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Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn't Always Have Lyrics

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 5:04am

It might be unthinkable now, but groups like The Ventures cracked Top 40 radio with instrumental tunes. The Nashville duo Steelism hopes to do the same today by focusing on memorable melodies.

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Will Self's 'Shark' Swims In A Chaotic Sea

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Featuring the same time frame and some of the same characters as his last novel, Umbrella, Shark continues Self's modernist exploration of the human psyche and the violence done by modern society.

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Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.

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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:38am

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.

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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:32am

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.

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