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The Haunted Life Of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini

Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer who died after the match. A new biography of Mancini describes how his life changed after that fateful fight.
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An Unsung Photographer's Ode To Other Unsung Artists

Here's a photographer you probably don't know, but who's worth a closer look.
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Bullets And Buddies On The Streets Of South Central

Action thrillers about the LAPD have become a staple in Hollywood, but NPR's Bob Mondello says End of Watch approaches the genre with an emotional authenticity that's often missing in lesser films.
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'No Place Like Home' Shoes Use GPS To Get You There

British artist Dominic Wilcox has designed a pair of shoes called "No Place Like Home," inspired by Dorothy's red slippers in The Wizard of Oz. The shoes are equipped with GPS and tell the wearer how to get to his or her destination with a click of the heel. Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel have more.
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"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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Jake Gyllenhaal On The Rewards Of Role Research

David Ayer's film End of Watch strives to communicate the relationship between two patrol partners in the LAPD while they face off with a violent drug cartel. Jake Gyllenhaal plays one of the officers, and says the experience of preparing for his role was life-changing.
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Smaller Audience, Bigger Payoff For Glenn Beck

At his new venture, The Blaze, Beck has far fewer audience members soaking in his commentary than he did at Fox News. But the numbers don't tell the whole story. Fox helped amplify Beck's voice, whereas now, Beck projects his message on his own terms.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 21

arcadia is being screened at the chesapeake film festival

The festival of festivals begins!

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Vimeo's Virtual Tip Jar Invites Viewers To Chip In

The video-sharing site has added a feature that invites users to chip in to support the filmmakers they like. It's just the latest in a long history of attempts to solicit tip-sized donations online, but Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor says the idea is finally catching on.

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