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September 30, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Employers offer unlimited vacations, ‘pre-cations’

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Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin empire, lets his employees take as many vacation days as they want. (As does Netflix.)

Now comes word that Jason Freedman, a co-founder of 42Floors, might have invented the “pre-cation.”

What’s that, you ask? Vacation days before you take your trip?  Nope. It’s even better than that. Continue Reading →

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September 27, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Goodbye, Columbus? Marco Polo got here first, maps may prove

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A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Just in time for Columbus Day comes the news that Christopher might not be the Italian who first set foot in America.

The 15th century Genoan explorer may have been beaten by his hero. Continue Reading →

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September 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Italian press again reports rumors of assassination plot against pope

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Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican  has told Italian newspapers, including Il Mattino, that Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by ISIS when he makes a one-day visit to Albania on Sunday.

“What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear — they want to kill the pope,” Habeeb Al Sadr told La Nazione on Tuesday. “The threats against the pope are credible.”  Continue Reading →

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September 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Pittsburgh most educated city in Pa., analysis finds

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Out of the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, Pittsburgh ranks 28th in Wallet Hub’s Most Educated Cities list, making it tops in Pennsylvania. Philly is a distant 77th, Harrisburg 83rd, Allentown 94th, Reading 101st, York 105th, Lancaster 129th and Scranton — sigh — 134th. Continue Reading →

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September 13, 2014
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Updated: End of Appalachian Trail: Mark Sanford breaks up with ‘soul mate’

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Republican Congressman Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who five years ago pretended to be hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really cheating on his wife, has announced in a bizarre, rambling post on Facebook that he has broken up with his “soul mate.”

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