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Three-Minute Fiction: 'No Down Time'

The president laughed and stuck the pea in his nose again. The first time he had done it, he had gotten such a big laugh that he simply had to do it again. After all, it was Christmas Eve! No war, no unemployment. Just a little dinnertime fun for the leader of the free world and his family.
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The Wild Adventure Continues in 'Under Wildwood'

Colin Meloy, best known as the Decemberists' front man, is also a novelist. His newest book is the second in a series for young readers, called Wildwood Chronicles. The book catches up with its precocious protagonist, Prue, who leaves the seventh grade to return to the magical world of Wildwood.
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The Movie Queen Latifah Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actress Queen Latifah could watch Steel Magnolias a million times. "I was around 19 years old when it came out, and I was sort of into those emotional types of movies," she says.
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Thousands Hold Fast To Tradition Of Oral Storytelling

Nearly 10,000 people have gathered this weekend for the National Storytelling Festival in northeast Tennessee to hear professional tellers weave some good yarns. Missy Shelton reports.
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Catching The 'Shadow' Of A Lost World

Photographer Edward Curtis decided to chronicle the experience of the vanishing Native American tribes at the end of the 19th century. It was an unbelievably ambitious project that would define Curtis, his work and his legacy.
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TV's Britton Fights To Stay In Nashville's Lights

Best known for her role in the TV series Friday Night Lights, Connie Britton plays a veteran country megastar whose cooling career is threatened by a new rising singer. Britton stars in the new TV series Nashville, which premieres this Wednesday on ABC.
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'Wooden Floors' Pack Hidden Thrill In Author's Debut

When an aspiring writer agrees to look after his old friend's flat, enduring an absent homeowner's passive-aggressive notes isn't the worst that will happen. In his first novel, Care of Wooden Floors, Will Wiles follows a housesitting job gone terribly, terribly wrong.
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Frog Stuck In Your C-R-O-A-T?

You'll be given a category, and you name something in the category starting with each of the letters in the word "Croat." For example, if the category were "boy's names," you might say Chris, Roger, Otto, Adam and Terry.
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YouTube Introduces Teens To Carol Burnett's Show

Saturday night on CBS in 1973: All In The Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and The Carol Burnett Show. The pioneering comedienne was a capstone of American television for more than a decade. Now, a new DVD collection compiles 16 of Carol Burnett's favorite episodes.

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