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Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Some have proposed a culinary approach to the millions of locusts that made their way from Egypt to Israel this week: Eat 'em up. Plenty of world cuisines can offer inspiration, but there's a catch: Rabbis don't agree locusts are kosher.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 7

You can dance the blues away at two local performances by avaunt-garde companies, or check out some text-based paintings that highlight how information can be relayed through abstract art.

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Book News: Who's Afraid Of Sheryl Sandberg?

Also: Self-portraits of famous authors; why two major spring novels have the same title; and literary statues from around the world.
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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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