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THE NEW NORMAL Wednesday, September 10
In America, TV pundits merely shout at each other, but twice recently in Middle East TV debates, discussants have roughhoused on the air. Journalist Shakir al-Johari was involved both times, on the Jordanian 7 Stars channel in May and on Dubai TV in …
FROM THE FOREIGN PRESS Wednesday, September 10
After police issued a plea for help in July to identify the perpetrators of a porn movie filmed inside an Austrian church and in which actors' faces were obscured, a serious fan of Austrian porn spoke up, naming the 24-year-old female lead. The nude …
NOT OUR FAULT Wednesday, September 10
In July, two of the four fertilizer manufacturers operating in the vicinity of the April 2013 massive explosion and fire in West, Texas, filed motions contesting the city's lawsuit against them. According to the companies, it was actually the city's …
A MATTER OF SCALE Wednesday, September 10
Police in Cologne, Germany, wrote a bicycle-equipment infraction against Bogdan Ionescu in April because his bike had no right-side handlebar brake. But since Ionescu has no right arm, he fought the ticket, and in July received a police apology. And …
LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS Wednesday, September 10
Despite all that has transpired in Ukraine this year, the country's defense industry manufacturers continue to sell military gear to Russia (including "key parts for ship engines, advanced targeting technology for tanks and upkeep for Russia's …
DILEMMAS OF THE 1 PERCENT Wednesday, September 10
In July, New York City approved construction of a 33-story condominium/apartment tower housing both luxury units (219, facing the Hudson River) and "affordable" units (55, facing the street) — with separate entrances so the beautiful people could …
GO DEEP Wednesday, September 10
Considering the height restrictions zoned into London's super-prime real estate, the only practical way for some owners to expand is to go underground (as deep as five stories' worth of "basement"), which requires heavy digging machines. However, by …
DAMNED IF YA DO, DAMNED IF YA DON'T Wednesday, September 10
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species recently estimated that nearly 50,000 African elephants were killed for their tusks in the last two years, continuing the century-long drastic decline in wild pachyderms. The Fish & …
IRONIES Wednesday, September 10
In August, a criminology professor at Rome's La Sapienza University arranged a two-hour guest lecture on "emergency practices" by an "experienced" hand — Francesco Schettino, the captain currently on trial in Italy for his role in the sinking of …
BRIGHT IDEA Wednesday, September 10
Bradley Hardison, 24, on the lam in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, area from two break-in charges, nonetheless decided to enter a newsworthy contest in August — a public "doughnut-eating" competition, in which police officers and firefighters …
 
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