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Archive for September, 2013

unbalanced sheet

Monday, September 30th, 2013

With weary eyes, the
accountant retallied the
books soaked in red ink.

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hookup nation

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Phones chirp with stalkers
and peers, eroding any
hope of innocence.

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the modern huntress

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Equipped with brains and
a smartphone, ready to snag
business deals in heels.

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cautious to the end

Friday, September 27th, 2013

He waited till the
stars aligned and all was just
so. But then he died.

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Sneak peek: Ruben Studdard on “The Biggest Loser”

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Ruben Studdard, The Biggest Loser

The last time he won a reality TV competition 10 years ago, Ruben Studdard donned a “205” jersey.

This season, the Birmingham singer sports the “462,” his starting weight as the heaviest contestant on “The Biggest Loser.”

Studdard, the winner of “American Idol” in 2003, will be among the 15 contestants competing for a $250,000 grand prize, awarded to the one who loses the highest percentage of weight.

The NBC show enters its 15th season.

Age 34 when the competition began, he comes in not only with a weight problem, but also sleep apnea, high blood pressure and diabetes. Studdard is the first celebrity contestant among the 300 in the show’s history.

Even the show itself is slimming down, with most episodes to run 1 hour instead of the usual 2.

“The Biggest Loser” premieres at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 on Alabama’s 13. The finale will air Feb. 4.

Video: A look at season 15 of “The Biggest Loser,”
with a shocking announcement for Ruben Studdard

Video: The first workout. Ruben: “Realizing I was
the heaviest guy on the ranch was an eye-opening
experience for me.”

Video: Interview with Ruben Studdard

More coverage of “The Biggest Loser.”

 

fortune smiles upon us all

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Fortune smiles upon
us all, though some are apt to
exaggerate it.

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the charms of city life

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Potholes, beheaded
parking meters, graffiti,
gunshots, uncut weeds.

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how does he not do it? volume volume volume

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The task nagged at him
sotto voce. But all the
distractions shouted.

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traveling companions

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Anxiety and
stress cleave to each side, always
minding the next step.

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all that you leave behind

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The trees shiver in
anticipation of their
looming nudity.

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autumnal anticipation

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

They held their breath and
waited for the imminent
arrival of fall.

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the south shall televise again

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Them yokels bring their
redneck reality to
cable’s boundless swamp.

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the face that launched a thousand quips

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

His stock countenance
was fueled by sour lemons
and a foul odor.

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the character of characters

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The power over
words can sway minds and rally
hearts and warp nations.

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must love dogs and money and shopping and karaoke

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The applicants filled
out long checklists to match up
their insane ideals.

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