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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 31

Happy Halloween! Enjoy the holiday with these haunting performances.

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Freedman's Cemetery Memorial In Alexandria Rejected Over 'Religious Symbols'

Alexandria city leaders have rejected a sculpture selected to adorn a cemetery for freed slaves, rejecting it for religious symbols, a description the artist disputes.

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Oregon State's New Cheese Plant Aims To Break The Rind

Lots of big state colleges have popular campus creameries, and many focus on ice cream because it sells. But with its new cheese plant, Oregon State University hopes to produce some fancy sought-after cheeses to go with the state's famous Pinot Noirs.
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The Force Is Strong With This One: Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4B

The studio announced it would continue the Star Wars movie franchise with a seventh film due to be released in 2015, and others to follow. Disney also owns Marvel, which it bought for $4 billion in 2009.
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'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

In his first novel, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American robber." Moehringer says writing historical fiction helped him deal with the anger he felt toward banks after the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 30

Let your imagination run wild with these whimsical performances.

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Impersonating The President: From Will Rogers To Obama's 'Anger Translator'

Elizabeth Blair finds that presidential impersonations came and went and then came back again, but it's not always easy to find just the right angle on a sitting president — or a challenger.
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Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

During World War II, even successful generals could be fired. But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, no one was fired. A new book from Thomas Ricks examines the changes in our military over the past 60 years.
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The Power Of Language, 'Found In Translation'

A new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche uncovers tales of language and translation, like the story of Peter Less, whose family was killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just a few years later, Less interpreted for those very same people at the Nuremberg trials.

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