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After fire, residents melt with gratitude

Kyle Canyon resident Bob Meranto is built like a linebacker and looks like a tough guy. But when it comes to describing the help Mount Charleston residents received during the Carpenter 1 Fire, the longtime cement subcontractor is just an old softy.

On the Boulevard: In-Flight Inspiration

Inspiration is where you find it, and as usual I discovered it in an unlikely place – the seat pocket during a recent Southwest Airlines flight to Phoenix. As I leafed through the airline’s Spirit magazine, the first slice of wisdom came from...

Mobsters' tie to FBI shatters credibility

Jury selection in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger began last week in Boston, with all the media attention you’d expect from the final legal comeuppance of an aging organized-crime monster suspected of having a bloody hand in 19 murders.