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Say Bye-Bye To A Beloved Kiddie Amusement Park

Hoffman's Playland, one of a handful of kiddie parks left in the country, is getting ready to close after 62 years of merry-go-rounds, toddler trains and more pint-sized fun.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint
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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen
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Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come
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Say Bye-Bye To A Beloved Kiddie Amusement Park
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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood
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