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The FBI is seeking a bank robber it has dubbed the “ Spelling Bee Bandit, ” who leaves a distinct calling card during each heist.

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Fortune cookie fortunes can range from ominous to uplifting to downright hilarious. And now, you can be the voice of wisdom inside those sugary folded treats.

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5 Incredible Baseball Stadiums Across America

12Nov

Now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and broken then century long curse, the highlight of Wrigley Field has us thinking about the other great stadiums throughout America. The use of stadiums dates back to ancient times, back when the reigning entertainment of the day for a mass audience usually involved some permutation of “sprint really fast while a lion chases you then try and kill your opponent with a rock.” Thankfully, apart from maybe anytime a terrible entertainer performs, things have matured considerably at the hundreds of events that take place at scads of stadiums throughout the U.S. Baseball and the occasional major concert are the primary serving inside the hallowed ground of U.S

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Donald Trump’s Leadership Style?

09Nov

As I read about Donald Trump, I recall a chapter in a book I wrote more than ten years ago(1) about a style, PAEI code (–E-), whom I named AN ARSONIST. Below are some edited excerpts: “What is important to (an Arsonist?)….. what we do is not important.

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The Vatican’s participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region.

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When Will Greenpeace Ships Go Vegan?

05Nov

On November 1st, the Greenpeace Esperanza Facebook page posted this question: “Should we eat meat on board Greenpeace ships? Let us know what you think.” After nearly 1,000 comments, most of them critical of eating meat on board Greenpeace ships, Greenpeace responded with: “Hi everyone! Thanks to all of you who took the time to weigh in on this important question. We are still sifting through all your comments, but we wanted to say thanks for being a part of this conversation

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Before there was Donald Trump there was Maine Governor Paul LePage. After being elected in 2010 without the majority of votes, LePage promised to tell President Obama to “go to hell” and said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) can “kiss my butt.” At Maine’s Republican convention in April he denounced a proposed $12 minimum wage by mocking immigrants. “It’s hard to hear what they’re saying,” he said.

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NEW ORLEANS ― Twenty-five years ago, the melting pot of culture and tradition that makes up the Crescent City was overshadowed by a cloud of evil. The historic metropolis that Louis Armstrong once dubbed the “Land of Dreams” had become a nightmare for the families of more than two dozen people who turned up dead in outlying swamps and bayous.

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I just returned from a five day “spa souljourn” and my world-weary self was gifted a reprieve from the daily onslaught of challenges. Imagine feeding your mind/body/spirit with only the best in luxury pampering, gourmet healthy cuisine and loving experiences

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Vote Protectors, the anti-voter-fraud group hosted by Donald Trump ally and political dirty trickster Roger Stone, plans to send volunteers to monitor polling places in nine cities with high minority populations on Election Day, Stone said last week. Untrained poll-watchers have intimidated voters in previous elections. But Vote Protectors is going further than its predecessors.

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One of the several types of signs that can be found on subways, in airports, and in public places in the United States, urging civilians to “report suspicious activity.” Photo courtesy of Mass.Gov Last July, just four days after the attacks on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, I was about to leave Boston Logan Airport for a trip overseas with a layover in Istanbul. With the recent airport attack and the host of attacks that had occurred over the preceding months, I was a bit uneasy and a lot more aware of my surroundings. While waiting for my flight at Logan Airport, I kept hearing announcements about a security awareness program called SAFE (Security Awareness for Everyone), which urges passengers to report any suspicious behavior.

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In John Oliver ’s latest segment on opioids during Last Week Tonight , he pulled up one of the key statistics pharmaceutical salespeople used to market prescription opioids to doctors in the 1990s: Less than 1 percent of patients taking opioids become addicted to painkillers.  That figure is completely inaccurate, of course, and as Oliver points out, it has a disturbing origin story. “I know it may seem like they are pulling that number out of their ass, but they actually pulled it out of the letters to the editor section of the New England Journal of Medicine,” Oliver said. “Seriously

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Don’t mess with women’s yoga pants.  An angry letter to a Rhode Island newspaper demanding that older women stop wearing yoga pants  prompted hundreds to participate in a parade while clad in the popular workout apparel.

