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Inside Baseball: Winning not the solution to Rays’ attendance woes

The Tampa Bay Rays made the World Series two years ago and are fighting the Yankees and Red Sox this season. So the fans are flocking to Tropicana Field to check out one of the game’s most entertaining teams, right? Not a chance. The Trop has some fan-friendly features like a pretty cool soaring atrium and the live ray tank in center field. But it’s tucked away in downtown St. Petersburg...
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What to do when travel goes wrong

In all my years writing this column, I’ve never addressed cancelled and rerouted flights. Why? Believe it or not, it never happened to us – that is until our recent trip on USAirways from Manchester to Mississippi. Here’s how problems can snowball from a cancelled flight, and how to deal with it better than we did. Never assume: I booked the flights for our long weekend for maximum...
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Across the Region

North Carolina’s top election monitor says an investigation into the 2004 and 2008 campaigns for governor found that Republican and Democratic candidates had problems reporting the value of private air travel. View post: Across the Region
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Chapters and verse

Across the hills of Somerset, Penny McDonald tramps in the footsteps of the great Romantic poets. Excerpt from: Chapters and verse
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2010 Extraordinary Service Award winner

By Mary E. Arata marata@nahsobapub.com HARVARD — On Sheep Pond Island on Bare Hill Pond, there are five summer cottages. More: 2010 Extraordinary Service Award winner
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Real Life Heat: Top 5 (Legit) Backstage Fights in WWE History

Pro wrestling is fake. The results are pre-determined. The maneuvers are manipulated to appear more painful than they look. The characters are just that, characters, who punch a clock and return to their natural disposition once the lights burn out and the cameras stop rolling. Once the show is over, these WWE employees simply return to their “real” lives as any possibility of a conflict...
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