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My Accidental Masterpiece: The Phantom Tollbooth

Fifty years ago Norton Juster sat down and tried to remember the confusion and dislocation of childhood. His memories became a book, and The Phantom Tollbooth was born. In this essay, Juster looks back at his beloved novel, and the bored, disconnected child who grew up to write it.
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From Chompsgiving to Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes

'Tis almost the season, and what would the holidays be without our favorite foods? For this year's festivities — from Thanksgiving to New Year's — NPR will feature some of these unique dishes, on-air and online. What special food do you look forward to (or dread) all year long?
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Penn State Scandal: Families Of Alleged Victims Upset By Protests, Jokes

The sister of an alleged victim says she's had to avoid going to class because of the jokes others are telling. And an attorney for the victims says trustees should have held off on coach Joe Paterno's firing in order to avoid protests.
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Perry Says He 'Stepped In It' At Debate, And Many Agree

His performance at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate might be the stuff of history — the kind of history that candidates don't like to make. Thursday, he admitted he had "stepped in it" for being unable to remember he wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.
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Penn State Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

Penn State students flooded downtown State College, Pa., after the school's trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid a growing furor over their handling of sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach. Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd.
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In With The South, Out With The East

In sports, the SEC is very popular these days, especially in football. But, as Frank Deford points out, it's hard times for members of the Big East.
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Family Doc Says No To Perilous Chickenpox Pops

Recent reports from Nashville,Tenn., and Phoenix spot the trend of "chickenpox parties" and virus-infected items such as lollipops to avoid vaccination. Former Assistant Surgeon General and family physician Douglas Kamerow says this is a really bad idea.

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