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Painters find emotional depth and offbeat beauty in figurative works
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Both Nisenbaum and Coulis exhibit a deft touch with still lifes, that most-formal of painting subjects. Nisenbaum's "Spring" and "Fall" are both offbeat and handsome original works that don't look or feel borrowed from the golden age of Dutch painting …

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Serena Williams beats Azarenka to win Italian Open
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Williams was coming off consecutive titles in Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; and Madrid last week. Williams' only previous title at this clay-court event came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final. Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal …

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Milwaukee backs off bra ban for historic bar
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Marcy Skowronski, 87, looks through a pile of bras Friday, May 17, 2013, in Milwaukee that used hang from the ceiling of her bar, Holler House, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger). MILWAUKEE (AP) – A historic Milwaukee bowling alley and bar …

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UN’s new weapon to fight hunger: edible insects
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ROME (AP) – The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, Continue reading →

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Giant elephant bird egg fetches $101813 at auction
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LONDON (AP) – A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction. Christie’s auction house said Wednesday that the foot-long, nearly nine-inches in diameter egg fetched 66,675 pounds ($101,813). It had been valued at 20,000 to 30,000 pounds pre-sale, and was Continue reading →

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Texas senior, 18, bags 800-pound record alligator
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HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area high school senior has bagged a 14-foot, 800 pound alligator — the heaviest ever certified in Texas — on his first alligator hunt. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say 18-year-old Braxton Bielski bagged the record gator last week at Choke Canyon State Park, about 90 miles south of San Continue reading →

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Offbeat: A man with a sink on his bike; getting your gun stolen while trying …
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Offbeat: A man with a sink on his bike; getting your gun stolen while trying to help someone and calling in your crime. Print · David Harris | dharris5@mlive.com By David Harris | dharris5@mlive.com The Flint Journal on May 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM …

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Deer smashes Pennsylvania bus windshield, takes short ride
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Authorities say the driver stopped the bus and opened the door and the deer got off. Cambria County transportation spokesman Josh Yoder says it "just walked off the bus." The bus was carrying one passenger, who was seated in the back far from the deer.

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Intruder charged in overnight feast at supermarket
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Surveillance video from the store showed that Runyon cooked and ate six steaks, washed them down with beer and then topped off his meal with shrimp and birthday cake. Police say Runyon slipped into the store and hid while employees closed it for the …

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Off Beat: Man shows knack for spotting, fighting fires
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… for Skyward Construction. He plans to buy another fire extinguisher soon. — Patty Hastings. Off Beat lets members of The Columbian news team step back from our newspaper beats to write the story behind the story, fill in the story or just tell a …

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