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Last Updated Mar 3, 2015 12:35PM

Took my 13-year-old granddaughter Hallie to the Capitol Theater to see Alton Brown’s “The Edible Inevitable Tour” Friday evening. I know what you’re thinking: “Who in hell is Alton Brown?” That’s exactly what I thought when Hallie asked me to arrange a meeting with him. Me: “Honey, is this Brown guy someone I’ll have to kill later?” Her: “No! He’s a food guy on TV. Everyone loves him.” I wouldn’t say everyone. After all, I didn’t even know who he was. And neither did any of my loutish friends when …

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  • Kirby: It’s time for object legislating
    Joseph de Maistre, a French lawyer, wrote in 1811, "Every nation gets the government it deserves." I didn't know it was Maistre who said this before ...
    Updated Mar 01 2015 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Death and what comes next?
    My wife says her idea of heaven is where everything that is bad for us here on Earth will be good for us after we die. Skeptical as I am, I instantly ...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Riding out with Bob
    Las Vegas • It’s Saturday night. Mort and I are sitting in the upper reaches of the Mandalay Bay Events Center. A growing storm of 12,000 geezers sur...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 08:56 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Sharing the blame in police shootings
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    Updated Feb 22 2015 08:00 am   |     |   Share


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