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Mixed Notes - Aug. 4

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 4, 2012

I am working a Saturday shift and spent part of this morning watching volunteers building playgrounds in needy areas in Akron. The work is through the KaBOOM! organization, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, but the beauty of it lies with the people hauling mulch, pouring concrete, hammering and sawing, and otherwise making something beautiful and useful where that had not existed before. I'll have a story about it in tomorrow's Beacon Journal.

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, and I have a few words about her in tomorrow's print Beacon Journal  -- and online now. (That "today" in the beginning of the story is meant to refer to Sunday.) You can read the piece here. And while you're at it, Turner Classic Movies is showing Marilyn movies all day today. As I mentioned in a Tweet not long ago, it's a good time to watch "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which has both Monroe and a group playing a men's Olympic team!



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