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Even President Barack Obama messed up the quote right in front of Maya Angelou. Then first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey took the stage Tuesday, right in front of the "Forever" stamp and its quote during the U.S. Postal Service's issuance ceremony. If that can happen, it seems as though the USPS could almost be given a pass for misattributing Angelou. But not from the Internet.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is not a high priority for the new leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Incoming Chairman Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., said his top priority for the committee, which oversees the U.S. Postal Service, is to pass a new postal overhaul bill. “I want to pass a bill, similar to the last Congress, that puts the postal service on the right track,” Carper said. “My early goal legislatively is to get that done, and I have not spent a lot of time thinking about Lance Armstrong.” USPS paid more than $30 million

Last week’s story of the great American chocolate company streamlining its operations and laying off 1,500 workers, brought back memories of an extraordinary day 30 years ago that I spent in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Joe Eby was a thin, taciturn guy who owned a real estate business in Hershey and was married to a peppy, delightful little blonde named Muriel. The Ebys loved the game of curling and always received a private invitation to our Nutmeg Curling Club’s annual bonspiel (curling tournament), the Golden Handle, which was held every year at the Darien Country Club in Connecticut. The Ebys would drive up from Hershey with

On Dec. 8, 1928, The New Yorker ran one of its most famous cartoons drawn by Carl Rose with text by E. B. White. It depicted a small child eating dinner. The caption: Young mother: “It’s broccoli, dear.” Young daughter: “I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.” Recently, I’ve been buying bagged spinach and either microwaving it in the bag or sauteing it with a ton of garlic. Great stuff, until nearly 200 people in 26 states became seriously ill with E. coli from tainted bagged spinach supplied by Natural Selection Foods in California’s Salinas Valley. At least one person died and 29 others

'Faction' is OK for Books and Movies, Not Résumés or Bios Jan. 17, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 4 IN THE NEWS "Munich" massacres history The only true part of the story is the few minutes spent on the actual massacre. The rest is invention, as Spielberg delicately puts it in the opening credits, "inspired by real events." —Charles Krauthammer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 16, 2006 Frey defends 'essential truths' of memoir Embattled author James Frey defended his best-selling memoir on Larry King's CNN talk show Wednesday, saying while he may have embellished some of his past in A Million Little Pieces, he stood

Can it live up to its hype? IN THE NEWS NEW YORK -- Marketing executives at GM's Hummer division, a frequent advertiser in the glossy culture magazine Black Book, have often said they want exposure outside traditional ad pages. --Nat Ives and Jean Halliday "Auto Giants Push Harder for Magazine Product Placement" AdAge.com, Aug. 16, 2005 SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Some colorful cows are taking the place of big, bulky roadside advertisements in one Florida county. The bovine billboards are dyed bright pink and purple and are stenciled with ads for GoldenPalace.com. The online casino also paid thousands for the "Virgin Mary grilled cheese"

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