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11:28am

Fri March 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Decoding The Allure Of The Almanac

An unusually warm winter has caused many flowers and trees to begin blooming early in the northeast.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

There's been something wacky with the weather this winter, and many forecasters never saw it coming.

Among them was the Old Farmer's Almanac, the quirky, centuries-old mix of historical data, prognostications and folk wisdom. Millions of people consult the quirky, centuries-old almanac, which uses a secret formula to come up with its annual, year-long weather forecasts, even though meteorologists say it has a dubious track record.

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11:18am

Fri March 2, 2012
Performing Arts

American Capitalism, A Song And Dance Story

Amber Gray sings in Mission Drift.
Rachel Chavkin

It's hard to write a musical about capitalism. Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill gave it a shot with The Threepenny Opera. The musical Urinetown took a crack at it. Now comes Mission Drift, a two-hour experimental work created by a group called the Theater of the Emerging American Moment. The musical attempts to probe the love and ambivalence Americans have for endless growth.

Mission Drift's director, Rachel Chavkin, wondered what defines American capitalism compared to capitalism in the rest of the world. She went to composer Heather Christian.

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10:45am

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Is Outraged By Rush Limbaugh Calling Her A 'Slut' And 'Prostitute'

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 1:04 pm

Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University, during her House testimony about contraceptives and insurance coverage.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who has become a "poster child" for Democrats since Republicans wouldn't let her testify at a House hearing about President Obama's policy on contraception, said today she was stunned and outraged Wednesday when conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute" on his nationally syndicated show.

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10:45am

Fri March 2, 2012
Monkey See

The Lorax Speaks For The SUVs

There's at least one moment in the new Universal Pictures animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's 1971 environmentalist parable The Lorax, opening Friday, that's bound to turn some heads.

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10:43am

Fri March 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Ohio Poll: Santorum, Romney Tied Days Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:14 am

Mitt Romney at a town-hall style meeting in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
Gerald Herbert AP

If Rick Santorum has a lead on Mitt Romney in Ohio, it looks like it's not much of one. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Santorum leading Romney by four percentage points, 35 percent to 31 percent.

With the margin of error at +/-4.3 points, the two top rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are essentially tied just days before Super Tuesday when voters in Ohio and nine other states take part in the presidential primary process.

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