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Party Time At The Conventions

Across Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., art museums and aquariums are morphing into entertainment venues. We explore how the two parties party at the RNC and DNC.

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Michigan Author Dreams Up A Deadlier Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor residents would easily recognize their city in Harry Dolan's crime fiction, but the likeness ends with murder; while Dolan can pack several homicides into each book, the real Ann Arbor is much more peaceful.
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The Movie Regina King Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actress Regina King could watch the film The Sandlot a million times. "It still has such a connection for me and my son 11 years later," she says.
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'A Contest Of Wits': A Former Forger Recalls His Art

Ken Perenyi made millions painting and selling more than 1,000 forgeries over 30 years. He's imitated the likes of Charles Bird King and James Buttersworth — and confesses it all in his new book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger.
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Faith, Family And Forgiveness In 'We Sinners'

Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel is based on her own childhood in a strict and obscure Finnish Lutheran sect. The book follows members of the Rovaniemi family as they struggle with the decision to leave their church — or to stay.
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'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Have you ever boarded a train seeking a little quiet reading time only to be disrupted by the incessant cell phone chatter of a fellow passenger? What to do? Randy Cohen, The New York Times Magazine's original ethicist, explains "the ethics of everything" in his new book, Be Good.
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What Hat Holds The Answer?

Every answer is a two-word phrase in which one of the words starts with W, and the other word is the same with the W removed. For example, given the clue "desires scurrying insects," the answer would be "wants ants."
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Struggling With Parenthood In Utopic 'Motherland'

The sidewalks of Park Slope, Brooklyn, are crowded with moms with expensive strollers and organic groceries. For many New York parents, it's paradise. But despite their seemingly perfect lives in the plush neighborhood, the characters in Amy Sohn's Motherland struggle with parenthood and marriage.
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Alan Ball On Leaving 'True Blood' Behind

Writer/producer Alan Ball is leaving True Blood, the highly successful HBO show he created, at the end of its fifth season. He talks about the show, his childhood and coming out to his mother.
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Local Artist Paints Mural At Ben's Chili Bowl

A local artist spent the weekend painting a mural on a wall at Ben's Chili Bowl.

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