The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn. -- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
May 24, 2003

Coney Island's 'Shoot the Freak'

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NPR's Robert Smith reports from Coney Island, Brooklyn, on a new amusement that's attracting crowds to the boardwalk. It's called "Shoot the Freak." Buy a ticket and you can shoot at a live human being -- with paint balls.

Nov. 25, 2002

Compulsive Gamblers Test Casinos in Court

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Compulsive gamblers file lawsuits demanding the return of money lost to casinos, arguing that the gambling houses exploit big rollers -- and big losers -- despite evidence of their problem. NPR's Kathleen Schalch reports.

Nov. 14, 2002

Miss Cleo's Psychic Hotline Closed Down For Fraud

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The operators of the "Miss Cleo" psychic phone lines have agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims involving deceptive advertising, bill and collection practices. NPR's Lynn Neary and Robert Siegel report.




Near the end of the go-go '80s, real estate magnate Donald Trump suffered a rare defeat when he attempted to remove from her rent controlled apartment a slightly eccentric ex-actress from Salisbury, N.C. Trump wanted to redevelop her building into a luxury condominium.

Commentator Steve Bouser, who shares the same home town with the woman, says Trump should have asked someone from Salisbury first, before he acted.

"Everyone here has a Suzanne story," Bouser says. "Few have a happy ending."


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