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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

By Ed Silverman, in History

My recent story about Smitty, and our misadventure at the Newport RI Naval Training Station during World War II, seemed to resonate with a lot of people. None more so than David Diness, a friend of long standing, who, I learned for the first time, was stationed at the nearby Quonset Point Naval Air Station. […]

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Come On, Cheer Up!

By Bob Gibson, in Arts

Granted, that may not be the most original headline, but it sets the tone for what I want to say here.  Our world may not be filled solely with malcontents, but presumably for some people it may seem that way.   So much of the news that bombards us deals more with evil, death and sadness than it does with […]

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“Get A Lawyer!”

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

In past articles, I have written about Grumbacher’s public relations director, Michael Engel. While his contribution to the company was debatable, his true value was giving his name to Grumbacher for them to utilize as Michael Engel Associates, a company in name only that was set up to function as an ad agency. In that […]

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SMITTY

By Ed Silverman, in History

It is a chilling incident in which I was involved some 71 years ago, but current news stories about hate crimes and senseless shooting rampages repeatedly trigger vivid images of that stark day. The story begins on a cold winter day in February, 1943, in the Quonset hut that served as barracks for me and […]

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BOYZ AND GOILS, LOIN YOUR ENGLISH GOOD

By Rhoda Alben-Aronson, in Arts

“Boyz and goils, loin your English good,” intoned the Vice Principal of Brooklyn’s PS 99 as she stood in the doorway of my second grade classroom. She held a long, but plump, finger to her lips to signal for quiet from the group of restless, would-be-students. A large and imposing woman, she cast a big […]

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

By J.D. Zumwalt, in Current Events

If you read this column you will be disgusted. The subject is ghastly and is more terrifying than any horror movie because it is happening all around us; it is occurring as you read these words. Human trafficking, including the marketing of children, is a fact of life. Precious children are being bought and sold […]

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The “Beat” movement of the 1950s and 1960s inspired a number of films with outstanding jazz scores. A new collection of CDs from London celebrates these scores, often featuring many of the world’s finest jazz musicians in unheralded performances. Discover these scores, their composers, and improvising performers, all while listening to my video review. Mark! […]

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In 2009, when Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on a killing rampage at Ft. Hood, 13 people lay dead and another 32 were wounded before Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley, a member of Fort Hood’s civilian police force, and apparently the first responder, engaged him in a shoot-out. Munley had been at her home away from […]

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