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July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I.

East Carolina was picked fifth in the American Athletic Conference football East Division for the second straight year in the league preseason poll, but more important than the poll’s release Tuesday during AAC media days was the confident and persistent presence of ECU…


Food-related memories: It's all a matter of taste

July 14, 2019

When I was in college, I had a friend who bragged he could remember every meal he ever ate.

Rob used to regale us with tales of meals past, from the first time he ever tried a club sandwich (“Double the sandwich goodness! Sheer genius!) to his unfortunate encounters with his grandma’s…


A sight of passage

July 14, 2019

I recently passed an important milestone on the fascinating journey of growing older: being told it was time for cataract surgery.

For 35 years, I’ve worn progressive, no-line bifocals with transition lenses that darken and lighten automatically. One pair of glasses for both reading and…


Rutledge: Some college freshmen never quite shake foot-in-mouth disease

July 13, 2019

I encouraged my oldest daughter, Carly, to ask questions during her freshman year of college. “If you want to challenge the answer,” I further advised, “wait until after class.”

Former Vice President Dan Quayle once incorrectly corrected a 12-year-old’s spelling of…