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Migration and Immigration

The big day has arrived! Today is a memorable day inthe Dowbrigade household, and in the evolution of the Dowbrigade itself. At 12:30 pm, in Faneuil Hall, the Revolutionary marketplace in downtown Boston, the lovely Norma Yvonne will be sworn … Continue reading

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Get My Tights and Jockstrap

Abe Coleman, a squat powerhouse of a professional wrestler, billed by promoters as the Hebrew Hercules and known to opponents by the two-footed kick he copied from kangaroos, died Wednesday in New York. He was 101, probably making him the … Continue reading

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Notes from the Spamorama

The Dowbrigade is getting to be a regular over at MIT’s Stata Center, attending events which are completely over our head but somehow more entertaining than staying home and watching Roswell reruns on the SciFi Channel. It’s twisted exterior and … Continue reading

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Whitey Bulger Busted in Berlin

MILAN— Infamous Boston mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was arrested Wednesday night at the Heavenly Acres trailer park in Milan where he has been hiding for the past three years. Striking in the middle of the night, FBI agents set up … Continue reading

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High Holy Days

In Israel they won’t be passing many dubbies this Passover. The country’s pro-pot Green Leaf Party ("Aleh Yarok") has sent a mass e-mail to its members warning that hemp-related products may be a no-no for those who keep Kosher during … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate It, Doc

A Chinese woman escaped jail after she cut off her husband’s penis and threw it out of the window. The man drove himself to hospital – but doctors couldn’t reattach the organ as it had been eaten by a dog, … Continue reading

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Geek Conference Head Denies Terror List Link

As previously reported, the Dowbrigade spent the past weekend at BarCamp Boston 2, the "unconference" for tech types this time held at MIT’s Stata Center. The GQ (Geek Quotient) was off the chart, and we stood little chance of understanding … Continue reading

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Does Rover Know She Has a Name?

While perusing the Sunday paper, an odd scrap often catches in the old cranial craw, requiring rumination and later regurgitation. Case in point, from that paragon of American journalism, Parade Magazine: Nancy Cassidy, from Falls Church, VA, asks Ms. Smartypants, … Continue reading

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Y J-OnE Kant Rede

We’ve been hearing this crap for far too long. American education is going to the dogs. Test scores are down across the board, in Reading and Writing and Rithmatic. On a list of Average National Test Scores the US is … Continue reading

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Half-Assed Belly Dancer Sues Doc

A German belly dancer has been awarded

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OED Claims to have Invented WIKIs – 150 years ago!

LONDON — If you think "wiki" doesn’t sound like English, you are right. But it’s English now. This word born on the Pacific Island of Hawaii finally got an entry into the latest edition of the online Oxford English Dictionary … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Radio Free Interent

Music maven and Berkman blogger Sooz made the Globe yesterday, on the front page of the Business section. While this was not where we expected to find Sooz in the paper (Local? National? Arts? Sidekick?) it introduced us to a … Continue reading

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