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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Greece Turns Triumph Into Tragedy

Europe File: Six months ago, Greece seemed to be past the worst: The mood today is rather different, says Simon Nixon.


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Protesters clash with police in Greece over shooting of unarmed teenager

A march by thousands of people through central Athens to mark the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager quickly turned ...


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Xanthi beats PAOK 4-2 in Greek league

ATHENS, Greece — Pantelis Kapetanos scored twice to lead Xanthi to a 4-2 win over front-runner PAOK in the Greek league Sunday. Adrian Lucero ...


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PAOK remains on top of Greek league despite 4-2 loss at Xanthi

by  Associated Press Xanthi beats PAOK 4-2 in Greek league Associated Press - 7 December 2014 15:36-05:00 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pantelis Kapetanos scored twice to lead Xanthi to a 4-2 win over front-runner PAOK in the Greek league Sunday. Adrian Lucero and Silva Cleyton also scored for Xanthi. Klaus Athanassiadis and Robert Mak scored for PAOK. The loss prevented PAOK from widening the current four-point lead over defending champion Olympiakos, which stumbled at home Saturday against Giannena, drawing 2-2. Also, third-place Panathinaikos drew 1-1 at Asteras, Niki Volos beat Kalloni 2-0, Levadiakos won 2-0 at OFI and Panetolikos beat Panionios 2-1. Kapetanos opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Athanassiadis equalized for PAOK in the 38th. Xanthi went up 3-1 with goals from Lucero (47th) and Cleyton (77th). Mak pulled one back from PAOK in the 82nd before Kapetanos completed the win in the 88th. News Topics: Sports, Soccer, Men's soccer, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Greece, Athens, Western Europe, Europe Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Dec 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Greek championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 7 Asteras Tripolis 1 Panathinaikos 1 Niki Volos 2 Kalloni 0 OFI Crete 0 Levadiakos 2 Panaitolikos Agrinion 2 Panionios 1 Xanthi 4 PAOK Salonika 2 Saturday, December 6 Kerkyra 1 Atromitos Athinon 1 Olympiakos Piraeus 2 PAS Giannina 2 Veria 2 Platanias 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 PAOK ...


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A 'Greek' wedding! These ABC Family co-stars broke up on TV, but just got married in real life.

In the ABC Family show Greek, Amber Stevens played Ashleigh, a sorority girl who fell for Andrew J. West's frat boy, Fisher. On the show, the couple ...


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A 'Greek' wedding! These ABC Family co-stars broke up on TV, but just got married in real life.

In the ABC Family show Greek, Amber Stevens played Ashleigh, a sorority girl who fell for Andrew J. West's frat boy, Fisher. On the show, the couple ...


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The golden apple of Discord (a Greek myth)

Once upon a time, long ago, Queen Hecuba of Troy had a dream. The queen was pregnant at the time, eagerly awaiting the birth of her first child.


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Burger King plans to rule over Greece

Burger King SEE will have sub-franchise rights for all of those markets, where with the exception of Greece, Burger King is already present. The new ...


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Penfield edges QHS (Dec. 6 roundup)

GLENS FALLS -- Greece Athena jumped ahead early with two short-handed goals and a power-play goal to beat the Rivermen. Sean Ryan scored ...


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Luxembourg's secret tax deals exacerbate eurozone crisis

When the 2008 crisis hit and Greece came to the brink of collapse a year later, these countries found themselves unable to borrow, because their ...


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Countdown to Greek budget vote pits optimists against creditors

A Greek protester shouts slogans against the government during a demonstration outside the parliament in Athens ahead of a budget vote by lawmakers on December 7, 2014


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Greece’s MPs vote on budget opposed both by protesters and creditors

Parliament likely to pass financial blueprint described as overly optimistic by anti-austerity campaigners and EU lendersWith demonstrators massed before it, the Greek parliament was poised on Sunday to pass a budget that has put it at odds with not only anti-austerity voters but the troika of creditors keeping the debt-stricken country afloat.As unions gathered outside the 300-seat house protested against the blueprint, Athens’ ruling coalition signalled it would address objections raised by lenders at the EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund on Monday. Continue reading...


