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Picking Sam, Rams welcome 1st openly gay player

Picking Sam, Rams welcome 1st openly gay player

May 11th, 2014 7:21 pm by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft. For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming

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Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

May 11th, 2014 7:13 pm by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

Police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep a suspect from committing suicide after a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase. But the man kept cutting phone calls short and pointing his handgun to his head.

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New business looks to combine wine, painting into 'Masterpiece'

New business looks to combine wine, painting into 'Masterpiece'

May 11th, 2014 4:35 pm by Contributed to the Press

Masterpiece Mixers, a Georgia-based wine-and-painting franchise, is moving into the Roan at Unaka Center at 101 East Unaka Ave., next to Wok and Hibachi.

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Arkansas issues same-sex marriage licenses

Arkansas issues same-sex marriage licenses

May 10th, 2014 10:05 pm by CHRISTINA HUYNH, Associated Press

Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.

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UPDATED: U. of Richmond: 2 athletic staffers on Va. balloon

UPDATED: U. of Richmond: 2 athletic staffers on Va. balloon

May 10th, 2014 10:01 pm by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press

A University of Richmond women's basketball assistant coach and team staff member were the passengers aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia.

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Survey suggests need for safety service shifts

Survey suggests need for safety service shifts

May 10th, 2014 9:56 pm by Becky Campbell

An expansive review of public safety services in Johnson City could lead to some changes in how 911, fire, EMS and police agencies here operate, but many of the recommendations are expensive, long-term projects, according to one city leader.

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Flag Pond festival celebrates community, local leeks

Flag Pond festival celebrates community, local leeks - VIDEO

May 10th, 2014 9:47 pm by Max Hrenda

This weekend, residents of Flag Pond may have bore witness to the area's only event in which strong odors and shedding tears aren't unusual.

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911 411: Report suggests Washington Co. 911 needs new facility

911 411: Report suggests Washington Co. 911 needs new facility

May 10th, 2014 9:42 pm by Becky Campbell

Washington County 911 center's building is in poor repair, and the agency should begin planning for a new facility, according to one of 11 recommendations by a public safety analysis firm.

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Alexander talks education, job market before ETSU speech

Alexander talks education, job market before ETSU speech

May 10th, 2014 9:37 pm by Tony Casey

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, East Tennessee State University's spring commencement keynote speaker, let a federal financial aid form fall from above his head to the ground Saturday before graduation to show the amount of information and effort put into fill

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For some, grad glee overshadowed by debt, uncertainty

For some, grad glee overshadowed by debt, uncertainty

May 10th, 2014 9:30 pm by Tony Casey

A number is often attached to a graduate's name. While traditionally it's been a grade point average, that number has changed in recent years, and with good reason. The number is the amount of debt they accrued to earn their degrees at East Tennessee Stat

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