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Restaurant Review: D.O.C. Wine Bar, Brooklyn: Williamsburg's portal to the Old World

Sitting on a street corner at 83 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you'll find an unmarked entrance, humble in appearance, at the ground level of an undistinguished brick building. Upon entering, Wiliamsburg's backdrop disappears at the door and a rustic, candle-lit dining room from the Old World greets you.
By Margaret Wang
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Restaurant Review: Lafayette Grand Cafe: Parisian charm and pompously delicious push pops - Examiner.com

Melt romantically into the remaining days of summer by visiting Lafayette Grand Cafe's Parisian-themed downtown eatery for creative treats such as macaron and cannele flavored push pops among varieties of other French delectables.
By Margaret Wang
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Restaurant Review: La Gamelle: Cocquettish Parisian in electric Manhattan - Examiner.com

A voluminously and well-coiffed mixologist winks at you upon arrival; the Maitre D's seductively accented English engages conversation while a jovial and whistling waiter directs you to a pungently fragrant corner booth nestled beneath lily bouquets - you have entered La Gamelle at 241 Bowery Street.
By Margaret Wang
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The Irish Pub, Atlantic City where locals and visitors merge for a great time

There are those that say the grand days of Atlantic City are behind the sea side resort. One treasured establishment has seen the up and downs of the glory of Atlantic City and it’s not only still standing but getting better with age. The Irish Pub of Atlantic City, located at St. James Place and Boardwalk, can be described as the heart of Atlantic City and a must visit for anyone visiting this city resort. Want to know the secret of finding a real gem to have a drink and a good meal at? Follow
By Agnes Bedard
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Carly Moffa, Philly area native making a name for herself in Nashville

There are many people in the world that have a dream to be the next big star. Shows like American Idol, The Voice and other programs give unknowns the chance to be the singing superstar they want to be. Look at Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, they made their way after pounding the pavement to have someone say, “Yes you’ve got it.” The Philadelphia area is no exception. Hall and Oates, The Roots, and the Hooters all got their start in our area. We can add a new name to list
By Agnes Bedard
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Upper Darby’s Tina Fey is fighting for female authors

Tina Fey, author, actress, comedy writer and Upper Darby native, shared her thoughts on female author and journalists in an AP online interview on Tuesday. Fey also jumped into the fray created by author and former reporter for the New York Times, Gay Talese, who is one of the originators of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 70s, was asked at a conference on 2 April to name any female writers who inspired him. “I didn’t know any women writers that I loved,” he was reported to have sai
By Agnes Bedard
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Music in its purest form at Walnut Valley Festival

There is a street in the middle of the Pecan Grove at the Walnut Valley Festival which splits the campground, and is the doorway to the spirit of American music. After the concerts are done and very late at night the “real” musicians come out. These are not highly-paid professionals. These are people like me, with regular jobs from regular places. They are just people who love music and they play for the sheer enjoyment of it all. While at the festival last week, I realized it was my 11th year
By james jordan
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SOMA Kombucha Speakeasy: A mindful revolution

When we think of speakeasy, we think Prohibition-era hideaway saloons selling illegal alcoholic libations. SOMA Kombucha Speakeasy, located in St, Johns, North Portland, feels like a well-kept secret but reinvents the speakeasy with an organic essence and modern vibe. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that’s rapidly growing in popularity all over the US, but the Pacific Northwest seems to be the current epicenter of the hand-crafted brew. The fizzy, soda-like beverage is rich in probiotics, alon
By Michelle DeVona
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Five Classic Portland Dives

As much as Portland has changed over the years, it’s nice to know there are still some neighborhood dives where cheap drinks and sketchy characters can be found. There is something oddly comforting about going to a bar with stale carpets and questionable window ventilation, far far away from Portland’s la la land of craft cocktails and refurbished warehouses. That said, here are five classic dives that are still thriving and keeping things a bit more real: Amidst the burgeoning industrial distr
By Michelle DeVona
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Top coffee shops in North Portland