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It may seem crazy to think that less than 50 years ago, women were not permitted to officially run the Boston Marathon. All that changed in 1967 when Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to wear a bib number while running that famous road race

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WASHINGTON ―  Television viewers across the country have been treated to some scary advertisements about the future of Social Security. “Our next president needs to take action on Social Security, or future generations could lose up to $10,000 a year,” the narrator intones, as ominous music plays in the background. Viewers might be surprised to learn that the ad is from the AARP, the country’s largest seniors group and a longtime defender of social programs for older Americans

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Dead Pilots Society Epi2: Only Child One of soundcasting’s new scripted series features scripts not intended for the medium.

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Here’s a grateful shoutout to ULI Los Angeles . As usual, at today’s ULI Los Angeles Planning for Transit conference, I learned something new. Thanks to the panel featuring Ann Sewill of the California Community Foundation I am wiser about a 1980s era group called Not Yet New York

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The 4 Most Common Choking Hazards For Adults

21Sep

Remember the first time you fed your pint-sized grandchild grapes or hot dogs? You were probably politely told by your son or daughter to cut these foods into tiny pieces, so the child wouldn’t choke.  But don’t mistake choking as a hazard just for the toddler set.  Truth is, anyone can choke, even adults who have been eating solid food for six decades.

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Shortly after  Donald Trump  suggested  “ Second Amendment people ” could stop Hillary Clinton from nominating Supreme Court justices, his campaign feverishly insisted he was in no way urging violence against the Democratic nominee. This would be a lot more convincing if the campaign didn’t still count as an adviser an individual who has actually called for Clinton to be executed

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The Boston Herald, February 8, 1995 “Verizon plans to offer cable television to customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts – starting with Somerville. More..

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Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications’ Chairman and CEO, second quarter, 2016 earnings call, July, 26th, 2016: “You saw the first fruits of this strategy in April, when we announced our One Fiber strategy for the city of Boston.” More…

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The Wall Street Journal , July 24th, 2016, writes that Verizon is planning on buying Yahoo, the web portal and search engine. More…

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As Mayor of Philadelphia, one of my major goals is to ensure that our city is a growing business center, and that means making it easier for companies of all sizes – and in all sections of the city – to do business here. Over the past decade, our downtown has seen significant economic development and an influx of new businesses.

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Every five years, artist Ragnar Kjartansson asks his mother to spit on him for several minutes in front of a camera. The Icelandic mother and son here discuss the fascinating performance, which Kjartansson argues has become “like a part of our family life.” More…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continued her streak of lambasting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump during remarks at the Massachusetts Democrats state convention on Saturday. “Every day there’s another story or incident that completely disqualifies him from being president,” Warren said in some of her sharpest attacks yet against the Republican candidate.

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Compare this write up about Verizon’s $300 million, 6 year build out of fiber optics in Boston, Massachusetts, with Verizon’s statement that the $300 million was already spent. Boston.com More..

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What Is Revelation?

15May

Revelation, classically understood . noun . Concealed information, inaccessible to unaided human intelligence, requiring supernatural disclosure through oracular and literary media, and occurring long ago

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This article was originally published on BetterAfter50.com .

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Pope Francis Relaxes Church Rules On Divorce

08Abr

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday called for a Church that was less strict and more compassionate towards “imperfect” Catholics, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”. Francis said gays should be respected but firmly re-stated the Church’s position that there are “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. In a 260-page treatise called “Amoris Laetitia,” (The Joy of Love), one of the most eagerly awaited pronouncements of his pontificate, Francis quoted Martin Luther King, Argentine Poet Jorge Luis Borges and even the 1987 Danish cult film Babette’s Feast, to make his case for a more merciful and loving Church

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 3-month-old baby was shot in the face and died on Tuesday when gunfire erupted on a Los Angeles street, law enforcement officials said.

