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Black and blue

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THE OTHER HELL

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Hanging tough

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Black and blue

Early in Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man, the story's unnamed, African-American narrator recalls a story of retreating to his rent-free basement apartment, lighting a "reefer," and dropping the needle on his favourite phonograph record, Louis Armstrong's "Black and Blue."

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One night after he was medically discharged from the army in April 2000, former Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire drank most of a bottle of scotch in his Hull, Que., apartment before he opened a metal box containing his father’s medals and his 50-year-old razor.

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Hanging tough

AMONG THE CONCRETE and rubble left behind after an Israeli shelling, there is no room for error. Here, where the al-Nahda towers in Beit Lahiya once stood, is where the team Bar Palestine trains, doing chin-ups on rebar and handstands on abandoned foundations.

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... The best concession speech ever

In a fraCtious campaign, there’s one thing all Americans can agree on: Donald Trump’s concession speech is going to be a doozy. So I just phoned Crooked Hillary to congratulate her on stealing the election. “Good for you,” I said.

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The perfect voters

Voters in northeastern Ohio's Ottawa County live in what is, by all appearances, an unremarkable area of Midwestern farmland: long, flat country roads strewn with roadkill, corn fields to the horizon, and marinas and campgrounds along the Lake Erie shoreline.

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