We all know that Portlanders take their cup of coffee very seriously. As the city continues to develop, the cafe culture inevitably follows this expansion. Which brings us north, where the neighborhoods are certainly changing, especially as more and more people are making our city’s northerly quarters their home. Nevertheless, North Portland houses some quality cafes that are not to be missed. A tiny coffee and gelato shop in downtown St. Johns, it serves organic “Equator Coffee” roasted in Eug
By Michelle DeVona
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Portland's best restaurants for vegan brunch

While finding a decent place to brunch is almost too easy in Portland, vegan diners are more often than not posed with a choice between toast and jam, or a salad. Fortunately, our city is home to a number of plant-based restaurants which serve a great brunch that's both meat and dairy-free. Here are a few noteworthy vegan brunch spots. Harlow This airy cafe is entirely gluten free and vegetarian, with a number of vegan options to choose from. Vegans can substitute tempeh for eggs in any dish a
By Michelle DeVona
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Carmel Greyhounds beat Terre Haute

Carmel High School Greyhounds beat out Terre Haute last night in their last home football game of the season. In what was a complete shut-out, the Greyhounds won in a landslide 63-0 victory. All of Carmel's athletics teams can be seen and heard through the school's media outlets: WHJE - 91.3 - where the students make up a majority of the staff. Listen in for one of the statin's newest members, Cameron Roudebush. Cam (DJ Roodbosch) and Corey the Great run "The Average Joe" show.
By Andi Wilson
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New grants announced to help white-nose syndrome research and management

Since 2007, white-nose syndrome (WNS) has wiped out millions of North American bats. Researchers and conservationists are looking for ways to help bats fight the disease. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in a recent press release that monetary help is on its way with $2.5 million in additional grants to help in research, management and communications projects along that aim.
By Tameca Coleman
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Is finasteride safe? PFS Foundation brings attention to finasteride side-effects

Yesterday, we published a story about Guevedoces, children who grow up as girls but who are genetically boys without anyone knowing. Essentially, an enzyme deficiency causes them to not have outer organs until they receive a surge of testosterone at puberty. Then, male features such as a cracking/deepening voice, broadened shoulders and sexual organs begin to sprout. It’s for the most part a rarity but in remote parts of the Dominican Republic, one in 90 children experience this. That number is
By Tameca Coleman
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Creative Visions Foundation turned a tragedy into a catalyst for social change

It was out of a great loss that Kathy Eldon founded the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports “creative activists” who use media for change. Her son, Dan Eldon, was a self-taught photojournalist, artist and activist who took compelling photographs of the drought and Civil War in Somalia in the early ‘90s. News about the conflict wasn’t registering at that time in international media until Dan’s images began circulating via Reuters.
By Tameca Coleman
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Ritual music from the silence of nature: The transcendent music of Lulacruza

“From Chacarera from Argentina to Samba from Brazil, all of these different styles, they influence us,” relates Luis Maurette in an exclusive interview with Examiner.com. He describes Lulacruza’s music as a fusion of all the influences they have touched; the rhythms, the people, and even vibration itself. “We don’t try to copy a style or genre when we set out to do a song,” he says, “but we kind of listen to the essential elements of that music and take from that.” Dubbed as "electronic folk",
By Tameca Coleman
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Arts for Art supports diversity in music, dance, art and community

This is founder Patricia Nicholson Parker’s last year as executive director at Arts for Art (AFA) in New York, but she’s not stepping away from her involvement with the organization. “There’s so much that we’re trying to do and have been doing and we don’t want to lose it,” she said in an exclusive interview with Examiner. Though she is handing over her role to bassist Todd Nicholson next year, Parker will continue to support the artistic community that AFA cultivates as its artistic director.
By Tameca Coleman
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How to increase your luck: Simply expect that you are lucky

What if being lucky was a choice rather than mere coincidence? Rather than calling on the Fates to change Luck’s influence or humbly and sadly accepting that some have all the luck, and others. . . not so much, why not just expect that lucky things can happen more often? It is a lot easier than casting spells or working within the constraints of the planetary alignments and moon cycles, to be sure. It also might save a bit of time.
By Tameca Coleman
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Letting languages go extinct could lead to limitation and exploitation

