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My Dear Roger,As we approach the second anniversary of your death on April 4th, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on everything that has happened since your transition. Your extraordinary life and incomparable work have been honored in ways...
From: Roger Ebert | By: Chaz Ebert | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Blockchains are a new form of information technology that could have several important future applications. They could be an explosive operational venue for new kinds of autonomous agents like DACs, distributed autonomous corporations. A DAC is a corporation...
From: Broader Perspective | By: LaBlogga | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Redesigning and replacing hospital gowns is one example of efforts by hospitals and health systems to enhance the patient experience....
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Shefali Luthra | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Will Republicans' anti-climate-science rhetoric be a legitimate barrier to the White House?
From: Grist | By: Sabrina Siddiqui | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The new statute's defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality....
From: The Atlantic | By: Garrett Epps | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The new statute's defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality....
From: The Atlantic | By: Garrett Epps | Monday, March 30, 2015
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City officials say the shift to 100-percent renewable energy is a way to save cash, not the planet.
From: Grist | By: Tom Dart | Monday, March 30, 2015
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In this age of rationality and endless data, intuition is often looked upon as an inferior means of problem-solving. Yet in many situations, even in the hard sciences, it is the most useful means of all. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…...
From: Brain Blogger | By: Michael Bond, BSc | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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(Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein aims to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean, and in doing so, hopes to raise awareness of the crisis the oceans are in due to human-caused climate disruption.(Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein...
From: Truthout | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Updated from last week's By-Ranking Board, but with many new links (HINT: do a search for "video" for some special ones), some revised (and unrevised) rankings, a few new players, and a fully expanded Ain't Gonna Happen List. HV Info Pos. 1:10 Trae Waynes,...
From: Behind the Steel Curtain | By: Scott Pavelle | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Twitter and Meerkat followers get to share party with him.
From: Women's Wear Daily | By: Khanh T.L. Tran | Monday, March 30, 2015
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RICHMOND Paperwork filed by a state senator from Chesapeake shows he received taxpayer reimbursement for part of a hotel stay at a conference last year even though his campaign paid the hotel bill. Sen. John Cosgrove's campaign finance report shows payments...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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It's no coincidence that the would-be Tea Party presidents were the only GOP votes against the Senate budget
From: Reason | By: Matt Welch | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Huffington Post: Tesla's Self-Driving Feature Leaves Insurers Idling As States Scramble Tesla Motors’ plan to roll out a self-driving feature on some cars this summer has regulators, especially in its home state of California, scrambling to write...
From: Greentech Media | By: Stephen Lacey | Monday, March 30, 2015
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This is a great piece in The Atlantic explaining why Indiana's new discrimination law is so egregious. It starts like this:No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith.And he wasn’t particularly...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Ordinarily I wouldn’t concern myself with what some billionaire far-left oligarch thinks. Usually, they don’t think about much beyond making money and having millions of people they neither know or respect suck up to them. Apple’s Steve Jobs made...
From: Red State | By: ( | Monday, March 30, 2015
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As the media firestorm continues in Indiana, your GetReligionistas have heard from readers asking to know the essential differences between the Indiana law that is under attack and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) passed with bipartisan enthusiasm...
From: Get Religion | By: Terry Mattingly | Monday, March 30, 2015
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In this first part of RH Reality Check's Women, Incarcerated series, we focus on one woman's prison time—which involved a high-risk pregnancy, forced induced labor, and shackling—to illustrate the problems that thousands of women face behind bars....
From: RH Reality Check | By: Sharona Coutts | Monday, March 30, 2015
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He didn’t grow up poor. He hates horse trading. And he isn’t much fun....
From: New York Times | By: MIMI SWARTZ | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Partners Group said Monday that it is selling Nobel Learning Communities Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. The buyer was not announced. Westchester, Pennsylvania-based Nobl learning operates preschool through grade 12 private schools in the U.S....
From: PE Hub | By: Luisa Beltran | Monday, March 30, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, March 30: 1. -- U.S. stock futures are trending upward Monday as investors look to a short trading week with important economic data reports. European stocks rose on Monday as March...
From: TheStreet | By: Nora Morrison | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Texas district attorney who was to prosecute for a second time the man whose murder conviction inspired the movie "Bernie" has asked to recuse himself on the eve of a pretrial hearing, saying he's become a witness....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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It's not easy going green with a pickup, but truckmakers are finding creative ways to be enviro-friendly....
From: PickupTrucks.com | By: Mark Williams | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Political representation is defined as the election of officials, who then stand in for, and speak for a group of their constituents in the legislature, for a set period of time. Unfortunately, moneyed interests, the threat of being "primaried" by the...
From: Truthout | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Only weeks ago, AT&T announced gigabit fiber broadband service in Kansas City for $70/month. Granted, customers have to give up their right to privacy to get that rate, but at least it’s the same price being charged by Google Fiber, which also...
From: Consumerist | By: Chris Morran | Monday, March 30, 2015
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  Savannah Classics, located in Savannah, Tennessee, has been in the business of making hushpuppies since 1970. •Savannah Classic hushpuppies are easy and convenient to cook at home and can be found in the freezer aisle at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix...
