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Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.
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When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.
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Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.
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During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?

Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.
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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.
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Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.
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Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy.
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U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.

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