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Kristine Keller Untangles the Procrastination Knot

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By Kristine Keller Next to love and the Olympics, procrastination is the most universally shared experience among humans, a common language practiced and understood in every pocket of the globe. Procrastination knows many dialects: Mastering War and Peace days before the final exam or the toothless man at the laundromat who confessed he waits until [&hellip
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Unlikely Victims of the Proposed Soda Ban Speak Out

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DSC_0668 Council member Rosie Mendez hears business owners’ concerns over ‘arbitrary’ law By Paul Bisceglio Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sales of large sugary beverages has kept city politicians and soft-drink industry officials buzzing all summer. Last week, however, City Council Member Rosie Mendez took a walk downtown to talk to people whose opinions on [&hellip
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Soldier Pleads Guilty in Danny Chen Case, Faces Stiffer Punishment

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danny-chen-5e1a90d38ac78cf6 By Nick Gallinelli The next military member to be on trial in the Danny Chen suicide case pleaded guilty on Monday, leading to a smoother resolution than Sgt. Adam Holcomb’s trial last month. Spc. Ryan Offutt reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of maltreatment and hazing. Offutt was sentenced to six months in prison, rank demotion [&hellip
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Stringer Disapproves of Sale of Civic Center Buildings

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JamesKelleher_49-51Chambers By Paul Bisceglio Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer recommended conditional disapproval of the sale of three city-owned buildings in the Civic Center area last week. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) proposed the sale as part of the City’s 21st Century Civic Center plan, which aims to relocate municipal agencies out of the partially [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter: 70 Pine Could Become Home to 1,000 Apts

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NeighborhoodChatter 18-Foot Surrealist Man Lands at the High Line There’s a new work of art hitting the town this summer. An 18-foot, 1.6-ton German statue made of aluminum and enamel, appropriately named “Big Box Man,” has been parked in front of the Standard Hotel in the West Village right above the High Line, with plans to [&hellip
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Street Shrink: Kristine Keller explores why the grass always looks better on the other side

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800px-Gras_im_Juni It’s not uncommon for strangers to incite impetuous conversations at any given moment. After all, there are many inscrutable bullet points that warrant discussion from someone who may know more and the desire for conversation becomes ever the most apparent when you begin to unfurl your Sunday newspaper. Like, does anyone have the crossword puzzle [&hellip
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Recession-Proof Career? Train to Be a Trainer

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SS6_0082x By Laura Shin Ten years ago, Debra Duby found herself wandering the streets of Manhattan, knocking on countless doors, shaking hands with strangers and posting flyers. At 27 years old, she was a newly certified personal trainer attempting to jumpstart a new career. “Like in any successful business, you need to put forth the appropriate [&hellip
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Sergeant Connected with Pvt. Danny Chen Suicide Faces Minor Punishment

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danny-chen-5e1a90d38ac78cf6 By Nick Gallinelli Sgt. Adam Holcomb, the first soldier to be tried in the court martial case surrounding Pvt. Danny Chen’s suicide, was acquitted of the most serious charges but was found guilty of minor ones this Monday. By the following day, his suggested sentenced was announced, and the punishment is creating backlash in the [&hellip
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