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Deceptive Cadence

As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

By the time 2013 ends, the Minnesota Orchestra will not have played a single note in its own concert hall due to a labor dispute between musicians and management. It's an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions around the country.

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The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

Fake stories on the Internet are not new, but their nature is changing. They seem to be more calculated, more elaborate and have a deeper intent to elicit a swell of emotion. Grantland writer Tess Lynch explains why she thinks 2013 was the year of the hoax — and which story even fooled her.

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Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

In April, we heard from combat veteran Tomas Young, who had suffered a gunshot to the spine in Iraq in 2004. His condition had degraded to the point that he chose to end his care and wait to die. But since then, Young had a change of heart. "I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," he says.

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Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

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As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

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'Together Again' With Wynton Marsalis, 20 Years Later

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