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Squalid saga of Parthenon marbles loan to Russia

In loaning the Parthenon marbles statue of Ilissos to Russia (Loan shatters Elgin marbles claim, says Athens, 6 December), the British Museum has acted insensitively and foolishly. It is unseemly and squalid, after unanswered Greek requests for the marbles’ return, for the statue’s first move outside Britain to be to a country we ourselves have placed under sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine. At a stroke the museum has legitimised Putin’s Russia at a time when the latter’s unpredictable aggression threatens Ukraine’s existence and Europe’s wider security.Does the museum think itself exempt from the dynamics of contemporary European politics, and that cultural diplomacy will smooth over the current crisis? Consider this: right now the Netherlands is refusing to return Scythian gold, loaned before the illegal annexation of Crimea, to four museums now under Russian control there. What is to stop Russia holding Ilissos hostage in return? In April the Russian Itar-Tass agency reported that the refusal to return the gold would result in non-cooperation between Russian and EU museums. The British Museum may well have placed one of its most priceless artefacts in serious danger. Putin has shown himself indifferent about far more.Tony KingBarnt Green, Worcestershire Continue reading...


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Greek recipes for a light healthy meal

Food travels with people and many people have traversed the Greek peninsula and archipelago. This has afforded Greeks with a varied list of ingredients for their pantries and a heritage of hospitality. The results are meals legendary in the number of small ...


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Protests in Greece on anniversary of teen's shooting death

Fierce clashes erupted in Greece during protests marking the anniversary of a police-shooting death of an unarmed teenager.


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EU Commissioner: Greek Doctors Ready to Help Contain Ebola Epidemic

christos_stylianides Greece is the second EU country after Sweden which has responded to an appeal by Christos Stylianides, EU Ebola Coordinator ...


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Greek protests marking anniversary of teen shooting turn violent

ATHENS, Greece – Thousands of protesters gathered in central Athens Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an ...


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The Walking Dead's Andrew J. West Marries Greek Co-Star Amber Stevens (PHOTO)

Amber and Andy met in the casting process for the ABC Family show Greek; they ended up playing boyfriend and girlfriend on-screen, which ...


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Amber Stevens: 'Greek' Star Marries 'Walking Dead' Actor Andrew J. West

This a 'Greek' reunion of epic proportions. Amber Stevens married her former co-star and 'Walking Dead' actor Andrew J. West on Dec. 5. Congrats to ...


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Greek President Papoulias Visits Algeria

President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias is paying an official visit to Algeria, following an invitation by his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Boudeflika. Papoulias arrived to Algiers late Saturday and on Sunday morning he visited the memorial ...


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Dog stayed with injured friend's side for THREE DAYS after he was shot with pellet gun

The dogs became inseparable after being rescued from a ditch on the Greek island of Zakynthos and are now being cared for by Holbrook Animal Rescue in Horsham, West Sussex.


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Greek MP Goes on Hunger Strike in Support of Syrian Refugees

SYRIZA MP Yiannis Michelogiannakis camped with protesting Syrian refugees outside the Greek Parliament and went on hunger strike in support of their petition to move to other countries and reunite with their relatives. Michelogiannakis said he decided to take action after he heard that two Syrian protesters had died, one of a heart attack and the other while attempting to cross the Greek-Albanian border. Some 300 Syrian refugees have camped across the parliament in Syntagma Square since November 19. They want to be granted the right to travel to other European countries. However, they refuse to register because if they do, they would have to stay in Greece as the first European Union country in which they entered as refugees, according to EU law. Some of them went on hunger strike. The leftist party MP said that his hunger strike is also in support of 21-year-old hunger striker Nikos Romanos, who was denied educational prison furlough by a Greek court, and in protest against the 2015 state budget and the newly proposed amendments. Michelogiannakis spoke to Greek television while inside a sleeping bag, next to the Syrian refugees. He said that it is his conscience that gives him great courage for his act. “An MP’s duty is to be here in the streets, on the side of the weak, not inside the luxurious parliament,” the MP told Reuters. “I am determined to stay until the Syrians’ ordeal ends.” Speaking about Romanos and his deteriorating health due to the hunger strike, Michelogiannakis said, “this is the brutal murder of a young man of leftist culture.”


