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  1. Perspective: How to get your mind to read

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    Americans are not good readers. Many blame the ubiquity of digital media. We're too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. But Americans' trouble with reading predates digital technologies. The problem is not bad reading habits engendered by smartphones, …

  2. Perspective: Is the GOP tax plan an unprecedented windfall for the wealthy? We look at 50 years of data to find out.

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    The Democrats say President Donald Trump's tax cuts are a massive giveaway to the rich, the most unequal overhaul of the U.S. tax system in modern history. Republicans argue they are a huge middle class tax cut — "a great, big, beautiful Christmas present" for the American people, according to Trump.

    Who's …

  3. Perspective: Why trying new things is so hard to do

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    I drink a lot of Diet Coke: 2 liters a day, almost six cans' worth. I'm not proud of the habit, but I really like the taste of Diet Coke.

  4. Things looked bleak until these birds rapidly evolved bigger beaks

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    With Time magazine declaring "silence breakers" the Person of the Year for 2017 comes an acknowledgement: Nothing will ever be the same. A magazine can't wipe out sexual harassment. Roy Moore may very well get elected to the U.S. Senate despite multiple allegations of preying on teenage girls. Donald "grab 'em" …

  5. Perspective: Guilt can be good for your kid

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    Guilt can be a complicated element in the parent-child equation; we feel guilty, they feel guilty, we may make them feel guilty and then feel guilty about that. But certain kinds of guilt are a healthy part of child development.

  6. Here's the deal with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims about Native American background

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    Elizabeth Warren might never live down the charge of falsely claiming Native American roots. The controversy emerged during the Democrat's successful Senate run in Massachusetts in 2012, and it continues to dog her.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has no documented Native American roots.
  7. Perspective: Good news, fellow men! Our terrible behavior isn't biological.

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    While bent over locking up my bike in Chicago a few years ago, I heard the all-too-familiar sound of a wolf whistle. I turned around to get a look at the jerks accosting some woman on the street, only to realize I was the one who was being catcalled. A man passing by from behind had seen my long curly hair and tight …

  8. Perspective: To the 3 a.m. intruder who terrified my family: You got lucky. Here's how you can make up for it

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    On a recent Saturday at 3 a.m., my family was awoken by somebody howling, literally howling, on our porch. Then the man began pounding on our front door. Again and again and again, hitting the iron knocker against the wood as hard as he could, and, when that didn't do the trick, hurling his body against the door.

  9. Perspective: Here are the six main causes of car crashes -- and how to avoid them

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    Car crashes are mysteries. Even though roughly 6 million of them happen each year in the United States alone, we seldom learn much. When we do drive by a crash, we often slow down to have a look. But there's never much to see. Two crumpled cars. Maybe one upside down. An ambulance closing its doors. I usually feel bad …

    Accidents such this Clearwater crash are not always the work of the especially incompetent. Research into 6,950 crashes gave experts a detailed analysis of what happened in each one.
  10. Perspective: Hey kids, create your own public apology

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    Facing damning allegations of misconduct? Just fill out this easy form to generate a public apology that satisfies absolutely no one and results in a fresh wave of criticism!

    By Teddy Wayne

    Matt Lauer
  11. What would drive a man to shoot someone 17 times?

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    Anthony Roy and his wife retired to Clearwater to escape the violence in Washington, D.C. They moved into a house owned by his mother, and they loved it there. Then uninvited guests started loitering in their back yard and dealing drugs. They couldn't get them to leave, and they say they couldn't get help from the …

    The former home of Anthony Roy at 1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL. on March 29, 2017.  The home sits on the SW corner of Martin Luther King Jr Ave and Woodlawn St, at right,  The Clearwater Police Substation is on right across Woodlawn St.
  12. If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct

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    Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a study finds. The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth's living things.

    The Dinosaur Hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City shows why early mammals were nocturnal. Better to be a creature of the night and avoid this altogether.
  13. Oh, Florida! We should all be thankful for the lady accused of shoplifting while dressed as a turkey

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    The other day, I had a lovely chat with a lady who was arrested on charges of shoplifting ... while she was dressed as a turkey.

    Irene Leonhard, who lives in The Villages, put on a turkey costume to pass out candy at a Belk's store. She was arrested after police said surveillance cameras caught her swiping purses, an electric snow globe, jewelry and a waffle maker. [Photo courtesy of Irene Leonhard]
  14. Perspective: A link between alcohol and cancer? It's not nearly as scary as it seems

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    The headline had some of my friends in a panic.

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently warned that even light drinking could increase the risk of cancer, but absolute risks of light and moderate drinking are small. It’s important to understand the numbers.
  15. The bridge wobbles. So do you. That's when the trouble starts.

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    Only one county

    Out of all America's 3,141 counties, only one — Howard County, Iowa (population 9,332) — voted by more than 20 percentage points for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

  16. Perspective: How the 'Shalane Flanagan Effect' works

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    When Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon this month, her victory was about more than just an athletic achievement. Of course, it's a remarkable one: She's the first American woman to win in 40 years, and she did so in a blistering 2 hours 26 minutes.

    Marathoner Shalane Flanagan elevates women — and they then win races.
  17. Male mammoths died in 'silly ways' more often than females, study finds

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    Nearly ½

    of Americans told the Pew Research Center that they trust only "some" or "none" of their neighbors.

    More than ¼

  18. PolitiFact: Explaining the Virginia election results

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    As late as a few hours before the polls closed on Tuesday night, pundits were thinking Republican Ed Gillespie could pull off an upset in Virginia's open-seat gubernatorial race.

    Ralph Northam takes the stage at his victory rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday. Many are looking at the Virginia race as a harbinger of the 2018 midterm elections. (Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez)
  19. PolitiFact: John Kelly, the Civil War and the slavery compromise that almost was

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    The uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly's comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country's history of slavery.

    Photo by McPherson & Oliver, War Department, National Archives and Records Administration
This famous photograph, usually titled “The Scourged Back,” shows a slave named Gordon, who escaped in Mississippi by rubbing himself with onions to throw off the bloodhounds. He took refuge with the Union Army at Baton Rouge, La., and in 1863 engraved portraits of him were printed in Harper’s Weekly, showing him “as he underwent the surgical examination previous to being mustered into the service — his back furrowed and scarred with the traces of a whipping administered on Christmas Day last.”
  20. Meet the overcompensators, plants that get tougher when attacked

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    President Donald Trump is an avid viewer of Fox News and its morning program Fox & Friends, which is seen as offering more favorable coverage of the administration than other news outlets. His early morning tweets often reference coverage on the program.