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    This year I have again not been asked to deliver any commencement addresses. Nevertheless, as in the past, I will use this space to share my wisdom with the latest crop of graduates.

      She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried. A devout Catholic, she mourned her own pain less than that lost life. No amount of comfort from the priest made her tears stop flowing, but she resolved that it wouldn’t happen again. She went to the poli…

        In the late 1970s and early 80s, as cable television evolved explosively from being a tool for improved reception to a vehicle for new program services, I worked as marketing manager for a mid-sized MSO (multiple-system operator), tasked with convincing people to do something new—pay to watch TV.

        Authorities say law enforcement officers shot and killed a man in eastern Pennsylvania who was wanted in an arson at a New Jersey motel — and being sought for questioning in a double slaying there. State police say the 53-year-old Philadelphia man was spotted in Wyomissing on Thursday evening. They say he had “a rifle with a scope across his chest” and was shot and killed by officers. He was wanted in a Monday arson at a Gloucester, New Jersey motel and was wanted for questioning in a double slaying in another room there. Police said the same person shot two people on a Philadelphia porch Thursday afternoon.

        Horse racing’s new anti-doping program has been put on hold for 30 days. A federal judge in Texas ordered the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to stop enforcing its rules involving medications and illegal drugs until May 1. The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and the state of Texas had sought an emergency injunction. Those groups argued that typically there's a 30-day waiting period before new rules are implemented. U.S. District Court Judge James Wesley Hendrix agreed. HISA had begun enforcing the new rules this week, but now must hold off.

        A woman pulled alive from the rubble of a Pennsylvania chocolate factory after an explosion that killed seven co-workers says her arm caught fire as flames engulfed the ruined building — and then she fell through the floor into a vat of liquid chocolate. Patricia Borges (BOHR'-hez) recounted her terrifying brush with death and her miraculous survival to The Associated Press. Borges says she and others had complained about a gas odor about 30 minutes before the factory blew up. She is angry the factory didn’t immediately evacuate its workers. She broke her collarbone and both heels and faces a long recovery.


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