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Ben Zion To The Big Screen

from The Observer

James Frey’s Bronx Jesus Will Ascend to Silver Screen

Christine Vachon’s Killer Films to Produce, Frey to Adapt

By Emily Witt

6343306174569262501435996_45_JFrey_021111Christine Vachon’s Killer Films will produce a film adaptation of James Frey’s The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. In the book, which was released in April, Jesus Christ returns in the form of a bisexual recovering alcoholic named Ben who lives in the Bronx.

In an interview with The Observer, Mr. Frey said that he gave Ms. Vachon a copy of the book six months before it was released, but that they had their first meeting on the project two weeks ago. He will adapt the screenplay himself but declined to suggest who he hopes will direct or star in the movie. When asked to give us an idea of what movies he had in mind, however, he listed a round-up notable for what he calls their “heavy, heavy emotional impact” but which some might refer to as a certain gross-out quality: Lars Von Triers’s Breaking the Waves, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Larry Clark’s Kids (also produced by Ms. Vachon). He also mentioned Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine (Haynes is a longtime Killer Films collaborator) and Derek Cienfrance’s Blue Valentine.

“I like a lot of emotionally impactful smaller films,” said Mr. Frey.

“But bigger in their intent and ambition,” Ms. Vachon hastened to add.

“It’s not about making 100 million dollars, it’s about making the best thing,” said Mr. Frey.

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Posted on June 30, 2011 by Editor

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Inventor of the Weed Eater Gone

from MySanAntonio.com

Houston man who invented Weed Eater dies at 85

In this October 1975 photo, Houston entrepreneur George Ballas poses with the original Weed Eater. Ballas, best known for inventing the Weed Eater, died Saturday, June 25, 2011.  He was 85. Photo: Houston Chronicle / AP

HOUSTON (AP) — George C. Ballas Sr., a Houston entrepreneur best known for inventing the Weed Eater, has died. He was 85.

Ballas’ son, Corky Ballas, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his father died of natural causes on Saturday.

“He changed the way we cut grass,” Corky Ballas said.

Ballas got the idea for the Weed Eater, a device also commonly known as a weed whacker, while sitting in a car wash. He wondered whether the idea of spinning bristles, like the ones cleaning his car, could be applied to trimming grass and weeds in areas a lawnmower couldn’t reach.

He experimented with fishing wire that poked through holes in a tin can attached to the rotary of a lawn edger, and found that the spinning wires easily sliced through grass, The Houston Chronicle reported.

But George Ballas, who was born in Ruston, La., was also a dance studio owner and dance was an important part of his family’s life.

After moving to Houston in the late 1950s, he built and operated the Dance City USA Studio. With 120 instructors and 43,000 square feet of space, it was heralded as the largest dance studio in the world. He sold it in 1964.

Ballas’ wife, Maria Louisa Ballas, was a noted flamenco dancer who studied with famed Spanish dancer Carmen Amaya and appeared in several films.

Corky Ballas became a champion ballroom dancer, and his son, Mark Ballas, is a professional dancer. Both of them have appeared on “Dancing With the Stars.”

[ click to read full article at MySanAntonio.com ]

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Editor

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“Sugar Chile” Robinson

Posted on June 29, 2011 by MJS

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THE POWER OF SIX: Chapter Two

excerpt posted at The Sun UK

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Posted on June 28, 2011 by Editor

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The Final Testament on Plum TV

from Plum TV

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Posted on June 27, 2011 by Editor

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Drunk Chick Showers Sheriffs With Breast Milk

from 10 TV News

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Spraying Deputies With Breast Milk

Monday,  June 27, 2011 5:48 AM

Robinette refused to cooperate with deputies while she was outside the Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.DELAWARE, Ohio — A woman faces several charges after she allegedly sprayed deputies with breast milk as they tried to detain her over the weekend.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning near the Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center on Sawmill Parkway.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area after receiving calls about a domestic dispute.  When they arrived, a man told them that he had been attending a wedding at the facility with his wife, who had gotten drunk and struck him several times before locking herself in a car.

Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said deputies tried to talk with the woman, who was identified as Stephanie Robinette, 30, of Westerville, but she refused to cooperate.

“When deputies attempted to remove Robinette from the vehicle, she advised the deputies that she was a breast feeding mother and proceeded to remove her right breast from her dress and began spraying deputies and the vehicle with her breast milk,” Davis said.

