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Break Time in the Army Corps of Engineers Mascot Lounge

July 20, 2017
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The Army Corps of Engineers spent $92,000 in federal stimulus money on costumes for mascots such as Bobber the Water Safety Dog.                                                      Money Well Spent? by Michael Grabell Bobber in his new duds.  …

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On Deadline in the Robotic Newsroom

July 19, 2017
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Google is funding a robot journalism project that will use artificial intelligence to write local news stories. London Evening Standard “My IBM desk-top has a lead on next week’s school lunch menu.”   We were…

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Catching Up With Schopenhauer’s Poodle

July 18, 2017
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We were once dogs and we slink back to our primal dogdom.  At least that is true of Schopenhauer, who recognized himself in his poodle; and his principal work, The World as Will and Idea,…

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Washing of the Watchbands Marks Summer’s Mid-Point for Preppies

July 17, 2017
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SEAGULL COVE, Mass.  This secluded village, a township so obscure it isn’t listed on maps of the municipality of which it is a part, is a place you probably can’t get into if your family didn’t buy a summer place within its…

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One-Woman Crusade to Ban F-Bomb Goes Nuclear

July 15, 2017
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BOSTON.  Inge Helvig is a statuesque blond and a former fashion model, but inside her striking exterior she has the crusading temperament of a Carrie Nation.  “I want my daughters to grow up in a better…

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An Awkward Moment With My Former Spinning Instructor

July 14, 2017
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Fridays are the day when I take a break from cardio and work with weights.  You need to vary your routine if you want to get the most out of your workouts.  I know, I…

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Join the French Foreign Legion of Coffee

July 13, 2017
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Lately, a lot of people want to know my name. The “barista” at Starbucks. The guy behind the counter at Peet’s Coffee. “Can I have a name for that order?” he asks. I look around…

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Fickle Female Fans Have One Singer Changing His Tunes

July 12, 2017
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HOLLYWOOD.  For nearly a decade, Michael “Silky” Vincent seduced his largely female audiences with satin-smooth song stylings that enticed them figuratively, and often literally, to his bed.  “I had a pretty good run there,” he says…

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As Women’s Tennis Grunts Spread, Men Try Armpit Farts

July 11, 2017
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WIMBLEDON, England. When it began with Monica Seles, it seemed innocuous, or merely annoying. But now, say old school tennis champs including Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, the practice of grunting by women’s tennis players…

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A Night Ride With the Chicago Dance Studio Squad

July 10, 2017
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A Night Ride With the Chicago Dance Studio Squad

In Illinois dance studios are regulated by the state Dance Studio Act, which can be enforced by the Attorney General.  It’s 11:00 p.m. on a hot night in Chicago.  Most decent people are thinking of turning…

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