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Greek Santas Run for Athens Children Playgrounds

The first Athens Santa Run took place on Sunday, as 600 Santas ran 2.5 kilometers for a good cause, adding a much-needed Christmas cheer to Greece’s capital. The charity race started on Panepistimiou street where 600 people dressed as Santa Claus ran the distance. The participants were people of all ages, with the oldest Santa being 84 years old and the youngest just three months old. Proceeds will go to the restoration of Athens‘ public playgrounds that have been neglected due to the economic crisis. Participants had rushed to sign up and filled out the 600 places ten days before the run. Each one received a Santa Claus costume.


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Turkey, Greece determined to boost cooperation

The joint statement comes hours after the third meeting of the Turkey-Greece High Level Cooperation Council, which was attended by Turkish Premier ...


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Greek Govt Vice President: Negotiation with the Troika will be Completed

“Uncertainty downgrades not the government’s but the country’s position,” underlined Greek Government Vice President and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos in his article in a Greek Sunday newspaper. “The negotiation with the Troika will be completed, but we will not allow this to become an opportunity for another wave of ‘costless’ superficiality and demagogy.” Venizelos noted that the “difficulty in the negotiation with our European partners and the IMF is directly proportional with the importance of the agreement on the completion of the current program and the ‘twin’ agreement for the new institutional framework. For the security shield that Greece will have without a new loan and without a new program and a new Memorandum, without the Troika mechanism, which means divergence from the European mechanisms that operate for all member states. The relation between democracy and truth has worked for the past decades as a vicious circle that prepared the economic crisis. It must now work as a purifying equation that will symbolize the country’s real modernization.” (source: ana-mpa)


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Turkey, Greece cement ties, seek ways to resume Cyprus peace talks

Greece's Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davuto─člu, shake hands and exchange the agreement they signed ...


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Turkey backs Greek fight for Elgin Marbles

6 announced its support for Greece's fight to get back from Britain the famous Elgin Marbles - ancient Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon ...


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Previewing the Milwaukee Bucks: Can the Mavericks slow down the Greek Freak?

Let's talk about the "Greek Freak," shall we? Giannis turned 20 on Saturday so this will be his first game in the NBA not as a teenager. That's pretty cool ...


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Andrew J West weds ex-Greek co-star

The Walking Dead's Andrew J West has walked down the aisle with his former Greek co-star Amber Stevens. The happy couple tied the knot on Friday (December 5) at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles, reports People. West described the ceremony as the perfect ...


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Athens descends into chaos as protesters throw petrol bombs at police

His parents have also appealed to authorities, saying Greece would soon 'mourn its first dead political detainee'. Doctors have said his health is failing ...


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Macedonia asks Tusk, Mogherini for help over row with Greece, EU entry

5 December 2014, Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called on Friday the new President of the EU Council, Donald ...


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Greece: Violent protests shake Athens

Demonstrations in central Athens turned violent on Saturday afternoon, and more than 15 people were arrested. Thousands had marched for the ...


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Greek labor unions to rally before 2015 budget vote

Greek labor unions plan to take to the streets of Athens prior to a budget vote by the country's lawmakers, media say. New reports said the country’s main labor unions - the Greek General Confederation of Greece (GSEE) and Greek public employees' union ...


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Germany to end credit guarantees for exports to Greece

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government will stop issuing credit guarantees for exports to Greece at the end of the year because private insurers ...


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Hundreds Of Anarchists Held After Greek Riots

Greek police have rounded up 296 anarchists in connection with violent riots that ripped through the Greek capital and five other cities across the country overnight.


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Hundreds Of Anarchists Held After Greek Riots

Hundreds Of Anarchists Held After Greek Riots. Police arrests nearly 300 people after a night of violent protests to mark the anniversary of the police ...


