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Bud Zaremba, Practical Joker and Pitcher, Dead at 87

August 4, 2017
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KEOKUK, Iowa.   Elwood “Bud” Zaremba, pioneering knuckle-ball pitcher, died in his sleep in a nursing home here Sunday night after a brief illness. Zaremba played with five major league teams over a 17-year career during…

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Scooter & Skipper Make a Bra

August 3, 2017
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Middle of the summer and my kids–Scooter, the younger, and Skipper–are starting to get bored with their usual routine.  Too much “screen time”–TV, video games, computers–and their eyes have taken on the dull glaze of the…

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Whither Butter Sculpture?

August 2, 2017
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It has been several years since Norma Lyon, the pre-eminent practitioner of a uniquely American art form–butter sculpture–died, and the deep impact of her demise becomes more clear with each passing day. “I can’t believe it’s not…

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For One New Jersey Town, Summer Project is a Snooze

August 1, 2017
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HO-HO-KUS, New Jersey.  This borough of Bergen County has an identity problem according to Mayor Tony Latanzio.  “Ever since I was a little kid,” he says ruefully, “we’ve been in the shadow of Paramus,” an…

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Salad Lovers Toss as Crouton Shortage Looms

July 31, 2017
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GREEN RIDGE, Mo. Sam Jones has been a grain buyer in this small town for nearly four decades, but he wears an expression of concern as he watches farmers arrive at the local grain elevator…

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Bile Drive Helps Victims of “Cocktail Party Syndrome”

July 28, 2017
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NEEDHAM, Mass.  It’s only ten o’clock in the morning, but Mort Klark is sitting down at an outpatient clinic here to eat a heavy meal that looks like a picture from a TV dinner box; Salisbury…

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Locals on Edge as Philatelists Descend on Small Town

July 27, 2017
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LONE JACK, Mo.  This town of 528 inhabitants southeast of Kansas City presents an idyllic face to a first-time visitor, with boys playing marbles on street corners and girls performing elaborate “Double Dutch” jump-rope routines in bare-dirt backyards. Lone…

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The Search for the Next Great American Novelist

July 26, 2017
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It was a steamy Washington summer nearly four decades ago. I was working for the federal government at a scandal-plagued agency alongside a veteran bureaucrat named Fred. Fred wasn’t going any higher on the org…

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Scouts Honor Trump With Female Anatomy Merit Badge

July 25, 2017
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GLEN JEAN, West Virginia.  In an effort to shore up support among traditional voters, President Donald Trump last night addressed the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree here, emphasizing that the group’s motto–“A Scout is clean…

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Children of Triple Crown Winners Say They Lead Lonely Lives

July 24, 2017
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ELMONT, New York.  They live, they say, in a no-man’s-land between two very different worlds, and are comfortable in neither.  In an age that increasingly rejects traditional concepts of gender, they feel they were born too soon,…

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