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This week’s cover story over at The Independent is an excellent example of a particular kind of journalism that alternative weekly newspapers used to be known for, i.e. taking on morally ambiguous issues that raise difficlt questions about who we are as a community and a society. Treating the thorny subject of “revenge porn” websites where (mostly) jilted men unload videos of ex-girlfriends, Chet Hardin looks at one of the biggest purveyors of such pornography who lives right here in Briargate. Check it out HERE.

 

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September 3, 2015 | CPI · Improper payments by Medicare and Medicaid are wasting billions of dollars a year, the White House budget director said. He called for urgent corrective action in a letter that is now public.
 

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · George Washington University recently announced it would no longer require applicants to submit SAT scores, hoping to improve campus diversity. But does going test-optional actually do that?
 

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September 2, 2015 | NPR · Actor Dean Jones, who starred in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney movies, also played the role of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
 

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September 2, 2015 | FA · Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to “emotionally move the reader.”
 

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · If counting sheep isn’t working, British composer Max Richter’s latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.
 

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