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Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges

What do you do if your country is extremely rich and wants to give its college students a first-rate education without leaving home? Qatar has imported a host of U.S. universities that include Georgetown, Northwestern and Cornell.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Christmas Now: How To Be The Center Of The Universe

Ebenezer Scrooge was famously visited by three ghosts who woke him to the wonders of the life right before his eyes. We can also let the past, present and future converge on us to the same effect. All we have to do is step outside and let the night sky become a time machine.

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Another Life For The Surprisingly Multifarious Walter Mitty

James Thurber's nebbishy daydreamer is getting another shot at success in a new film from actor-director Ben Stiller.

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Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges

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Happy Holidays! Christian McBride
Jingle Bells Booker T. & the MG's
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Across the Imaginary Divide Marcus Roberts Trio
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)
THE NUTCRACKER: MOTHER GIGOGNE AND THE CLOWNS NO ARTIST ENTERED

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A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

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Silent Night Charles Brown
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For An Injured Vet, A True Homecoming On The Horizon

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The Christmas Now: How To Be The Center Of The Universe

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Act 1. I Like Life Stratford Johns, Anthony Newley et. al.
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Another Life For The Surprisingly Multifarious Walter Mitty

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St. Crispin's Day Amazing Blondel
Ode to Joy Unknown Artist

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Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire

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Fly and Unfold Christian Pabst
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NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

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