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The windowless room is dark except for static sputtering on a video monitor. Beside the monitor, on one of the stackable chairs, sits Jim, a gaunt young man who stares at his knees and pounds them again and again with his fists. His assault is as unrelenting as the static. That must be the point, I think, but my conviction quickly fades.

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It was only a few hours ago that attorney Gloria Allred summoned these several dozen reporters, bloggers, and cameramen to the Milton Berle Room of the New York Friars Club, but in reality they’ve been waiting days and days for her to materialize. A week has gone by since Politico reported allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain on its Web site.

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Membership dues or tennis balls? Who knows what Errol Flynn purchased with a $2.59 check to the Racquet Club of Palm Springs. These days, when even D-listers use money managers, it’s startling to see that Hollywood’s greatest swashbuckler tended to a financial matter so mundane. Flynn was not alone, as evidenced by Bill Harris’s collection of famous people’s checks .

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When the economy goes to pot, we the people place our faith in one indisputably sexy commodity. It's the lone bright spot on Wall Street and a rallying cry for the riotous right.

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When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.

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Since the shutdown of Megaupload, stories have erupted about the life and exploits of the company’s founder, a self-styled “Dr. Evil” of file sharing. Kim Dotcom’s opulent digs, high-end cars, fondness for models and other Bond-villain-esque behaviors have been splashed across websites and have confused evening newscasts for the last week.

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It was nothing more than a small piece of dead skin, or perhaps a stray bit of dust, but against her model’s bright red lips, the mote could not stay. That was all the more apparent on the screen of the expensive high-definition video camera that Leder had acquired for the video shoot.

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It was a Saturday night, not much happening in her Long Beach, California, neighborhood, so high school senior Melissa Young was home messing around on her computer

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