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2009-06-17 06:59:40

Wednesday begins the battle between the White House and Wall Street, read a headline referring to President Obama's overhaul of the regulatory system. Inevitably, there will be turf wars between regulatory agencies and tug-of-wars between lobbyists and lawmakers. The proposals, to be unveiled Wednesday, provide plenty of opportunities for sound bites for those with deep pockets and for millions on Main Street affected by the financial meltdown. Echoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's...

2009-03-17 17:29:16

An event celebrating the Metropolitan Opera House's 125th anniversary raised $6.3 million for the cash-strapped New York company. The New York Post said longtime conductor James Levine led Sunday night's gala in Manhattan with selections from Wagner's Parsifal, Mozart's The Magic Flute and Verdi's Otello. Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, who is celebrating his fourth decade with the company, performed an aria from Puccini's La fanciulla del West and scenes from Parsifal and Otello, and gave a...

2009-01-04 12:15:08

U.S. presidents age two years for every one year they are in office, aging specialist Michael Roizen says. The stress of the Oval Office translates into gray hair, wrinkles and weight fluctuation, said Roizen, a doctor who has examined medical information on presidents dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. It doesn't matter if they're Democrats or Republicans, it doesn't matter if they've been athletes or not beforehand, it doesn't matter if they were smokers or not, said Roizen, chief wellness...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'