"A city that was home to one of the largest and most famous Jewish communities in Europe ended up destroying itself during the Second World War," explains Charles King, author of Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams. "It's a story that, until now, has been largely buried in dusty government archives half a world away." Courtesy W.W. Norton and Co. hide caption

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Matthew Alfred Yankovic, better known as "Weird Al," has recorded 12 albums and won three Grammys. He once worked as an "accordion repo man," collecting rented accordions from children when they had stopped taking lessons at school. Seth Olenick hide caption

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Patrick and Jan Cockburn pictured with their son Henry. Ever since he was a child, Henry was "intensely alive and interested in everything and everybody around him," says his father. Courtesy of Patrick Cockburn/ Scribner hide caption

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Cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine accused Jessica Seinfeld of stealing her idea for a book on how to get children to eat healthy, but judges ruled against her in the lawsuit. This week another judge found in favor of Jerry Seinfeld in a separate lawsuit brought by Lapine, who alleged her reputation was maligned by comments the comedian made on a late night talk show. Evan Agostini/AP hide caption

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