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Heidi Stevens: Our parents were scandalized by our music. But listening together -- without judgment -- can be relationship glue.

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My son and I were driving home from school the other day when Gayle came on the radio, singing “ABCDE forget you.”

She doesn’t actually say “forget,” my son informed me. And she doesn’t say “broke-down car.” And she doesn’t say “stuff you call art.”

“Hang on,” he said. “I’ll play you the real one.”

I imagined ...Read more

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California to give $10,000 to low-income college students for community service work

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LOS ANGELES -- Kaelyn Hughes, 21, has wanted to teach since she was in third grade. For her, school has always been a place of solace — and she wants to share what education has meant to her with other children.

"I would like to show to other Black girls that you can do this — you can go to college. I came from a low-income area, and I ...Read more

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Column: Zoo birth boosts population of critically endangered orangutans

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SAN DIEGO -- Births are spreading New Year's cheer at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Zoo fans were saddened when charismatic 26-year-old orangutan, Satu, collapsed and died Dec. 22 while fighting an illness thought to be cancer. Since his birth at the Zoo in 1995, he had sired two offspring, a male and a female.

Thirteen days after his ...Read more

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Viral 'Critical Race Theory' painting created overnight fame for Detroit artist

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DETROIT -- Fame came abruptly for Detroit painter Jonathan Harris, whose viral "Critical Race Theory" painting went around the world in a matter of days in late 2021.

Social justice Facebook page The Other 98% shared the painting with its 6.5 million followers on Nov. 21 and, almost instantly, it was popping up on various social media platforms...Read more

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On Gardening: Today's garden plot becoming urbanized, revolutionized

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Friday, Jan. 14, a news flash came across my phone, saying: "A major food shortage is coming again in the United States." That headline coupled with what we are seeing in the places we shop is enough to cause a level of anxiety.

Deep down we have the feeling that we should grow some of our own food. You may be thinking you want to but don’t ...Read more

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Art installation: A grocery store made entirely of felt

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TAMPA, Fla. -- From the outside, the inviting space on Tampa’s Water Street looks like a real, fully-stocked grocery store. But come inside, and you’re entering the world of felt creations by British artist Lucy Sparrow.

Presented by the Vinik Family Foundation and Art Production Fund, Tampa Fresh Foods opens Jan. 20 and runs through Feb. ...Read more

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NYC gallery displays works of autistic and special needs artists

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NEW YORK -- A Manhattan gallery known for displaying works by world-famous names is hosting a rare exhibit by a unique group of relative unknowns: autistic and special needs artists.

ArtABILITY: An Inclusive Exhibition Celebrating Artists with Special Needs, at the Agora Gallery on W. 25 St. in Chelsea, features 40 artists and students at RISE ...Read more

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With no end in sight to pandemic life, parents find disruption is the new normal

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As my kindergartner fumbled with his shoes, I stood at our door sifting through the mental parenting checklist newly lodged in my brain: backpack. Sweatshirt. Snacks. Sunscreen. Water bottle. KN95 mask. Vaccination card.

Jesse asked for his cloth mask, and I explained again that if he wore that one he’d need to have on a surgical mask, too, ...Read more

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When beach gets dirty, the 'mayor of the beach' makes the grime go away, and the smiles turn up

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Thousands upon thousands of bright-eyed beachgoers have started their day at Las Olas and A1A, and the place looks pretty spiffy.

That’s because Bobby Williams was there first.

You might not know him, but he’s the guy who gets up well before dawn to keep Fort Lauderdale’s famous beachfront corner sparkling clean,...Read more

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'Wait for a good time : - ) Don't fight!' A guide to help teens persuade parents to let them get vaccinated

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LOS ANGELES -- When he has small slices of free time, wedged in between schoolwork and studying for academic quiz competitions, Arin Parsa scrolls through Reddit.

The 14-year-old from San Jose searches for posts about vaccines, and comments whenever he thinks he can be helpful, sometimes sharing a public health department's hotline or ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: 7 things NOT to do on a first date

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We’ve all been on bad first dates. When you think about them, are there any common themes? Below are seven things not to do on a first date. Whether you have chemistry or not, avoiding these things will make the date a better experience for everyone.

1. Talking about your ex/past relationships

If you’re talking about your ex in a positive ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: Divorcing or disowning a family member

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Some lawyers report that they see divorce filings spike in January. I guess people try to give it one last shot over the holidays, and when that goes bad, they pull the plug. What most family therapists have seen over the years is that this is also when people most often choose to end other toxic family relationships.

The new year can give us ...Read more

Ask Anna: Questioning assumptions about gender and sexuality

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Dear Anna,

I am in my 20s, and am very certain of my sexuality and gender identity as a straight, cisgender male. However, both in my personal life and in my media consumption, I find myself most often connecting emotionally to lesbian and WLW (women who love women) characters and relationships. I don't have a ton of close male friends (most of...Read more

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James Lileks: At the end of the day, awesome phrases still exist, literally

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Lake Superior State University has done the nation a favor again and issued its annual list of banished phrases. Is it possible to use them in one paragraph? Let's try.

"Wait, what? Asking for a friend. No worries, though. At the end of the day, let's take a deep dive into the new normal and circle back on the supply chain. That being said, ...Read more

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Living with Children: Avoid telling young kids about existential threats

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Q: My 3-year-old is fearful of trying anything new, including things other kids his age love to do such as swinging on a swing, sliding down a slide and splashing in a pool. I feel like I should begin talking to him about what to do in case of a fire in our house and "stranger danger,” but how can I make him aware of how serious these dangers ...Read more

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Lori Borgman: When GPS has the voice of a 7-year-old

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There were three options for finding our destination in Chicago: two smartphones or the 7-year-old granddaughter in the backseat. The husband was leaning toward a smartphone, but I was leaning toward the kid.

Ordinarily, I might not be comfortable letting a child guide us through the nation's third largest city, but she's grown up here. She ...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: If you put your child first, there's a compromise somewhere

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Q. Having a daughter was not planned. My child’s father and I were in college and not as careful as we should have been. Being so young, we discussed very little prior to having our child and when we broke up, agreed on very little. She is now 6 and we have both changed substantially. We both now go to church and want to instill what we ...Read more

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Easy winter home cleaning tasks you need to tackle

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Spring cleaning may get all the attention, but it's winter cleaning you need to pay attention to.

From checking the fireplace to cleaning windows, these tasks can often slip by throughout the year but are important in keeping a home free from dirt and germs.

"Constantly changing weather conditions and varying temperatures, means we often carry...Read more

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University of Pittsburgh, driven by COVID-19, to offer undergraduate public health major

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PITTSBURGH -- The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare worrisome gaps and inequities in how the nation protects its population from public health threats, but it's also sparking interest among younger Americans who see a career path stepping into that breach.

That's the thinking behind a University of Pittsburgh decision, announced Thursday, to formally...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: Portrait of the artist as a family guy

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As a husband, father and grandfather, which puts me at the bottom of the family pecking order, I have a lot in common with Brian Crane, the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist who created the wildly popular syndicated comic strip “Pickles.”

The only real difference between us — aside from the incredible fact that he has 16 more grandchildren ...Read more