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Art schools and university art departments are where the next generation of professional artists receives its training. A number of schools in the Northeast, however, have been taking a remedial course in the disposal of toxic art materials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “Schools just don’t get that environmental rules apply to them,” said Peggy Bagnoli, program leader for the EPA’s College and University Initiative.

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There’s a famous scene in the 1975 movie The Stepford Wives in which human robot Paula Prentiss suffers a massive circuitry meltdown. Over and over she dumps coffee grounds on the kitchen counter, smashes breakfast mugs on the floor, and utters her pre-programmed catch-phrases in an endless loop. In the final Republican debate before the New Hampshire presidential primary, something similar happened to Marco Rubio

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By Emily Stephenson MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals’ fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state’s high-stakes primary. Billionaire Trump held a wide lead in polls in New Hampshire, with U.S.

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A white nationalist group that made robocalls  on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa is now targeting New Hampshire voters ahead of next week’s primary. “We don’t need Muslims

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Tilting toward Mecca. REALITY TV “Thou doth protest too much.” That’s my reaction to President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque yesterday.

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Justice Clarence Thomas will soon celebrate 10 years of not speaking during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported on Monday.  That is, he hasn’t asked a single question to lawyers appearing before the court to try to make their case. For a decade

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among the people lining up for a crack at federal and private funds aimed at stopping terror recruiting. Friday was the deadline for applicants to request roughly $400,000 in money being administered by a nonprofit entity as part of Minnesota’s efforts to stamp out violent extremism. The program is part of a three-city pilot project, which includes Boston and Los Angeles, launched more than a year ago by the Obama administration.

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Dinner at Downton Abbey has gotten rowdy over the years, but it never got scary until Sunday night, when Lord Grantham projectile-vomited blood across the table and crumpled to the floor.

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January 31 marks the 10 year anniversary of the death of Coretta Scott King, widow of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She died in 2006 at the age of 78  and was honored with a funeral attended by heads of state and civil rights leaders alike.  King will of course always be remembered as the strong wife and mother who supported her activist husband up until his murder in 1968.

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It has been said that there is no better (or clearer) teacher than hindsight. It’s the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” that all of us loathe

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The Serial Killer Next Door: Sam Smithers

21Ene

Credit: Courtesy of the Author By Fred Rosen I first found out about serial killer Sam Smithers from a source in Tampa. She tipped me, and I investigated. Sam was married with a child and lived in Plant City, Florida, the strawberry capital of the country

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Poor Mrs. Hughes. Just when it looked like she’d won her Hundred Years War not to have her wedding overshadowed by the Crawley family, she got upstaged anyhow

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A gruesome discovery briefly shut down a commuter train station in Berkeley, California, on Monday.  At about 3 a.m.,  BART workers found a severed human foot on the train tracks. It’s believed the foot had been there for more than three weeks, and belonged to a woman who was struck by a train on Dec. 20

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Norbert Leo Butz half-jokes that he couldn’t resist joining the new PBS drama Mercy Street “because it’s Grey’s Anatomy with historical integrity.” PBS describes Mercy Street , which launches Sunday at 9 p.m., in somewhat more traditional terms.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has responded to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s recent challenge with an all-timer of a touchdown catch. Ahead of Saturday night’s Steelers road playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Roethlisberger publicly challenged his inconsistent big-play threat

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Make Way for Turkeys

08Ene

“Even creatures you might regard as though they were superfluous were integral to the creation of the world.” Midrash Rabbah on Exodus 7 I won’t go so far as to call them old friends – tight bunch as they are, the gang of wild turkeys that occasionally wander up into the streets of my Brookline neighborhood don’t seem much interested in fellowship beyond their own kind. But at least they don’t startle me quite as much as the first time we crossed paths. That first time, they made the impression of ‘Arov – the fourth plague of Egypt, about which we read this week – wild beasts stirred into the mix of human life where one least expects them.