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Posted on June 27, 2011 by Editor

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Spanking Stewardesses

from The Huffington AOL

Maybe you’re looking to get spanked by a stewardess, or maybe you’re looking to see some stewardesses spank each other. Regardless, it’s probably best to keep this one out of sight in case someone gets the wrong idea. (via Amazon)

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Posted on June 26, 2011 by Editor

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McDonald’s Recruiting Video Uses Green Day to Pit Teens Against Parents and Peers

Posted on June 25, 2011 by Editor

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BOOKHAMPTON WELCOMES AUTHOR JAMES FREY – Saturday, June 25

from 27east.com

BOOKHAMPTON WELCOMES AUTHOR JAMES FREY

WHEN:
Sat, Jun 25, 2011
8:00 PM-9:00 PM

WHERE:
BookHampton
41 Main Street
East Hampton

DETAILS:
James Frey will read from and sign his new book, “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.”

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Any bookseller bookhampton@bookhampton.com
631 324-4939

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Posted on June 25, 2011 by Editor

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Columbo Gone

from E! Online

Columbo Star Peter Falk Dead at 83

Peter FalkNBCU Photo Bank via AP Images

Peter Falk, the legendary actor who graced both big screen and small over a 50-year career but will perhaps best be remembered for his Emmy-winning role as the shabby-dressed, wisecracking homicide detective on TV’s Columbo, has died. He was 83.

Falk’s family confirmed to CBS News the two-time Academy Award nominee passed away last night, though no cause of death has been announced.

As the cigar-chomping, seemingly slow-witted lieutenant Columbo, Falk was the epitome of cool as he went about solving some of TV’s most perplexing mysteries with the classic catchprase, “Just One More Thing.” Episodes aired regularly from 1971 to 1978 on NBC, before appearing sporadically as made-for-TV movies on both the Peacock net and ABC in subsequent years. The lastColumbo episode was broadcast in 2003 and the iconic part nabbed the thesp four Emmy Awards (the fifth came in 1962 for the Dick Powell TV drama The Price of Tomatoes).

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Posted on June 24, 2011 by Editor

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Ed Templeton @ Half Gallery

from Exhibition A

JAMES FREY PREVIEWING ED TEMPLETON’S HALF GALLERY SHOW

James Frey previewing Ed Templeton's half gallery show

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Posted on June 23, 2011 by Editor

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Barcodes Gussied Up

from The Wall Street Journal

Art in Aisle 5: Barcodes Enter Expressionist Period

By SARAH NASSAUER

[BARCODE.jmp3]Design Barcodes Inc. (man, skyline); Vanity Barcodes LLC (3)

Some proposed barcode designs, from left, depict a hand mixer, jelly beans, skyline, school bus and trousers.

Package design has become so artful, it has come to this: Even the barcode, the style runt of product labeling, is getting gussied up.

Beer, granola, juice and olives are sporting barcodes that integrate famous buildings, blades of wheat and bubbles into the ubiquitous black and white rectangle of lines and numbers. Consumer-goods companies hope these vanity barcodes will better connect with customers.

The trend is popular with smaller companies, and even one of the world’s largest food companies, Nestle SA, is trying out vanity barcodes on its smaller brands.

When Sixpoint Brewery planned to launch a line of canned beer this year, the Brooklyn, N.Y., company set out to fashion the perfect can design. It soon realized, “you need this big, ugly barcode so people can scan them,” says Shane Welch, president of Mad Scientists Brewing Partners LLC, which owns Sixpoint. “I thought, why can’t we do our own custom barcode?” Launched last month, the silver cans bear a barcode that integrates the Statue of Liberty and skyscrapers.

A handful of companies that specialize in making vanity barcodes have cropped up in recent years, though some companies create them in-house.

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Posted on June 23, 2011 by Editor

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Religion, God and Death on Strombo

Posted on June 22, 2011 by Editor

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Salmon and Chipotle Burgers With Citrus Avocado Guacamole

from The Arizona Republic

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Posted on June 21, 2011 by Editor

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Oprah and James Frey Prepare for Their Interview

from Oprah.com

Oprah and James Frey Prepare for Their Interview

Tag along on the morning of Oprah’s final sit-down with James Frey. Watch how they both prepare for their first on-camera conversation since the infamous 2006 interview. More from this show

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Posted on June 20, 2011 by Editor

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It’s gettin’ real in the Whole Foods Parking lot….

Posted on June 19, 2011 by Editor

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Assassinate Yourself Online With the Suicide Machine

from Web 2.0 Suicide Machine 

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Posted on June 18, 2011 by Editor

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Canucked In The Nuts With A Stun Grenade

Posted on June 17, 2011 by Editor

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Gagosian iPad App

from PR Newswire

Gagosian Gallery’s iPad App, Designed by Award-Winning Firm @radical.media, Launches Today Taking Users on an In-Depth Journey With Gagosian’s Artists and Exhibitions

NEW YORKJune 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Gagosian Gallery announces the launch of an application for the iPad, available as a free download from the iTunes store, beginning today. The app will be updated four times per year, providing content that features recent, current, and future Gagosian artists, exhibitions, and projects. The artists presented in edition #1 include Richard AvedonCecily BrownJohn CurrinVera Lutter, Kazimir Malevich, Elizabeth PeytonPablo PicassoRobert RauschenbergRichard Prince, and Rudolf Stingel.

