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Comment Re:Preserve Cultural Heritage (Score 1) 155

I'm not sure how they manage to do it, seeing as how much longer most of the text on signage and product packaging becomes so much longer when translated.

Written like someone who's never studied French! A large portion of the letters are silent (also their vowels are pronounced more quickly than in English).

"Ils nagent" (they swim) is pronounced like "ill naj".

Comment Re:rediculous (Score 1) 604

This is, in part, because municipal annexation is difficult in Massachusetts. If you compare the "urban" (4.18 million) and "metro" (4.59 million) populations, you'll see that it's comparable to other large cities with a larger city proper. For instance, Berlin's Metro area is 4.5 million. Maybe not competitive with the top 50 cities, but easily comparable to the top 100 in the world.
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash 359

An anonymous reader writes "Dozens of fans attending a NASCAR race at Daytona Speedway were injured when a crash during the last lap triggered a chain reaction, culminating in the front section of Kyle Larson's car ricocheting into the fence in front of the stands (Larson escaped injury). While the footage accompanying the article is dramatic enough, an even more riveting clip showing the chaotic scene in the stands from up close was posted on YouTube, but was taken down after NASCAR claimed it violated their copyright . YouTube has since restored the fan's video. A NASCAR spokesman has issued a clarification, saying that the takedown request was done out of respect for those injured. The race was an opening act for the main event, the Daytona 500, which officials say will proceed as scheduled. 'With the fence being prepared tonight to our safety protocols, we expect to go racing tomorrow with no changes,' Speedway President Joie Chitwood told CNN."

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