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'We're not unicorns': Husband donates kidney to wife, showing possibilities for kidney transplants after age 70

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CHICAGO -- Jon and Carol McCabe were in the Galápagos Islands with their family for the trip of a lifetime. The couple from Clarendon Hills, Illinois, shared 30 meals with their children and grandchildren and admired diverse wildlife.

But Carol’s health rapidly declined during the trip. She struggled to walk long distances and needed lots of...Read more

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Debra-Lynn B. Hook: Learning to ask for help

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It takes not just a village but apparently several overlapping villages to keep a human alive.

For my purposes, it takes my people.

My daughter’s people.

My sons’ people.

It takes my doctors, the bank lady, my haircutter, my therapist, my friend who makes me breakfast, my other friend who makes me dinner, the people who run the local ...Read more


Lori Borgman: The empty-nest coach will see you now

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It is a seismic jolt when kids fly the coop. I know from experience that it's sad. And may I say it is sadder when girls leave home than boys, because by age 18, boys have so much testosterone coursing through their bodies that it is simply time for them to go.

"We love you, but go. Just go. Take your truck and your drums with you. We'll call. ...Read more

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Electric school buses are gaining traction in Bay Area schools

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was seven years ago that Matthew Belasco started worrying about the health of students riding the bus at Pittsburg Unified in California. As he watched hundreds of youth pile onto the big yellow vehicles each day, his eyes focused on the black plume of diesel smoke belching from the tailpipe.

“I knew that couldn’t be ...Read more


Ex-etiquette: How to stop grandma from bashing his ex

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Q: My mother is out of control. She is very upset that my ex left and says horrible things about her when the kids are around. Her last rant called their mother “a lying, cheating ho.” And I didn’t know what to do. I try to reel her in, but she doesn’t listen. I don’t want to stop her from seeing her grandkids, but she doesn’t ...Read more


The Kid Whisperer: How to students can become experts at being safe

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Dear Kid Whisperer,

I teach at an alternative school, where most students have been unable to be successful at their assigned public school and most students have at least one behavior goal in their Individualized Education Plan. I have received your training and read your book. They both have helped tremendously. Things are going well in my ...Read more

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As Kentucky lawmakers go after college DEI, Black UK students share their own experiences

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For many Black students choosing where they want to go to college, a diverse and welcoming environment is top priority.

Attending a state university, like the University of Kentucky, can bring opportunities like scholarships and organizations for minority students. But choosing a predominantly white university also brings ...Read more

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This leap year baby is about to turn 92 -- or is it 23?

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PITTSBURGH — If Ethel Jean "E.J." Bergad Bonder hits the lottery, she plans to buy a Porsche for her granddaughter because they will both turn 23 years old this year.

Yep, Ethel was born on Feb. 29, 1932, and will technically turn 23 Thursday. She's a leap year baby.

The Gregorian calendar is based on 365.25 days — the amount of time it ...Read more

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Autism diagnoses are soaring. Here's how some colleges are responding

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The first time Hailey Hall went to college, it was 2008. She lived in Georgia and had been diagnosed with autism four years before.

In high school, the diagnosis meant she had access to smaller classes and a therapy group that helped with social skills. But when college started, that all stopped.

“I was responsible...Read more

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A total solar eclipse will be visible to millions of Americans in April. Here's how to view it

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Paul Maley has spent much of his life chasing solar eclipses.

He has witnessed 83 solar eclipses from 1960 to 2023. On April 8, he plans to see the 84th aboard a cruise ship in Mexico, located right in the path of totality — the swath where the moon fully blocks the sun.

"It's more eclipses than anyone living or dead," he said, proudly.

But...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: Not exactly fast food

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I am out to lunch. This is especially true when I make lunch.

That’s because, in my incapable hands, organizing the second meal of the day takes so long that I am surprised I haven’t starved to death by now.

My wife, Sue, who usually eats lunch with me and simplifies matters by having an apple and a cup of tea, marvels at how I can turn ...Read more

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Pa. could become the latest state to mandate 'evidence-based' reading instruction

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PHILADELPHIA -- As a reading specialist in the Cumberland Valley School District in Central Pennsylvania, Megan Gierka saw her roster of students who needed extra help swell to all but seven of her school’s second graders.

Gierka didn’t understand how so many children were struggling.

But as her school began to shift to a “structured ...Read more

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A battle over how to teach kids to read is playing out in Philly-area classrooms. Parents are losing trust

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PHILADELPHIA — As a first grader, Beth Taylor’s son had struggled to read. But in the years that followed, the Radnor Township School District suggested Taylor shouldn’t worry: Her son was close to reading at grade level, meeting the goals set by the district.

His main problem, teachers told her, was his behavior: “If he would just ...Read more


If this nation wanted to protect children we'd curb gun violence and poverty -- not criminalize IVF

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham health system is no longer performing in vitro fertilization procedures for fear of criminal prosecution following an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos have the same status as children in wrongful death lawsuits.

The decision, which will likely have wide-ranging implications for IVF clinics...Read more

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Frank Shyong: Lunar New Year traditions were abstract until my grandmother died

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Most years, I visit my family in Taiwan for Lunar New Year. And each trip, since I was very small, I have found myself before a family altar, with a stick of smoking incense in my hands, wondering exactly what I'm supposed to do, think or say.

None of my Taiwanese relatives ever offered any instructions that I can recall. In the convoluted ...Read more

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On Gardening: Add pop to the garden with ColorBlaze coleus

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The excitement for spring planting is building at a feverish pitch and many are wondering what they can do to add more pop to the landscape. The answer just may be ColorBlaze coleus, and I am not just talking a dab.

A dab is precisely how many of you have looked at coleus. One little coleus here should do just fine. This prevalent thinking ...Read more

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After heavy storms, Death Valley is now open to kayakers: The return of ghostly Lake Manly

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LOS ANGELES -- Storms pummeling Southern California have dramatically transformed Death Valley National Park, doubling the size of a vast temporary lake that is even visible to orbiting spacecraft.

Although water sports are a definite rarity for the hottest place on Earth, Park Ranger Abby Wines recently launched a small, inflatable kayak on ...Read more


Addicted to swiping right? Lawsuit claims Tinder and Hinge are designed to get users hooked

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If you’re swiping on dating apps for hours, you’re not alone — and a new lawsuit claims it’s by design.

Dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge are intentionally addictive, a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in California on Valentine’s Day claims.

Hidden algorithms push users to stay on the apps and “gamify dating” — ...Read more


Ask Anna: Navigating straight curiosity while in a queer relationship

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Dear Anna,

I'm seeking advice about my sexuality and relationship. I'm in a sapphic relationship and while I love my girlfriend deeply and envision a future with her, I can't shake this lingering curiosity about being with men — despite not actually wanting to act on it due to my commitment to my current relationship. As I've only been with ...Read more


Erika Ettin: Defining the relationship: More of a conversation than a specific milestone

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You’ve swiped right, had the first dates and are now “together” with a person. Great! Or is it?

A client recently reached out to me and said, “I’ve been seeing this guy for about a month from Hinge. I’ve met his family already, mine know about him. We’ve met each other’s friends. When is it OK to define the relationship? Do I ...Read more