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by Con Chapman

Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:21:17 +0000


Mob Muscles In as La Yoga Nostra Takes Over Spiritual DisciplineCon Chapmanyogayoga1yoga2yoga3

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:45:04 +0000

SOMERVILLE, Mass.  This densely-populated suburb of Boston is known now as a student ghetto, but not long ago it was notorious as the headquarters for one of the most powerful organized crime rings in the Northeast.  “The… More(image)

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Librarians Love MeCon Chapmanlibrarian1librarian2librarian4librarian3

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:58:53 +0000

Librarians love me, you want to know why? I don’t dog-ear pages, I don’t even try. I don’t highlight passages for future reference, I give each book its proper, due deference. I don’t talk too… More(image)

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Mud Lizards Say Recent Political Events a Wake-Up CallCon Chapman

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:54:11 +0000

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.  It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and Jim Glzorp readily admits he’d rather be in bed than standing outside in the cold handing out leaflets at a strip mall.  “I’ve successfully avoided… More(image)

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The Abraham Lincoln-Marilyn Monroe LettersCon Chapman

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:35:46 +0000

          One day Marilyn Monroe confessed a crush on Abraham Lincoln: “He was such a great guy.  When I see a man like that, I would love to just sit on his lap.” Review of… More(image)

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New Drug Cocktail Helps Break Grip of Hummel AddictionCon Chapmanhummel1hummel3hummel2hummel

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:14 +0000

MAYNARD, Mass.  In a darkened room, Rose Alba Mercurio sits in a comfortable chair and repeats the words she hears on a self-hypnosis tape especially prepared for her by a local support group.  “I don’t need… More(image)

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In Battle of Mascots, San Dorito State Usually WinsCon Chapmankomodo1komodokomodo3komodo4

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:39:17 +0000

SAN DORITO, California.  Like many college presidents, Norman van Dorn of San Dorito State College wouldn’t mind the publicity that comes with a winning sports program.  “You look at what Doug Flutie did for Boston… More(image)

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A Ballet on Bubble Wrap?Con Chapmanballetballet1ballet2ballet3

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:59:07 +0000

A ballet on bubble wrap? I know—it sounds like crap. But when it  actually came to pass It wasn’t half bad And so I felt a bit crass For presuming it would be pathetic,  sad.… More(image)

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Dinner With the FootnotesCon Chapman

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:16:24 +0000

My wife’s phone gave off a strange sound and, after she’d looked down at its screen, she said “Oh no,” and not in a cheerful way. “What’s the matter?” I asked. “It’s Pam Footnote,” she… More(image)

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Gritty City Creates Knowledge Zone, But Some Feel Left OutCon Chapmanworcesterworcester1worcester2

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:40:35 +0000

WORCESTER, Mass.  This gritty central Massachusetts city is known to some as the Industrial Abrasives Capital of the World, and to others for its numerous railroad car diners.  What it is not known for, to the dismay… More(image)

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My GPS CatsCon ChapmanRoccoOkiegps1gps

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:37:50 +0000

          Using tiny satellite tracking harnesses, the Cat Tracker Project has enrolled more than 500 cats in a program that will outfit them with Global Positioning System devices.           The Boston Globe “Is Okie lost–again?”… More(image)

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