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  • Hampden’s giant flamingo is about to become a flamingosaurus

    Hampden’s giant flamingo is about to become a flamingosaurus

    Randall Gornowich, the crafty artist who created the 30-foot pink flamingo perched over 36th Street in Hampden, has returned to the big bird from time to time to play with its appearance. He once gave it a big blue Marge Simpson hairdo. Another time, he topped it with an Elvis toupee. This week,...

  • With climate warnings, no time for a retreat on electric cars

    With climate warnings, no time for a retreat on electric cars

    A friend who just bought a Chevrolet Bolt — that’s the impressive all-electric, subcompact hatchback that you’ve probably never seen advertised on national television — says he paid $29,000 for it, after federal and state tax credits. The starting price was close to $40,000. “But, if you want one,...

  • Ordering online has many benefits; sometimes waiting in line does, too

    Ordering online has many benefits; sometimes waiting in line does, too

    I realized something over the last few days, in a way I had not before: If you order everything online, whether a new bathrobe or a corned beef sandwich — and the temptation to do that is probably greater than ever — you put the random at risk. You miss things that only happen in the real world:...

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