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A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore

At the Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg, N.J., the "Bumper Car Psychos" have been crashing their way to fame since 1996. Every Friday night, Tom Mgerack and Keith Van Brunt cruise the track in their favorite cars, grinning from ear to ear as they slam their targets into the wall.
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Safe Landing For 'Stag's Leap'?

What do you do when, after 30 years, your husband tells you he is leaving you for someone else? If you're poet Sharon Olds, you grab your spiral-bound notebook and write about it.
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'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths

Leslye Headland makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of her own play about three bridesmaids whose bad habits and emotional issues threaten to undermine their friend's impending wedding. It's tonally uneven but engrossing, says critic David Edelstein.
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'Gatsby' Author Fitzgerald Rests In A D.C. Suburb

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But his family had deep roots in Maryland, and he's buried in Rockville, next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.
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Getting Around To Writing 'Art Of Procrastination'

Just because you procrastinate doesn't mean you're lazy. In his new book, The Art of Procrastination, John Perry argues that many procrastinators are actually perfectionists: "My book says, 'Oh, come on, you're not so bad!' "
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In New York, Two Big Arts Institutions Go Small

Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently opened new, smaller theater spaces designed by architect Hugh Hardy. There, new works can be performed without the financial pressure of filling a large theater — and with cheaper tickets, they can attract the younger generation, too.
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TV Writers Script Safe Sex 'Product Placement'

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that has worked to get messages about teen pregnancy and safe sex onto hundreds of TV shows.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 7

Celebrating national treasures, presidential politics, and Target at 25.

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Why Your Cellphone Could Be Called A 'Tracker'

ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass says cellphone companies monitor where we are, who we call, what we buy — and often provide it to law enforcement when requested. "They are collecting a heck of a lot more information than we expect them to be collecting about us," he tells Fresh Air.

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