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Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
Turning frat boys into dicks
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Luci Romberg is practicing corkscrews over a blue gymnastics mat on a sweltering day. Most of the other 16 members of Team Tempest are here at the gym, too, also rehearsing methods of launching themselves airborne: flipping off ledges, leaping between walls, vaulting off foam blocks. They're rar ... More >>
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By Ernest Hardy, Karina Longworth and Mark Olsen Some of our notables showed great courage this year, others are simply notorious, but all 10 had a big impact in 2011.
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