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"The Crucible" Continues To Expose The Power Of Fear

Of all the themes that haunt Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible, none seems more powerful or destructive as fear. Set during the Salem Witch Trials of the 1680's, it is Miller's depiction of primal fear that drives ordinary people to commit heinous acts of treachery, seclusion and murder. Miller wrote the play in 1953 as a metaphor designed to expose the destructive potential of fear during the age of Joseph McCarthy. Three years after the play debuted, Miller was convicted on a...
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Life In The Crosshairs: Inside East Tennessee's Addiction Crisis

Charlene Hipsher has a unique vantage point from which to witness East Tennessee's addiction crisis. From her position as Executive Assistant to Roane County Prosecutor Russell Johnson, Hipsher sees a daily flow of opiate addicts surging through the courts. These are people she knows. From families she knows. She says it's heartbreaking to see. "I'm talking to those parents who are not so different from me," Hipsher says, "and they're burying their kids." On September 14, 2016, WUOT's...
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During the presidential debate on Monday night, Hillary Clinton raised a 1973 federal lawsuit brought against Donald Trump and his company for alleged racial discrimination at Trump housing developments in New York.

A new study highlights differences between the races as they view the recent spate of deadly encounters between blacks and law enforcement.

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One week after a House panel highlighted sexual harassment claims at Yosemite National Park and elsewhere in the National Park Service, the superintendent of Yosemite, Don Neubacher is stepping down, the agency says.

According to NPS regional spokesman Andrew Munoz, the agency "acted to move Don Neubacher from his role" leading the park to protect the integrity of its investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment at Yosemite.

It's been nearly eight months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the nation's highest court short-handed, and evenly divided on some of the most important legal issues of the day.

While Democrats had expected to exploit GOP stonewalling on a replacement, Republicans have played the issue shrewdly.

On Wednesday evening, the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, turned off street lights and encouraged people to darken their homes so that everyone could watch the northern lights.

The city council released a statement saying street lights would be turned off in multiple sections of the city between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time and warning people to drive carefully.

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that might decide whether the government can deny Washington's NFL team a trademark because it has deemed the team name is offensive.

The court granted certiorari on Lee V. Tam. If you remember, The Slants, an Asian-American rock band, sued the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because it refused to trademark their name saying it proved offensive.

Water containing low-level radiation and other pollutants has poured into Florida's primary drinking water aquifer through a gaping sinkhole 45 feet wide.

It happened at a plant owned by fertilizer giant Mosaic in central Florida's rural Polk County, Robin Sussingham of member station WUSF reports.

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