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Canceling The School Play Won't Avoid 'Kismet'

This week a high school in western Pennsylvania canceled its production of Kismet, citing sensitivity over the Sept. 11 attacks. The musical was adapted from the Arabian Nights; might it not be good for students to learn a lesson about controversy?
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'Moneyball': A 'Bad News Bears' For MBAs

Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who used analytics and statistics to stay competitive against other teams with much larger payrolls. Critic David Edelstein says the film, based on the 2003 Michael Lewis book, is "entertaining as a sports-underdog story."
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Boos Heard At GOP Debate After Gay Soldier Asks About 'Don't Ask'

His question was directed to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. There was strong applause when the candidate repeated his position in favor of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was ended this week.
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Soul Singer Helps Shoeshiner 'Get On The Good Foot'

As a young man in Virginia, Earl Reynolds once shined James Brown's shoes. And that chance meeting helped prod him into making a tough choice about his own future. For a while, Brown's advice even led to a rift between Reynolds and his father.
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Scientists Report Breaking The Speed Of Light, But Can It Be True?

If these results are correct then we would have to go back and start rebuilding pretty much all of modern foundational physics.
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Our Basest Desires: The Cruel Chaos Of Revolution

Robert Stone's characters fall all over the moral spectrum, but between a revolutionary nun, a treacherous spy and an alienated anthropologist, they certainly make for good reading. Author Roland Merullo recommends Stone's A Flag for Sunrise, a rich depiction of Central America in the turbulent '70s.
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In Taseer's 'Noon', Fictional Violence Is All Too Real

In the span of less than a year, Aatish Taseer's father was killed and his brother was kidnapped. Taseer writes about a violent and turbulent Pakistan in his new novel, Noon. "There's a general sense of a society disintegrating," he says.
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No Respect For The Women On The Sidelines

In TV, football sideline reporters are often women. But commentator Frank Deford wonders why they aren't up in the booth, calling the game.

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