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2008-07-22 06:00:24

By Nick Chordas, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--Web sites of Mass Distraction are entertainment-oriented sites (humor, jokes, office time-killers). www.rumandmonkey.com/ widgets/toys/namegen/9341 We love name generators -- largely because they do all the work for us. "Soap Opera Name Generator," for example, reveals your daytime-TV moniker without forcing you to fake your death, have a torrid affair with your father's third wife or wear an eye patch. Nick Chordas, say,...

2008-07-21 15:01:01

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 20--While searching Angie's List recently for someone to fix her garage door, Dr. Diana Frey decided to type in her own name to see whether any patients had posted reviews about her. She found three ratings, all positive. "I don't think (Angie's List is) a bad place to find a physician," said Frey, who practices internal medicine on the city's North Side. "It's just another tool where you can look up your doctor and see the...

2008-07-21 15:00:42

By Sarah Pulliam, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 19--It wasn't exactly the six-figure throng of young people camped in Sydney, Australia, but Catholic teenagers from Ohio and Michigan still made it to World Youth Day today. They were about 650 strong at a Catholic high school in Sidney, Ohio, a town of 20,000 north of Dayton. "I practiced my rap routine but decided to scratch it," 59-year-old Leonard Blair, the bishop of Toledo, told laughing teenagers who sat cross-legged on...

2008-07-21 15:00:38

By Molly Willow, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 21--LOS ANGELES -- The upcoming fall season might be the last that the CW gives its full attention. The network is considering starting its 2009-10 schedule in the summer, following the cable model, said Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for the struggling CW. "The idea is to just get out of the fray and launch when we can bring viewers in without as much competition," she told TV critics gathered for their summer tour....

2008-07-21 12:01:26

By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 21--Cancer is nothing if not dramatic. Having developed sarcoma, Toni Killius, 32, of Westerville turned the experience of her first CT scan into a two-minute theatrical vignette. Technicians never warned her that the dye injection would make her feel like urinating. "So I'm lying on this metal table with my pants off, and I was convinced -- convinced -- that I was peeing myself," she said. After the scan, Killius was...

2008-07-21 06:00:34

By Kevin Mayhood, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 21--NORTH BEND, Ohio -- The theory is as wild as it is controversial: that a comet, which left no crater, exploded over Canada almost 13,000 years ago, wiped out the woolly mammoth and other land giants and nearly decimated the first known human culture in North America. "I thought that was a bunch of nonsense," said Kenneth Tankersley, a University of Cincinnati anthropologist. But by the end of June, Tankersley was a convert. Now...

2008-07-20 06:00:34

By John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 20--One issue not being debated in the presidential campaign is the need for the United States to become energy-independent. John McCain and Barack Obama agree that it's a goal we must achieve. In fact, every president since Richard Nixon has preached the gospel of energy independence. Most of us have come to accept the goal as necessary for national security. Robert Bryce, a journalist who has written about energy for two decades,...

2008-07-20 06:00:27

By Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 20--Music from the "horn of Africa" will be among the sounds heard at the Jazz & Rib Fest next weekend. The Either/Orchestra, a 10-piece jazz band from Cambridge, Mass., which last performed in Columbus in 1991, will return with four musicians originally from Ethiopia. The band's guests will be Mulatu Astatke (vibes, keyboards), Setegn Atanaw (masinko, a one-string violin), Minale Dagnew (krar, a five-string lyre) and Hana Shenkute...

2008-07-20 06:00:27

By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 20--The Otterbein College Theater and Dance Department will give central Ohioans a chance next season to see an acclaimed Broadway show making its first appearance here. Nine, the 1982 Tony winner for best musical, was revived on Broadway in 2003 but has never toured Columbus or received a major local production. Composer Maury Yeston (Grand Hotel, Titanic), author Arthur Kopit (Wings) and choreographer-director Tommy Tune adapted...

2008-07-20 03:00:43

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 19--While searching Angie's List recently for someone to fix her garage door, Dr. Diana Frey decided to type in her own name to see whether any patients had posted reviews about her. She found three ratings, all positive. "I don't think (Angie's List is) a bad place to find a physician," said Frey, who practices internal medicine on the city's North Side. "It's just another tool where you can look up your doctor and see the...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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