Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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Zimbabwe opposition warns urban vote blocked

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/30/18, 11:17 am

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said reported voting delays on Monday were a “deliberate attempt” to undermine his supporters in the country’s first election without former leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot. The comments of the Movement for Democratic Change party leader raised concerns about a dispute over the outcome of an election that many hope will start the country toward recovery after decades of corruption, repression, and economic collapse under Mugabe.

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Legalized sports betting gears up for NFL season

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/30/18, 10:55 am

Two Atlantic City, N.J., casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, while another two Ceasars operations in Mississippi will do so in mid-August, just in time for the start of the NFL season. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in May to permit states to legalize sports betting, dozens of gambling companies have applied for licenses to operate in New Jersey, hoping to get in on the multibillion-dollar opportunity.

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News worth paying for

Culture | The New York Daily News and other newspapers are tanking, so what’s next?
by Les Sillars
Posted 7/27/18, 01:10 pm

In the latest kick in the teeth to a struggling newspaper industry, the New York Daily News cut half of its newsroom staff Monday. The paper was sold to Tronc Inc. last year for $1, with the owner of the Chicago Tribune assuming the paper’s liabilities and debt.

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