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Bobby Vee got blasted into rock ‘n’ roll under the worst circumstances imaginable. He and his new band filled in for Buddy Holly on Feb. 4, 1959, the night after Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash

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You work, you save, you book the trip of a lifetime — and it almost kills you. Sweet rolls at breakfast, ice cream at lunch, fancy desserts at dinner and three different kinds of cookies available all day were not the problem on my recent 15-day river cruise through Central Europe. Instead, the culprit was a natural tendency to overdo while somewhere new and exciting.

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By James M Dorsey The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical and economic opportunity. Money and world soccer body FIFA’s desire to take one of the world’s foremost sporting events beyond Europe and the Americas helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

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An African gray parrot known for its very filthy mouth may be a key witness to the killing of his owner.

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Kennings: I’ve Made a Little List

10Feb

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a kenning as “a figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry.” In a recent article about metaphor and law , I had occasion to list a few favorite kennings. However, that pleasure reminded me of two sources of displeasure. First, I’ve yet to find an ample yet convenient inventory of old kennings and their kin.

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It’s a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road.

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This week President Obama announced a series of actions on guns. The word that journalists most often used to describe them was “modest.” Obama clarified exactly who is “in the business” of selling guns, and thus must perform a background check on potential customers.

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In April on CNBC , I called a top in the China market and urged a move to cash. The accompanying chart — see the red arrow — underscores the prescience of the call.

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RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note.

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Suicide: The Quiet Haunting

21Oct

Moonrise, 1884 Stanislaw Maslowski A little over two years ago, I went to the closet where I kept a hidden stash of pills, carefully packed them among my things into a small weekend suitcase, made reservations at an inn I had stayed at with my mother when I was a teenager and left for the beach town of my childhood without telling anyone. I was headed towards the place where I had had my happiest years, those golden, magical summers when I was young.

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This article first appeared in The National Book Review 1. Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate (Harper) This biography of the late British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, perhaps best known in the United States as husband of the tragic Sylvia Plath, was among the recently announced nominees for the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

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A large sign was erected on a Hawaii military base in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with the message, “God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them.” Now, 14 years later, a nonprofit religious rights group is demanding it be removed , claiming it violates the Constitution

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Seems like just about anything you can think of has been spotted on Mars: pyramids , floating spoons , lizards , crab monsters , even ” a woman . Now, some people believe they’ve found a massive Stonehenge-like formation  sitting in the middle of a small hill on the Red Planet.  Call it Marshenge.  A video posted on YouTube (above) by Mister Enigma  takes a closer look at a NASA image found on the website for the  Lunar and Planetary Laboratory  at the University of Arizona.  Indeed, the raw NASA image shows a circular formation of stones or boulders atop a hill .

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As a traveler, it can be hard to feel like you’ve really seen and experienced all a new-to-you country has to offer on a visit, but with Ireland’s small size, it’s easy to cover a lot of ground in a weeklong visit. Here are some places we’ve dubbed essentially Irish and must-visits on any trip.

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Carnage at NFL Training Camps

31Ago

In the last few years there has been a disturbing trend in the first three weeks of NFL Training Camps. Major injuries to key players occur which will deprive them of part, or all of the upcoming season.

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  The British Library  is calling on the public to help solve a mystery nearly 800 years in the making: Just what is written on this sword ? The double-edged sword, which is part of an exhibition on the Magna Carta  and  on loan from the British Museum , weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces and measures 38 inches in length and 6.5 inches across the hilt. “If struck with sufficient force, it could easily have sliced a man’s head in two ,” Julian Harrison, the library’s curator of early modern manuscripts , wrote in a blog post.

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While the Pro Football Hall of Fame did not allow Junior Seau’s family to deliver a speech on his behalf at Saturday’s ceremony, the topic of mental health issues and football did not go unaddressed. Many of the headlines leading up to the enshrinement ceremony at Canton, Ohio, surrounded Seau’s 2012 suicide and subsequent diagnosis of degenerative brain disease. Seau’s condition, doctors said, was likely due to the tremendous amount of hits he took to the head during a 20-year career in the NFL

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Raiders Legend Ken Stabler Dead At 69

10Jul

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were just getting started, with a rookie quarterback and a first-time head coach in Mike Zimmer so eager to maintain momentum he told the players to report to practice in a few days. The Chicago Bears played again as if they were ready for this season to be over

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What will sports fans see next: Usain Bolt vs. Adrian Peterson or Adrian Peterson vs. the Green Bay Packers

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The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, essentially deactivating him, and ordered him to keep away from all team activities until the legal proceedings against him in a child injury case have been resolved. The statement issued early Wednesday morning is a complete reversal from earlier in the week, when the team said Peterson would continue to practice with the team and play

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Former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin didn’t always wear the jersey number 28. But when he did adopt the number, he did so for religious reasons, according to a recent interview on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk

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Juan Manuel Terán | MEDIOTIEMPO (Enviado) Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, México, jueves 25 de Octubre del 2012 Daniel Guzmán dirigió el partido desde un palco del inmueble poblano La Directiva de los camoteros también lució la innovadora indumentaria En el pasado quedaron los tradicionales azul y blanco en la playera del Puebla.

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Filed under: Fotos de deportes Deportes bizarros Hace poco leía en un sitio de deportes en internet sobre algunos deportes que podrían no ser considerados deportes sino competencias excéntricas que algunos países realizan para diversión de la gente, como la famosa carrera en trineos desnudos que se hace en Europa, o el correr con la sartén caliente y unos panqueques en ellos.

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Filed under: Fútbol , Videos , futbol-videos Futbolistas del club Rosenborg, en el fútbol de Noruega , intentaron marcar un gol al mismo tiempo, de ‘tijerita’, pero ninguno de los dos lo logra con éxito.

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