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4:00am

Fri February 25, 2011
Business

Providence School Board Sends Teachers Pink Slips

The school board in Providence, R.I., has sent pink slips to all of its teachers — nearly 2,000. City officials say they need flexibility to make budget cuts. Not all of the teachers will actually lose their jobs but the move allows for potential layoffs.

12:01am

Fri February 25, 2011
Politics

In Wis. Union Battle, Focus On Billionaire Twins

As conservatives battle with public-employee unions in Wisconsin and other states, the conflict has drawn increasing public attention to a pair of low-profile billionaires, David and Charles Koch, who give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics.

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12:00am

Fri February 25, 2011
Oscars 2011: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:21 am

Location scout Doug Dresser needs creepy places for a teen fantasy-adventure film. One possibility: the old Linda Vista Community Hospital, built in 1904. Supposedly it's haunted.
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In the old days, movies — even the big epics — were shot on studio back lots. Tara, that iconic Gone With the Wind plantation, was made of plywood and papier maché.

These days, movie locations are mostly real, though. And they're found by location scouts, who are often the first people hired for a film.

Should be easy work, right? You drive around town, spot a house you think could work for a film, drive back home? Not quite.

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2:50pm

Thu February 24, 2011
Politics

Lawmakers to Debate Warnings on Security Scanners

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The State Senate could take up a bill as early as Friday that aims to give the public more information about security scanners, including the new full body scanners at many airports like Denver International Airport.

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12:05pm

Thu February 24, 2011
Census Count

Boulder May Challenge Census Count

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City leaders in Boulder challenged U.S. Census Bureau data ten years ago and they may do it again following newly released numbers that place the city’s population below their own estimate.

Boulder's population has grown 2.9 % from the 2000 count but city leaders say the official 2010 count and an earlier estimate from the Census Bureau are nowhere close to matching. City planner Chris Meschuk expected a difference– but not as much as what came out this week.

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