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The Unnamed Island of Ioannina Lake

One of the very few inhabited lake islands in Europe is in Greece . The island of Ioannina lake holds a unique record as it is the only island in the world without a name. The verdant island of 200 square kilometers is home for more than 300 people and is known for its traditional Epirus stone-built settlement and used to be the base of Ali Pasha of Janina in the early 19th century. In its tiny heartland, there are seven Byzantine and post-Byzantine monasteries built next to each other, which made it an important place for monarchism in the past. This traditional monastic community is the third largest in the country after those in Mount Athos, Macedonia, and Meteora in Thessaly. The island stands in the middle of a lake full of legends, while the best known is the one of dame-Frosini, a woman claimed by three men; Ali Pasha, his son and a Greek citizen of Ioannina. Dame-Frosini was later found drowned in the lake. Another legend talks about the existence of a secret tunnel, leading from the island to the city. The island was the location of the monastery of Saint Pantaleon until January 17, 1882.   The Museum of Ali Pasha, the legendary Ottoman leader who rebelled against the Sultan and was killed for it, can also be seen on the island. His room is accessible and the holes from the bullets that killed him are still visible. In addition, local costumes and documents of the era, as well as personal objects of Ali Pasha and dame-Frosini are in display.   Locals believe that the island’s first inhabitants came from Mani, Peloponnese, but this claim has never been historically proven, while archaeological discoveries showed that the first settlement was built on the island during the Copper Age. It reached its prime in the 13th century, when the Despotate of Epirus was established. Four temples were built on the island at that time, while three centuries later, another two followed, resulting in one of Byzantium’s cultural and religious centers. Its decline came along with Ali Pasha, who trespassed on the monasteries and imposed heavy taxation to the inhabitants. Its natives only returned after his death in 1822. The region of Epirus and the city of Ioannina was liberated by the Greek Army and united with the modern Greek State on February 21, 1913. Visitors can reach the island by small boats departing from Ioannina every 30 minutes for a journey of only 10 minutes. (Photo Credit: Efi Pantazi)


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Greece, Energy, Turkey, Strikes: What to Watch in the EU Dec. 8-12

A busy start to the week as the Christmas break approaches. Finance and energy ministers will meet for the last time before the end of the year. That is ...


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Two Child Traffic Victims Get AIDS

ATHENS – Two victims of child trafficking in Greece were afflicted with AIDS after being forced to have unprotected sex with men, the non-governmental organization Praksis said. The group has identified 25 children forced into prostitution with Greece a major transit country and destination for human traffickers bringing victims, particularly women and children, in to […] The post Two Child Traffic Victims Get AIDS appeared first on The National Herald.


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D-Day For Greece in Brussels

Eurozone finance ministers meeting Dec. 8 in Brussels are expected to reject any notion Greece can take an early exit from its bailout terms. The post D-Day For Greece in Brussels appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Life Expectancy Passes 80

Greece life expectancy is now 80.7 years compared to a European Union average of 79.2 years, according to a new report from the OECD. The post Greek Life Expectancy Passes 80 appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek author Menis Koumandareas found dead at home

The 83-year-old author was found with wounds to his neck and face, though police announced that the cause of his death was not yet determined. The door to his apartment indicates no signs of forced entry, police said. “The tragic death of Meni ...


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Greek radical left spooks global bond investors

Investors are increasingly worried about the outcome of Greece’s forthcoming presidential election, which could enable radical leftwing party Syriza to take power in March. Senior Syriza politicians visited London two weeks ago to present their economic ...


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Prime Ministers of Greece, Turkey Agree to Boost Regional Cooperation in Energy Sector

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu held talks during the third meeting of the Turkey-Greece High ...


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Hundreds Arrested in Greece for Outrage in Athens, Clashes With Police

Over 200 people were arrested in Greece when a march commemorating the anniversary of the killing of an unarmed teenager in 2008 turned violent ...


