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Life In Berlin: Adrian Piper's "The Probable Trust Registry" Inspires Hard-Thinking And Conversation

Inside the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, I’m standing at a desk with gold lettering above it that says, "I will always mean what I say."

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Cheese is a staple of many diets and, let's face it, it makes us happy. But sometimes we worry about the fat and calories it contains. Add this little guilt trip, plus a rise in veganism over the past few years and an increase in reported allergies to milk and soy, and now you've got a ripening market for cheese alternatives.

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

Consumer Spending Growth Slows In March

Apr 30, 2012

Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, suggesting some are worried that their paychecks aren't growing fast enough.

The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending increased just 0.3 percent last month after a 0.9 percent gain in February.

Income grew 0.4 percent following a 0.3 percent gain in February. But after-tax income when adjusted for inflation increased just 0.2 percent in March. The gain followed two months of declines.

(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Learning To Freeystyle At Neukoeln's 'Little Stage'

Apr 25, 2012

Berlin is best known for the electro scene, but if hip hop is your thing, (or even if it isn't but you want to take a creative leap) here is one of those hidden local gems where you can unleash your inner demons.

Little Stage on Jonasstrasse 1 in Neukoelln is a neighborhood music club where the next generation music scene is paying its dues.

You will find everything from new electronic rock, singer-songwriter, gypsy music to of course freestyle and new jazz.

Eat Like A Caveman At Berlin's 'Sauvage'

Apr 24, 2012

It's official: new age dining trends have invaded the German capital.

Welcome Bilder Sauvage, where you can eat like a caveman but still look like a model. At least that's what the popular Paleo diet claims, the source and inspiration behind Sauvage's approach to cooking.

Like the majority of fad diets, the Paleo diet began in health-conscious semi-neurotic America. As the name suggests, it's based on what our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed.

There are few things young Berliners like better than abandoned buildings.

The city might boast world-renowned museums, but many prefer their history uncurated. As the evenings warm up, those in the know are flocking to the deserted sanitarium in Beelitz, or the old Spreewald fairground.

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If you look down your nose at Jägermeister, youll be in good company at the Destille Craft Sprits Festival this weekend at the Heeresbäckerei on Köpenicker Str. 16. It's two days devoted to tasting and talking about artisanal spirits - the first trade fair of this kind in Europe. The festival is April 1st through 2nd.

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