Listen to your inner cricket

You know who you never hear about anymore? Jiminy Cricket. Not that I should be surprised. Pretty much every Disney character that exists has more exposure than Jiminy — I really haven’t seen the green moral compass since the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Also, I’ve usually met somebody sharing a name with other […]

First Person: Dancer teaches at former home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cricket Hamar Keller dances several kinds of dance, including ballet. Cricket Hamar Keller is a dancer who graduated from the University of California Las Angeles in May. After graduation, Keller, 29, didn’t miss a beat in her rounds of teaching at Los Angeles dance studios and making a trip home […]

A view from under the pew: the saga of joey cricket

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ Religion Columnist Editor’s note: Since the observing of the National Day of Prayer, Amos has been reflecting on freedom and its relation to spiritual life. He ran across two Scriptures – Joshua 24:15, which states: “… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve …. But as for me and […]

Death of waitress served notice to politicians

By Don McAlavy Sometime after 3 a.m. on March 30, 1949, Ovida “Cricket” Coogler was killed in Las Cruces. She was 18, stood 5 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 100 pounds. She worked as a waitress. She was called “Cricket” because of the clicking noise made by her spike-heeled shoes as she walked. She […]