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Frank Calabrese Jr. On Opening His 'Family Secrets'

Frank Calabrese Jr. has written a memoir about bringing down his father's murderous Chicago crime family. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank details how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father's conversations.
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'The Lorax': A Campy And Whimsical Seussical

The animated feature, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, is based on the classic Dr. Seuss environmentally themed children's book and stars the voices of Ed Helms, Danny DeVito and Zac Efron. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is far from the best Seuss adaptation.
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Anthony Shadid, Finding Peace In A 'House Of Stone'

Just weeks after New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid died in Syria, his latest book has been released. House of Stone tells of the year he spent restoring a family home in Lebanon.
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High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Rice

Researchers at Dartmouth College recently found high levels of arsenic in rice. Particularly high amounts were found in brown rice syrup — a sugar substitute used in foods aimed at young children.
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In 'Ocean Park,' Gentle Portraits Of California Light

Richard Diebenkorn's studio stood next to the Pacific Ocean, but he was more interested in light than water. For 20-plus years, Diebenkorn worked on 145 paintings — incandescent, geometric canvases that captured the soft, pale light of Southern California.
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An Inuit Builder Crafts His Last Canoe

Members of the Inuit community of Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province once used wood-and-canvas canoes to navigate the region's rivers. Joe Goudie is the last person making such canoes in this corner of Canada, and, under doctor's orders, he's finally putting down his tools.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 2

Reflections on war, taking flight to transform lives, and a fresh take on Stravinsky.

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Cherry Blossoms Will Arrive Early This Year

The cherry blossoms are scheduled to arrive earlier this year after a light winter -- meaning the peak bloom will coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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It's High-Concept, But Will It Keep You 'Awake'?

The new NBC drama stars Jason Isaacs as a man who survives a terrible car accident with either his wife or child. He's living one existence, and dreaming the other — but which is real? It's a lot of work for the viewer, but critic David Bianculli has faith in the show's creators.

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