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After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty’s success

TOKYO — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty.

ANIMAL CONNECTION: Looking for legacies

Django is 110 pounds of slobber, wiry whiskers, thigh-thumping tail and general bad manners. Zipper is a 50-pound must-swim-in-your-blood lapdog. Django is black and Zipper is white, so there are no clothes in my house safe from dog hair. Django is happy to invade private (really private!) space...

Editorial: Council’s choice smart, but delayed for too long

More than half a year could fly off the calendar from the time former Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce resigned to when City Council finds his permanent replacement.

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