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Past articles by Ben:

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

The SpellPundit bee, with spellers competing from their homes over Zoom, concludes Thursday night, the same time the Scripps winner would have been decided. → Read More

Tough words, little drama, familiar champ in virtual bee

The upstart ex-spellers who launched an online spelling bee to fill the void left by the canceled Scripps National Spelling Bee had little trouble running an efficient, and sufficiently challenging, competition. Replicating the drama of the ESPN-televised national finals wasn't quite as easy. In a video grab provided by SpellPundit, Navneeth Murali competes in the SpellPundit Online National… → Read More

Tough words, little drama, familiar champ in virtual bee

The upstart ex-spellers who launched an online spelling bee to fill the void left by the canceled Scripps National Spelling Bee had little trouble running an efficient, and sufficiently challenging, competition. Replicating the drama of the ESPN-televised national finals wasn’t quite as easy. Thursday night’s winner, Navneeth Murali, was no surprise. The 14-year-old eighth-grader from […] → Read More

Tough words, little drama, familiar champ in virtual bee

Navneeth Murali is the winner of the closest thing to a national spelling bee in this pandemic-disrupted year. → Read More

Tough words, little drama, familiar champ in virtual bee

The upstart ex-spellers who launched an online spelling bee to fill the void left by the canceled Scripps National Spelling Bee had little trouble running an efficient, and sufficiently challenging, → Read More

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

The SpellPundit bee, with spellers competing from their homes over Zoom, concludes Thursday night, the same time the Scripps winner would have been decided. → Read More

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

The SpellPundit bee, with spellers competing from their homes over Zoom, concludes Thursday night, the same time the Scripps winner would have been decided. → Read More

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

The SpellPundit bee, with spellers competing from their homes over Zoom, concludes Thursday night, the same time the Scripps winner would have been decided. → Read More

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the → Read More

With national spelling bee canceled, spellers prepare to crown champion from home

Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. FILE - In this May 31, 2019 file photos, eight co-champions celebrate after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) → Read More

Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress

The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated → Read More

AP Exclusive: Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress

The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated → Read More

‘Bull Durham’ became a classic by avoiding clichés

“Bull Durham” finished tied for second in the AP Sports Writers’ poll of the best sports movies in part because writer-director Ron Shelton brought his personal experiences to the screen → Read More

With spelling bee canceled, ex-spellers launch their own bee

With this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled because the coronavirus pandemic, an online spelling bee launched by two Texas teenagers is offering a consolation prize of sorts, with competitors nationwide including many of the kids who were considered favorites for the Scripps title. → Read More

With spelling bee canceled, ex-spellers launch their own bee

With this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, an online spelling bee launched by two Texas teenagers is offering a consolation prize of sorts, with → Read More

With spelling bee canceled, ex-spellers launch their own bee

WASHINGTON (AP) - With this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled because the coronavirus pandemic, an online spelling bee launched by two Texas teenagers is offering a consolation prize of sorts, with competitors nationwide including many of the kids who were considered favorites for the Scripps title. → Read More

National Spelling Bee canceled for first time since 1945

There will be no fidgeting at the National Spelling Bee microphone, no banter with pronouncer Jacques Bailly, no pointed questions about definitions or languages of origin, no dreaded bell that → Read More

National Spelling Bee canceled for first time since 1945

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled after organizers concluded there was “no clear path to safely set a new date in 2020” because of the coronavirus pandemic → Read More

McDonald’s to offer free meals to first responders

McDonalds announced Tuesday it will be giving Thank You Meals to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

National Spelling Bee canceled for first time since 1945

There will be no fidgeting at the National Spelling Bee microphone, no banter with pronouncer Jacques Bailly, no pointed questions about definitions or languages of origin, no dreaded bell that signals a misspelled word. This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled Tuesday, the latest beloved public event to be scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The bee will return next… → Read More