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'Beauty will save the world': Tent City Barbers gives hope to unhoused

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Six tents sit along the side of Seaport Boulevard in Redwood City, California, tucked between rock quarries and a refinery.

There are no houses in the area. Just a railroad track, some warehouses and the water.

Drivers who pass by would miss it if they blink. Or perhaps the sight of encampments has become so common in the Bay Area today that ...Read more

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A 'degenerate collector' paid $9,000 for Trump sneakers -- and says they're worth more

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PHILADELPHIA -- Roman Sharf is a collector. His most recent addition to his conglomeration? A $9,000 pair of sneakers autographed by former President Donald Trump.

The golden high tops, which don an American flag on the ankle and the letter T in the center, are titled “Never Surrender.” The image of the shoes went viral after Trump unveiled...Read more

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Newest 'Dune' movie is a hit for Denver board-game maker

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DENVER -- In “Dune: Part 2,” Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) rallies the Fremen people against the oppressive House Harkonnen, leading to an epic clash that unites characters from across the galaxy that author Frank Herbert first visited in his 1965 science-fiction novel “Dune.”

Director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel, which opened ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Crush or lust? How to decipher your feelings

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Dear Anna,

Lately, I've found myself questioning the nature of my attraction toward a new acquaintance of mine. He's charming, always has an interesting story to share, and I can't deny the physical attraction. However, I really can’t tell if this is the beginning of a short-term crush developing, or if I just need to get laid? It’s been a ...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: The Curse of the Zezbino

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I will never get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame unless I buy a ticket. That’s because my batting average in Little League was lower than my weight and my winning percentage as the manager of my daughters’ softball team was just as bad.

But even though mighty Jerry struck out countless times, memories of my misadventures on a field ...Read more

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Weddings at SoCal's glass chapel cost $6K. But there's not enough cash to save it

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LOS ANGELES — In the last year, the Instagram-famous Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes has held an estimated 400 weddings in the glass-walled structure overlooking the ocean, costing each couple $5,400 — and more if they scheduled their nuptials on a weekend or opted for the floral or candle add-ons.

But despite its steep fees, the ...Read more

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Venerable L.A. church dome at risk of collapse

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LOS ANGELES -- When Pastor Frank Wulf thinks about his congregation being unable to worship in their home of 100 years, he is reminded of the Old Testament scripture of the Israelites in exile.

Wulf's church, Echo Park United Methodist Church on North Alvarado Street and Reservoir Street in northeast Los Angeles, is not currently safe for ...Read more

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Wedding loans: How to finance wedding costs

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Whether you’d like a large, extravagant wedding or a small, casual affair, you may find yourself short on cash as you get deeper into planning out the details. This is where a wedding loan could be helpful in making your big day a dream come true.

Wedding loans make sense for some scenarios, but not all. Weigh the alternatives before jumping ...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: School draws clothing onto children's book illustrations after latest book ban attempt. We're not powerless to stop this madness

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Who knew kids reading books could cause such panic?

First, a school district in Florida banned dictionaries from its libraries on the grounds that allowing students to read them violates HB 1069, which lets residents demand the removal of any library book that “depicts or describes sexual conduct.”

Now, elementary school libraries in ...Read more

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Eureka! How a Stanford study revealed the success of research failures

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An important paper recently published by an esteemed Stanford research team reported an unusual result: An experiment went wrong.

Usually, scientists seek to burnish their reputations by announcing positive news of a discovery that solves a problem or transforms how we view the world.

But this negative news — which ...Read more

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On Gardening: The Year of the Angelonia: Let the celebration commence

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The National Garden Bureau has designated 2024 as the "Year of the Angelonia" and I am in full celebration mode. As I was preparing for my contribution to the celebration, I was however sent into taxonomic trauma.

For the last 26 years of deep love for the angelonia, or summer snapdragon, I have told everyone via newspaper, radio and TV that ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Redefining the 'player': Classy, honest and empowered dating for women

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Dear Anna,

Do female players exist? If so, how do I become one? I want to keep it classy and maintain my integrity while I get out there and experience as much as I can. — Getting Action Makes Excitement Outwardly Novel

Dear GAMEON,

Of course female players exist! (As do players of all genders.) The reason you don’t hear about them as ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Exclusivity vs. official: What's the difference?

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I’ve received a lot of questions in the past six months—more than ever before—asking if there’s a difference between being exclusive with someone and the relationship being “official.” People are also asking, “How long should I wait after being exclusive before being ‘official’?”

The question usually comes from someone who ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: 'Very aggressive treatment' on the streets of Skid Row from a renegade M.D.

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LOS ANGELES -- The team gathered at 4th and Crocker streets and headed south, into the blue-tented netherworld of social collapse, armed with life-saving drug-overdose kits and injectable, long-acting anti-psychotic medication.

"We're trying very aggressive treatment on the streets," said Dr. Susan Partovi. "Housing definitely saves your life, ...Read more

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KY's Choctaw Academy is a marker of Native American history. Time's running out to save it

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In a rural Scott County, Kentucky, pasture, stands a monument to Native American history nearly lost to time.

The structure of stacked stone is unassuming, resembling a dilapidated country cottage. For more than a century it had been used as a barn, but in the early 1800s it was a dormitory for native boys and young men studying at a school ...Read more

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Elephant seals, once nearly extinct, are finding new places to call home

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Wildlife is vanishing around the world, plummeting at rates unprecedented in human history.

Then there are elephant seals.

Once on the brink of extinction, elephant seals are expanding north into new breeding grounds along the California coast, turning long-empty beaches into a ruckus of roars, grunts, chirps and moans.

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Notre Dame's tiny namesake shows plight of religious colleges

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Times are hard on the campus of Notre Dame.

Not the famous University of Notre Dame, home to Fighting Irish football and more than 13,000 students — little Notre Dame College, a less prestigious Roman Catholic school in the Midwest.

Over the past decade, the 102-year-old private college with about 1,400 students, located in South Euclid, ...Read more

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At one Philly school, 'Jenks Dads on Duty' change the dynamic at pickup and dropoff

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PHILADELPHIA — In frigid or sweltering weather, in sleet or snow or pouring rain, the dads are there — managing the morning car line, high-fiving students, and keeping an eye on the playground at J.S. Jenks Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Khayri McKinney, father of four Jenks students, wouldn’t be anywhere else than where he is every ...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

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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