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The first item is from the Huffington Post. Written by Andy McDonald, it is a fill-in-the-blanks template for the acceptance speeches made by those who win Academy Awards. It is available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/oscar-acceptance-speech-mad-lib-photo_n_6708368.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003 It goes a long way toward clarifying why the red-carpet interviews have become almost as interesting…

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Business Insider found an inspiring quotation from each of the presidents. The full item from Business Insider is available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-inspirational-quotes-from-us-presidents-2015-2 You will probably be surprised by how often the presidents have emphasized the value of persistence. I have turned that item in Business Insider into a quiz. The…

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James Buchanan Grover Cleveland Martin Van Buren Abraham Lincoln Warren G. Harding Millard Fillmore George Washington James Garfield William Howard Taft Rutherford B. Hayes Chester A. Arthur Andrew Johnson William Henry Harrison Harry S. Truman Benjamin Harrison Lyndon B. Johnson William J. Clinton John Quincy Adams James Monroe Zachary…

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Two days ago, on February 12, New York Times media columnist David Carr died suddenly while at work in the newspaper’s offices. His death received more national attention than it might otherwise have received because it occurred in a week when longtime CBS News journalist Bob Simon died in…

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All of these items have been distributed by Business Insider. Let’s start with a story about the unsuccessful attempt by SpaceX to land a rocket on an platform in the ocean [http://www.businessinsider.sg/spacex-rocket-crash-landing-vine-images-2015-2/]. Here is a photo of the crash: And here is the opening line of the article that…

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? L’Amour, Louis.  Bendigo Shafter.  New York: Dutton, 1978. Literary critics have generally disregarded Louis L’Amour as an author of very formulaic novels in a sub-literary genre.  Certainly, his prodigious output might suggest a more workmanlike than reflective approach to writing fiction.  For over three decades, L’Amour produced at…

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On January 29, this was the lead headline on the NBC Nightly News newsfeed: “Malaysia Airlines MH370 Declared an ‘Accident,’ Search for Survivors Ends.” On the surface, this headline is absurd in at least two very obvious ways. First, how can the loss of the plane be declared an…

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