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Pro Wrestling's Paul Bearer Dies At Age 58

William Moody, who as the pro wrestling character Paul Bearer embodied a sense of theater that was equal parts morbid and absurd, has died at age 58. A portly man known for his wild-eyed stare and habit of carrying a brass urn under his arm, Paul Bearer was most notably the manager of The Undertaker and Kane.
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Eating Eyeballs: Taboo, Or Tasty?

Sit down to eat in Iceland, and you might be served boiled sheep's head, complete with the eye. In some cultures eyeballs are considered a culinary treat, but for most of us they're still in the category of "eww."
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 6

You can revel in the beauty of indie-cinema this week at the oldest independent film festival in Washington. Then you can check out a gallery exhibition dedicated to D.C.'s favorite fleeting flower.

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Book News: 'Superman' Artist Quits Amid Uproar Over Author's Views On Homosexuality

Also: The influence of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables on Hugo Chavez; Jeb Bush's new book on immigration; and a 9-year-old saves himself and friends from quicksand after reading a survival guide.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 5

Art lovers, start your engines — you can check out a mixed-media exhibit about one man's love for speed, and fantasy, and see a number of Korean films at an annual festival.
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Book News: Male Authors Still Get Far More Coverage, Survey Shows

Also: Alice B. Toklas' fudge recipe; a fireproof edition of Fahrenheit 451; and a Milton scholar on ghostwriting the Sweet Valley High series.
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Nicki Minaj Challenges 'Idol's' Inflexible Formula

As Fox's American Idol moves through its 12th season, it's hard to remember this show was once so popular it clobbered any new series scheduled against it. With ratings down almost 50 percent from its height, the brightest star is new judge Nicki Minaj — because she might understand the show better than anyone. TV critic Eric Deggans explains.
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Jeb Bush: Legal Residency, Not Citizenship, For Illegal Immigrants

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the United States should overhaul its laws to make immigration easier and to give illegal immigrants a way to legal residence, not citizenship. He says granting citizenship would provide an incentive for others to come to the U.S. illegally.
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To 'Sum It Up': A Legendary Basketball Coach Braves Alzheimer's

Pat Summitt grew up on a rural farm and went on to a stellar career in basketball. As head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, she won more games than any other basketball coach in NCAA history. Her new memoir, Sum It Up, records her memories even as she is losing them to Alzheimer's.

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