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It’s official: One Direction member Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction.

After being spotted at a U.K. club allegedly flirting with a woman who was not Perrie Edwards, his fiancee, the outrage and intense speculation began. While Malik originally planned rejoin the group in South Africa after a short stint away from their tour, the band released a statement today shedding light on their plans to go forth without him:

“After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.”

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Accessible by T: 4 Cideries to Visit in the Greater Boston Area
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It’s easy to realize that the craft beer market has exploded– with it has come lots and lots of new microbrews to check out. Beer lovers heaven right? Well, not everybody is hot off the craft beer craze, so luckily, there’s another adult beverage that is sweeping the nation. That’s right folks, hard cider is on the rise! With open arms we welcome that orchard beverage of the adult variety to the craft market. Want to get your hands on some? Of course you do. So here are four local establishments that press their own cider within earshot of Boston: More

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Your Boston Family, In Order of How Much They Love You
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There is no shortage of buzzy articles on things that are #SoBoston, Things Only Bostonians or New Englanders would understand, and so on. That’s nice. That’s cute. But here’s the real question: does your family even love you?

We did some digging, spent countless hours interviewing those closest to you and discovered the truth – your Boston family thinks you’re all right, but some like you more than others. Our exclusive report is below. More

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Ben Affleck Drops ‘Batman’ Spoiler in Senate Hearing
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Beloved Bostonian Ben Affleck was on television today, but not on the usual channels — he was testifying at a Senate hearing on C-SPAN regarding foreign aid and international diplomacy. But before discussing this serious topic, he managed to drop a bit of a spoiler for the upcoming Batman film while giving a shoutout to a longtime New England senator. More

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The Mystery of Boston Actor B.J. Novak’s Fake Twitter Sister
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B.J. and Keough Novak have an interesting sibling dynamic in that they are not siblings and have never actually met.

The Internet is a place where people can find their community, even if that community is a fake family. Such is the case for Boston-bred comedian and writer B.J. Novak, who has been interacting with a mysterious fake Twitter sister. The questionable family member goes under the Twitter handle of @KeoNovak and uses a photograph of Kendall Jenner as the profile picture. Why? Because, as one rapper of questionable talent once put it, the Internet. More

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Dining and Dashing, Ghost Hunting, and More Boston Events This Weekend
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This week’s event picks are all about pairings: Pair your morning run with a burger, your dinner with delicious beers, and your wine with the confidence that you’re actually drinking good wine and not something you picked based on the alcohol percentage and how cool the label art looked.

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Anti-Bullying Dad’s Facebook Page Turns Out to Include Nazi Images [Update]
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A dad who gained brief Internet exposure because of his extreme anti-bullying techniques turns out to have posted Nazi images on his Facebook page.

Timothy S. Robenhorst received many media mentions – including on this site – after he gave his son a series of harsh penalties to punish him for bullying, among them making the boy hold a sign that listed his punishments. The image quickly went viral.

A bullying expert quoted by BDCwire Thursday questioned the value of such parenting techniques. But questions about Robenhorst’s parenting were quickly replaced by questions about his positions on race when it turned out that photos in his Facebook stream include swastikas and other offensive images.

BDCwire spoke to Robenhorst, who confirmed he was responsible for posting the photos. He said he sometimes uses the name “Timothy Srobenhorst,” including on Facebook.

He also used a racial slur, while denying being a racist.

Huh.

Here’s our original story, as it appeared before we learned of his offensive photos:

What would you do if you found out your son was taking advantage of someone smaller than him?

Timothy Srobenhorst, a resident of Green Bay, found out his son, Kayden, was bullying a classmate at Pulaski Middle School. So he devised a unique punishment, and posted this on Facebook:

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To recap, Kayden’s punishment is:

*Waking up at 4:30 a.m.
*50 push-ups on his fists
*10 incline push-ups
*A one-mile run
*Landscaping work on his dad’s two houses
*An in-person apology to the kid he bullied, in front of his whole class.

His hand-drawn poster included the following message:

We stand up for ourselves and beliefs but we do not bully or take advantage of others!

This is a good message! Teaching your kid not to be a jerk needs to be done at an early age. Making him wake up really early in the morning to do a shame-fueled CrossFit workout will drive the point home, and making him apologize to the kid he bullied in front of all the other kids will absolutely ruin his day.

But will a very public, Facebook-powered penance curb this behavior, or… make this kid even angrier, and potentially more of a bully?

We asked a local bullying expert if posting this on social media was a good idea.

“The father is trying to do something to fix the situation,” says Rusty Sullivan of Boston vs. Bullies. “He’s coming from a good place in terms of motives, but I’m not not sure the method will work.”

According to Sullivan, education and modeling behavior is what works.

“We shouldn’t vilify these kids,” he says. “They’re still kids, and still deserve our attention.”

The best way to combat bullying from your kid isn’t punishment, according to Sullivan. It’s pointing out better options going forward.

Kids need to understand the consequences of their actions.

“But they’re still kids, and still deserve our attention,” says Sullivan.

Just maybe not this much attention.

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Watch Mitt Romney Go Face to Face With Jimmy Fallon (as Mitt Romney)
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Before Ted Cruz kicked off primary season by declaring his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, Mitt Romney got out ahead of the crowd back in January by unequivocally stating he would not run. But that doesn’t mean Romney has been out of the spotlight. He’s agreed to box Evander Holyfield for charity, and last night he appeared on The Tonight Show to do a “Mitt in the Mirror” segment with Jimmy Fallon’s Mitt Romney impression. More

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Boston Radio Still Playing Country Music Hit Despite ‘Gay Agenda’ Haters
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Have you heard Little Big Town’s single, “Girl Crush”? If not (I hadn’t), let me break it down for you. A tale as old as time: Girl dates boy. Boy and girl break up. Girl channels boy’s new girlfriend as to satiate the sensations lost post-breakup. It’s co-written by Stoughton-based Lori McKenna. It’s a fun little ditty. And despite what its name implies, the song’s tone appreciates envy, rather than desire.  

But apparently, for some country music stations, this is a problem. More

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