Karen Sampson Hoffman

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An obit for a friend

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Pamela Mercer

I have written obituaries before, and I have written them for people who were friends and acquaintances. But this obituary for a friend is different.

Pamela deserves an obit. We all do, but those of us who pledge to seek the truth and report it deserve this one last time for our names to appear in print, for this one time to have our stories told. Pamel...

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Paula Deen and the Bad Word

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometime during the 1980s, a man walked into a southern Georgia bank and threatened the teller, holding a gun to her head and demanding money. Frighten beyond her wits, the teller complied, handing over the cash.

That night, she went home and told her husband. The man who robbed her was black; the woman was Paula Deen. Telling her husband about the gun placed to her head, Ms. Deen used a word that is considered to be so abhorrent that the

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