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Guardian contributor David Uberti discusses the ebb of the icons of consumerism as he steps past "ripped-out electrical wires … suspended in the stale air and fading wallpaper" peeling "like dead skin" in one ruined structure in Akron, Ohio.

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It seems as though some of Jon Stewart's news and/or comedy colleagues from the wild world of cable TV didn't buy into "The Daily Show" host's recent sanity rally in Washington Here, Stewart takes some hits from Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann (continued).

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have taken parody to the next level. The comedians announced two parallel rallies to happen on the mall in Washington, D.C., just days before the midterm elections.

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Nothing says full of yourself like ordering a Venezuelan mayor to halt construction of a near-complete shopping mall after passing by it in a car. Obviously, President Hugo Chavez has a bit of a ego, though his suggestion to use the facility as a university or hospital, not as a monument to consumption and capitalism, does seem a bit more just.

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A gunman who opened fire at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday afternoon turned his gun on himself after killing eight people and wounding nine others, according to local authorities. At a news briefing following the shooting at the Von Maur department store, Sgt. Teresa Negron of the Omaha Police Department said the person believed to be the gunman was dead and his identity had not yet been confirmed.

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