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  • 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 children out of evolution teaching.
  • 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.&...

    Author is spellbound by TV witch's career

    Author is spellbound by TV witch's career
    Just in time for Halloween, Burbank author Herbie Pilato will be signing his latest book, “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances,” which he called an “encyclopedia” of the entire body of work for...

    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...

    In Theory: Were early Christians persecuted for their beliefs?

    Were early Christians really persecuted for their beliefs? The popular image is of them being thrown to the lions and having to meet in secret, but an author is challenging what she calls the "myth" of Christian persecution. Candida Moss, who is...