Staff Picks: Dinosaur Jr., Jim Breuer & the Loud and Rowdy
Dec06

Staff Picks: Dinosaur Jr., Jim Breuer & the Loud and Rowdy

Pantera Tribute and more \m/ • Saturday Trendkill “the ultimate Pantera tribute” is gonna blow up The Tank with a tribute night to Dimebag Darrell. Also on the bill to make the night even more metal and heavy are locals As Misery Fades, NIM, An Unction In Braille, Speak Well of the Dead, and Left Hand Backwards! Make sure to wear black so you’ll fit in. 7 p.m., all ages, $10, The Tank American Legion Post 185, 478 Springfield St.,...

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If Trump can be President… A list of other unlikely job pairings
Dec05

If Trump can be President… A list of other unlikely job pairings

Since the election of Donald Trump, anything seems possible. Pigs can fly, hell can freeze over, your parents will apologize for that thing they did a long time ago (you know the one), ravens are writing desks, and anyone can get any job no matter how utterly unqualified for the post he or she may be. Here are some of our fantasy career picks, because Dada. • Judge Judy as head of the International Criminal Court at The Hague • Rudy...

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More Room for Military Women: After service stints that may have fallen tragically short of expectations, Soldier On steps up for women vets
Dec05

More Room for Military Women: After service stints that may have fallen tragically short of expectations, Soldier On steps up for women vets

A rocky path led veteran Mary Wilson to the doorstep of the Soldier On Women’s Program. “The gift of desperation,” she calls it. A former U.S. Marine Corps private, Wilson in July moved into the transitional housing program located on the grounds of the VA medical center. After years of struggle, she says, she finally feels like she has a base on which to build a life. “It’s hard to ask for help, but yet Soldier On is an environment...

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Between the Lines: How to  Spot Fake News
Dec05

Between the Lines: How to Spot Fake News

There is nothing more cynical than fake news. The entire concept is to play readers for suckers, manipulating the foundation of reality in exchange for cash or furthering of what is likely a heinous agenda. And the people hosting and spreading fake news online — the epicenter of the flood of misinformation — are frustratingly good at what they do. Fake news companies are so good at mimicking the look and sound of trustworthy news...

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News of the Weird: Even Baking Soda is Dangerous
Dec05

News of the Weird: Even Baking Soda is Dangerous

Almost all law enforcement agencies in America use the Scott Reagent field test when they discover powder that looks like cocaine, but the several agencies that have actually conducted tests for false positives say they happen up to half the time. In October, the latest victims — husband-and-wife truck drivers with spotless records and Pentagon clearances — were finally released after 75 days in jail awaiting trial for baking soda...

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Back Talk: Hampshire College Brings Back the Flag
Dec05

Back Talk: Hampshire College Brings Back the Flag

Forced to Fly a Flag? Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to Hampshire College’s recent decision to stop flying the American flag on campus. Shortly after receiving this letter, threats made against students, faculty, and staff were part of a decision at the college to raise Old Glory again on Dec. 2. Our traditional U.S. flag is a great symbol of our country’s history: the start, the wars, the unification of all the states. But...

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