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The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one. In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation. James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal ("Who cried at your brother's wedding?" "Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?") that he knew they were finally in touch with his family.   more...
 
 
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ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa - For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away - until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000. The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes - in fact, she has not been charged with any crime.   more...
 
 
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CHESTER, Pa. - Hope Solo mostly stood with her hands on her hips, unchallenged, on Friday night as the United States qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup by defeating Mexico, 3-0, and not allowing a shot on goal. Still, some thorny questions remain before next summer's tournament in Canada. The most pointed one involves the law as well as soccer. Solo, widely viewed as the world's top goalkeeper and a complicated teammate, is scheduled to face trial next month on two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree domestic assault. She has pleaded not guilty in a highly publicized case and has challenged a police account of the episode in June.   more...
 
 
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LONDON - Jack Bruce, who formed influential British rock band Cream in the 1960s with guitarist Eric Clapton, has died aged 71, his family said on Saturday. Bruce co-wrote some of Cream's biggest hits including "Sunshine of Your Love" and "I Feel Free" before the band broke up after only two years in 1968. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," family members said on Bruce's website. Bruce, who was born in Glasgow, began playing bass as a teenager and dropped out of music school because he was not allowed to play jazz.   more...
 
 
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MARYSVILLE, Wash. - If the bullet-scarred American psyche has an archetype for a school shooter, it looks very little like Jaylen Ray Fryberg. He wasn't a loner or a known misanthrope - far from it. He was a football player with a million-dollar smile, popular enough to be elected homecoming prince of his freshman class at Marysville-Pilchuck High. Just a week ago, he presided over homecoming festivities in a red shirt with black bow-tie, suspenders and Converse sneakers. His close friends were there, too, the girls in frothy dresses built for twirling and the guys with boutonnieres and that residual, aching youthfulness that plagues freshman boys.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-10-25 14:58:16 in Journals / Email
You can use Google sheets to schedule email messages in Gmail. Write the emails now and the sheet will send them automatically at a later date and time. Have you ever wanted to write an email now but send it a later date and time? Maybe you are sending birthday greetings and would like the email message to be delivered on the exact day. Or you have written the reply to an email but would like to schedule delivery in the recipient's time zone when the message is more likely to get read.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-10-25 14:32:07 in Journals / Travel
Emli Bendixen for The New York Times The TGV train raced south from Paris in a streak of silver and blue to the French Riviera at 200 miles an hour. That's the optimum rate for most literary emergencies since it's impossible to bolt in frustration. My train ticket was punched for St.-Raphaël, a popular summer resort with miles of sandy beaches by the edge of the Mediterranean and long a refuge for blocked writers seeking sunshine and inspiration. But the destination was not as important as this journey.   more...
 
 
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Shop for Canada Goose Trillium Parka online at Bloomingdales.com. An inner elasticized waist lends a flattering fit to Canada Goose's classic, fur-trimmed Trillium parka.   more...
 
 
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TEHRAN - An Iranian woman convicted of murder for killing a doctor she said had tried to rape her was executed on Saturday morning, despite international condemnation of what Western human rights organizations described as a miscarriage of justice and efforts by the Iranian president to commute her death sentence. The woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, admitted during her trial in 2009 that she had killed Dr. Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, 47, a physician and a former employee of the Ministry of Intelligence, but insisted that she had done so in self-defense.   more...
 
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