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Reporters on the Job

June 26, 2008

An estimated 1,600 grooms gathered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday for a mass wedding that was sponsored by the governor and a local group, for couples who couldn't afford an expensive wedding.

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Hanging With an Academic Rock Star: Staff writer Robert Marquand met Serbian intellectual Obrad Savic at the Strip Depot, a cafe in downtown Pristina, Kosovo.

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"It's the kind of place that would easily fit in Berlin or Paris. The art on the walls, though, was authentically Balkan. I saw a painting of Superman with a cap wrapped around him as if he was Dracula," says Bob.

He got the distinct impression that this was one of Mr. Savic's frequent haunts. "We were interrupted about every 10 minutes either by someone stopping to ask about a lecture or someone waving from the street. He's an academic celebrity of sorts, in a place where there aren't many people like him."

David Clark Scott

World editor

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