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Research suggests that the threat of frivolous litigation does more to discourage innovation than the prospect of gaining patents does to encourage it. So a decline in business method patents could make the US legal system more, not less, hospitable to innovation.
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Oct
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In that theft, Greg Nagel, a local real estate agent, was dining on the patio of Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St., as he watched three young people approach.

Nagel witnessed one grab a Samsung Galaxy 4 cell phone from the table. Nagel’s friend, who owned the phone, was in the bathroom at the time of the theft.

Nagel said he “threw a half-eaten rib tip” at the teen before attempting to chase him for less than half a block.

DNAinfo Chicago reports on crime in my neighborhood
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Sep
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(Source: bartybart)

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citylandscapes:

View of Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica from the top of the Spanish Steps.

citylandscapes:

View of Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica from the top of the Spanish Steps.

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Rocka-Pulco members eschew vacations except in the winter, since good attendance is crucial to one’s standing in the group. Consider Bobby Stack, 55, of Middle Village, who earned his nickname, “Bobby Beach,” by showing up most days for 25 years. Then a string of absences led to a stripping of his nickname “until he earned it back” by returning faithfully, Mr. Sendek said.And just showing up isn’t enough. “You have to go in the water or it doesn’t count,” said Mr. Sendek.

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Many members come without their spouses, who lack the same enthusiasm for the beach.

Mr. Sendek, a retired National Grid worker, said he showed up six days a week, much to the consternation of his wife, Susan. He called her on his cellphone and then handed the phone over.

“These guys are crazy,” Ms. Sendek said. “They go to the beach obsessively. They don’t take a day off. I live with sand in the bed every night.”

Mr. Sendek laughed and pulled out his pool thermometer. The water was 76 degrees.

“About time for another dip,” he said, and headed down to the still-summery sea.

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Sep
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NY TIMES OR ONION? (PT 2)

NY TIMES OR ONION? (PT 2)

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Aug
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artslant:

private collectors add incredible value to communities through their contributions, but do they also wield too much influence on local culture and politics? We look at Miami. story here » http://bit.ly/1pQYfmD

artslant:

private collectors add incredible value to communities through their contributions, but do they also wield too much influence on local culture and politics? We look at Miami. story here » http://bit.ly/1pQYfmD

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officiallynx:

As if there was any doubt, Maya Moore was officially named the WNBA’s MVP today! Moore received 371 points (including 35 first-place votes) from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters. Show her some love, Lynx Nation!
 

As if there _were_, watch the subjunctive please.

booyahsoup:

officiallynx:

As if there was any doubt, Maya Moore was officially named the WNBA’s MVP today! Moore received 371 points (including 35 first-place votes) from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters. Show her some love, Lynx Nation!

 

As if there _were_, watch the subjunctive please.

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Earlier this year, China refused to invite Japan to a naval parade it hosted, which the Defense Department then boycotted as well. One American defense official lamented the episode as “so totally high school.”
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Aug
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A federal law intended to shield car rental companies against vicarious liability will not protect the corporate owner of [a] leased truck operated by a driver who was watching pornography on his laptop when the truck barreled into a disabled car, a judge in Buffalo has held.
— justice in its purest form via the New York Law Journal
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Jul
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(Source: peterfromtexas)

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(Source: evgeng, via peterfromtexas)

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basically

basically

(Source: peterfromtexas)

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Jun
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“Classical music, trying to seem cool and less stuffy, reeks of some sort of fossilised art form undergoing a midlife crisis,” the expert in non-equilibrium molecular reaction dynamics, who is a visiting scientist at Stanford University, said.

“Witness what happened to me when I started cheering with a 30-strong chorus shouting ‘praise God’ two metres from my face: I get physically assaulted, knocked down to the floor and forcibly dragged out by two classical vigilantes.

He denied being drunk, adding: “This may be a consequence of me being American, but I can quite easily be provocative without the need to be inebriated.”

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