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Updated by Dan Rubin on Apr 19, 2014
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Favorites from The Talk

A look back at some of the pieces that appeared on The Talk over the past year

Why the hate now for Michael Vick?

A New York Times columnist pounds him as he packs his bags. Would have made for a fine piece in 2009, but not now.

Suburban teen wakes up warm, decides to clothe the homeless

Evan S. Jones woke up warm and comfortable Saturday morning, which was not unlike many other mornings in his Kennett Square home.

The Things They Carried

Aunt Libby, where are you? Ted Nobles put out the call on Facebook the other day. He'd been asking himself the question ever since she called him out of the blue 10 years ago and told him of his great-uncle who never returned from the Battle of the Bulge.

He was killed in WW2, now his canteen is home

69 years after the Battle of the Bulge, the canteen of Lt. Wallace Lippincott Jr., arrives back in the states.

Ads in schools and buses.

What could go possibly wrong?

75 years ago Mars Attacks New Jersey

When Orson Welles turned a sleepy burg outside Trenton into ground zero of an alien invasion.

Our dog and the cat with a white stripe

I have one other memory of being skunked. It was summer camp, circa 1968. Some of the counselors must have been to college because they managed to de-scent this cute little guy they'd caged, and all I remember was a pile of rank towels and an intense, sharp smell that I could still conjure years later.

The News Anchor And The Deleted Tweet

Oh, no she didn't. She did.

Is Philly to blame for Miley Cyrus?

Someone had to read pretty far into the latest Rolling Stone cover story to pose this most-troubling question: "Is Philly to blame for the Miley Cyrus phenomenon?" he/she captioned this thread of Reddit. The profile says her transformation "from America's sweetheart to whatever the hell she is now" began three years ago in Detroit.

Teacher to mayor: Could you last an hour teaching my class?

Judy Willner is a veteran teacher - more than 35 years in. No year's been like this, she says.

Hating the new Miss America in 140 characters or less

"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one. "WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another. Of course white women have done just fine in the pageant so far.

9/11 Fails

When does remembrance fall too closely to product placement?

A 9/11 Playlist

What songs help get you through this day? My choices - and readers'

I Have a Dream ... But Not Much of a Visual

South side of the reflecting pool. A massive crowd - the biggest yet to gather for civil rights. Dark suit, boxy cameras. A dream whose poetry and power has resonated ever since .... the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together ...

Ex-stripper Penn grad solicits alma mater

Turning the tables on college solicitations

Pandhandler Pranks Entire Subway Car? Maybe Not

The video made the rounds on the Internet over the weekend - some New Yorkers even claimed the locale as their own. How New York. If you look at the clip, you notice a couple things as he wins over the crowd - well at least the members of the crowd who seemingly signed away their rights to the video; others are fuzzed out because apparently they didn't.

An Open Letter to Paula Dean (explicated)

It's cultural historian Michael Twitty's letter, my hyperlinks and I try to give context to a smachdown