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Virginians Split On Whether Racial Divisions Persist

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With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington set to be observed this Wednesday, Virginians remain split on whether the U.S. is the country that Martin Luther King, Jr. hoped for in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, 45 percent of Virginians believe that people today are judged by the content of their character, while 44 percent say that they are judged instead by the color of their skin. Opinions split along racial lines: 55 percent of white respondents said people were judged by the content of their character, while 71 percent of blacks said that they are judged by the color of their skin.

Overall, the poll found that 60 percent of Virginians said that their children would live in a world less defined by race, though again race played a role in shaping that answer: 66 percent of whites said they were optimistic, while only 54 percent of blacks said the same.

The survey polled 1,589 Virginia adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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