Last Week, In Case You Missed It: February 12, 2011

It was an historic week in Egypt, the Packers won the Super Bowl, Gabrielle Giffords started to speak, Christina Aguilera mangled the National Anthem, and Lindsay Lohan thought that channeling Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct would be a good look for a court appearance. But we really covered none of that in Oak Ridge Now this week, save for our editorial cartoons. Here’s what we did cover:

We published two In The Spotlight interviews this week, the first with Oak Ridge High School’s Chris Steinley (who might look good with a milk mustache), and the second featuring Ryan Anthony, who talked extensively about his passion for Young Life, and the opportunities it provides for high school kids on our community.

We had two Unknown Soldiers features, the first reflecting upon the life and death of Pfc. Sam Huff, and the other providing a glimpse of family members who serve together in the armed forces. Teresa Strasser also weighed in twice this week, talking about the guilt that comes from putting your baby on formula, and the appreciation she has for her perfectly average baby. In Lost in Suburbia, Tracy Beckerman details her conversation with the garage door police.

In our other regular features, Dear Margo addressed having a wedding with feuding parents and stepparents (the correct answer should have been, “elope somewhere in the Caribbean, and forget about everyone else”). She also answered a reader who wondered if it would be cruel to tell her 80-year old father how much she hated he and her stepmother  for the past 25 years. Hint: let it go.

Someone wrote to Dave Ramsey and asked, essentially, “My girlfriend has run up a lot of debt, is considering filing for bankruptcy, and wants to move in with me. I’m wondering of this is a good idea”. Dave urged caution. Will E Sanders recounted his adventure with the cable guy, we posted a recipe for Valentine’s Day cookies, and showed you how to grow an indoor herb garden.

Texas lawmakers have been keeping busy, filing bills to make sexting illegal, and regulating the practice of sending students to court for misbehavior in class. Governor Rick Perry wants them to also consider working to create a way college students can get a degree in Texas for $10,000. Provided, of course, that the student is a citizen with a valid birth certificate whose parents haven’t yet been deported or turned away at the polls because they didn’t have a valid voter ID.

In the “stuff that may only be interesting to me” department, we had a story on the last words of some folks who have been executed in Texas over the past 30 years. Future executions might be in jeopardy, though, as at least one of the drugs in our lethal injection cocktail is now only manufactured by liberal Europeans, who take a dim view of our death penalty. Finally, we recapped local news, including a fatal accident on Rayford, and a peek at which restaurants failed their health inspections.

We took a look at the growing number of wind farms along the Texas Gulf coast, and we looked back on all the big talk of the federal government forcing banks to modify mortgages. Sadly, it looks like talk may have been all it was.

In sports, the Oak Ridge High School boys basketball team continued to fight through adversity, clinching a playoff spot with a win over Lufkin. The Lady War Eagle soccer team ran into some problems, and our favorite girls basketball team played their last home game.

Tom Purcell recalled his David Cassidy haircut from the 70’s, and after reading that, I couldn’t get the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You” out of my head all day. It’s a curse, I tell you. A curse. Bill O’Reilly talked about interviewing the President (you can’t just open with “Yo Barack, how you doin’?”), John Stossel railed on federal regulation, and Mark Shields explains why the Redskins’ Daniel Snyder is the worst professional sports owner known to man.

All that in one week of Oak Ridge Now. Read us. Like us. Share our articles on Facebook.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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