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The other election and more weekend stories you should have read

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The other election

Two days after America goes to the polls, an elite group will gather in secret to select someone who could have an even greater impact on the future of the world: the man to lead China for the next 10 years. Mark MacKinnon surveys the field.

What New York has learned from Sandy

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As the Big Apple slowly returns to its comforting routine of normalcy, it's clear the city needs safeguards against natural disaster, ones that go far beyond the adaptive capacity of its residents, Joanna Slater discovers.

America's two-tiered future

In the factories of Michigan, Greg Keenan finds, a transformation of the auto industry is contributing to a profound shift in American society – the deterioration of the once-mighty middle class.

May the sexiest man win?

Sarah Hampson looks at why Mitt Romney is a winner in our modern beautocracy.

How PEI is becoming a basketball hotbed

Summerside is attracting international pros who are embracing  – and being embraced by  – the small-town life. Jane Taber reports.

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Can indie rock save musical theatre?

Acts like Stars, Hawksley Workman and Destroyer are all lending swagger to stage companies eager to grow new audiences. But indie rock has just as much to gain from its new friendship with the theatre, according to J. Kelly Nestruck.

What could your kids' school do better?

The Toronto District School Board is inviting parents' input on how to make the classroom better, but improvements come at a cost, Kate Hammer finds. The board's next step is selling off property.

Communiqués from the crypt

Baby boomers have insisted on poring over every life stage in public, from adolescence to aging. Now, notes The Globe and Mail's Sandra Martin, author of a book memorializing 50 notable Canadians, that includes the process of dying. Do the new mortality memoirs merely slake authorial egos, or do they offer the rest of us valuable previews of our common fate?

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Time is running out

"It's not a dying trade. It's a trade where a lot of people doing it are dying." Ingrid Peritz reports on how Canada's last watchmaking school is fighting for its future.

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