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NONFICTION: Three union workers whose factory closes illustrate the challenges for America's blue-collar workforce. "American Made" by Farah Stockman; Random House (418 pages, $28) ——— In 1997, when the Red River Valley overflowed its banks and flooded most of Grand Forks, North Dakota, I watched then-President Bill Clinton give an empathetic speech to flood victims at an Air Force base ...

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Oct. 19—STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — NYC Photoville festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary that includes two exhibitions on Staten Island and is presented by Alice Austen House, featuring Irma Bohórquez‐Geisler, Nataki Hewling, and Gale Wisdom, curated by Victoria Munro and Paul Moakley of Alice Austen House. Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider ...

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A comic book sequel starring DC Comics' supervillain team tops the DVD releases for the week of Oct. 26. "The Suicide Squad": Director James Gunn, who helmed "Guardians of the Galaxy," turns his attention to DC's chaotic crew in this follow-up to 2016's "Suicide Squad." In Gunn's sequel, "the team that we end up following is comprised of Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), ...

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Miami Beach has a cancer. It’s called the Entertainment District and it’s killing the city. It’s time to remove it. And if elected officials are serious about the city’s future, they need to stop pushing for Band-aid fixes, straw votes and increased police presence. It’s time to take aggressive action. Ocean Drive, its hotels and its restaurants need to operate in a healthy environment, where ...

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TAMPA — Chip Weiner admits that he is obsessed with the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection owned by the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. The photographer has pored over the more than 20,000 publicly available images chronicling Tampa’s history from the late-1800s through mid-1900s. He is on a mission to revisit the locations captured in photographs and document how they ...

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Oct. 18—GARDNER — The pandemic shutdown hurt some local businesses more than others. Hair salons and restaurants, for example, could adjust to the new public health rules and safety guidelines and still provide limited service. Other businesses, however, had little choice but to shut their doors and try to weather the storm of the past 18 or so months. Here are some of those local businesses ...

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What makes a good photographer good? First, a good photographer needs a high level of technical proficiency. This is not as easy as it sounds. Some of technical aspects of photography are counterintuitive. For example, the larger numbers for aperture settings correspond to smaller aperture openings and vice versa. Once a photographer becomes an expert at the camera's settings, knowing what ...

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Oct. 17—BEVERLY SHORES — The exhibit "Bathing in a Winter Forest" continues through Oct. 30 at The Depot Museum and Art Gallery, 525 Broadway. A solo show by Suzy Vance, the exhibit explores the many trails of the unique habitat of the Indiana Dunes, where she frequently can be found exploring, photographing and then sharing her observations with others. Raised in the Midwest, a retired ...