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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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Application: Please Make Me the New Member of One Direction
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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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Should I Forgive My Sister Now That She’s Divorced?
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My sister’s going through a divorce, and it’s pretty ugly. She’s asked to stay with me for a while, which isn’t a logistical issue–I live alone, and I have an extra bedroom. I just don’t want to let her stay. I told her ages ago this guy treated her like dirt, and she not only ignored me entirely, she essentially cut me out of her life since I “couldn’t support her choices.” Lo and behold, the guy continued to be a dick and now that they’re over she wants to act like nothing happened. I’m glad she wants to be back in my life but I’m not sure I’m ready for her to be in my apartment.  More

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Show Scenes: Swervedriver at The Sinclair
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Veteran U.K. shoegazers Swervedriver returned to Boston on Saturday night for a show at The Sinclair in support of I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, their first new record in 17 years. L.A.’s Gateway Drugs opened the show. 

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BU Organizes Group Healing Session In Response to One Direction’s Zayn Malik
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A few days ago, news broke that rocked the world – Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. Fans around the globe reacted to the heartbreaking news in a variety of ways, many crying for hours on end with tubs of ice cream. Noticing the need for people to take care of their emotional well-being, students at Boston University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (CGSA) decided to step in and plan Self Care Sunday: One Direction Feeling Sesh and Hemp Jewelry Making this Sunday, March 29.

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Broke Beats: Mayalino – ‘Mayalino EP’
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Houston’s Mayalino is different.

He’s a rare coke rapper that can flash his drug money and weight on wax and not sound tired. He works well within the milieu of a drug-running industry fatcat all the while taking his Rick Ross ambitions to new corners of style and finesse. The breakout-ready rhymer’s Mayalino EP finally arrived this week after a lengthy delay, but Mayalino makes it worth the wait, lacing all nine tracks with confident, listenable brags, making his tape much more clever than the industry standard.
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Does Mississippi Love Larry Bird More than New Hampshire?
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Larry Bird is a legend in this state, and rightfully so. A 12-time All Star, three-time MVP, and owner of the single-most memorable scoring display in Celtics franchise history, it’s not surprising that Larry Legend has the best selling throwback jersey in Massachusetts, according to 2014 sales data from old school jersey purveyor Mitchell and Ness. But it seems rest of New England doesn’t love Larry as much as the Bay State. More

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2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Day 4
Local Figure Skaters Defend Sport Status: ‘People Don’t Understand It’
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I’m a living cliché of a Canadian who can ice skate better than I walk. I was 3 years old the first time I stepped onto a rink and I hated it. I constantly tripped over my two left feet. Fast forward 17 years though, and I have fallen in love with the sport.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s even a debate about it, but yes, figure skating is a sport. If the 2015 World Championships, currently happening in Shanghai isn’t enough reason to convince you, then keep reading. I may be biased, but I personally take issue with the main argument that just because judges are in charge of scoring, figure skating cannot be considered an official sport.
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