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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.

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.

2009-01-04 12:15:08


Word of the Day
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.