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JACKPOT JEALOUSY SWEEPING THE NATION

“Huge lottery wins come with a side of envy”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 2, 2012 Don’t you hate those people in Missouri and Arizona? Every time someone else wins a giant lottery, a certain resentment wells up in the rest of us. This is easy since there are so few of them and so…

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THE RICH DITCH BLACK FRIDAY

“Snubbing the mad dash for deals is a luxury”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 25, 2012 Attention, affluent shoppers: Pre-dawn sales are for the little people! You don’t need a $179 flat screen that bad! Did you notice who woke up at 4 in the morning and rushed out to the mall? I didn’t take…

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NO TIME FOR PIE—BLACK FRIDAY MOVES TO THANKSGIVING THURSDAY

“Stores up the ante on Black Friday sales”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 18, 2012 This isn’t confirmed yet, but apparently some stores have not yet begun their Black Friday sales. What are these napping merchants waiting for?   Friday? That’s no way to bust open the door on holiday shopping. There once was a…

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A SECOND CHANCE FOR HOPE AND CHANGE

“Obama, GOP hope for post-election compromise”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 11, 2012 In any normal year, this should be the lull time, the predictable rest between election night and when the governing begins. Who said this year is normal?Instead of basking in his victory, Barack Obama is staring over the edge of a steep…

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SANDY LEAVES US WITH DESTRUCTION, LOSS AND QUESTIONS

“Left in dark with many questions”, Ellis Henican  Column, Newsday, November 4, 2012 SO MANY QUESTIONS, so many unanswered, at the end of a very challenging week: Nice to hear the polls will be open on Tuesday. Now who’s expecting to drive to one?… You wanted waterfront property? This badly?… How will Steve Bellone enforce…

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SANDY’S COMING—START THE NAME-CALLING

“Prepare for Hurricane Sandy; ignore hype”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,October 28, 2012 It’s not a nor’easter. It’s more than that. And Sandy isn’t your typical hurricane. So what exactly are we supposed to call this pre-Halloween weather monster that forecasters say is roaring at us? Please, not Frankenstorm, whatever those heavy breathers on the TV…

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LATEST TERROR ATTEMPT WON’T BE THE LAST

“U.S. terror attack was averted — this time”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,October 21, 2012 This is the way it’s supposed to work. The would-be terrorist is discovered early in his plotting. His schemes are recorded every step of the way.His bomb’s a phony. His cohorts are on the FBI payroll. Evil as his motives appear…

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DEBATES MAY MATTER AS A MATTER-OF-FACT

“TV’s new reality show: Presidential debate”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,October 14, 2012 Will Tuesday’s Hofstra University debate shift the momentum of the presidential race once again? That’s debatable. But you have to give this much credit to the moldy old tradition of two candidates on a stage together trying to claw each other’s eyes out:…

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SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE AIR: LOOSE SEATS

“Air travel keeps descending to new lows”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,October 7, 2012 Just when you thought air travel couldn’t possibly get worse, American Airlines unveils a new on-board amenity that most fliers would just as soon avoid. Loose seats. Folks, this is basic stuff, bolting the seats to the aircraft floor! This isn’t just…

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ROMNEY’S THE BEST, OBAMA’S BETTER—THE DEBATE GAME

“Rivals’ fake flattery ahead of prez debate”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 30, 2012 It’s the Weekend of Insincere Flattery. Barack Obama is “a uniquely gifted speaker,” gushed Mitt Romney adviser Beth Myers — “one of the most talented political communicators in modern history.” But if Myers is giving any thought to a last-minute candidate…

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