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1. "Genealogists: Thurmond's family owned Sharpton's kin": Timberlake's right—what goes around comes back around.

["The Rev. Al Sharpton is a descendant of a slave owned by relatives of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond—a discovery the civil rights activist called "shocking" on Sunday. Sharpton learned of his connection to Thurmond, once a prominent defender of segregation, last week through the Daily News, which asked genealogists to trace his roots. "It was probably the most shocking thing in my life," Sharpton said at a news conference Sunday, the same day the tabloid revealed the story."]

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2. "Watching the Oscars with Ebert": Can't keep a good man down.

["Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who's still recovering from surgery, is watching the Oscars from home this year—for the first time in decades. But of course, he's still there in spirit on the red carpet. In the meantime, some observations:"]

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3. "Canadian filmmaker to unveil 'lost tomb of Jesus'": Mary, Mary... quite contrary.

["A Canadian filmmaker says he has found ossuaries, or limestone tombs that, in all likelihood, contained the remains of Jesus, his mother Mary, his wife Mary Magdalene and—most shockingly—their son Judah.""

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4. "007 in '007: On Her Majesty's Secret Service": From The Rued Morgue; thanks to Jeffrey Hill for the link.

["Anyone who knows their behind-the-scenes Bond trivia knows that On Her Majesty's Secret Service is considered by many a fan to be the very best entry in the series. I hadn't seen the film in ages, and the last time was on a muddy, cropped VHS tape in the early '90s. Hazy memories led to a complete lack of understanding as to what the fuss was all about."]

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5. "The new Slant Magazine": Slant unveils its new redesign.

["Slant Magazine's ambitious (perhaps overly amibitous) 100 Essential Films project comes to a close this week with a review of the 1928 silent masterpiece The Crowd, in which the birth of a life is shown as no less a momentous event than the celebration of the birth of a nation. It is appropriate, then, that we shut the doors on this long gestating feature at the same time that we unveil our new site design."]
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"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.

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