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Summer Fun Series Sours With Debbie Downer Divas

August 22, 2017
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BOSTON.  When Axionix Properties bought the office building known as One Hancock Place here last year, they planned a roof-to-basement upgrade that would ensure the address retained its first-class rating for years to come.  “We owed it to…

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Bureaucrat Tells Highway Poet to Hit the Road

August 19, 2017
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ENFIELD, Connecticut.  Mike Abruzzioni is Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Roads and Bridges at State Highway Department District #2 Headquarters here, a position he earned after many years of service, plus frequent contributions to state legislators. …

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One Dirty Old Man’s Bucket List is Only Skin Deep

August 18, 2017
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BRYN MAWR, Pa.  Doug Dickerman was a man who, until six months ago, seemed to have it all.  A good job, two high-achieving kids in college, and a wife–Meg–who tolerated his tendency to defer life’s pleasures. …

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Pscooter & Pskipper Get Psychedelic in Pseattle

August 16, 2017
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The kids are getting older–they’re in high school now–and with summer jobs and college campus visits, every year it’s harder to squeeze in the special family time of aggravation and bickering we used to experience…

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For Grammar Samurai, Failure Comes With Fatal Price

August 15, 2017
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YPSILANTI, Michigan.  It’s 11 a.m. on a Monday morning, which means that the language skills of knowledge workers such as Mike Rehnstein haven’t reached the pre-weekend peak he scaled last Thursday, when he composed a…

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Philosophers Debate Midget Wrestling, Pole-Dancing at Annual Confab

August 14, 2017
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ST. LOUIS, Mo.  As the American Philosophical Association’s annual convention wound down after yesterday’s plenary session, professors from around the country took time off from the presentation of academic papers to focus their analytical skills on less weighty matters. Midget wrestlers  …

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007 Jr.

August 11, 2017
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The British government is recruiting teenage apprentice spies in a bid to deepen the talent pool of its intelligence services. Associated Press We were the first class of Junior Intelligence Officers in the history of…

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Writing My Obituary

August 10, 2017
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It came on all of a sudden, like a summer thunderstorm.  We had been talking at dinner about friends and family, and family of friends, who had passed on recently, and my wife became teary-eyed. “You…

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Little League Power Surge Draws New Drug Scrutiny

August 9, 2017
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WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania.  The Little League World Series began here last week, normally a feel-good break for sports fans turned off by big salaries earned by players on teams they root against.  “It’s great to see…

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Wanted: America’s Next Prison Rodeo Queen

August 8, 2017
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In uncertain economic times such as these, experts say job-hunters must be nimble and quick to leap at employment opportunities that may disappear in the blink of an eye. Sort of like Jack, the guy who…

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