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Deceptive Cadence

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

When violinist Yevgeny Kutik's family left Minsk for the U.S. in 1990, they were stripped of most of their belongings. He was stunned at what his mother, a music teacher, fought to keep.

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Parallels

U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.

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It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

The new CEO of Mozilla was forced to step down amid controversy over his anti-gay-marriage donation in 2008. How much should the public judge chief executives for their private views?

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Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

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Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success

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This Is Tomorrow Bryan Ferry

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A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

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Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks

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Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying

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Cuisine And Culture Transform A Dallas Neighborhood

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Attraction Bibi Tanga & the Selenites

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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

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It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

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