From: Steamy Kitchen | By: steamykitchen | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Ted Cruz defended his lack of executive experience this weekend saying that he is not a “community organizer.” The Texas senator explained that unlike Barack Obama, who also ran for president after one term in the Senate, he had accomplished more...
From: Slate | By: John Dickerson | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Tennessee has offered its vacant coaching job to former Texas coach Rick Barnes, and the two sides are closing in on a deal, two sources with knowledge told ESPN.
From: ESPN | By: Jeff Goodman | Monday, March 30, 2015
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What's a good, straightforward book that will teach me how to fish in various environments and for different fish?I grew up around water, and I've fished in some capacity for most of that time. I've caught plenty and know the basics, but I've never felt...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cmoj | Monday, March 30, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks recaptured positive territory thanks to a trifecta of good news on the penultimate day of first-quarter trading. A deluge of big pharma M&A deals, residual goodwill from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech on...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Detroit Lions, in part due to minimal movement during free agency, still have big holes to fill on their offensive and defensive lines. While other mock drafts -- as covered here -- have focused on the offensive line at No. 23 for the Lions, colleague...
From: ESPN | By: Michael Rothstein | Monday, March 30, 2015
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He's visited steel mills in Indiana and movie studios in California; an oil spill in in Louisiana and a landslide in Washington State; military bases from New Jersey to Texas; even Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming....
From: CNN | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Two weeks ago, to commemorate the anniversary of the relaunch of FiveThirtyEight, I looked at what the site had published and made Markov bots to replicate several of our writers. Here’s how I defined a Markov bot: A basic Markov bot is a program that...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Willie Nelson hosted his first Fourth of July Picnic in 1973—this year the Country Hall of Famer will host his 43rd of the series that has taken place all over Texas (plus one trip to Oklahoma and one to Missouri). The event returns to Austin...
From: Entertainment Weekly | By: Madison Vain | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Being the craziest guy in the room can sometimes get results.
From: Reason | By: J.D. Tuccille | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University of Virginia Law School, writes in an email:  The issue with respect to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) is whether people should be allowed to practice their religion, even when their acts would...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Monday, March 30, 2015
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys might have some competition in keeping Rolando McClain. McClain, who was second on the Cowboys in tackles last year according to the coaches’ breakdown, is visiting with the New England Patriots on Monday, according...
From: ESPN | By: Todd Archer | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday a source told ESPN.com.
From: ESPN | By: Calvin Watkins | Monday, March 30, 2015
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I'm en route home to Philly from the 4A's Transformation Conference in Austin -- 30,000 feet being an appropriate metaphor for where my head is at right now, following several days of lofty ideas, conversations and interactions about where our industry...
From: Ad Age | By: Marc Brownstein | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Guns on college campuses are becoming more likely. Inside Higher Ed today brings an update on the status of the never-ending and inexplicable quest of gun people to ensure that guns are allowed on college campuses across America. Why is this, of all...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Billy J. Stanbery, previously CEO of HelioVolt, has joined Siva Power as president. Siva Power is aiming to develop "a solar factory for the 'gigawatt era' that will produce solar panels at unprecedented scale and the lowest production cost." Siva, with...
From: Greentech Media | By: Eric Wesoff | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Five former inmates at a youth detention center in Idaho sued the state's Department of Juvenile Corrections last week, saying staff at the facility sexually abused them during their stay. The suit's details are grim. In one case, nurse Valerie Lieteau...
From: Mother Jones | By: Rebecca Cohen | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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There is talk, and there is action. In the drive toward healthcare tailored for smaller and smaller groups of people, there was both last week, and both illustrated not just the promise of precision medicine, but the long haul until that promise is fulfilled....
From: Xconomy | By: Alex Lash | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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An event to highlight how our criminal justice system tramples on the rights of sex offenders.
From: Reason | By: Jim Epstein | Monday, March 30, 2015
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From indecision at Ohio State to the off-field issues at Alabama and Michigan to a new approach at Texas, here are the 10 biggest developments this spring....
From: ESPN | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Rundown New fracking rules seek to protect water sources while the EPA assesses fracking data. Most of the West already has a federal drought designation. The U.S. Geological Survey reminds Congress that many details about national water use are...
From: Circle of Blue WaterNews | By: Brett Walton | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Years ago, William Cooke sensed a crisis building. The only doctor in rural Austin, Ind., noticed that intravenous drug use was soaring in his town of about 4,300, where 23 percent of residents live below the poverty line. He feared that people addicted...
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | By: By Danielle PaquetteWashington Post | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The latest Jurassic World TV spot features a bit of new stuff, and a pretty dire observation from the character played by Chris Pratt. He notices that the genetically modified new dinosaur attraction at the park seems to be killing other dinos for sport...
From: SlashFilm | By: Russ Fischer | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Specs Who Ruthie Schulder (l.), president; Jessica Resler, creative director What Experiential marketing firm Where New York Even people who don't live in New York know that New Yorkers have no living space. So a few years ago when Ruthie Schulder and...
From: AdWeek | By: Lauren Johnson | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context. It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it. One good...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Grant Hughes | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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