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Subscribing to online WaPo and NYT - FAIL — I read a lot of articles in the New York Times (NYT) and Washington Post (WaPo). At least try to. I have tried unsuccessfully to subscribe to the online editions of both. Their barrage of email promotions have wore me down and despite being a lifelong reader of my local newspaper, the Boston Globe, I decided to branch out.

So many reasons to use Facebook — No the headline isn't an ad for Facebook. It's my reaction to a Boston Globe column holding up the headline " I'm 36 and not on Facebook. You probably shouldn't be either. " You guessed it. Au contraire. Author Marianne Curcio, who incidentally lives one town over from me, talks about keeping it real.

Let there be comments at —'s decision to eliminate comments on its web site is being applauded and no more so than in a Washington Post (WaPo) opinion piece. So few dominant the conversation and do not represent the overall audience. Hence, comments are not worth the trouble. While I am sure's decision was not taken lightly, I disagree with it.

Amtrak's Downeaster a most enjoyable journey - The Dodge Retort — Amtrak's Downeaster just pulled out of Wells, Maine and I must say the train has improved since I took it several years ago. Two things jumped out at me on my way to Brunswick, Maine. The conductors were pleasant, chipper even. Amtrak conductors can be a sour lot in my experience.

Michael Johnson Reacts Instantly After His Seemingly Unconquerable World Record Is Beaten — You're not supposed to win finals from lane eight, but Wayde van Niekerk did. That was not the South African's most astonishing achievement on Sunday night. That was beating what appeared to be one of the most impregnable world records in track and field - Michael Johnson's 17-year-old 400m time of 43.18.

Transcript Surfaces Of Tense Stand-Off Between Mo Farah And Ewan MacKenna — Mo Farah sauntered to gold in the 10,000m final at the Olympics last night, much to the exultant delight of the British public. Steve Cram on the BBC commentary was particularly exuberant in Farah's victory, declaring on the home straight: They succumb to the inevitable. Bow to his superiority.

Lost At Lolla? Find Your Keys, Phones, IDs Here " CBS Chicago — CHICAGO (CBS) - With the throngs of music fans at Lollapalooza, there is bound to be a few things that get left behind. On Monday, the event organizers posted a list online, allowing owners to claim their items. The good news is that no people or pets (or bicycles) were reported lost over the four days.

July Was All Wet Across Illinois — By John Dodge CHICAGO (CBS) - If you thought last month was particularly soggy, you were right: It was the third-wettest July on record in Illinois. On average, the state got 7.12 inches of rain, according to the state's Climatologist Office. The largest rainfall for the month was in Carbondale, which totaled a whopping 13.34 inches.

iPhone 7 — It seems like I've had my iPhone 6 forever and have been wondering about what blockbuster features the iPhone 7 would possess. I looked around and the new phone (it's really a handheld computer, but I date myself) and was not impressed with what I found.

The grizzly photo explained — I took the shot of the grizzly in the Fall of 2009 (seems long ago, doesn't it?) while we were leaving Grand Teton National Park. Cars parked on the side of the road were a telltale sign that something is up and indeed there was.
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Sep 26, 2016

This is devolved into a shouting match thanks to #Trump .. much of what they are covering has nothing to w policy. #debate #Trump #Clinton

Sep 26, 2016

If things are as bad as idiot #Trump is saying, we should all drink hemlock juice. #debate #Clinton #Trump

Sep 26, 2016

If I have to listen to him after Nov. 8, I am moving to Canada. #Trump. He's attacking everyone. #debate #Clinton

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