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Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

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Wrapping Up a Wild Week for the Market

The stock market opened with a strong start on Friday, with the major averages up more than 1 percent following a good day for world markets on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Dow Posts Second Huge Gain This Week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 423 points higher Thursday, one of the biggest gains of all time, as investors reacted to positive job numbers and economic reports. The gain comes in a roller coaster week that saw the Dow fall 634 points Monday, rise 429 on Tuesday and then drop 519 on Wednesday. Updated

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Twitter Effect’ Hits Hollywood

The time frame for projecting the success or failure of a newly released film has already been compressed to the point of asphyxiation, thanks to the Internet, but with the popularity of social networking services like Twitter, the window of box office opportunity has become even shorter, according to The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


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The Lowdown on ‘Up’ From Asner

The Wall Street Journal interviewed veteran actor Edward Asner on his role in Pixar’s new film “Up,” due in theaters May 29. “Because it involves humans, I’m most pleased to be in it,”  Asner said. “I loved that it was about two human beings who love each other ... .”

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Iraqis Tuning In to Their Version of ‘The Daily Show’

Baghdad’s answer to Jon Stewart (Saaed Khalifa, above) skewers both Iraqis and Americans alike in his nightly “Daily Show”-esque broadcast. A recent joke: Iraq’s Ministry of Water and Sewage changed its name to the Ministry of Sewage—because it had given up on the water part.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Colombian Wives to Gangsters: Lay Down Arms or No Sex

They’re calling it a “strike of crossed legs,” and it’s supported by the Pereira, Colombia, mayor’s office: The wives and girlfriends of gang members will deny their partners sex until they vow to renounce violence.

 

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


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‘Charm School’ Helps Men Perfect the Pickup

Read about a day and night in the life of a guy who paid $1,600 to learn how to interact with women.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


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Carolla Hangs Up on Coulter

The radio talk show host hung up on the right-wing hatemonger when she called in to his show late. Carolla: “I don’t have time for bitches.”
Amen, brother. Hopefully radio and TV hosts will extend this by not inviting her on their shows in the first place….

Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


Muslims Address Silence on Europe Attacks

Why haven’t we seen huge, deafening condemnations of the terror attacks that have wracked Europe in recent years? The AP poses that question to Europe’s Muslims. Many say they’re so well integrated into Western society that they shouldn’t have to apologize for the radicals.

Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


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U.N.‘s Bolton Rattles the Macho, Cliched Saber on Iran

U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said that military action against Iran is “on the table,” and ?This is put up or shut up time for Iran.?

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


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Spare the Quarter-Inch Plumbing Supply Line, Spoil the Child

Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one’s children to “train them up.” The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req’d.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


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