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Given painful budget cuts in the New York school system, parents say their homemade confections are a more wholesome way to help fund school programs. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parents Fight For The Right To Sell Treats At School

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Soprano Marlis Petersen, playing the part of Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas' opera Hamlet, stabs herself after being driven to madness by Hamlet's rejection. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Learn An Opera In Two Days? No Problem

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Settlement Beckons To Sick Sept. 11 Responders

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Official Condom Design: New York's New Sex Symbol

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New York Gov. Paterson Drops Out Of Race

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Report: N.Y. Gov. Paterson Won't Seek New Term

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Pediatrician Escaped Past Abuse Allegations

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In New York City, Skee-Ball For Grown-Ups

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N.Y. Has Shovel Law So People Won't 'Forgetaboutit'

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Ex-President Clinton Undergoes Heart Procedure

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N.Y. Governor Faces Casino Contract Scrutiny

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Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. speaks as the Rev. Al Sharpton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand look on. The three were at a vigil for Haitian earthquake victims near the Haitian Consulate in New York in January. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Harold Ford Jr. Challenges Democratic Brass In N.Y.

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Iggy Pop: The Voice As Weapon

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New York Haitian Community Reacts To Quake

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Strongman Joe Rollino Dies At 104

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