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  • Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms

    March 6, 2015 8:41 AM 201

    Nearly 9 feet of snow has fallen on Boston this winter — most of it in February — closing workplaces for days and leaving commuters stranded. "I've been working from home for the past couple of days because I can't get to work," says Christopher Clickner, an insurance agent. "It's been taking me an hour-and-a-half sitting here to try to catch a bus, and it just hasn't

  • The top GOP donors and bundlers in Texas

    March 3, 2015 3:31 AM 188

    While Iowa and New Hampshire have the first presidential nominating contests, there's also a key Republican primary fight going on right now in Texas: the money chase. The ring-kissing is occurring in every metropolitan area in the state and in oil-rich Midland. And the efforts are worth it for the potential candidates. In 2012, Texas ranked only behind

  • Report: Another coup in the works to oust John Boehner

    February 27, 2015 4:54 PM 204

    Their attempted ouster of House Speaker John Boehner failed the first time around, but some conservatives may be going for Round 2, according to The Hill. In early January, more than a dozen congressmen, including some from Texas, voted against Boehner as the speaker. When it failed, Boehner retaliated by kicking some of those rebels off influential

  • Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Hearings With Mixed Feelings

    February 27, 2015 12:00 AM 236

    Relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks are periodically flown down to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to witness court proceedings against five men accused of plotting the attacks. For the witnesses of the most recent court session, the experience raised questions about justice, humanity and the ethics of the death penalty. Thad Rasmussen, 36, lost his mother

  • With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

    February 26, 2015 10:58 PM 249

    Back in 2012, something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C. On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house

  • 'Wild Canaries' Considers How To Get (Carried) Away With Murder

    February 26, 2015 10:01 PM 207

    In Wild Canaries, Lawrence Michael Levine's breezy take on a bumbling detective story, the trouble seems to begin when Barri (Sophia Takal) discovers the dead body of her downstairs neighbor Sylvia (Marylouise Burke) and, despite doctors declaring it a heart attack, immediately suspects Sylvia's son, Anthony (Kevin Corrigan), as a murderer. But, more than the death

  • In 'Focus,' A Con Movie Without Enough Of A Con

    February 26, 2015 10:01 PM 214

    There is a golden rule of movie plans that goes double for con and heist films: When the characters spell out their playbook ahead of time for the audience ("I'll pose as a dotcom billionaire while you rewire the security cameras"), something will inevitably go wrong. But when the audience is kept in the dark, the plan will go off without a hitch. The new con movie

  • A Disorienting But Electrifying Look At The Troubles

    February 26, 2015 10:01 PM 203

    Grim, terse and jumpy, '71 effectively evokes the chaos of early-1970s Belfast. A little too effectively, perhaps, since some sequences are as bewildering as the four-way civil war the movie recreates. American viewers may wish the film came with both subtitles and a study guide. '71 can be recommended, though, to viewers who don't mind a little bewilderment

  • Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

    February 26, 2015 9:51 PM 236

    Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey and George R. R. Martin, we had Bertrice Small, the romance legend and industry pioneer who died Tuesday at 77. Small was part of a group of women writers, known collectively as "The Avon Ladies," (others were greats like Johanna Lindsey and Rosemary Rogers) who transformed the romance novel in the late 70's, taking

  • South Korea Decriminalizes Cheating, Shares Of Contraceptive Companies Rise

    February 26, 2015 8:56 PM 216

    Park Han-chul (center) president of South Korea's Constitutional Court, sits with other judges prior to the ruling on the country's adultery law Thursday in Seoul. Extramarital sex is no longer a crime in South Korea, giving shares of contraceptive companies a boost. On Thursday, South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down a decades-old law that made adultery