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6 myths about how minimum wage hurts job growth

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2014 — Despite recent Gallup Poll data showing Americans are concerned with the economy, government performance, and jobs, the 2014 Midterm Elections have not been defined by these issues. One of the few economic solutions put forward is raising the minimum wage.  Although legislative efforts to increase minimum wage are normally associated with Democrats, the

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Is gay marriage good or bad for America?

OCALA, Fla., October 18, 2014 — Same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states now. Many of today’s adolescents are growing up in a culture where gay marriage is either accepted as the latest phase of the Civil Rights Movement or well-established law not worth taking a second glance at. It is difficult to imagine that for

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Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, viewed from Lake Erie.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees – voting links here

CLEVELAND, October 9, 2014 — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. 2015 nominees are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Chic Green Day Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Kraftwerk The Marvelettes W.A Nine Inch Nails Lou Reed The

Cartoon by Branco.

Ebola and the Political Twitterverse: Marc Andreessen’s Tweet of the Week

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2014 − The advertising and media blitz for Election 2016 is going into the final stretch. Plan to see more ads, more personal attacks, more Madison Avenue-style sliming. And if those robo-calls haven’t started, they will be shortly. But the Internet has been gradually growing in importance in this election as candidates

Susanna and the Count.

The Met in HD: An invigorating, updated ‘Marriage of Figaro’

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – Based on a then-controversial 18th century drama by French author, businessman and adventurer Pierre Beaumarchais, Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) is an operatic comedy of errors, a story involving both real and imagined infidelity that ultimately leads to mutual forgiveness and a happy, if somewhat chastened ending.

Dana Janssen. )Credit: Dana Buoy)

Review: Dana Buoy performs at DC9

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2014 – Dana Buoy is the solo project alter ego of Akron/Family drummer-vocalist Dana Janssen. His stint as a solo act likely didn’t arise due to any distance from Akron/Family, except, perhaps, in a literal sense. His current project began because Janssen moved out to Portland, while other members of Akron/Family have

Susanna and the Count.

The Met in HD: An invigorating, updated ‘Marriage of Figaro’

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – Based on a then-controversial 18th century drama by French author, businessman and adventurer Pierre Beaumarchais, Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) is an operatic comedy of errors, a story involving both real and imagined infidelity that ultimately leads to mutual forgiveness and a happy, if somewhat chastened ending.

Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett.

Virginia Opera’s gloomy, surprisingly moving ‘Sweeney Todd’

FAIRFAX, Va., October 15, 2014 – The Virginia Opera wrapped up its final two performances of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” this past weekend during its brief trip to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax City. Saturday’s performance, which we attended, was as crisp, precise, and haunting presentation of this work as you’re

Couples recovered from their lackluster routines last week, but someone still went home Monday. Photo: ABC

Dancing With The Stars: Hot routines and results

SAN DIEGO, October 20, 2014 – Stars were spared going home last week after their switch-up routines. But they weren’t so lucky this week, and one more couple went home short of their ultimate goal. If you’d like to know who left, scroll through to the end of the column. Two new faces showed up

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Bushmeat.

Ebola scare makes roadkill out of Thursday’s big stock rally

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2014 – It’s a modestly up market Friday afternoon, with averages up decently as of 2:00 p.m. EDT. This is likely the remnant of Thursday’s massive rally, a near buying-panic that was cut short by the week’s second damaging rumor—this one true—about yet another Ebola patient slipping through the CDC’s porous protocols,

Clint Eastwood.

Apple, IBM, Yahoo! results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2014 – It’s been a weird Wednesday on Wall Street. While Apple’s (AAPL’s) blowout fiscal 4th quarter results were good enough to blast the onetime tech darling out of its longtime trading range, one-time tech and computer king IBM (IBM) shattered the Dow Jones Industrial Average with poor quarterly earnings and a startling lack

The 1,534Mw Sandow Station coal-fired electric power plant in Rockdale, Texas:. Credit/Steve Davidson

No need for EPA’s Clean Power Plan

AUSTIN, October 21, 2014 — According to a government report released today, despite a 2.5 percent increase in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2013, the United States is on track to achieve the Obama Administration’s goal of reducing emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, without approving the EPA’s controversial Clean Power Plan. The annual

Bushmeat.

Ebola scare makes roadkill out of Thursday’s big stock rally

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2014 – It’s a modestly up market Friday afternoon, with averages up decently as of 2:00 p.m. EDT. This is likely the remnant of Thursday’s massive rally, a near buying-panic that was cut short by the week’s second damaging rumor—this one true—about yet another Ebola patient slipping through the CDC’s porous protocols,

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