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A university colleague complained to me last year about her frustration when trying to show a movie to her humanities class. The film was The Swimmer, a 1968 feature based on a famous short story by …
WHEN CHEATERS PROSPER Wednesday, August 27
Elections are too important a business to be left in the hands of the self-interested.
MORE HAMSTER BUTTS! Wednesday, June 18
Noting Japan's latest social trend, two paperback photo books — both with portraits of hamsters' rear ends — have experienced surprising and still-growing printing runs. Japanese society has long seemed easily captured by anything kawaii (or …
SHOULDA BOUGHT A CITYBEAM Wednesday, June 18
Another driver died after being unable to dodge his own vehicle. A 58-year-old man was hit by his SUV in New York City in June after he double-parked and was opening the door on the passenger side and realized that the vehicle was still in reverse …
THE BIG SLEEP Wednesday, June 18
Dead or just in "deep meditation"? Renowned Hindu guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, in his 70s, passed away in January (so concluded police in Jalandhar, India), but His Holiness' disciples have refused to release the body, keeping it in a commercial …
After the U.S. Postal Service finalizes its purchase of "small-arms ammunition," it will be the most recent federal agency to make a large purchase of bullets for its armed agents (more numerous than the public realizes). In the last year or so, …
PISCES: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  In the simplest, calmest of times, there are two sides to every story. Sometimes, though, the bare minimum is three or more. Like now. That can generate quite a ruckus. Even folks who are …
Robert Kiefer, 25, was arrested in Akron, Ohio, in February after losing his composure over an expected check that hadn't arrived in the mail. Rather than complain to the check issuer, Kiefer did as others have done in NOTW's experience — he …
AQUARIUS: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  Starting in 1798, European cartographers who drew maps of West Africa included the Mountains of Kong, a range of peaks extending more than 1,000 miles east and west. It was 90 years before …
BOYS WILL BE BOYS Wednesday, June 18
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, tracking down a call about a missing 3-year-old boy downtown, located him in the type of place where other toddlers have turned up after briefly escaping the sight of their parents: inside a toy vending machine. The boy …
 
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