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Celebrated British Writer Derides Kate Middleton As 'Shop-Window Mannequin'

One of Britain's most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, the pregnant wife of Prince William, branding her a "shop-window mannequin" with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed. Prime Minister David Cameron described award-winning writer Hilary Mantel as "misguided" after she likened the former Kate Middleton to a "machine made" doll, devoid of personality.
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Today's Bullied Teens Subject To 'Sticks And Stones' Online, Too

In her new book, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying, what it is and what it isn't, and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging. "It really can make bullying feel like it's 24/7," she says.
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Al Roker 'Jazzed' By The A-Team Theme Song

When NBC Today show weatherman Al Roker needs to get pumped up for his work day, he turns to the theme song for the television show The A-Team. During Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, Roker shares why the song, and Mister T, get him 'jazzed.'
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'Reader's Digest' Fails To 'Adapt To Internet Speed'

The parent company of Reader's Digest has filed for bankruptcy protection. This is the second time in less than four years. RDA Holding says it plans to emerge from Chapter 11 in less than six months. Linda Wertheimer talks to Peter Kreisky, a media industry adviser and founder and chairman of the Kreisky Media Group.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 19

This month you can learn more about Nordic cultures through a festival and new exhibition showcasing work by Danish painter Anna Ancher.

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'Beloved' Celebrated In Bowie State Read-A-Thon

toni morrison's 'beloved'

Tony Morrison's Nobel Prize-winning 'Beloved' is being honored at Bowie State on Monday, at the same time that a Fairfax school district hearing a proposal to restrict access to the book.

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Book News: Amazon Fires German Security Firm After Claims Of Intimidation

Also: the best books coming out this week; the return of Haruki Murakami; and Ian McEwan's crisis of faith.
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The Movie Connie Britton Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actress Connie Britton could watch Colin Higgins' comedy Foul Play a million times. "From watching a movie like Foul Play, I have always wanted to bring a sense of humor to really every role that I'm playing," she says.

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