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Public Broadcasting on Television

Founded in 1969, PBS is a non-profit, private corporation that is owned collectively by its member stations and largely funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), itself funded mainly by federal appropriations. All of the programming carried by PBS, whether news, documentary, or entertainment, is created by, or in most cases produced under contract with, individual member stations. Why did Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the chair of the CPB board, resign in 2005?




Considered either waste material or delicacy, depending on the cultural context, offal is the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal. It is prepared and consumed in a myriad of ways throughout the world. In the Philippines, pig intestines are used to make a type of blood sausage called Dinuguan, and in Pakistan, livers, brains, and kidneys are components of Taka-Tak. Scotland's haggis is a boiled mix of sheep's liver, heart, and lungs stuffed in what other organ?

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Mario Lemieux

Lemieux is considered one of the greatest players in National Hockey League history. As center for the Pittsburgh Penguins, he won two Stanley Cup titles and frequently vied with Wayne Gretzky for scoring titles in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is one of only nine players to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame without the mandatory three-year post-retirement waiting period. What are the nicknames given to him by the media?

Last updated on Sunday, 5th October 2008

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