Happy Boring and Dull Day!

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Today, August 9, marks the first annual Boring & Dull Day, a new state holiday organized by the Oregon town of Boring and the Scottish village of Dull. The duo — dubbed a “Pair for the Ages” in a law signed earlier this year by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber — are banking on their unusual names and media attention to draw tourists and help boost the local economies, the Oregonian reports.

In an attempt to live up to its motto of being “the most exciting place to live,” Boring — southeast of Portland with a population of 12,851 — is celebrating the day with an ice cream social, a performance by a local barbershop quartet, a flag salute featuring the Oregon National Guard, and even a bagpiper and drummer to honor the residents of Dull, which had a population of 84 in October 2012. A sign in Dull commemorates the “twinning” of the…

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Last Ones Standing

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It was inevitable, I suppose, that the Ochs-Sulzberger family, custodians of the New York Times, felt obliged to say that they have no interest in selling their newspaper after their peers at the Washington Post, the Meyer-Grahams, sold their family jewel to Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos. But their statement should not have been necessary. Despite apparent similarities—two fierce journalistic rivals run by fourth-generation publishers—the Post and the Times are different businesses in very important ways.

And while the digital revolution and the economic crash of 2008 have put severe stresses on both newspapers, the Times model offers more promise for growth. After a period of fits and starts, the Times is now moving aggressively and effectively to seize its advantages.

I know the differences because I spent a few years in management at the Post back in the day—when the online future was still a distant, faint rumbling—and once…

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How Spain’s Train Tragedy Is a Blow to Spanish National Pride

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Correction appended: July 30, 2013, 2:40 a.m. E.T.

The man at the helm of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain on July 25, killing 79, admitted his responsibility on Sunday night. Appearing before an investigating judge in Santiago de Compostela, conductor Francisco José Garzón Amo confessed that a “distraction” led him to enter the tight curve at an excessively high speed, causing the train to jump the track and slam into a concrete retaining wall. It was the same explanation that Spanish railway officials, denying a system failure and instead blaming human error, had been urging all weekend. But Garzón’s acceptance of guilt failed to completely resolve questions about whether something had gone wrong with Spain’s famed high-speed-rail network. And because that network is perhaps the country’s most successful example of technological innovation, those doubts extend not merely to its transportation industry, but to Spain’s very identity.

In his…

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New Survey Raises Questions of Feminism in Weddings

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A recent study conducted by online wedding directory WeddingDays.co.uk surveyed 200 soon-to-be-brides and concluded that “feminist weddings” are on the rise, with 26 percent of those surveyed planning to keep their maiden name in some form. But recent studies — including one conducted by Facebook this spring with 14 million married female participants — indicate that the survey’s conclusions are debatable at best.

Of the 14 million women included in the study, which Facebook conducted in partnership with The Daily Beast, 65 percent of women changed their name on the social media site, and that number leaves out those who might have neglected to update their name change. The old-fashioned trend is being spearheaded by the youngest generation, too — women who marry in their mid to late thirties were 6.4 times more likely to keep their maiden names than 20 to 24-year-old brides, according to a 2011 study published…

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US Senator’s associates Ms Betsey Wright and Dr GI harassed me to drop out Baruch, CUNY 1996

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I was dropped out of City University of New York(CUNY), Baruch Business Graduate School after August 2, 1996, US First Lady Mrs. Hillary Clinton addressed school open day speech to the students. The same circumstance had occurred before in 1987 when Madam Chiang addressed school open day speech to my sister Ms Mei-ling Chang then dropped her out of Principal Madam Chiang’s own Private Xia-sing High School at Taipei City, by an American company cashier Ms Chen Chu who had a machine to manipulate drop-out of the victim private high school girl.

The 1996 White House senior adviser Ms. Betsey Wright(the former Democratic Arkansas Governor W.J.Clinton’s Staff Chief, a Democrat, who was claimed in 1980s Arkansas, federal law court to be the daughter of the 1996 Senator and former Republican Arkansas governor Mr. W, whose own daughter Betsey G.F. had been stayed around Taipei YWCA or YMCA, until 1994 she earned a bachelor degree from local university to return to USA stayed in Texas areas), and Ms Donna Rice Gabriele Ivory(Dr GI) who in 1996 Queen borough in message addressed as an Ivy League alumni and a Republican associate of Ms. Betsey Wright’s Senator father, Ms Donna Rice Gabriele Ivory(Dr. GI) and Betsey Wright, both two in the White House message channel in 1996 summer term of New York City university acted like what Ms Chen Chu of Kaohsiung city incumbent mayor did to drop my sister out of Principal Madam Chiang’s high school in 1987, to drop me out of Baruch. There was a notice of parallel in 1994 Taipei from joint international investigating authority of Sergeant Eva Ivory death case to (investigate) the psychopathology of what happened to my sister Mei-ling Chang since 1987. In 1994 the relatives of 1987 Private Xia-sing High School drop-out victim Ms Mei-ling Chang including both Taipei County Police Station Deputy Sheriff Mr Dai Yu-tsong and the Panchiao Military Police Station Second Lieutenant officer Mr David Chang, me, were notified this parallel activity, sir. 

This additional information added to the article which had been posted on May 21, 2011, and sent to the White House and Department of State, The White House Staff harassed me to drop out school in 1996, for your reference.

David CK Chang,

SSN057-86-4042,

July 9, 2011,

National Central Library,

Taipei City