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? LSSU’s 42nd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” includes the following: You, Sir Focus Bête Noire Town Hall Meeting Post-Truth Guesstimate 831 Historic Manicured Echo Chamber On Fleek Bigly Ghost Dadbod Listicle “Get your dandruff up . . . ”…

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? If the World Were 100 People: ? Gender 50 would be female 50 would be male ? Age 26 would be 0-14 66 would be 15-64 8 would be 65 and older ? Geography 60 would be from Asia 15 would be from Africa 11 would be from Europe…

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? Leonard, Elmore.  Get Shorty.  New York: Delacorte, 1990. Almost single-handedly, Elmore Leonard brought the genre of crime fiction to renewed prominence. Although the sub-genre stretches back to James M. Cain and was enriched by Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson, it was eclipsed by the proliferation in the categories of…

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? Thoracic surgeon Henry Heimlich died on Saturday, December 17, at age 96. In 1962, Heimlich “developed the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve which was credited with saving many soldiers’ lives in the Vietnam War and is still used for patients undergoing chest surgery.” But most people would not be able…

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? Hillerman, Tony.  Skinwalkers.  New York: Harper, 1986. The impact of Tony Hillerman’s novels featuring Navajo policemen Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn has had few precedents in the history of the mystery-detective genre.  Although Chee and Leaphorn were not the first fictional Native American detectives, no previous novel or series…

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? Higgins, George V.  The Friends of Eddie Coyle.  New York: Knopf, 1972. In 1985, the Book Marketing Council selected The Friends of Eddie Coyle as one of the top twenty postwar American novels.  Higgins’ debut effort, the novel has  been translated into Danish, Finnish, Flemish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish,…

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? Let’s start with two headlines from yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch: Green Party’s Presidential Candidate’s Speech Delayed after She Flies to Wrong City Fire Department Cancels Charity Campaign after Firefighter Is Struck by Car ? 7-Eleven Deploys Donut Delivery Drone Aer Lingus Passenger Dies after Biting Another Passenger Banksy Graffiti Vandalized…