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'Buckwheat panic' grips Russians as economic sanctions bite

Moscow (AFP) - With its warm, fluffy brown grains, buckwheat is the ultimate comfort food for Russians and as sanctions hit home, it is flying off the shelves in a shopping frenzy dubbed the "buckwheat panic".Hard-hit by falling oil prices and Western economic sanctions imposed over the Kremlin's role in the Ukrainian crisis, Russia is seeing a catastrophic depreciation of the ruble and steep inflation.But while Russians grumble about the rising price of chicken, cheese or sausage, it was only when rumours spread of buckwheat supplies running low that shoppers dashed out to fill their trolleys.Buckwheat "is not just a food, it is a national idea," Russia's leading business daily, Vedomosti, wrote recently in an editorial.While in the West buckwheat is seen more as a trendy food for the health conscious, in Russia it is a traditional staple, predating potatoes.The cereal, which originates from India and Nepal, was first introduced to the Russians in the 13th century by the Mongol invaders. It was cultivated by Byzantine monks, leading to its name in Russian of "grechka," which sounds like Greek.Buckwheat can be eaten at any meal in Russia, whether simmered with milk as a porridge for breakfast, served with chopped liver for lunch, or even stuffed inside a roast piglet at a special dinner.It is ubiquitous in the cafeterias of Russian schools and kindergartens, hospitals, military barracks and prisons.This autumn as Russians began to feel the effects of sanctions and the retaliatory embargo on most Western foods ordered by President Vladimir Putin, news spread of a low harvest in Russia's buckwheat heartland -- the Altai region in Siberia.Due to a drought, Russia's buckwheat harvest fell this year to just under 600,000 tonnes, against the usual 700,000 tons.- Buying just in case -That was hardly a disaster, but media reports were enough to spark panic demand among consumers with people storming shops across several regions. "In Moscow, people see a television news report about a buckwheat crisis in Penza", a city 600 kilometres (350 miles) away, and "in just four days they buy up buckwheat stocks that would normally be enough for two months," the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily wrote.One supermarket chain in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg even introduced a five-pack limit for buckwheat purchases.Even though buckwheat is homegrown and so little affected by sanctions or the falling ruble, the price of a packet of buckwheat rose from around 30 rubles to 50 rubles ($0.93) in Moscow and doubled in some regions."People store up on buckwheat -- which can be kept for a long time -- because they do not know what to expect from the (Western) sanctions," said Galina, a trader at a Saint Petersburg food market.There have been "buckwheat crises" in the past, most recently sparked by a 2010 drought, said Alexei Makarkin, a political analyst with the Centre for Political Technologies.But what is different now is that "there is no question of a real shortage of buckwheat," said Dmitry Rylko of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies.While initially there was no problem with supplies, "excessive demand sparked" the buckwheat crisis, said Alexey Alexeyenko, a senior official at Russia's food safety agency, Rosselkhoznadzor.Russian media called the phenomenon "hysteria" or even "buckwheat psychosis."A survey conducted in late November by the Levada Center pollster found that almost a third of Russians had stocked up on buckwheat in recent weeks.Buckwheat stockpiling is more a symbol of troubled times, Rylko said, calling it "a sacred food for Russians that disappears at the onset of any signs of crisis."The Kremlin's retaliatory embargo banning Western food imports has hit Russian consumers hard.Prices have gone up 30 to 40 percent for basic foods such as eggs, pork, chicken, frozen fish and sausage since the counter sanctions were imposed.Join the conversation about this story »


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Giannena, Olympiakos Tie, 2-2

Evripidis Giakos scored with two minutes left to give Giannena a 2-2 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek soccer league. The post Giannena, Olympiakos Tie, 2-2 appeared first on The National Herald.


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In wake of fraternity member's death, UNL Greek leaders take on drinking culture

Following the death of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity member after an off-campus drinking party, the university's Greek system is taking ...


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6 Health Secrets of Greek Food

6 Health Secrets of Greek Food Beautiful blue waters, sun-soaked beaches and white-walled towns, Greece is unmatched for its breathtaking ...


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