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Filling the Void

Welcome to Day 1 of Campbell University’s new Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree. Thirty-four students make up the charter class of the 28-month program, launched at a time when experts are predicting a shortage of more than 150,000 physicians by 2025. As physician assistants, the students will be trained and licensed to practice medicine … different from a career as a doctor in that they’ll be required to practice under supervision of a physician.

I was a ‘Sleepy Hollow’ extra

In December, I was fortunate enough to be cast as an extra in the season-finale of “Sleepy Hollow,” which aired Jan. 20, 2014 on Fox. I was thrilled when I learned I’d actually be “doing something” in the part (rather than standing in as background noise) … dressed in 18th Century servants clothing, I served drinks to Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and his father (Victor Garber) in Purgatory.

About that gun control thing I wrote …

Thank you for the kind words and the not-so-kind words on what I wrote yesterday. To clarify a few things … it wasn’t written solely on emotion. I’ve always felt this way and am ashamed it took a bunch of first-graders getting mowed down for me to express it. Second, there are exceptions, but the…

It’s time for a change …

There’s an episode of Family Guy where Brian discovers he has a son and goes on to annoy Peter and his friends because he begins over-reacting to potential scenarios that would harm his son. “Ohhh, no no no,” he tells a sympathetic Quagmire while talking about plane crashes. “Until you have a child. Until you…

One year out of newspapers …

A year ago this week, I stopped working for newspapers. Since 1999, I’d been a journalist. I started out a cops reporter, soon started covering sports and by 2003, I was editor of a weekly newspaper outside of Houston. The hours stunk, the pay stunk and the stress stunk … but it was a hell…

REVIEW: Battistella’s in downtown Raleigh

BATTISTELLA’S Address: 200 E. Martin St., Raleigh NC Website: http://www.battistellas.com/ My Dish: Crawfish Etouffee, BBQ Shrimp for Appetizer The Rundown: My wife is a born-and-raised Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana. Needless to say, the first time we noticed a fleur-de-lis in the window of Battistella’s in downtown Raleigh, we were intrigued. And nervous. I lived in south…