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For breakfast go to Dottie's True Blue Cafe, two blocks from the Marriott on 6th Street. Once you've been there you'll probably come back every day. But do get there early!
May 26
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One way to handle unanticipated situations is to agree that ‘competition cancels conventions’. Here, by accepting 1S responder can bid any of three suits at the two level.
Jan. 29, 2018
William Sumner edited this comment Jan. 29, 2018
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Chris Christie hired lawyers (at state expense) to look into his role in the Bridgegate affair. They found his actions to be blameless.
Jan. 21, 2017
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In this case the feeling was definitely mutual. The irascible Judge Julius Hoffman (a former law partner of Mayor Daley) made no pretense of being impartial. The contempt conviction was reversed on appeal, the appeals court finding that Judge Hoffman had exhibited a “deprecatory and often antagonistic attitude toward the defense.”
Oct. 9, 2016
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A pleasure to see mention of the Chicago Eight/Seven. I once knew most of their names, but would sometimes forget Lee Weiner. At their trial he objected to Judge Hoffman mispronouncing his name. He was sentenced to jail for contempt.
Oct. 9, 2016
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I'm sure the opponents will join me in saying “Thank you, partner”
May 9, 2016
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The Omni is considerably nicer and has convenient access by way of the Marriott's rear elevator.
April 8, 2016
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And it's poorly written. Flader doesn't make the kind of grammatical errors that appear in the article.
April 6, 2016
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A mid session break allows a few minutes of relaxation. Players can catch up if behind, use the bathroom, get a coffee, etc. It's just the ticket.
March 27, 2016
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The art of losing isn't hard to master
March 24, 2016
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The Ballade of Unwarranted Presumption is proof positive that Bridgewinners is essential to the enjoyment of life, or at least provides an afternoon's entertainment. Hopefully David Burn will publish a sestina for his many fans -
Feb. 23, 2016
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“How are things?” “Worse than yesterday, but better than tomorrow”
Jan. 8, 2016
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Soon after the Aces club first opened I sent them an email saying I would like to give the club a try and asking if they could arrange a partner for me. The answer was yes, and indeed they did. My impression was that several players were paired up before the game that day.
Sept. 4, 2014
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'Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin' that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could've been
The champion of the world'



Burrell Humphreys was the prosecutor at Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter's second trial. After Carter had served a total of nearly twenty years, a Federal judge noted that that the prosecution had been “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure,” and set aside the convictions.
April 21, 2014
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