’ instead of ‘Fruit is a healthful snack.&...

    In Theory: Electing to bypass natural selection

    A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their...

    A Word, Please: The staying power of language superstitions

    A Word, Please: The staying power of language superstitions
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's a lot of bad information out there about grammar. But seldom does it come bundled in a veritable value pack of linguistic baloney like the one I found in a link on slate.com. The link, which promised to...

    On the Town: Gathering for bookish conversation

    On the Town: Gathering for bookish conversation
    In a gadgeted world in which folks garner the majority of their information and entertainment digitally, Liz Donatelli prefers to spend her time of learning and leisure cradling printed and bound paper. "I'm a book-lover," says Donatelli, the founder...