O-Bits: Pardons, Potters Field, and Puerto Rico Edition

You’d think that something as lighthearted as the traditional presidential “pardoning” of two Thanksgiving turkeys would be simple enough that even the current occupant of the Oval Office couldn’t make it uncomfortable,…

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O-Bits: Many Mansons Edition

It’s easy to make fun of the names Ikea gives their furniture; their catalog has more umlauts than a death metal convention; shopping in one of their labyrinthine stores can feel like…

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O-bits: A Wee Dram of Death Edition

Oh, to be in Scotland. This week, Previously…, which calls itself Scotland’s History Festival, takes place. There’s plenty we’d love to check out: tours of Dean and Warriston Cemeteries, both fine examples…

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O-Bits: Songs for Della Edition

We’re sad to report that Della Reese has died. Probably best known today as Tess, the supervisory angel on the treacly, inspirational 90s TV show, “Touched By An Angel,” we prefer to…

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Gloomy Tunes: Charles Manson/Beach Boys

Charles Manson, one of the vilest people to ever walk the earth, died yesterday. Obit’s Merle Ginsberg does a fine job of raking over his ashes here. But Manson fancied himself a…

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