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Gold Medalist

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about 4 years ago

Despite the lack of snowfall in Vancouver, the half-Canadian mogulist Hannah Kearney has given the U.S. its first gold medal of the games. "Kearney’s victory came as a tremendous disappointment to the Canadian fans huddled under umbrellas and shivering in ponchos at the base of the mogul run ...

As I Please

New Torture Claims Rock UK Government

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about 4 years ago

British Government Ministers stand accused of knowing about claims of Security Services’ complicity in torture of suspects accused of terrorism, but doing nothing to find out whether it was going on. This is the claim of one of the leaders of the Opposition parties, but more importantly is what ...

Politeia

Point of Inflection

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about 4 years ago

When the most recent jobs report came out a week ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office circulated a striking chart showing the number of jobs the American economy lost each month since 2007. The months of George W. Bush's presidency are in red, and the months after Barack Obama ...

Trend World

Does High School Matter?

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about 4 years ago

Our time spent in high school can be a source of deep resentment or nostalgic joy, assuming we haven’t forgotten about it altogether. But as teenagers become adults and eventually working professionals, how much does high school really contribute to their human development and financial, social ...

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Afghan Offensive

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about 4 years ago

After a campaign to publicize an invasion of Marjah, Afghanistan during which most of the Taliban left, coalition forces have moved in and secured a majority of the city only hours after invading. "There were clashes as more than 15,000 US, UK and Afghan troops swept into the Helmand areas of Marjah ...

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Vancouver 2010

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The luge track where a Georgian athlete died is being refitted with safer walls after the tragedy cast a somber mood over the opening ceremony. "The Whistler track where Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died Friday is being changed to lessen a dangerous curve. Late on Friday night, just ...

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Buzz Off!

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about 4 years ago

Google Buzz is under fire for violating the privacy of its gmail clients by making their email contact list into a public friends list on the new social media platform. "When Google introduced Buzz — its answer to Facebook and Twitter — it hoped to get the service off to a fast start. New users of ...

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Denied Tenure

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Amy Bishop, an assistant professor of biology who has shot and killed three of her colleagues at the U of Alabama-Hunstville, was recently twice denied tenure. "A biology professor was charged with murder late Friday in the shooting deaths of three colleagues at the campus. Amy Bishop, a Harvard ...

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Manky Television

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MTV, which now hosts mainly reality television series, has dropped 'Music Television' from its official logo giving the brand more flexibility. "Twenty-five years ago, MTV was best known for music videos starring Michael Jackson and Madonna. These days, its reigning queen is not a recording star at ...

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Ye Olde Love

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about 4 years ago

Personal ads recently found from the 17th century are more about money and stability than love or romance; the uncovered ads are stored in the British Library. "Never mind the GSH, the 'gentleman about 30 years of age' who placed one of the first recorded lonely hearts ads in 1695 was seeking a LTR ...

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Blonde on Canvas

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about 4 years ago

Bob Dylan's first works on canvas are currently on display at an upmarket gallery in Mayfair as part of the London Art Show. "A collection of Bob Dylan paintings billed as the US musician's first works on canvas went on show Thursday, promoted with typically inscrutable comments by the legendary ...

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Bin Laden's Son

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about 4 years ago

Son of the world's most wanted man, Omar Bin Laden says in a video interview that his father is more moderate than many jihadists and talks of his own affinity for western culture. "They are a striking couple: Omar Bin Laden, 28, and his wife, Zaina Al Sabah Bin Laden, 54. He is stocky with dark ...

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The Lion's Pride

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about 4 years ago

Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, is the latest House Democrat to announce his intention to not seek reelection bringing the running total to 32. "A quartet of House members -- Reps. Vern Ehlers (Mich.) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.) for Republicans, Reps. Diane Watson (Calif ...