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One Hurt in Collision at Intersection of Art and Commerce

February 22, 2015
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One Hurt in Collision at Intersection of Art and Commerce

WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass. Beth Upshaw is both a painter herself and an intrepid soul who helps others make a living in the traditionally hand-to-mouth world of the visual arts by operating an art gallery in…

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A Mob Bedtime Story: The Little (Bleepin’) Red Hen

February 21, 2015
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A Mob Bedtime Story: The Little (Bleepin’) Red Hen

SHEEPSHEAD BAY, New York. This working class neighborhood in Brooklyn has given birth to more than its share of professional comedians, including Larry David, Andrew Dice Clay and Elayne Boosler, but it is also known…

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For This Tribute Band, Hunger for Fame Leaves One Unsatisfied

February 20, 2015
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For This Tribute Band, Hunger for Fame Leaves One Unsatisfied

KANKAKEE, Illinois.  Like many tribute band members, Sherylynn Lester knows it is unlikely she will ever live the rock star lifestyle. “My chances are slim and none, and Slim just left town,” she says with…

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“In Love With Lichens” Helps Girls Get Over Stupid Boys

February 19, 2015
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“In Love With Lichens” Helps Girls Get Over Stupid Boys

CONCORD, Mass.  Ethel Farley has been a teacher in the schools here for over two decades, long enough to be able to spot a young girl with a broken heart halfway across a crowded lunch…

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What to Give Up For Lent

February 18, 2015
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What to Give Up For Lent

Lent, the forty-day period before Easter Sunday, begins today.  This morning, children in Catholic grade schools all around the world will be getting The Talk. The Talk is usually delivered by a nun, who informs…

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Navigating Post-Valentine Conversation Hazards

February 17, 2015
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Navigating Post-Valentine Conversation Hazards

If the past is any kind of prologue, America’s white-collar work force will return to their jobs today through a kind of human resources mine field. Valentine’s Day was Saturday, meaning the next work day…

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Bill Moyers and Jar Jar Binks: A Colloquy on Race, Sex & Power

February 16, 2015
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Bill Moyers and Jar Jar Binks: A Colloquy on Race, Sex & Power

Jar Jar Binks, the inept Gungan general who starred in the Star Wars “prequel” movies, withdrew from public life after he was accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes. Bill Moyers is America’s most beloved public affairs…

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The ZaSu Pitts Look-Alike Contest (Men’s Senior Division)

February 15, 2015
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The ZaSu Pitts Look-Alike Contest (Men’s Senior Division)

The weatherpeople got it right for once; blizzard conditions, a good omen for me. With more snow accumulation in Boston than ever before in recorded history (thanks global warming!) it’s harder to get into town,…

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Several Ways of Choosing a Wife

February 14, 2015
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Several Ways of Choosing a Wife

Here’s a helpful suggestion for choosing a wife: Don’t pick from the bin that says “Tragic view of life.” Sure, she’ll share your love of Friedrich Nietzsche, But I find that kind to be overly…

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Sympathy for the Horndog: An Interview With Dominique Strauss-Kahn

February 13, 2015
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Sympathy for the Horndog: An Interview With Dominique Strauss-Kahn

HOST:  Good evening once again everybody and welcome to Sympathy for the Horn-Dog, the show that brings you the truth the lame-stream media won’t tell you about world-class horn-dogs such as Hugh Hefner, Ted Kennedy and…

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