BLOGGING AND TWITTERING TO KEEP THE POUNDS OFF

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It was a couple of weeks before New Year’s when it dawned on John Derek Bentley. “I have to do something different,” Bentley told himself, “because I’m kind of sucking at life.” A 21-year-old freelance web designer from South Portsmouth, KY, Bentley was not thrilled with his job. He wanted to travel the world, he [&hellip
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FORGET PILLS, TAKE PILATES

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Hipsters? Exercise? Cognitive dissonance! Observed in their natural habitat, one might conclude the beloved New York hipster maintains his or her waif-like shape through a steady diet of cigarettes and cocaine. But don’t be deceived! Like anything else a hipster does, a nose-candy-slim physique is carefully cultivated
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PRIME RIB PARADISE

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Enthralling carnivores from the very day it opened in 1982, Ben Benson’s has continued to set quite a high standard for Manhattan steakhouses, riding the crest of the steakhouse craze that has to a remarkable extent characterized special-occasion American dining for the last two decades. Not unlike the restaurant’s eponymous friendly founder and owner, Ben [&hellip
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A LUST FOR THE CRUST

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Unassuming little Café Viva, with its jumble of nondescript tables set up across from the pizza oven, has been on Broadway for nearly as long as I can remember.  The menu calls attention to the “Natural” and “Kosher” pizza, blessed by Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, so a sign says. These are not words that normally entice [&hellip
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VOTERS NEED A VOICE

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To the Editor: The insightful “Paterson in the Hot Seat” (The Capitol Connection, Dec. 18) makes me wonder if Democrats have taken real democracy away from the voters and returned it to Albany’s smoke-filled backrooms. Remember former New York State Democratic Assembly member Tom DiNapoli? As a result of his faithful allegiance to Democratic State Assembly Speaker [&hellip
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HELICOPTER WOES

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To the Editor: As a resident of West 83rd Street, I can tell you that we actually receive a double-whammy from helicopters (“They’ve Had It with Helicopters,” Dec. 18). Not only do the tourist helicopters come inland on 83rd Street in order to turn to go back down the river, but we are also the cross-island [&hellip
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