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Time Magazine Reveals Completely Unsurprising Award Choice

Here’s a news bite that could have written itself a few weeks, if not months, ago: Barack Obama is Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. Even the magazine’s editorial staff members knew that the choice would hardly shock anyone, but they allowed themselves to be swept along by the tides of history—or perhaps inevitability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Wealthy Shoppers Opt for Inconspicuous Consumption

Whereas during boom times not so long ago, the über-loaded were all about having it and flaunting it, some among their ranks are now feeling the need to tone down their spending habits, if only for the sake of appearances.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


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So Long, Bettie Page

Long before Madonna, Dita Von Teese or any number of aspiring sirens squeezed into their first corsets, there was proto-vixen Bettie Page, who brought her own racy sensibility to the art of pinup photography in the 1950s.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE



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Globes Cool to ‘Milk’

Despite widespread acclaim and gushing praise from some tough critics, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association largely overlooked Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” in choosing this year’s Golden Globe nominees, although Sean Penn is among the HFPA’s picks for best actor.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Stone to Turn Camera on Chavez

After making a movie about President Bush, what’s “W.” director Oliver Stone to do next? Why, he’ll make a documentary about that repeat Bush taunter from Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, of course!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE



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NPR Catches Layoff Fever

The financial crisis has hit the tote bag set: National Public Radio is cutting two shows and 7 percent of its work force, thanks to $23 million in red ink. Non-pledging fans of “Day to Day” and “News & Notes” have only themselves—and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act—to blame.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush and Streisand Embrace, Both Survive

Having been one of President George W. Bush’s most vocal celebrity critics in recent years, it must have been strange for Barbra Streisand to find herself smiling and embracing the lame duck last Sunday at the White House.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Leaving Radio to Focus on TV Show

Looks like Bill O’Reilly is preparing for the Obama era—he says he’s been working too many hours. Whatever the reason, the Fox News heavy is giving up his syndicated radio show to focus his energies on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE


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O.J. Simpson Sentenced to Prison

O.J. Simpson’s fame in the football and film arenas was eclipsed by his nationally polarizing murder trial in 1995. On Friday, he was back in court in Las Vegas facing kidnapping and burglary charges, but the outcome was not in his favor this time.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Condi Tickles the Ivories for the Queen

Of all the items we might have expected would rank high on outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s wish list of things she’d like to do before leaving office, playing Brahms in a private concert for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wouldn’t have been one of them.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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