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Death of the Arts Snob? – American attitudes of the theater

Death of the Arts Snob? – American attitudes of the theater – Brief Article The theater, once the most elite of institutions, now has patrons who enjoy dance music as well as classical works, and who like to go bowling as well as visit museums. The American arts fan, long mythologized as a snooty, wealthy […]

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Minority Myth Vs. Reality

Minority Myth Vs. Reality William H. Frey Byline: WILLIAM H. FREY You can’t blame political operatives for hyping the role of minorities in November’s presidential contest. They need only look to the 2000 election, where the outcomes in two ethnically diverse states, Florida and New Mexico, were determined by 537 and 366 votes, respectively. Clearly, […]

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SNAPSHOTS OF TODAY’S CONSUMERS; Work Study

SNAPSHOTS OF TODAY’S CONSUMERS; Work Study – Brief Article David J. Lipke More college students combine employment with studies. Keg parties, spring break, and late nights are all part of college life for most students. But for an increasing number, so is something slightly less fun: employment. A growing number of college students are combining […]

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Single Mothers Many Faces >BY Sara Eckel

Single Mothers Many Faces >BY Sara Eckel On her 35th birthday, Tamar Abrams decided she could wait for Mr. Right no longer. So the Arlington, Virginia, public-relations executive made an appointment with the Columbia Hospital for Women Fertility Clinic to explore the possibility of artificial insemination. “I felt like I was at the end of […]

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Sleek and Slick – American usage of antiperspirants, deodorants remains high

Sleek and Slick – American usage of antiperspirants, deodorants remains high – Brief Article Sandra Yin Byline: SANDRA YIN AND MELANIE SHORTMAN For most people, the topic of their personal care is, well, personal. Tummy tuck? Hair transplant? Tooth whitening? Most would rather keep such information confidential. There is, however, one area of personal care […]

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Pig, out! – pet fads

Pig, out! – pet fads Lisa Krakowka As pet fads go, there’s something to be said for Tamagotchis and GigaPets. When their novelty wears off, there will be few consequences for the virtual critters. Real animals aren’t as lucky. Vietnamese potbellied pigs became a pet craze in the past decade, but many aren’t finding hog […]

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Dances with dust bunnies: housecleaning in America – women’s attitudes towards housecleaning

Dances with dust bunnies: housecleaning in America – women’s attitudes towards housecleaning – includes related article on historical decline in housework John P. Robinson It is no secret that few people actively enjoy housework. A few misguided souls may find pleasure in scrubbing sinks and folding laundry, but for the most part, housework activities define […]

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off the map; Back to the Books – Brief Article

off the map; Back to the Books – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Learning Curve1 – Number of students each year taking courses at The Learning Annex, the largest adult education organization in North America: 200,000 Sampling of courses offered: – How to Lose Your Foreign or Noo Yawk Accent – How to Create […]

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Blue Notes

Blue Notes Sandra Yin Byline: SANDRA YIN Americans are stuck on the blues. And it’s not because people are all down in the dumps. Blue continues to be the most popular color among Americans age 13 and older, according to a nationally representative online survey of 1,040 respondents conducted by BuzzBack Market Research, in partnership […]

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The Roller Coaster Of Consumer Sentiment

The Roller Coaster Of Consumer Sentiment – divining the mood of consumers Byline: Seema Nayyar In ancient Rome, priests would read entrails to predict the future. These days, business analysts examine the consumer mind-set to get advance notice on where the economy is headed – toward a recovery or the dreaded double-dip recession. Fortunately, a […]