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Columns by Mike Lawrence

  • Grub Hub: Get a taste of homemade food at Brenda's Chicken Coop

    ROCK FALLS – Brenda Plock, owner of Brenda's Chicken Coop in Rock Falls, says she knows what good food tastes like.
    March 24, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • Review: Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson has new kingdom in 'Emperor' (Grade: A-minus)

    If you enjoy a wide (read: enormous) variety of music, and you're not afraid of taking a trip down the dark side of artistic expression, Marilyn Manso ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm
  • Review: Papa Roach's 'F.E.A.R.' is scary bad (Grade: F)

    Papa Roach’s newest album “F.E.A.R.” dropped Tuesday, although I kind of wish it hadn’t. California frontman Jacoby Shaddix has lost his way, adding a ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:55 pm
  • Tech Type: E-filing taxes easy, but brings risk

    With tax filing season underway, there are a few options that can make the electronic paperwork easier and accurate to complete. But for some people, ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • Red’s ‘Of Beauty and Rage’ ascends, but not great (Grade: B-plus)

    Tennessee-based Red has a fresh album on the waves called “Of Beauty and Rage,” and it goes down like a stiff whiskey, powerful and satisfying. In one ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:57 pm
  • Hello, world. Welcome to Tech Type

    I was raised in a proud military family. Go Army.As an Army brat, and I’ve lived in many places arou ...
    March 24, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Tech Type: My first experience with Apple Pay

    The holidays are a time when electronics such as tablets and phones fly off the shelves and into the hands of buyers who expect to get the latest and ...
    March 24, 2015 - 5:01 pm
  • Do online reviews matter to you?

    On a recent evening, I was at home watching a food show about barbecue – you know, the tasty, slow-roasted kind that drips of flavor as the camera zoo ...
    March 24, 2015 - 5:02 pm
  • Tech Type: Law allows easier access but not many use it

    Aside from texting, surfing the Web, and aggressively taunting opponents on the gem-puzzler app Bejeweled, the technology in your pocket might serve a ...
    March 24, 2015 - 5:03 pm
  • Will broadband become a utility?

    Change is afoot in the online sphere, and some of it could result in benefits that might arrive locally sooner rather than later.
    March 24, 2015 - 5:04 pm
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