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City Lights: Putting a '30' to City Lights commentary

Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:45:00 -0600

This column made its debut almost 13 years ago, on the first Sunday of the year 2000.



City Lights: No dog's life: Circus animals give their side of story

Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:45:00 -0600

The story we carried last week about how animals are treated at the circus was interesting, but I couldn't help wondering: What did Duchess think?


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City Lights: Eat, drink and be wary, it's an election year

Sat, 15 Sep 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Rarely in the history of the American republic have beer and junk food played such an important role in a presidential election.



City Lights: So many good stories, so little time

Sat, 08 Sep 2012 23:45:00 -0600

It occurred to me the other day that I’m not getting any younger.



City Lights: Ad-libbing and bourbon would help conventions

Sat, 01 Sep 2012 23:45:00 -0600

We owe Clint Eastwood a big thank-you.



City Lights: In naming towns, dull beats unfortunate

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Billings may be a fairly boring name, but at least it’s not Boring.



City Lights: A punch line that’s worthy of the wait

Sat, 18 Aug 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Dear Ed: I know it’s illegal to use a cellphone while driving your car in Billings, but is it legal to do so if you’re sitting there waiting for the railroad tracks to clear downtown?



City Lights: Which stakeholder moved my cheesy bus?

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Regardless of what happens to Assistant Fire Chief Frank Odermann, I have a feeling that the “bad bus” employed by Fire Chief Paul Dextras will live on for years.



City Lights: Going for the gold at the Billings Olympics

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Welcome to our continuing live coverage of the Billings Olympics.



City Lights: Good citizen saves the day -- and maybe 20 trees

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Traffic studies show that more than 80,000 motorists pass through the intersection of King Avenue West and South 24th Street West on an average day.


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City Lights: Beating the heat - We can talk our way through this

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Most summers seem to fly past way too quickly.



City Lights: Big thoughts on a very small particle

Sat, 07 Jul 2012 23:45:00 -0600

The biggest news of the week, in this universe or any other, was that scientists think they may have found the elusive particle that gives other particles their mass, their heft, their ability to slow down and smell the roses.









City Lights: Real-world festivals could kick-start tourism

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 23:45:00 -0600

I’m sorry I didn’t get over to Miles City on Saturday for the third annual Mosquito Festival.



City Lights: This election year has nothing on 1912

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 23:45:00 -0600

If you think the 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be a lively one, you should have been around in 1912.



City Lights: Longtime judge witnesses a changing society

Sat, 26 May 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Not too long ago, a defendant came into Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez’s courtroom to enter a plea to charges of aggravated DUI and eluding a peace officer.



City Lights: Good news for jaded voters

Sat, 12 May 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Montanans apparently have been jaded by years and years of outlandish homegrown news stories.



City Lights: Mysteries of local government explained, more or less

Sat, 05 May 2012 23:45:00 -0600

Dear Ed: I was just reading a pamphlet called "How a bill becomes law." It was fascinating, but also quite complicated, with arrows winding around like the mines under Butte.



City Lights: Hopefully, we make progress in word wars

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 23:45:00 -0600

The Associated Press, normally only the conveyor of news, made headlines itself earlier this month.



City Lights: Living 'la vida loca' in Cartagena and Vegas

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:45:00 -0600

It used to be said about Colombia's colonial resort city that "what happens in Cartagena stays in Cartagena."



City Lights: Dirty laundry aired in preemptive strike

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 23:45:00 -0600

A young man was fired recently for posting a fake press release on his personal blog, announcing that he’d been hired to work as a reporter for the Delaware News-Journal.



City Lights: Spoilsport scientists bust cherished myths

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 23:45:00 -0600

It was no great shock to learn last week that the Tyrannosaurus rex may have been covered with feathers, or even a fuzzy down like that of a baby chick.


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City Lights: Then as now, few resist offers of federal funds

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0600

It turns out that the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in downtown Billings is not just a toxic eyesore.



City Lights: Downtown Billings to be populated with more boxes

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:45:00 -0600

In this increasingly disagreeable country, it’s hard to imagine a majority of people agreeing on anything.