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Business One-Upmanship 101

October 17, 2017
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Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of “one-upmanship,” a strategem for besting an opponent–somewhat unfairly–without actually cheating. One accomplishes this by throwing an opponent off his game without violating…

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To Make Ends Meet, More Poets Turn to Discounters

October 16, 2017
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NEEDHAM, Mass.  Curtis Bascomb, Jr. is a third-generation family business owner, so he has more than just his time and money invested in his workplace.  “Grandad founded this place on a promise,” he says with…

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Guy Named Mike Awards 2017 “Freakin’ Genius” Grants

October 13, 2017
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WORCESTER, Mass. Three close friends of Mike Andruzzioni, a part-time cab dispatcher who also tends bar, were among the recipients of the 2017 Michael C. Andruzzioni “Freakin’ Genius” grants, awarded annually since 2010 to innovators…

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Green Messages Have Brown-Baggers Seeing Red

October 12, 2017
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FALL RIVER, Mass.  Tony Amico and Greg Brown are two “finish” carpenters who spend their days installing cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.  “It’s not Finnish like Teemu Selanne,” Amico says, referring to the former high-scoring NHL…

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As Evil Spreads, States Try to Halt Commercial Child Abuse

October 11, 2017
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.  It’s 1:30 a.m. in this western suburb of Boston known for a long strip of shopping centers called “The Golden Mile.”  The malls are closed now, but a late model American make car can be seen…

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Ask the Bus Etiquette Lady

October 10, 2017
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The bus is still your best transportation value, especially with airfares “sky high”–pun intended! Unfortunately, many Americans are woefully ignorant of the “unwritten rules” of the road when it comes to bus travel–but the Bus…

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Speaking Truth to Librarian Power

October 9, 2017
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The mid-1980s were a time when, due to several unsettling changes in my life, I did not have much confidence in myself, personally or professionally.  My long-time girlfriend had moved out of our apartment and…

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My Courageous Beer-Fueled Battle Against Cancer

October 6, 2017
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An Oregon State University study indicates that xanthohumol, a substance found in hops, a principal ingredient of beer, inhibits a family of enzymes that can trigger prostate cancer. foodconsumer.org It was getting late, around 10:30,…

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Where’s My Phreakin’ Nobel Prize in Physics?

October 5, 2017
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The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded yesterday, and for the 47th consecutive year since I first took a course in the subject, I didn’t win.  Excuse me if sound a tad bitter this morning.…

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As Toast Disappears, Trade Group Tries to Change Menu

October 4, 2017
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BOSTON.  Hal McKees is a veteran lobbyist who has spent so much time over the years walking the halls of the Massachusetts State House here that he once made his way across the building blind-folded…

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