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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Friday, August 22, 2014

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses

Friday, August 22, 2014

The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

Friday, August 22, 2014

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.

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A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

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In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Friday, August 22, 2014

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.

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Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard

Friday, August 22, 2014

Heroin and prescription drug overdoses are the scourge of some American suburbs. Advocacy groups are trying to raise awareness of the problem with a traveling display of headstones.

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Neither A 'Sissy' Nor A Saint: An Offer Of Priesthood Prompts A Coming Out

Friday, August 22, 2014

When he was young, Michael Arceneaux was a model Catholic who never missed a mass, but when he was asked to join the priesthood, it didn't make him come to Jesus — it made him come out of the closet.

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Little League Phenom Takes Her Exit, But The Series Goes On

Friday, August 22, 2014

There has been no bigger sports star lately than Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old pitcher charmed — and dominated — on the mound in the Little League World Series. But her Little League journey ended Thursday, when her underdog squad lost to a team from Chicago. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his take.

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Out Of Tragedy, A New Brazilian Presidential Contender Emerges

Friday, August 22, 2014

The death of Brazil's Socialist Party presidential candidate created an opportunity for his running mate, Marina Silva. Her entry into the race has upended the situation. Whereas the man she replaced was running a distant third in polls, support for Silva has surged.

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Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson

Friday, August 22, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

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Russian Convoy Crosses Ukrainian Border, Prompting Outcry From West

Friday, August 22, 2014

Russia has sent a large number of trucks into eastern Ukraine without the authorization of the Ukrainian government or Red Cross supervision. Moscow says the trucks are carrying aid for civilians, but the Ukrainians — together with NATO, U.S. and European leaders — say the move is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

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In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.

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Remembering Hashim Khan, A Titan Of The Squash Court

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hashim Khan was a legendary squash player who started out as just a ball boy, practicing the game barefoot when others left the courts in Pakistan. He went onto become an internationally renowned player and began a Khan dynasty in the sport. Khan died on Monday, believed to be 104 years old. James Zug writes for Squash magazine, and he speaks of Khan.

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Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

Friday, August 22, 2014

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?

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Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

Friday, August 22, 2014

Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.

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First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.

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Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, more than 160 people have been arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.

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Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

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