Issue 761

20th December, 2012 - 09th January, 2013

This pivotal year in politics, culture, and community set new standards in terms of divisiveness, despite the fact that in a landmark Presidential election year, largely driven by a decisive new coalition of Hispanics, African-Americans, young people, single women, and old-time union types, Barack Obama became the first Democratic president since FDR to get re-elected with 50 percent of the vote.

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2012 was the year words and music collided into a cacophony of sounds and impressions cultivated from the past that attempted to embrace and give perspective to the future. It was a year when everybody seemed on edge, divided politically in a presidential election year with Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z rallying behind President Barack Obama while Kid Rock lifted the Confederate Flag for Mitt Romney; and ending with a remarkable show of star-power and unity in the unprecedented 12/12/12 concert at Madison Square Garden for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

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Leather Helmets & a Tale of Two Saginaw Players

The NFL has lost its way.  Six-time Pro-Bowler Chad Johnson head butted his newlywed wife, Josh Brent of the Cowboys gets in a car drunk, crushes it, and kills his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown; and Jovan Belcher of the K.

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I can never quite reconcile yearly migrations:  the summer solstice, fall equinox and Mayan predictions of doom and gloom. But I do feel grateful that this year is winding down. I need some renewal.

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The Great Lakes Bay region has always been a great area for sports; with talented athletes and a wide array of sports to watch, participate in, or coach, it's a safe bet when I say that the people of the Great Lakes Bay region are some of the most passionate when it comes to anything having to do with sports here in our little corner of the world.

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As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back at some of the best movies of the year. Your humble scribe is a great fan of films, but this list does not aspire to declaring the “best” films of the year.

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