Admirers of John Currin‘s opulent portraiture will revel in the app’s gigapixel digital expose of a recent painting, as well as a 2010 lecture by the artist. Other projects include an interview with writer James Frey about his 2011 novel, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, published by Gagosian Gallery.  The app also offers excerpts from scholar Aleksandra Shatskikh‘s catalogue essay for the historic exhibition “Malevich and the American Legacy” (March 3–April 30, 2011, New York).

Viewers can relive a key moment in art history by watching archival footage of Rauschenberg’s

1966 performance, Open Score; or follow a tour by curator Francesco Bonami of “Rudolf Stingel” (March 4 – April 16, 2011New York).

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Posted on June 16, 2011 by Editor

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Family Dog Abuses Toddler

Posted on June 16, 2011 by JK

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m_f: Top 10 Literary Smack-downs

from mental_floss

The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabblesby Adrienne Crezo – June 14, 2011 – 10:21 PM

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There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples.

 

1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose Bierce
When they asked Samuel Clemens to read and review long-time friend Ambrose Bierce’s not-so-bestseller, Nuggets and Dust Panned Out in California by Dod Grile, publishers Chatto & Windus had no idea they’d get such a scathing report back. Twain calls Nuggets and Dust “the vilest book that exists in print” and ends with what might be the most simultaneously hilarious and hurtful review of all time:

“There is humor in Dod Grile, but for every laugh that is in his book there are five blushes, ten shudders and a vomit. The laugh is too expensive.”

2. James Frey vs. Dave Eggers
Before his tearful apology on Oprah for passing off as a memoir his best-selling tale of addiction and redemption, and even before the book had been released, James Frey took aim at Dave Eggers and his much-hailed A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Here’s what Frey said in an interview in New York Observer:

“The Eggers book pissed me off. Because a book that I thought was mediocre was being hailed as the best book written by the best writer of my generation. F**k that. And f**k him and f**k anybody who says that.”

3. Ernest Hemingway vs. Ford Madox Ford.
In a letter sent to Ezra Pound in 1925, Papa Hemingway compares contemporary Ford Madox Ford to a bull in a less-than-complimentary tirade:

“Bulls at least are not the greatest stylists in English – no bull has ever been a political exile. Bulls don’t run reviews. Bulls of 25 don’t marry old women of 55 and expect to be invited to dinner… Bulls do not borrow money… Bulls are edible after they have been killed.”

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Posted on June 15, 2011 by Editor

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Isaac Asimov on Libraries

from Shelf Awareness

Quotation of the Day

Forty-Year-Old Wisdom About Libraries

“[A library] isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you–and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.”

–Isaac Asimov in a March 16, 1971, letter to children at the newly opened Troy, Mich., public library, as posted on lettersofnote.com.

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Posted on June 14, 2011 by Editor

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Dogs In Fiction

from The Guardian UK

Dogs in fiction – quiz

Can you sniff out the right answers in our jaw-gnashingly difficult canine quiz? Test your knowledge of tails in tales and find out if you’re top dog in the pack

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Posted on June 13, 2011 by Editor

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For $95 Million I Might Let My Boss Masturbate On Me As Well

from the NY Daily News

St. Louis woman awarded $95 million after former boss allegedly masturbated on her

St. Louis woman who said she was hit on the head with her boss’ genitals was awarded what her attorneys believe is the largest payout ever in an American sexual harassment lawsuit.

Ashley Alford was awarded $95 million in compensation from The Aaron’s Inc., a large rent-to-own furniture chain after she said the store failed to act after a manager allegedly assaulted her twice in one day, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Alford claimed that the store’s then-manager, Richard Moore, gave her inappropriate nicknames and touched her inappropriately when she first began working there in 2005. Nearly a year after she was hired, she claimed, he came up to her in the stock room and whacked her on the head with his penis. Then, later that day, he lifted her shirt and masturbated over her as he held her down, she said.

He did not return to work after those incidents.

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Posted on June 11, 2011 by Editor

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Old-Fashioned Egg Sandwich

from The Arizona Republic

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Posted on June 10, 2011 by Editor

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Vingt-et-un with Glenn O’Brien

from Exhibition A

GLENN O’BRIEN

Glenn

Glenn O’Brien playing blackjack with fellow author James Frey

Glenn O’Brien is the author of “How to Be A Man” and for years wrote a great column at ArtForum called “Like Art.” He was previously the editorial director at Interview magazine and once hosted a cult classic tv show, “TV Party.”

