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Illegal Aliens

August 9, 2010

The death of a nun–allegedly killed by an illegal alien who was drinking and driving–may inspire Virginia to follow Arizona laws aimed at reducing unlawful immigration. Earlier this year, I wrote on a Virginia county’s attempts to reduce its illegal-alien population–efforts that now may go statewide.

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Spencer Abraham

August 1, 2010

Michigan’s primary is Tuesday. Candidates in both parties are seeking nominations for governor and Congress. Ten years ago, I covered Sen. Spencer Abraham’s re-election campaign, traveling with him in the northern tier of the Lower Peninsula–the location of my recent summer vacation and also home to a congressional district with a contested GOP primary. I […]

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Bald Eagles

July 26, 2010

The Miller family just returned from its annual trip to northern Michigan. On Saturday morning, I took a couple of my kids fishing (total catch: five perch, one bluegill). On the way back to the dock, we spotted a bald eagle perched at the top of a tree next to the lake. Then it swooped […]

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July 18, 2010

A few years ago, my fondness for monarch butterflies turned into an article for National Review: You see, I’ve grown up with these bugs, spending a portion of nearly every summer of my life in northern Michigan at the cottage that my grandparents built back in the 1960s. There’s plenty to do Up North (as […]

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July 8, 2010

Two summers ago in the Wall Street Journal, I tackled the mystery of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Big Two-Hearted River.” It’s a fishing story set in northern Michigan, which I visit each summer. My own fishing exploits aren’t nearly as dramatic or worthy of literature–but I was glad to have the chance to write about […]

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July 3, 2010

Archaeologists have discovered a 10,000-year-old atlatl dart near Yellowstone National Park. Several years ago, I attended an atlatl throwing contest in rural Pennsylvania and wrote about it for the Wall Street Journal. In the process, I learned how to use this Stone Age weapon. It took a few tries to get the hang of it […]

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