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Oct 15, 2009

New York dog depressed after being left at home again

A Manhattan Dog, who asked that his real name not be used, is seeking psychological counseling after being left at home every day for his whole life.
"I've had it up to here with this tiny apartment" said Eric, a large Canine, "sometimes I just think screw you, and I rip up a few cushions or take a dump in the bedroom, but mostly I just lie on the couch and think about chasing pigs and mounting small dogs".

Eric's owner was unavailable for comment, but his representative said:
" my husband picks up Eric's gigantic turds every night when he gets his walk, what else can he do?"

Eric has been secretly using the computer while the humans are gone, uploading his profile picture to several dating services

Eric says:
"the drinking at home really had to stop, I was going through 24 cans a day. Sometimes when the humans got home I could hardly lift my head"

Since the Toimes interviewed Eric, we were happy to receive a tweet from him announcing his engagement to a younger woman. Let's hope they live happily ever after.

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Oct 12, 2009

New York Opera star Rinat Shaham sings jazzy Gershwin

During the day before Rinat Shaham had to go on stage to sing the title role of Carmen in Cologne Germany, we managed to get a couple of cameras in to the opera house and filmed an impromptu jam session with Shaham and her young colleague Sam Hogarth. The result was quite startling: not JUST an opera singer!

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Oct 4, 2009

Still eating ground beef? Warning

Ground beef is usually not simply a chunk of meat run through a grinder. Instead, records and interviews show, a single portion of hamburger meat is often an amalgam of various grades of meat from different parts of cows and even from different slaughterhouses. These cuts of meat are particularly vulnerable to E. coli contamination, food experts and officials say. Despite this, there is no federal requirement for grinders to test their ingredients for the pathogen.

Read about how a simple 'angus beef patty' paralyzed a woman: New York Times Article