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North Carolina Huskers Club cheers on its team from afar

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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More than 1,000 miles from the home of the Nebraska Huskers, the North Carolina Huskers club gathers to cheer on Big Red every week during football season. Founder and Chairman Tim Zuraff started the club two years ago after wondering where his fellow Huskers fans went during games. Board member Aaron Beck runs the Charlotte […]

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Who decides which health tests we should get?

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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A firestorm of criticism and confusion was unleashed this week by two separate recommendations released by different groups regarding cancer screenings for women. The first announcement earlier this week was released by a federal agency many had never heard of, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, sponsored by the  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. […]

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What really makes people kill?

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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Two weeks ago, Professor Robert Roth of Ohio State University published a “profoundly unsettling” book about murder in America.  The shocking nature of the book wasn’t necessarily that violence is even more prevalent in American society than many people realize.  The most shocking point Roth points to was what he claims is the trigger for […]

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Beyond remembering

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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Yesterday, I interviewed a soldier for the first time. Sergeant Catarino Rodriguez, a 35-year-old from Brooklyn, was in the first group of military police sent to Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison to help re-establish order after the prisoner abuse scandal that rocked the world in 2004. He helped transport and protect troops as well as prisoners. […]

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Coney Island Polar Bears: Still Going Strong

Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by .

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The Coney Island Polar Bears club was founded as a winter bathing club in 1903 by Bernarr Macfadden, a health aficionado known for his theories about nutrition and physical fitness. Today, the club has over 120 active members who go swimming in the ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April, though the […]

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Remembering the Dead

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by .

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It’s appropriate, perhaps, as we come again to the time of year during which many celebrate days of the dead, days of saints and souls, and Halloween, that our minds turn to those who have died before us. Last weekend, a genuinely unique memorial service took place on Staten Island. The ceremony honored long-dead immigrants who […]

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The Lost Village of Goverthing

Posted on 14. Oct, 2009 by .

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Last Saturday, for the first time, I visited Governors Island, the small enclave directly off the south tip of Manhattan that formerly housed military and coast guard operations and residences for more than two centuries until it was decommissioned in the 1990s. While I was there, I stumbled upon an exhibit showcasing an archaeological excavation […]

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Bloggers Face New Restrictions Dec. 1

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by .

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The Federal Trade Commission this week announced the first changes in 30 years to its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Celebrity endorsements and company disclaimers are also affected by the new regulations, but the effects on bloggers, a group who have been little regulated until now, was what garnered the […]

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Amos Wengler: The Songwriter of Coney Island

Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by .

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Amos Wengler has lived in Coney Island or nearby for most of the last four and a half decades. His family emigrated from Israel in 1962, when he was 17, and moved into one of the towers built by Fred Trump. For years, Wengler has been composing and singing songs about Coney Island, from songs […]

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British University Official Accused of Sexism

Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by .

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Readers in the blogosphere and beyond are in an uproar about the perceived sexism in an article from the UK’s Times Higher Education (THE).  In an article on the “7 deadly sins of the academy,” a vice chancellor of Buckingham University wrote, in part: Normal girls – more interested in abs than in labs, more […]

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