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'Tutoring' Rich Kids Cost Me My Dreams

Welcome to the world of professional paper-writing, the dirty secret of the tutoring business. It’s facilitated by avaricious agencies, perpetuated by accountability-free parents and made possible by self-loathing nerds like me. For three-hour workdays, the ability to sleep in and the opportunity to get paid to learn, I tackled subjects like Dostoevsky while spoiled jerks smoked pot, took naps, surfed the Internet and had sex. Though some offered me chateaubriand…

With death of Pope John Paul, Vatican changes many procedures

For years, the Vatican has had an arrangement with major agencies, including Catholic News Service, whenever there is big news: A cell-phone alert tells them to check their e-mail inboxes for an urgent Vatican statement. So after the pope died, reporters’ cell phones beeped and the e-mailed death announcement began appearing less than a minute later — or longer, depending on the order of arrival. In fact, chaos reigned in…