First piece of art you ever bought or were gifted?

When I was in college I bought a set of Les Levine’s “disposable” sculptures from Max Protech at his gallery in Washington.

Artist quote to live by?

“I don’t mess around with my subconscious.” -Robert Rauschenberg

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Posted on June 9, 2011 by Editor

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Access + Translate 10,000 World Newspapers Instantly

from The Observer’s Very Short List

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Posted on June 8, 2011 by Editor

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A Visual Glossary Of Religious Symbols

Indalo (Mojacar Man)

 

Indalo is an ancient Andalusian symbol. The original image,dating from Neolithic times, can still be seen in the “Cave of the Signboards” at Almeria, in Southern Spain. He appears as the figure of a man carrying a rainbow between his hands, alongside figures of animals, horned men, and a number of odd symbols.

The name Indalo is derived from the latin phrase “Indal Eccius,” or “Messenger of the Gods.”

Indalo’s original meaning and purpose has been lost, but it most likely represents a Shaman or a God figure.Today, the figure is closely associated with the village of Mojacar, and is used there as a symbol of luck and good fortune, and to ward off evil. Like the Native American Kokopelli, he is often emblazoned on businesses, homes, and souvenirs for tourists.

Related Symbols:

Dancing sorcerer

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Posted on June 7, 2011 by Editor

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ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE – A little crappy-ass theater in the Magnited States of America

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Posted on June 7, 2011 by MJS

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The Believing Brain

from NPR

The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer The Believing Brain: From Ghosts To Gods To Politics And Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs And Reinforce Them As Truths

By Michael Shermer, hardcover, 400 pages, Times Books, list price: $28

“Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.” That’s the argument professional skeptic Michael Shermer makes in The Believing Brain, a book that fuses neuroscience, sociology and the author’s own biographical stories into a compelling and sometimes deeply personal read — even if you don’t agree with him on everything. And you won’t.

Shermer, a former evangelical Christian who became an agnostic in college, now dedicates his sprawling career to debunking what he sees as superstitions and failures of logic, from religion to alien abduction to Sept. 11 conspiracy theories.

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Posted on June 7, 2011 by Editor

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The Art-Vandal Underground

from The New York Times

A Chronicler of the Art-Vandal Underground

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

Mr. Seelie, center with camera, shooting Lightning Bolt, a punk band, in April.

by 

In the windy darkness of a recent spring morning, 30 people of an arty, mostly Brooklynite persuasion gathered after midnight for an illicit get-together in a maintenance shed, high atop the Williamsburg Bridge. Billed as the “Third-Annual NYC Undercover, You-Might-Be-Arrested, Clandestine Errantry Trespassing Adventure Party,” the event attracted members of a distinct, risk-taking subset of the New York art world — heights-loving writers, courageous painters, a devil-may-care guitarist, a guy lugging bongos and the Williamsburg photographer, Tod Seelie — all of whom had been quietly invited to the late-night affair by its pseudonymous organizers, Agent Verde and Agent Rojo.

After scrambling over a 10-foot-high security fence, the partygoers climbed a steel staircase — the lights of Manhattan glimmering below — as part of a vertiginous, invigorating trip that culminated in a catwalk, a ladder and finally a narrow hatchway, leading up to a low-ceilinged room of riveted metal plates. There, for more than an hour, the group made music and unauthorized public art. Light was provided by votive candles and flashlights. Mr. Seelie, a bald man sporting tattoos and a Fu Manchu mustache, camera at his eye, stood taking pictures in the middle of the room.

“When a trip takes this much effort,” he said, “there’s usually something worthwhile at the end.”

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Posted on June 6, 2011 by Editor

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Elvis’ Favorite Sandwich

from The Daily

Graeme Wood describes Elvis’ all-time favorite sandwich, the 8,000-calorie Fool’s Gold Loaf. We’re looking for the most ridiculous sandwiches out there.

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Posted on June 5, 2011 by Editor

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Honeydew And Basil Pops

from The Arizona Republic

Honeydew and Basil Pops

ice pops

Michael McNamara/The Arizona Republic

Martie Sullivan of Sweet Basil

1 small honeydew melon, rind and seeds removed, and cut into 1-inch cubes
6 basil leaves
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
 1/2 cup watermelon chunks for garnish

For Zoku Quick Pops, puree 12 cubes of honeydew, basil leaves, lime juice and sugar in a blender. Pour into…

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Posted on June 4, 2011 by Editor

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