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THE BARE FACTS A Florida court is being asked to settle a thorny invasion-of-privacy issue that has one young co-ed claiming she was stripped of her dignity.
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UPI's Capital Comment for Jan. 23, 2002

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The Vegas Guy: Showboat Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- You'll be happy to know that the animatronic cats are dead. Those Dixieland-jazz cat puppets that would suddenly blindside you when you walked through the Showb
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(CINCINNATI) -- The mayor of Cincinnati, Charles Luken, has presented his new budget plans. The numbers contain about $2 million in cuts from previous years. So
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'Thou Shalt Not' is a miss

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- With a book based on Emil Zola's classic novel, "Therese Raquin," with music and lyrics by popular singer-composer-actor Harry Connick Jr., with direction and c
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UNCLE SAM'S NEW DEMAND: 'TRICK OR TREAT'
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The terms "Mardi Gras" ( /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year's Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Carnival is an important celebration in Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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