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How One George Lucas Fan Takes Fan Filmmaking Into His Own Hands

Fan documentaries may seem like the work of bored hobbyists, but for many fans, they outstrip real DVD features for both satisfaction and information.
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Scheming Parents Set Their Kids Up — And It Works

When Steven Ketcham met Alexandra Budny's mother, she told him, "I'm going to be your future mother-in-law." There was only one catch: Steven had never met Alexandra. But their parents had already decided they were perfect for each other.
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Scrappy 'Girlchild' Forms A Girl Scout Troop Of One

Tupelo Hassman's debut novel stars Rory, a resilient, if ragged, life force raised in a Reno trailer park who adopts a tattered copy of The Girl Scout Handbook as her Bible. Rory endures sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, and everyday invisibility — all without playing for our sympathy.
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S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way

Raising her children in Paris, American journalist Pamela Druckerman discovered that the French have mastered the art of child-rearing — or at least they have mastered the art of smoothly assimilating children into adult routines and reducing the stress of parenting.
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Did Santorum Win Big Or Win Squat? What's A Nation To Believe?

The results of Missouri's "beauty contest" primary and caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado may be poor indicators of the sentiment of most Republicans and independents. Instead, they show the ardor of the fraction of voters who turned out — and the potency of the abortion issue in national politics.
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For Love And The Game, A Star Shines In Delaware

Four years ago, Elena Delle Donne was the top basketball recruit in the country. But Delle Donne walked away from an elite college program — so she could be with her severely disabled sister and the rest of their family. Now she's the best college player in America.
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Cabaret Wanes As The Oak Room Is Felled

One of New York City's most famous cabaret clubs, the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, is closing. Murray Horwitz, a veteran Broadway writer, is feeling the loss. In this essay he explains just what it is that makes cabaret such an important art form.

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