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Paul Stanley on his love for another mask

AP Photo/Scott Gries NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and not just because he’s spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint. “Here’s...

MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

Massachusetts Institute of Technology employees Jennifer Earls, left, and Deb Shafran stand near a memorial stone after a one-year remembrance ceremony for MIT Officer Sean Collier on campus in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, April 18, 2014. Authorities say Collier was slain by the...
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Paul Stanley on his love for another mask

AP Photo/Scott Gries NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and not just because he’s spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint. “Here’s...

Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.1 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest level in six years. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate in March was 6.1 percent, which was down from 6.5 percent in February....
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Finding your inner comedian tougher than it seems

AP Photo/Lawrence Roberts NEW YORK (AP) — Since I was young, I’ve always made my friends and family laugh. That’s because I’ve always found myself in funny situations – and I have a knack for self-deprecating humor. But did I ever entertain the idea...

APNewsBreak: Ohio Prison Vendor Hit For Damages

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state has hit a private food vendor that holds the contract for feeding Ohio prison inmates with $142,100 in damages for failing to meet contractual requirements. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Philadelphia-based Aramark...
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‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’ offers an honest look at a complicated artist

Ukrainian crisis, Iranian mother spares the life of her son’s killer just before his execution, Easter play and more. Photos of the day: April 16, 2014 Animal views Cherry Blossoms at peak bloom In his blisteringly candid but skewed 1988 autobiography, “Elia Kazan: A Life,”...

A year after Rana Plaza: What hasn’t changed since the Bangladesh factory collapse

Jason Motlagh is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. Reporting for this essay and for “The Ghosts of Rana Plaza,” featured in the spring issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. When I met Rajina Aktar in...

Loaded language: The gun metaphors that pervade our everyday slang

Sometimes it’s the offhand remark that’s the most telling. Indeed, the way we Americans casually, often unthinkingly, incorporate gun metaphors into our everyday slang says a lot about how deeply embedded guns are in our culture and our politics, and how difficult it...
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NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

AP Photo/Eric Gay MIAMI (AP) — It’s hardly a certainty that the No. 1 seeds in the conference playoffs will reach the NBA Finals. It’s happened that way only 11 times in the last 35 years. These playoffs might be about parity as well. It’s probably...