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The True Meaning of Presidents Day: Great Deals on New Cars

February 20, 2017
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When I was a boy my mother instilled in me a love of American history.  George Washington was the Father of Our Country, she told me.  Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator.  Ulysses S. Grant…

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Fighting Low Ratings, NPR Adopts NBA’s 24-Second Clock

February 17, 2017
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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts.   Bob Zukoff, producer of the weekly radio show “The Creative Mind”, fidgets nervously as Amy Weber, a hammer dulcimer player and poetess who is one of tonight’s guests, strolls into the studios of…

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Trump Trims Travel Ban, Bars Canada Goose Coats From U.S.

February 16, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  Taking the advice of calmer heads in his inner circle, President Donald Trump today cut back his much-maligned ban on travel from predominantly-Muslim countries in favor of a narrower restriction on the importation…

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Mission of Mercy Brings Much-Needed Letters to Vowel-Starved Kyrgyzstan

February 15, 2017
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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan.  As a C-40A  military transport plane touched down on the runway at Bishkek International Airport here today, tears streamed down Askr Bakyv’s weather-beaten cheeks.  “Me–I am too old for help now,” he says. …

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Several Ways of Choosing a Wife

February 14, 2017
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Here’s a helpful suggestion for choosing a wife: Don’t pick from the bin that says “Tragic view of life.” Sure, she’ll share your love of Friedrich Nietzsche, But I find that kind to be overly…

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PBS Prepares for GOP Rule by Social Darwinist Makeover

February 13, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C.   As President Donald Trump forges ahead with efforts to “drain the swamp” of a federal government overwhelmingly populated by left-leaning bureaucrats, executives of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting huddled last night with their counterparts…

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You Can Leave Your Glasses On

February 12, 2017
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Ennui–I feel nothing but ennui as Saturday night approaches. I am enervated, the product of over-stimulation.  Every weekend my friend  Emil leads me on a tour of Boston’s fleshpots, where we sample the courtesans,  the…

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“F**kin’ Nature” Poets Put the Curse Into Verse

February 11, 2017
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MAYNARD, Mass.  Anthony “Big Tony” Scalzi, a rough-looking man who wears a sleeveless denim jacket and rides a motorcycle, doesn’t fit the stereotypical image of a poet, but that’s okay with him.  “Frankly, I couldn’t give…

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Hands Off My Notary!

February 10, 2017
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Thousands lined the avenues of Paris to protest reforms designed to energize the French economy by opening up regulated professions with high barriers to entry.  “Don’t touch my notary!” read one banner.  The Wall Street Journal…

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A Night Ride With the Girl Scout Legbreakers

February 9, 2017
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 Girl Scouts in Akron, Ohio are taking vigorous steps to collect debts owed by adults who fail to pay for cookies.                                                                    Associated Press It’s two o’clock in the morning, and I’m lying in bed,…

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