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2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Rich Heldenfels, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 10--If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag . . . Q: I have been watching "The Next Food Network Star." What happened to last year's winner, Amy Finley? Her show was on last fall, then disappeared from the schedule. A: According to a Q&A on the network's Web site (http://www.foodnetwork.com), Finley and her family are living in France. She decided not to continue her show, The Gourmet Next Door. "With my family I decided...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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