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Your partner should bring out the best in you, inspire you to grow and make you laugh like nobody’s business. If that’s not happening, you’re probably with the wrong person.  Below, experts share nine signs the person you’re with might not be right for you.  1. She doesn’t see your full potential.  The right partner sees your worth and won’t make you feel anxious about where you are in life, said Washington D.C-based psychologist Alicia H.

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ATLANTA (AP) — A 2-year-old and his father died Wednesday night after the man shot the boy and then himself at the end of an 18-hour standoff in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs, police said. Thy Ho, 43, and son Philip Nguyen were each found with a gunshot wound when authorities entered the master bedroom of the Buford home after hearing gunfire about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Gwinnett County police Cpl

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A Log Of Interstitials

21Nov

This is a log of my movements between New York City and the bus. It’s three unequal parts, all meandering and moderately pointless, but starting the bus seemed a bit like cheating without talking about the journey to get there even a little bit

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In the movie “Being There,” a gardener labeled Chauncey, played by Peter Sellers, manages like a live action Mr. Magoo to blindly stumble his way toward being a media sensation, key adviser and possibly a presidential candidate, without really knowing anything more than gardens and television shows

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The American Response to ISIS

19Nov

In the wake of the Paris bombings by ISIS, the United States has joined the world in expressing outrage and its determination to destroy the terrorist group. But with what actions should America – and individual Americans – respond

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation’s states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

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A Scottish newspaper offered a warm message to Syrian refugees arriving in the country this week. “To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we’d just like to say: Welcome to Scotland,” read the front cover of The National on Tuesday. Our front page: As the first Syrian refugees arrive in Scotland tomorrow, we'd like to offer them a warm welcome pic.twitter.com/1zZ7fazcbS — The National (@ScotNational) November 16, 2015 Over 100 refugees arrived in Scotland on Tuesday afternoon, part of  the U.K.

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The world is hurting. Once again the world has been hit with a display of violence, and that deeply affects the psyche of the American people

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Can Fitness Really Be Fun?

17Nov

This seems to be the eternal question of the patron dabbling with the idea of buying into that big idea that is fitness. We know that exercise is essential, in one form or another, to living a healthier life.

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The ” unthinkable ” has happened: Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been defeated.

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InnOvation STEAM Awards Given to 10 Schools

14Nov

In Washington, D.C. earlier this month, The Ovation Foundation –an arm of Ovation TV, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Americans for the Arts met to formally recognize 10 schools who “use the arts to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects more accessible and engaging to students and are able to mutually strengthen arts and STEM learning.” The program was created to raise awareness of the value of integrating the arts, including media arts, into STEM curricula and to highlight existing K-12 public schools across the country that have developed successful, measurable and replicable STEAM programs which could serve as national models

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Uh, What Even Is This Stephen Curry Shot?

12Nov

The Golden State Warriors, reigning world champions, are 9-0 and beating teams by an average of 17.6 points per game.

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www.reddit.com I wasn’t the brightest kid. I grew up believing the tale my father told me — that I had spent World War II being toted around on his back. It wasn’t until I was about 9-years-old that I realized the impossibility.

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“Saturday Night Live” gave America a picture of what Donald Trump’s White House might be like during the Republican presidential candidate’s controversial guest appearance on the show. The year is 2018, and Trump is hosting a cabinet meeting in the Oval Office, with “Apprentice” contestant Omorosa as his Secretary of State. “After your face-to-face meeting, Putin has withdrawn from Ukraine,” she says. “Believe me, he does not want to be called a loser again

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Cuban artists and musicians–some of the best artists and musicians in the world–are literally invading the US this month with an unprecedented onslaught of art shows and musical performances. MADE IN CUBA!/HECHO EN CUBA!, a major art exhibit featuring over 100 mixed-media works by many of Cuba’s leading and emerging contemporary artists, opened last weekend for a 5-week run on the West Coast. Thousands of enthusiastic viewers packed the ARENA 1 GALLERY housed in an airplane hangar at Santa Monica Airport and at least a dozen pieces were sold on opening weekend.

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This week, Jim Webb announced that he’s dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary .

