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Nats' Bryce Harper Named NL Rookie Of The Year

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals has been voted National League Rookie of the Year, following a breakout season after being called up to the big leagues in late April.

Harper, just 19 years old, was a fan favorite at Nationals Park this season, with a .345 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, and 18 stolen bases. Fans rewarded him for his stellar performance in the outfield with a trip to the All-Star Game this summer, making him the youngest position player ever to receive the honor.

Harper got 16 of 32 first-place votes and 112 points from the NL panel. Arizona pitcher Wade Miley was second with 12 first-place votes and 105 points, followed by Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points.

In the American League, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL panel and was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008, according to the Associated Press.

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'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."
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Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.
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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.
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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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