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Write ill of the dead? Obits rarely cross that taboo

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Capturing a life accurately and sympathetically is a challenge, more so if it is one that lasts nearly a century. So when a notable person like the Duke of Edinburgh dies, obituary writers face a quandary: What should be highlighted, softened or even ignored? News organizations were quick to remember… Read

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Understanding the plan to release treated Fukushima water

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Japan's decision to release more than one million tons of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea has stirred fierce controversy. Here are some questions and answers about the plan, expected to take decades to complete. What is the processed water? Since the 2011 nuclear… Read

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Netflix’s big bet on foreign content could upend global mediascape – and change how people see the world

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As a kid growing up in Italy, I remember watching the American TV series “Happy Days,” which chronicled the 1950s-era Midwestern adventures of the Fonz, Richie Cunningham and other local teenagers. The show, combined with other American entertainment widely available in Italy in the 1970s and 1980s, shaped my perception… Read

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Sports remain hostile territory for LGBTQ Americans

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For all of the gains LGBTQ people have made over the past few decades, sports remain a highly visible reminder that homophobia and transphobia persist. In recent years, more professional athletes, from U.S. women’s soccer team player Tierna Davidson to Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, have come out of the closet.… Read

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New strategy: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

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The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and sent fundraising appeals that portray him as a victim of a “smear… Read

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How did humans evolve, and will we evolve more?

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Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected] How did humans evolve, and will they evolve more? – Anya T., 13, Brookline, Massachusetts Everything that is alive today has evolved, including human beings.… Read

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Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

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Daniel Roberts hadn’t had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old Tennessee man got his COVID-19 shot… Read

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How social media turns online arguments between teens into real-world violence

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The deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January exposed the power of social media to influence real-world behavior and incite violence. But many adolescents, who spend more time on social media than all other age groups, have known this for years. “On social media, when you argue, something so… Read

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Global trade relationships should offer strength and growth to all parties

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Less than a decade ago many economic players pronounced the triumph of global marketing. Governments encouraged market-based decision rules of economic games. Those who invoked benefits of government planning and state monopolies rapidly encountered substantial public doubt. Ten years is a long time for firms and their customers. Conditions have… Read

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In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up

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Gun control is back in the U.S. political debate, in the wake of mass shootings in California, Boulder and Atlanta. Democrats see stricter gun control as a step toward addressing the problem. In March 2021, as the House of Representatives passed two gun control bills, Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that… Read

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