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Wine house? Try compound, with 25,000 square feet of space arranged by region plus a giant wing dedicated to cocktail supplies, an Enomatic tasting room, a reserve room with bottles costing more than $200, and a “Rare and Old” room devoted to wines that are, well, rare and old.

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There’d always been something outsize and outlandish about Anna Nicole Smith. She stood nearly six feet tall and at the time of her death in 2007 weighed 178 pounds. Her surgically inflated voluptuousness and ditzy sexuality transformed everything she touched into parody, especially her impersonations of her idol, Marilyn Monroe.

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Gawker Media’s big company-wide redesign, a year in the making, will finally come out of beta on January 3. It will the biggest event in Gawker Media history, for all three arms of the company—editorial, sales, and technology.

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Cupertino is where Apple is. Palo Alto is where Facebook is. Mountain View is where Google is. Geographically speaking, then, Y Combinator, let's call it YC, is in Googletown, a flat suburban place dotted with low bungalows and bathed almost always in sunlight.

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MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Never before have Floridians paid so much to protect themselves from hurricanes.And never have they received so little benefit.A Herald-Tribune investigation shows that since the state's last spate of hurricanes, a dramatic shift has taken place. 

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Mike Gold's idea to transform Florida property insurance arrived at the right moment.With insurance premiums hitting record highs and national carriers dropping millions of homeowners, Gold told regulators in late 2007 he could cover tens of thousands of families for bargain basement prices.

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Today, nearly half of Florida's home insurance is provided by companies whose primary profit comes not from insuring homes but from diverting premiums into a host of side ventures.

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A FEW DAYS AFTER Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff in October, I stopped by the Justice Department to see Eric Holder. I had been meeting with the attorney general periodically for about a year (since he was named one of GQ's Men of the Year last December), and I knew from our conversations, as well as from Holder's friends and family, that the last few months had been a bumpy ride.

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