Even in this day and age, languages are in danger of becoming extinct. It’s perhaps not a subject that is at the forefront of modern thought for most. Even in the most commonly spoken tongues, words and expressions change with the times. It’s an inevitable fact. Languages are constantly morphing just as vocabularies are borrowed and incorporated into each other. Words and idioms disappear, and so do ideas, thought patterns and whole cultures and histories.
By Tameca Coleman
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Bethany & Rufus featuring Brahim Fribgane at Baur's Listening Lounge (review)

The Music Appreciation Society, a nonprofit organization that provides an intimate and unique music experience inside of Baurs’ Listening Lounge, in collaboration with Tsunami Music Publicity and Arise Music Festival, brought to Denver Bethany & Rufus with Brahim Fribgane, April 30. The group performed songs that reached to the core of emotion, and at some points called out audience members to participate with the musicians on stage.
By Tameca Coleman
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West Bay, a jewel in the British Crown

Little do visitors of the British Isles realise, as they journey through the most popular cities and towns, visit famous buildings and monuments, and eat in the best restaurants of the country, what lies beyond what travel guides or travel blogs usually mention. If you take the time and are curious enough, take a risk and you might just find some real jewels. The kind of places you would never think of, and yet would feel like an idiot had you missed them.
By J.N. PAQUET
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How safe is your internet habit?

Life today is fast-paced and electronically set. Society is more advanced than it has ever been before. Modern technology has reached every aspect of our lives; transportation, communication, food production, even the way children study. Although there has been many benefits in this modern society, many of our actions and practices have a negative impact on the environment. One of the most used technologies in society today is the internet. Many use the internet on a daily basis considering it

Permaculture: A possible solution for world hunger

There has been a concept floating around various communities for the past 40 years. This concept is called permaculture. Even though this term is heard throughout our neighborhoods and all over the Internet, many do not actually know what this term means. However, it is changing the way people live all over the globe and could be a possible solution to world hunger. Permaculture is a term first used by its founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the '70s. It comes from two words; permanent

The British Museum’s Eight Mummies

If there is one exhibition you should not miss when visiting London this July, it has to be the British Museum’s Ancient Lives, New Discoveries. This fantastic exhibition of nothing less than eight mummies has been running for over a year now and has been such a success it has recently been extended until July 12. Whether your little ones have a deep passion for ancient Egypt or if you simply want to get them to understand more about ancient cultures, this ground-breaking interactive exhibition...
By J.N. PAQUET
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Before Bo: Harding's "Laddie Boy" was the first "First Dog"

Fala the Scottish terrier may have been the subject of a mini-scandal, and Checkers the cocker spaniel might have helped save Richard Nixon’s vice presidential nomination, but no political pup has been as much in the limelight -- or as widely beloved -- as Laddie Boy, the Airedale terrier who belonged to Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence. “Caswell Laddie Boy“ arrived at the White House on Harding’s first day as president, interrupting a meeting with three Cabinet members. The pup became
By Jackie Conciatore
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Toot Your Own Horn for Career Success

It often takes many years for job seekers to come into realization of how self-promotion catalyzes career success. We are not referring to flamboyant self-promotion that could potentially hinder a career, but of the meticulously planned self-advocacy that optimizes your achievements and promotions. Even if we are of the top 1% who have someone high enough on the corporate food chain to act as a champion on our behalf, they could never accurately articulate our accomplishments.
By Victoria Andrew
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One child's journey after Shaken Baby Syndrome

Jeremy Sennhauser, of Delmar, Delaware is on a quest. His quest is to prevent an injury that occurred to his own son, Mason. In an interview today, with Jeremy, he explains how he learned that his own son was severely injured and how he believes education is a key to stopping this injury from ever claiming another child. Child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and traumatic brain injuries are horrendous moments that you never think will touch your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control
By Agnes Bedard
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London's King’s Cross Station: The Beauty of The Beast

One of Britain’s most iconic train stations, London’s King’s Cross, built in 1852 precisely where a fever and smallpox hospital stood before, has received a very special make-over that cost £500 million, took less than 7 years in the making and was eventually completed before the 2012 Olympics, to make of the beautiful Victorian structure the modern transport hub of the future. The detailed design of the simple, yet magnificent, 19th century station is credited to Lewis Cubitt. Inspired by the ...
By J.N. PAQUET
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