Bob Brown

Bob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course.

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Iowa high court admits preborn children have rights

Courts
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/10/16, 03:50 pm

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled a child not yet born at the time of a parent’s death can still be awarded damages for wrongful loss of parental companionship. Despite the clear implications about when life begins, the court tried to distance its decision from the abortion debate.

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Mother's Day is as charming as a delivery of silk flowers

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/02/16, 04:38 pm

Seen in the best possible light, Mother’s Day pays tribute to a wide variety of moms. Given the state of our Union, director Garry Marshall and the film’s writers have a lot of ground to cover in two hours. The time constraint—the week leading up to Mother’s Day—might explain the film’s hasty treatment of thorny relationships but not its ham-handed stereotyping and racially insensitive casting gaffes.

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Ratchet & Clank needs major overhaul

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/02/16, 01:00 pm

Films based on video games have had a few box-office hits in the last 20 or so years, but not a single critical success (defined as having more than 50 percent positive reviews compiled by Rotten Tomatoes.) The computer-animated Ratchet & Clank, based on an updated and newly released version of a 2002 video game by the same name, is certain to keep the dud streak alive.

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