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With “Bowling Together” Sociologists Mend Fences in Blue Collar Burbs

November 30, 2017
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.  It was, says Professor Michael Auschloss, the academic equivalent of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, showing his age (66) by the dated reference.  “Our discipline used to be a sleepy…

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Baptizing My Cats

November 29, 2017
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Another weekend with the in-laws ends on a sour note as the question is again raised, once the Agnostic-Rastafarian in the family (that’s me) steps outside to load the car, why our children aren’t baptized.…

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Two Scalded in Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread Latte Clash

November 28, 2017
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Two Scalded in Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread Latte Clash

BOSTON.  It started innocently enough; retail clothes buyer Evan Winslow turned around after grabbing a wooden stir stick to scrape the foam off his latte at Beantown Coffee and bumped into Mary Rashell, who was standing…

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Your Stuffed Animal Advisor

November 27, 2017
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Animals are our friends, but pets can also upchuck on our white wall-to-wall carpeting, or tear up a new pair of pumps we just bought last week on sale.  That’s why stuffed animals are often better…

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Robovac Owners Share Pain, Pride of Inanimate Pets

November 26, 2017
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WAYLAND, Mass. After divorcing her husband of thirteen years last fall, tech entrepreneur Beth Marquis knew she needed a new source of companionship in her life, but wasn’t sure she was ready for a dog.…

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As Roadside Elegies Spread, Cops Take on Poetry Duty

November 22, 2017
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. It’s the beginning of Thanksgiving vacation and Lieutenant Jim Hampy of the Massachusetts State DMVD is on patrol in the Metrowest area of Boston, on the lookout for college students home from school with…

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Yellen to Leave Fed to Spend More Time on Air Guitar

November 21, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  Janet Yellen, the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve System, announced yesterday that she will leave the board of the central bank when her current term expires next February, citing her desire to…

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Security Agency Targets Snacks as #1 Holiday Travel Risk

November 20, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. The Transportation Security Agency, the arm of the federal government that protects the nation’s transportation systems, today issued its holiday survey of articles most likely to be seized during mandatory passenger searches, singling…

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Freedonia Tries Napkins to Jump-Start Tech-Starved Economy

November 17, 2017
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SKLA NORGRZI, Freedonia.  This town of approximately 30,000 humans and 2,500 farm animals nestled snugly in the Zbiegzliw Mountain range is generally considered the “Freedonian Silicon Valley,” as the government has poured millions of zlotnys–the…

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Backward Types in Demand as College Tour Guides

November 16, 2017
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ABILENE, Texas.  Ryan Simmons is, to all appearances, a slightly scrawny high school senior with no particular athletic ability, but he’s drawing attention from top colleges across the country as recruiting season swings into high…

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