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The bullet-riddled bodies had only just been removed from an American schoolhouse when Tennessee legislators started calling for teachers to add pistols alongside pencils on their list of school supplies. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, they argued. And if…

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Mayor Megan Barry attends a Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce meeting to discuss transitPhoto: Michael W. Bunch, Metro Photographer

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Megan Barry has spent the past decade in public life, and for most of that time her political persona has been defined by the tension between her resilient progressive reputation and her more cautious, moderate record. Those attracted by the former, it seems, are destined to be frustrated by…

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The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission is not a very happy place right now. They spent Monday's meeting changing operating procedures to squash public dissent, particularly by commission member Victor Ashe. Ashe has been critical of some museum practices and of the previous executive director.

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In recent years, as cities around the country occasionally erupted after fatal police shootings of black men, Nashville officials could often be heard prefacing their contributions to the national conversation by noting that, fortunately, such ugliness had not been visited upon our fair city…

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The circus came back to town this week, as the 110th General Assembly gaveled into session on Tuesday. Pay no attention to the shiny new stuff — a new lieutenant governor, changing GOP roles in the House, a spate of high-profile players starting to jockey for the governor’s race next year. T…

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Embed from Getty Images At a Metro Council meeting earlier this month, At-Large Councilman John Cooper rose to speak on a bill approving a land deal needed to move ahead with the much-debated $18 million Gulch pedestrian bridge. He asked that he be recorded as a “no” vote, and he explained why.

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Here’s the ridiculous situation we’re left with: A company worth half-a-trillion dollars is seeking relief from the Metro Council to string high-speed internet lines because companies worth $240 billion and $150 billion, respectively, have dug in their heels.

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State correction officials and private prison executives are forever fogging the air with euphemism, so best to start bluntly: Tennessee should end its relationship with the for-profit prison industry, because it is a moral nightmare and a practical failure.

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My wife walked out to the mailbox at our new home last week and pulled out the contents. Literally the first mail we received at our new address — the signature on the closing papers barely dry — was an attack mailer in a school-board race.

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In January 2015, the news that Google was bringing its high-speed fiber-optic gigabit internet network — Google Fiber — to Nashville was hailed as another notch on our booming city’s belt. Celebratory press conferences were held, and free T-shirts were distributed to eager would-be Google Fi…

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In this week's issue of the Scene, I write on Mayor Karl Dean's announcement — prominently placed in his State of Metro address — of an affordable housing trust fund, and wonder whether it represents the beginning of a true commitment on the part of the city to addressing what the Dean admin…