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A couple who lost their son want to donate his belongings to help arriving Afghan families

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PHILADELPHIA 19—John Kelly and his wife, Christina, had held on to their son's childhood belongings, his Lego blocks and Beanie Babies, thinking that if they ever became grandparents, the kids might like to play with their father's old toys.

That "someday" vanished in November, gone with their only child, Thomas, age 30.

His dresser, bed, ...Read more

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A woman paid for a street sign to remember her brother who was killed. It set off a dispute in a changing neighborhood

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BALTIMORE — Empty liquor bottles rest like grave markers on a Baltimore street corner. Here, men show their love for the departed with expensive bottles.

Crown Royal whisky. Limited edition Hennessy cognac. Imported tequila. Top shelf for Anthony Covington.

In the mornings, however, city crews clear out the bottles left to mark the spot ...Read more

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Living with Children: Why? Because I said so

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When I was a graduate student, one of the parenting memes then emerging from within the mental health professional community had it that “children deserved explanations.” The flip side of that very progressive notion was that parents should never say “Because I said so” in response to “Why?” or “Why not?”

One of the books I read...Read more

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What it's like to raise children born on Sept. 11, a day marked with tragedy

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On Sept. 11, 2010 — 9 years after planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York, at the Pentagon and crashed in a Pennsylvania field — I was hooked up to contraptions halfway across the country in a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, bringing new life into the world.

My twins, Kayla and Kendall, were born about 5 weeks early that ...Read more

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Your guide to the ultimate family tree: How to trace your lineage back centuries

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DETROIT – Jessica Trotter went from working on a heritage Girl Scouts badge in elementary school to tracing back her lineage three centuries.

Now, Trotter, 44, of Lansing, Michigan, is helping others do the same by exploring genealogy, the study of family and family history. Trotter authors a blog, www.genieroadtrip.com, packed with advice. ...Read more

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Family of woman who died from COVID urges other pregnant women to get vaccine

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Braxten Goodwin walked across the stage to receive her bachelor's degree in 2019, her extended family, packed in an overflow room and watching from a screen at Lincoln University in Columbia, Missouri, burst with pride.

When she gave birth to her first child in Kansas City a few months later, a dozen family members sat...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS'

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.

What it’s about: The latest Marvel movie features the first Asian superhero, who faces his past and reckons with his family while coming into his own powers.

The kid attractor factor: Kids and teens will be drawn to the superhero ...Read more

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Minn. family may be trapped as town declares their access road doesn't exist

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MORA, Minn. – The gravel road that Renee and Andy Crisman live on, the road they drive every day, has disappeared.

The gravel is still there. But in the midst of a bitter struggle with local officials just outside this central Minnesota city, Hillman Township supervisors informed the Crismans earlier this month that, in their view, the road ...Read more

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Awesome day as Paralympic veteran joins NYC kids and their wheelchairs for long-awaited in-person workout

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NEW YORK – Paralympian Arielle Rausin came to Icahn Stadium in New York to deliver a little bit of instruction and a whole lot of inspiration.

The 27-year-old Californian met live and in person Saturday with eight kids from the New York Roadrunners’ Youth Wheelchair Training program after conducting remote classes with the aspiring young ...Read more

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'It's stupid to protest': Children reveal what it's like to wear a mask all day

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Thrilled to return to school after last year’s quarantine, South Florida’s kids are putting on their masks each morning and forgetting about them for most of the day.

Meanwhile, the adults quarrel: the governor with school boards, anti-mask parents with school officials, pro-mask parents with state officials they have taken to court for ...Read more

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Georgia hospitals stretched with influx of kids battling COVID-19, other viruses

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The soaring number of children contracting COVID-19 is straining Georgia's pediatric health care system.

More kids than ever before are suffering from coronavirus cases so severe that they need to be hospitalized, filling pediatric wards at a time when physicians are also contending with an unseasonable surge of other respiratory viruses.

Many...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'REMINISCENCE'

Rated PG-13 for strong violence, drug material throughout, sexual content and some strong language.

What it’s about: A dystopian detective noir about a man diving into his memory to find a mysterious woman.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult drama, not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: If you go...Read more

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Delta COVID-19 is making more kids sick. Are they getting sicker than before?

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The COVID-19 delta variant is driving up infections among children across the country, many of whom are too young to be vaccinated against the disease, just as they prepare to head back to classrooms this month.

After declining from April through June, cases among U.S. children rose sharply in late July, according to the American Academy of ...Read more

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Can kids develop long COVID? Study offers clues as new school year looms

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Months after developing COVID-19, many people continue to suffer debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, depression and “brain fog,” sometimes appearing long after infections subside and affecting even those who only experienced mild bouts of the disease.

The condition, commonly referred to as “long COVID-19,” ...Read more

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After getting his DNA results, he messaged a stranger: I think you might be my father

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LOS ANGELES — One evening last fall, after his three young children went to bed, Joseph Arriaga sat at his laptop and sent a Facebook message to a stranger.

"Hello Robert. My name is Joseph," it began. "I was born in 1992."

So many of Arriaga's defining memories had built toward this message. There was the time, around third grade, when a ...Read more

For parents of unvaccinated kids, worsening delta variant brings alarm, questions

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LOS ANGELES — New evidence about the delta variant’s ability to infect and spread even among those who are fully vaccinated has been particularly alarming for parents of young children who are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many parents who thought their children faced limited risks of getting the coronavirus are now ...Read more

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Miscarriage is common, yet shrouded in stigma and shame. Amanda Knox wants to change that

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One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the World Health Organization. But while there are cultural scripts for responding to pregnancy and birth, there isn't one for miscarriage. Instead, families facing pregnancy loss often experience shame, stigma and isolation.

Amanda Knox wants to change that.

Knox, who in 2015 was ...Read more

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Not everyone who is eligible for the child tax credit is receiving it

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Families nationwide began receiving child tax credit payments from the federal government last week, but some worry the poorest Americans may never see a dollar.

Huge numbers of people are eligible for cash under the American Rescue Plan, including the most needy Americans. But many of them make so little money, they don't file taxes, which is ...Read more

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Baby boom or bust? How the pandemic has changed pregnancy and birth rates.

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Early in the pandemic, there were predictions that stay-at-home orders would spawn a baby boom.

“Nine months after folks are forced to hunker down and ride out a natural disaster, the birth rate suddenly spikes,” explained an article on Fatherly, a parenting news website. “Whether it’s the boredom...or the sense of impending doom, there...Read more

Bigotry confines their trans daughter at home. Her parents worry what she'll do when they're gone

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LOS ANGELES – He starts his shift before dawn working three industrial fryers at a frozen food factory. Jose Morales lifts a basket of burritos out of one vat of oil, hangs it to dry and dunks another in, all day juggling hot metal that has left mottled scars on his inner arms.

After work, he guides his 30-year-old stepdaughter Sandy Vazquez ...Read more