Monthly Archives: February 2006

Sweet Dark Love Saves Lives

The Dutch have a long history with chocolate. Although native Mexicans and their Spanish conquerors first used the bitter bean–and reported on its tonic powers–a Dutchman was the first to extract modern cocoa and neutralize its bitterness with alkali. The … Continue reading

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Live Lingerie Models Pulled for Stalker

AUGUSTA, Maine – A lingerie shop has stopped using live models to draw attention and customers after one of its models received harassing phone calls, the store’s owner said. Spellbound drew protests _ as well as window shoppers _ when … Continue reading

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All Along the Watchtower

Sometimes we see a news photo which we can’t take our eyes off of, and this picture, appearing in today’s New York Times, taken by AP protographer Musadeq Sadeq, is a prime example. Afghan soldiers are seen atop a tower … Continue reading

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Fresh View

An excellent new photoblog from a longtime New Yorker exiled to a small town in upstate, which is another world, which explains both the culture shock and wide open babe’s eye seen in the latest postings. from Ford Bailey 600px … Continue reading

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Opt Out of the War Machine

MERIDEN, Conn. — A federal rule that puts information about students into the hands of military recruiters is raising concerns among some parents. A provision in the No Child Left Behind Act, which measures student achievement, also requires school districts … Continue reading

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What Have YOU Been Searching For Lately?

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25 (AP) – Google Inc.’s concerns that a Bush administration demand to examine millions of its users’ Internet search requests would violate privacy rights are unwarranted, the Justice Department said Friday in a court filing. from The … Continue reading

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Keeping the Streak Alive

PINEROLO, Italy (Reuters) – Britain’s match against the United States for the men’s curling bronze medal was interrupted on Friday when a male streaker ran across the ice. With poultry for a loin cloth, the man vaulted the barriers and … Continue reading

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Laproscopic, My Ass

Fair Warning: Anyone grossed out by medical details or simply uninterested in the personal life of your correspondent can safely skip the rest of this entry. However, since we are still to a certain extent a Mom and Pop operation … Continue reading

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Branding the Olympics – Sports No Sports

This ersatz network media event they are calling the Winter Olympics is really starting to chap our ass. The whole thing leaves a nasty taste in our mouth, as it seems to have been trumped up merely to get more … Continue reading

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But Will the Mail Go Through?

China’s ancient culture has outlasted famine, Mongol hordes, the British Empire, opium wars and Japanese militarism. So why is Beijing scared of Tinky Wink? That’s the member of U.K. kids’ favorite Teletubbies, which aroused the ire of televangelist Jerry Falwell. … Continue reading

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Port Deal Raised No Red Flags

The officials tried to assure the panel that the deal has been subject to a careful, three-month review and that all security questions were satisfied. They said no one raised an issue that would have prompted the need for a … Continue reading

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Hot Button Topics

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 22 – A powerful bomb shattered the golden dome at one of Iraq’s most revered Shiite shrines on Wednesday morning, setting off a day of sectarian fury in which mobs formed across Iraq to chant for revenge … Continue reading

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