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Encyclopedia Brown: The Great Sleuth From My Youth

Author Donald Sobol's death takes crime novelist Jonathan Hayes back to his childhood, and the books that informed who he became.
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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.

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Would Romney, Already Looked At Skeptically By The Right, Pick Rice?

One of Mitt Romney's problems is that he still faces resistance from some conservatives who don't trust his ideological core. That's one reason why the recent speculation about Romney naming Condi Rice, who is pro-choice, as VP doesn't make sense.
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Blind Sportscaster Bob Greenberg Remembered

Bob Greenberg died this week at the age of 67. He was a sportscaster, who happened to be blind. When I've told people he's one of the most extraordinary people I've ever worked with, there's usually polite incomprehension: A blind sportscaster?
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Week In Politics: Romney At Bain, NAACP

Melissa Block speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and syndicated columnist Mona Charen. They discuss Romney defending his record at Bain Capital and the NAACP convention.
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Wish You Were Here: The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Writer David Rowell always imagined what a seaside town with a boardwalk could be. He found it as an adult, on Delaware's Rehoboth Beach.
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The 'Political Animals' Running Washington, D.C.

Greg Berlanti's new series on the USA Network stars Sigourney Weaver as the secretary of state and former first lady. Critic John Powers says he suspects that "even a Martian" would realize Weaver's character is based on Hillary Clinton — and that's not a bad thing.
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Commentary: District Marriage Laws Should Get With The Times

While Maryland voters will soon decide whether same-sex couples can get hitched, marriage laws in the District suffer a much more basic problem – restrictions on who can officiate weddings.

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Going To The Game: The Price Is Wrong?

With tickets to games as expensive as they are, commentator Frank Deford wouldn't be surprised if a trip to a ballgame becomes a once-in-a-lifetime event, like visiting the Grand Canyon.

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