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Ignacio’s Very Special First American Christmas

December 21, 2014
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Ignacio’s Very Special First American Christmas

This is a story of a teenaged boy whom I will call Ignacio. He was brought to America from a village in South America to live in a small town for a year as a…

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Will Your Relationship Survive the Holidays?

December 20, 2014
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Will Your Relationship Survive the Holidays?

The holidays are a stressful time of the year, straining both long-term relationships and brief flings that begin as drunken come-ons at office parties. How does one cope with competing and often conflicting demands of…

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In Story Fit for Christmas, Strangers Save Man From Starbucks Eviction

December 19, 2014
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In Story Fit for Christmas, Strangers Save Man From Starbucks Eviction

BOSTON. Niles Oberg hates Christmas music and doesn’t consider himself a religious man. “The only time I see the inside of a church is when a friend gets married,” he says. “And even then my…

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Sony Greenlights “Glorious Sun of Mankind Kim Jong-un Adventure!”

December 18, 2014
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Sony Greenlights “Glorious Sun of Mankind Kim Jong-un Adventure!”

HOLLYWOOD.  Studio executives at Sony Pictures yesterday gave the green light to “Glorious Sun of Mankind Kim Jong-un Adventure,” an action-comedy-drama-romance-documentary starring Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea, and co-starring Kim Jong-un. “What can…

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5 Other Things Not to Do if You Want to Finish Your Novel

December 17, 2014
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5 Other Things Not to Do if You Want to Finish Your Novel

As a budding but unsuccessful writer of long standing, I turn to Writer’s Digest for the pro-tips that I hope will transform me from a perennially-rejected shlub to a guy who has to fight off…

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Cheney: Spanish Inquisition Produced Valuable Information

December 17, 2014
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Cheney: Spanish Inquisition Produced Valuable Information

WASHINGTON.  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took on a new adversary yesterday, calling on Pope Francis I to release documents to support his contention that the Spanish Inquisition produced valuable information through torture. Cheney:  “I…

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Squalid Chinese Blogging Factories Draw Human Rights Scrutiny

December 16, 2014
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Squalid Chinese Blogging Factories Draw Human Rights Scrutiny

XIANGGANG, China.  Emily Costbinder doesn’t look like a crusader with her Patagonia fleece pullover, khakis and sensible shoes, but the slight Bryn Mawr student is taking a grave personal risk as she pulls out her cellphone once…

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I Was a Vampire for the Chicago Bears

December 15, 2014
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I Was a Vampire for the Chicago Bears

The literature of nausea has come to professional football: the “I Was a Vampire for the Chicago Bears” school for one crowd, and “I Was a Rich Owner’s Plaything” for the other.                                                        Wilfred Sheed,…

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These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things

December 14, 2014
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These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things

Portable crappers, and phat gangsta rappers, Overdressed lawyers, who think that they’re dapper, Blonde second wives who are festooned with bling– These are a few of my least favorite things. New SUVs that my teenage…

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For Some Busy Firms “Shop at Work” is Latest Christmas Perk

December 13, 2014
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For Some Busy Firms “Shop at Work” is Latest Christmas Perk

CHICAGO.  For Joe Klesjko, a trader at Wolf/Ram Associates, December is a hectic time of year, and not because of Christmas shopping.  “Our customers would trade 365 days a year if they could,” he says…

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