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MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer and editor

Bangkok, New York, Pittsburgh

MELISSA RAYWORTH

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Rick Springfield's Girls, Live and (Very) In Person

They had traveled 1,400 miles and waited two decades for this night -- three beautiful women from Long Island, wearing little black dresses to a concert by the pop star they'd drooled over when Reagan was president and hair was feathered. The Heidelberger sisters, together again, had flown all the way to North Dakota -- to see Rick Springfield.
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Original 'Law and Order,' a New York and New Jersey mirror and staple, shuts down

Since television was born, TV shows have been set in New York City. Most offer up a mere sliver of New York City. For two decades, until it was canceled Friday, NBC's "Law & Order" did something very different.
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Is Pittsburgh The New Hollywood?

Pittsburgh is on track to become a major player in the entertainment industry, generating jobs and revenue. But there are challenges to realizing this dream. In 1914, a ruthless villain tied a distraught damsel to the cold steel of a railroad track. She screamed in horror as a train thundered toward her.
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What happens when Taylor Lautner comes to town?

The rumors started last spring. Girls at Hampton High School gathered around their lockers, debating whether it could be true: Was heartthrob Taylor Lautner, the sexy werewolf from the "Twilight" movies, actually coming to their school to shoot a movie? Amber Beemer, finishing her junior year, was skeptical.
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McRibs and the art of artificial scarcity

Bradley Chong had a McRib for lunch on Nov. 13. He had another the next day, and the next day, and the next. In fact, he claims to have eaten a McRib practically every day since McDonald's brought back their sauce-laden, processed pork patty earlier this month. Chong knows his access to the McRib won't last forever.
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Hang with Rick Springfield? Sure, for $1,000

They had traveled 1,400 miles and waited two decades for this night — three beautiful women from Long Island, wearing little black dresses to a concert by the pop star they’d drooled over when Reagan was president and hair was feathered. The Heidelberger sisters, together again, had flown all the way to North Dakota — to see Rick Springfield.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

Melissa Rayworth is a freelance writer and editor exploring the building blocks of modern life, including parenting and marriage, the myths and realities of modern suburbia, work/life balance and beauty/body image issues. She frequently writes feature stories for The Associated Press and WhatToExpect.com, among other clients. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including the SmartPop book series.

Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Bangkok, Thailand. She tweets at @mrayworth.