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After weeks of testimony from economists, survey experts and rival executives who oppose the merger, the defense on Thursday called its final witness in the trial that will determine the fate of AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner: AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson. Taking the stand early in the afternoon, Stephenson defended the $85 billion bid for Time Warner as a necessary means for AT&T to keep pace with tech powerhouses like Google and Facebook.

 

A Wimbledon inventor and mum of three boys found an ingenious way to turn their muddy boots into a money-spinner. Cary Marsh's Bootclaw, designed to get mud out from between football boot studs, is now available through Amazon and Sports Direct.

 

When armed with an electric guitar, the compulsively outrageous Frank Zappa radically redefined any pop musical genre that crossed his path. But classical? The Yellow Shark , a collection of 17 orchestral works that he wrote and recorded shortly before his death in 1993, is driving Philly's modern-classical ensemble Orchestra 2001 to the edge of what seems possible.

 

Potholes are the bane of many Clevelanders' existence and all you have to do is drive down any street to see why. There's two sides to every story, though, and Case Western graduate David Yeu found the other side of the pothole annoyance.

 

Ian Engelman arrived at his office Tuesday morning and poured black polyurethane into a mold, spilling some onto layers of protective cardboard covering a table but filling the 7-inch, nose-shaped vessel to create a skateboard brake. When it sets, Engelman will attach the device to his "longboard," allowing him to slow for traffic as he glides down Munjoy Hill along Congress Street.

 
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