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A beer behemoth may have just been born.  British brewer SABMiller — whose brands include Foster’s, Miller and Peroni — finally accepted a $106 billion offer from beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev on Tuesday. If approved by regulators, the move would create the world’s biggest beer company, and would also bring Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft, two top U.S. brands, together.  It’s potentially disastrous news for craft beer drinkers

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Tom Brady isn’t letting a shocking exposé into his personal body coach derail what he has envisioned for the pair’s business, even if the story revealed a decade-long history of snake oil salesmanship by said body coach.

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Bernie Sanders Winning Personality

09Oct

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) Never underestimate a guy from Brooklyn. Speaking in Boston this week to a crowd of 20,000, Sanders was aware he was holding the largest Democratic Primary rally ever held in the history Massachusetts.

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“I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.” That’s the first line of an emotional Craigslist “Missed Connections” post that’s gone viral this month. The post, which was published on Craigslist Boston about two weeks ago , details the day a Vietnam veteran met a woman while wandering aimlessly in the rain. “You’d taken shelter under the balcony of the Old State House.

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As world leaders return to their respective countries following the UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the context for implementation provides a depressing background. Seemingly every day, there are new scenes of crisis, poverty, human displacement and environmental damage somewhere in the world

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The Ohio State University (O.S.U.) Men’s Swimming Team will soon have a Big Challenge Swim (Race4cure) meet vs. Ohio’s Kenyon College on October 30, representing two of the nation’s best college swim programs.

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“We each have two lives. The second begins When we realize we have only one.” Rabbi Margot Stein’s son Aryeh died six months ago, and she unfolded her grief on Yom Kippur by facing the prayer “Unataneh tokef – Who shall live, who shall die?” She is a writer and singer of Jewish music, including the songs for an eco-Jewish musical drama, “Guarding the Garden.” She is developing new approaches to Jewish education for developmentally disabled children. Rabbi Stein is a member of the Board of The Shalom Center

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Bernie Sanders Doubles Down On Gun Control

04Oct

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) doubled down on his support for tighter gun control legislation on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

30Sep

WASHINGTON — This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal faced a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party’s debate schedule as unfair. Through it all, the party operated with one of its most critical positions vacant: From early June until mid-September, the Democratic National Committee went without a communications director

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Are You Worthy of Love?

24Sep

I was leading a daylong meditation workshop in Boston. After studying Buddhist teachings and talking about how to apply them to our lives, I encouraged the participants to write down something they were struggling with and submit it anonymously.

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Having been curating my curiosity through interviews with riveting people for more than a decade, I’ve come to learn that every human being is a unique amalgamation of the people she has met and experiences she has participated in over a lifetime. Each individual is a one of a kind, evolving, canvas that is never quite complete. Who you are today is not entirely who you are tomorrow because every day new people and new experiences become part of your chemistry, altering your canvas

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Over the past year, there has been discussion about transitioning MIT fraternities and sororities stationed in Boston into a “Greek Village” located on West Campus grounds in Cambridge.

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A bill being considered  in the House that would restrict colleges from punishing students accused of sexual assault is meeting near-universal opposition from advocacy organizations who work with rape victims. The Safe Campus Act, originally sponsored by Republican Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Pete Sessions and Kay Granger of Texas, would prohibit colleges and universities from punishing a student accused of sexual assault and battery unless the reporting victim also goes to police with the complaint.  Twenty-five advocacy organizations working with sexual assault victims contacted by The Huffington Post in recent days said they are opposed to the bill

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September 17 is Constitution Day recognizing the day the United States Constitution was signed in 1787. The date has only been officially recognized since 2004 and is primarily observed in schools with special Constitution related social studies lessons. Lesson material for teacher with activities for students are available at a number of websites including the National Constitution Center and the National Archives .

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The New England Patriots kicked off the 2015 NFL season by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21 on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady, quarterbacking against the Steelers and the world , vanquished any preseason doubters by tossing four touchdowns for 288 yards on 25 of 28 passing

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