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Writer Has A Down-Home Feel For Atlanta's Dark Side

Growing up near Atlanta, Karin Slaughter learned that tragic crimes can happen to anyone — even children. She says she sets her crime fiction in Atlanta as a way to honor the city's people and turning points, from the election of its first black mayor to the 1996 Olympics.
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'Lifting,' And Lifted By, Words

Poet Ouyang Yu imagines an Olympic event in which he lifts up just one extraordinary word. "The magic of the word is that, when well lifted, it has the power to transform," Yu says.
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Matthew McConaughey's Year Of Acting Dangerously

At the very least, fans will remember 2012 as the year the rom-com star revolutionized his career. McConaughey stars in five different independent films, tackling smaller, character-actor roles instead of the suave leading man roles we've come to associate him with.
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'Sorry Please Thank You': Technically, We're All Alone

Smartphones and tablets just need a flick of a finger to keep us updated about news and friends anytime, anywhere. As much as we're connected, though, we're also detached. That's a big theme in a new book of short stories by author Charles Yu.
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In New Mexico, A Brittle Treat That Smolders

In Las Cruces, a candy shop whips up nut brittle made with red and green chili powder almost daily. Luis Flores' parents started in the candy business four decades ago. Today, you'll find his spicy brittle in farmer's markets and gift shops across the Southwest.
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Name That (Former) Olympic Sport

Every answer is the name of a former Olympic sport. Given an anagram, you name the sport. For example, "flog" becomes "golf."
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For U.K. Author, Games A 'Smoke And Circuses' Affair

Iain Sinclair wishes London had never won the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. In his new book, Ghost Milk, the longtime East London resident writes about the toll that the massive and pricey development is taking on locals.
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Athletes' First Olympic Competition: How Did They Look?

Among the parade of athletes during Friday night's ceremony, several outfits screamed for attention. Some shouted national pride, while others just called for a costume change. Tell us who you think should win our fashion contests.
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D.C. Teens Produce Exhibit Focusing On Anacostia

Teens from the D.C. area created photographs, writings and artwork for an exhibit focusing on the unique elements of the Anacostia neighborhood.

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