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One Quarter Of Students Consider s*x Work

By Becky Johnson, North Of England Correspondent Nearly a quarter of students in the UK have considered s*x work as a way to fund their time at University. A study carried out by academics at Swansea University has found that 5% of students have actually worked in the s*x industry. More than half of those said they did so in order to pay for basic living expenses. In a lap dancing club in Liverpool one

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Police probe Alps jet crash co-pilot

German police have seized possessions belonging to a co-pilot who apparently crashed his plane in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board, as they investigate his possible motives.They said they had found a significant clue, according to media reports.Data from the plane's voice recorder suggest Mr Lubitz had deliberately started a descent while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit.The Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight crashed on Tuesday.Several airlines have now pledged to change their

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Japan economy at brink of deflation

The last time consumer prices in Japan remained flat was in May 2013 Annual core consumer inflation in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, stopped rising for the first time in nearly two years in February.The core consumer price index (CPI) was flat from a year ago, stripping out the effect of last year's sales tax increase in April.The last time the core CPI did not rise was in May 2013, when it was flat.The latest

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A Leading Lady

Then there are her innumerable caring, guiding, mothering roles. In Blue Hawaii (1961), Lansbury played the comic, nagging mother of Elvis Presley, though she was a mere 10 years his senior. She also played the title role in a charming television musical, Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), and provided the voice of the Dowager Empress in the surprisingly tolerable Anastasia (1997). Lansbury is a beloved figure in the Disney cosmos. She is the voice identifiable in

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The Closing of the Campus Mind

It was laughable in its own way, though. My school was ostensibly all about freedom of expression. In our mandatory 5-hour diversity awareness training, we were each asked what pronouns we prefer to use when describing ourselves. We could dress and identify sexually virtually any way we wanted, though some fashion choices and sexual identities were more celebrated than others. We talked about how to approach clients whose gender identities were difficult to pinpoint. There

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Chuck Bednarik (1925-2015)

By happy accident, the city of Philadelphia has been blessed over the years with a number of sports stars who embody the city’s general temperament: pugnacious, diligent, and impolitic. The town has little love for professional athletes in the movie star or gentleman mode. Instead, Philadelphians revere men such as Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Reggie White, Jerome Brown, John Kruk, and Bobby Clarke. The loud tough guys who care about the game.NEWSCOMLast week one of

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Troublemaker for Tyrants

“I love people!” Thor says, as he says most things: emphatically. Those he loves most are dissidents and defectors, freedom’s troublemakers who blow spitballs at authoritarians while standing up against tyranny. Thor had Václav Havel serve as HRF’s chairman until he died in 2011, only to replace him with Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster and political activist/Vladimir Putin scourge. It’s not a ceremonial title, either. By 2012, Kasparov was carried off and repeatedly punched

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Here Comes Trouble

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed focuses on the resurgence of humiliation as a form of punishment. “After a lull of almost 180 years .  .  . it was back in a big way,” Ronson writes of shame. The stocks were out; ruinous Google results were in. Ronson opens by recounting an online shaming that he precipitated: A trio of researchers had appropriated his identity and given it to a spambot on

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