" How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be "American" before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries? "
Edith Wharton

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Marries Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew is currently 4th in the line of succession to the British throne. He has held the title of Duke of York since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986. Initially, the Duke and Duchess appeared to have a happy marriage, but problems soon surfaced, and the marriage collapsed shortly after tabloid pictures were released showing the Duchess cavorting with her financial advisor. Where does Prince Andrew maintain an office?



Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex that leads to atrophy of the brain and senile dementia. First described in 1906, the disease is characterized by abnormal accumulation of plaques and malformed nerve cells. The disease usually affects people over age 65; short-term memory loss is an early symptom. The cause of Alzheimer's is not known, and, as yet, there is no known cure. How do chess and crossword puzzles factor into Alzheimer's prevention?

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Raymond Chandler

Chandler was an American novelist whose writings in the 1940s and 50s significantly impacted the crime thriller genre. His well-plotted and brutally realistic novels feature Philip Marlowe, a hard-boiled yet honorable private detective who became the prototype for the tough-guy private eye of many subsequent American detective novels. In order to indicate his contempt for an iconic filmmaker, Chandler coined a nasty nickname; who was the object of his scorn?

Last updated on Monday, 23rd July 2007

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