At a time when such products are derided as a major contributor to obesity and its related consequences, it may be difficult for some to celebrate the cultural milestone we mark today. On this day in 1894, Joe Biedenharn of Vicksburg, Mississippi used his soda water equipment to package the very first bottled Coca-Cola.
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As memories of the recent Winter Olympics are slowly subordinated to the ongoing spectacle of war on the Crimean peninsula, it’s easy to think about Russian President Vladimir Putin as a singular bad actor. Even the slightest familiarity with the history of the Crimea shows this to be far from the case.
Often in car accidents, it’s not the original misjudgment that causes the harm; it’s the overcorrection for the mistake that causes injury.
As recently reported by The Commercial , a vocal group of Arkansas Republicans are mounting a campaign to kill the Common Core educational standards. Their efforts mirror those of tea party members across the U.S. Their primary talking point revolves around an assertion that Common Core will not prepare students for success in college, but the real issue is one of state’s rights.
We can file this one under “it’s about time.”
For several years, The Commercial has published editorials highlighting problems associated with Pine Bluff’s poorly maintained and dwindling housing stock. In particular, we have regularly noted the crime epidemic that emanates from our community’s decrepit rental housing. Whether one’s home is rented or owned, our city has a tremendous problem associated with blighted housing.
Most of us probably know about Doctors Without Borders, the international medical aid organization that specializes in taking medical services to some of the most imperiled and dangerous places on Earth. According to a recent CNN.com report, there’s another international aid group with a similar goal of making people feel better, but this group doesn’t use traditional medical therapies. Rather, they rely on the “best medicine” — laughter.
In the Catholic faith, today is known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. It is the last day of the carnival season that precedes the start of Lent on Wednesday. While this time of year is among the most sacred to Christendom, many of the underlying lessons could be beneficial to everyone.
The Army is looking to the International Association of Fire Fighters as it seeks to develop fitness tests to ensure women are ready for combat positions that will become available to them in 2016, according to a report by The Associated Press.
The Institute for Economics and Peace is a non-profit think tank devoted to proffering the cause of peace all over the world. While their focus is explicitly macro-social (nation or global region) many of the ideas they propose have direct applicability here in Pine Bluff.