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    To Itemize or Not to Itemize

    Last week we touched upon whether to choose the standard deduction or itemized deductions when preparing your taxes. Today, let's get to specifics. The standard deduction is available to all taxpayers. For single persons, the deduction for 2003 is $4,750. For couples filing jointly, the deduction is $9 ...

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    Candide in Concert

    From the first bracing notes of Leonard Bernstein's overly familiar overture, one knew that, musically, "Candide" would be in accomplished hands.

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    NEA Seeking Medal Nominations

    The National Endowment for the Arts will accept nominations for the 2004 National Medal of Arts online until April 2. Annually a vast number of nominations are submitted from citizens across the country for consideration by the National Council on the Arts, the endowment's advisory council. The council is ...

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    'Practice' May Get ABC Spinoff

    A remark by a top ABC executive at the end of the network's February sweep conference call Tuesday set the town abuzz about a possible offshoot from its veteran legal drama "The Practice."

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    Don't Be a Pigeon! Tips on How to Avoid Scams

    Perhaps theatre con artists don't use the word "pigeon" to describe a target who's ripe for a scam. But the concept is alive and well. And "pigeon" is, regrettably, precisely what many less-seasoned actors become at the hands of the unscrupulous trickster preying on the vulnerabilities of the ...

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    SHOWCASES

    The following acts require booking in advance by submissions or auditions.

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    'Vegas,' 'Dreams' Hit Jackpot at NBC

    NBC has given an early pickup to dramas "Las Vegas" and "American Dreams" for next fall, giving both shows full-season, 22-episode orders.

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    The Skinny

    Schools are back in session, and production has begun in earnest, but that doesn't mean you still can't take time out for yourself.

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    AFTRA Soils Federal Decency Bill

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has challenged Congress' attempt to place heavy fines for indecency on broadcasters and on-air artists, calling the proposed legislation "unconstitutional."

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