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Is this a dog day of summer?

Is this a dog day of summer? I don't have a dog, so I don't know. Is it a dog day afternoon? Is it still a dog day afternoon if I prefer ketchup instead of mustard on that dog? Is "hot as a dog" an expression? Is it even a dog day, to return to my original point?

The New York Times provides a timely plagiarism Do's and Don't's Best Practices guide for all incoming college freshman.

I am loving this article in the New York Times explaining how to plagiarize. Senator John Walsh (D, Montana) plagiarized much of his  thesis paper for the United States Army War College from other sources, including a 560-word footnote lifted verbatim.

But the best part is the detailed examination by the Times, which amounts to a Do's and Don't's Best Practices for all incoming college freshman. I have to admit to a bit of jealousy; in my day, I had to figure all this out on my own.