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Steve Jobs Didn't Invent Design, But He Patented It

The late Apple co-founder had his name on more than 300 patents for the devices and apps that changed our lives. It wasn't just to keep company property safe; Jobs intended to make design as valuable as function.
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Three Pilgrimages To Gain 'A Sense Of Direction'

Gideon Lewis-Kraus didn't know what to do with his life, so he took three very long walks. In his new memoir, he describes his journeys in Spain, Japan and Ukraine. "The whole idea of pilgrimage is that you're hoping that you're going to rise to the occasion in some way," he says.
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You Two, Move To The Back Of The Line

The word "mother" has a surprising property. If you move the first two letters to the end, you get "thermo," the prefix for "heat." Every answer today is another six-letter word that, when you move the first two letters to the end, you get another word or phrase.
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The 12 Days Of Disaster That Made Modern Chicago

In 1919, Chicago was called the "youngest great city in the world." World War I had just come to a close, troops were coming home, industry was booming and crime was down. But in mid-July, just about everything that could go wrong in Chicago did.
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How TV Brought Gay People Into Our Homes

From Will and Grace to Modern Family, studies show getting to know gay characters on television has changed Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality. One researcher says it's an effect that could snowball.
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Montgomery County Summer Programs Begin Soon

Montgomery County's summer program registration is in full swing.

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'In One Person': A Tangled Gender-Bender

Desire can have a profound effect on young adults during their formative years. Novelist John Irving turns 70 this year, and his latest novel is a coming-of-age story about loss, identity and AIDS — told by a bisexual narrator named Billy Abbott.
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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait Plays Not My Job

Some people have sick and twisted ideas and end up in jail. Some people have sick and twisted ideas and end up making great, funny, twisted movies. Comedian, writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait is thankfully one of the latter. His latest movie is God Bless America.
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'Dark Shadows': A Retro Redo Lacking Life And Luster

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest collaboration adapts the vintage Gothic soap opera, focusing on aristocratic vampire Barnabas Collins as a fish out of water in the 1970s. NPR's Bob Mondello says that except for Depp's clever turn as Barnabas, there isn't much to sink your teeth into.

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