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Michele Catalano

Michele Catalano lives, writes, and takes photographs on Long Island.
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Jersey Shore: Fist-Pumping, Hair Gel, and No Sense of Shame

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

MTV's new hit show glamorizes a decadent, risky, and abhorrent lifestyle.

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The Richmond High Gang Rape: Who’s to Blame?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Fingers are being pointed in every direction — from parents, to school security, to video games.

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Swine Flu: Panic But Remain Calm?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

“National emergency” sounds worse than the actual danger.

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Naked Justice: Arrested for Nudity in His Own Kitchen

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Could it happen to you?

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Just Look Away From The ‘Balloon Boy’

Monday, October 19th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Richard Heene joins Octomom, Jon and Kate in the line of people who will sell out their children for fame and money. But we don't have to buy.

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Women Don’t Have to Get the Blues

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Maureen Dowd is pushing the hypothesis that modern women are increasingly miserable. But it's not necessarily so.

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Who’s Your Daddy? George Clooney? Brad Pitt? The World of Celebrity Genetics

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

A sperm bank solicits celebrity look-alike donors for women who want their kids to resemble their favorite movie star.

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We Say ‘Never Forget’ — But Do We Really Mean It?

Friday, September 11th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

On September 11, we must honor the dead, but also reach out to the living.

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Raising a Dangerously Obese Child Is a Shame — But Is It a Crime?

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Putting 555-pound Alexander Draper's mother in prison won't help anyone.

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All Michael Jackson, All the Time

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Why so many are fascinated and heartbroken by the death of a pop singer.

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Who Cares About Jon and Kate? Apparently, We Do

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Why do tabloid stories grab our interest when history is happening in Iran?

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A Front Seat to Historic Change in Iran

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

We stare at our screens in awe and admiration at acts of incredible bravery by ordinary people.

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Poor Little Rich Hipsters

Friday, June 19th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

New York newspapers think you might actually care about the plight of spoiled urban youth.

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Christmas Shopping in a Time of Recession

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

How do we teach our kids "the real meaning of Christmas" in a world where Wal-Mart shoppers can trample a man to death?

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Obama’s Call for Community Service Is Not Marxism

Thursday, November 13th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

It's not "slavery" either — and the comparison insults one's intelligence.

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Let’s Take Some Pride in Obama’s Election — No Matter Who We Voted For

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

What seemed impossible just a generation ago has come to pass.

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Election Diary: Win or Lose, a Historic Day for Us All

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

For the first time, I had to wait in line to vote — and the crowds are out around the country. [Updated 3x]

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When Choosing a Candidate Means Losing a Friend

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Why do friends get insulted — and angry — when you won't vote for their guy?

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Losing Sight of the American Dream

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Somewhere along the line, it morphed into the Rich and Famous Lifestyle Fantasy.

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Breast Milk Ice Cream, Anyone?

Saturday, October 4th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

PETA's bold suggestion leaves them once again looking like boobs.

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Farewell, Yankee Stadium

Sunday, September 21st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Memories of an iconic ballpark on its last game day ever.

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Unrepentant Photographer Turns McCain Into a Monster

Monday, September 15th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

It's not the first time photographer Jill Greenberg has behaved unprofessionally.

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Remembering Not to Forget 9/11

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

We must rekindle fading memories of seven years ago — we owe it to the victims and their families. (More from Roger Kimball: Thoughts on 9/11)

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An Undecided Voter Listens to McCain’s Speech

Friday, September 5th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

The speech had the opposite effect I expected.

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Sarah Palin, Her Daughter, and the Smear Machine

Monday, September 1st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Isn't it the Democrats who are supposed to be all about privacy in matters of the womb?

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