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Double Axels And Death Spirals — Yes, Figure Skating Is A Sport

It's not easy to qualify what makes a sport a sport. Commentator Frank Deford says his broadest, most inclusive definition is anything that involves competing in a physical activity.
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Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home

Will Sochi be a city of super-sized, expensive venues that sit mostly empty in the future? Maybe having different cities host the Olympics doesn't make much sense.
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An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games

Vladimir Putin's Olympics remind commentator Frank Deford of prescription medicine ads — the kind with the short list of benefits and long disclaimer.
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When Jeremiah Couldn't Take More Bullying, He Took His Life

He was 14 when he killed himself in 2008. A big kid with a learning disability, he had faced years of bullying by his classmates. Just about a month into his first year of high school, Jeremiah had had enough. His father remembers him as a loyal friend, saying, "I'm very proud that he was my son."
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Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools

Suicide bombings like the one that killed two university colleagues in Kabul prompt many Americans to tell themselves they're safe from targeted violence in the U.S. We know that isn't true, says NPR's Jacki Lyden.
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Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?
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A Black Chef At An All-White Club Who 'Never Looked Back'

After his father suffered a heart attack, 13-year-old Clayton Sherrod got a job washing dishes at a country club in Birmingham, Ala. By the time he turned 19 in 1964, he was the executive chef.
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Hackers? Techies? What To Call San Francisco's Newcomers

Linguist Geoff Nunberg lives in the Mission and says young tech employees have been pouring into the neighborhood. But what to call these new residents? He says the term "techie" used to suggest a computer whiz with no social skills; now it suggests one with no social conscience.
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Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Everyone's announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, and NPR's Melody Kramer mines the tech startup culture for some humorous ideas.
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A New Rule For The Workplace: 'Hug Sparingly'

Research psychologist Peggy Drexler is calling for an end to the "hugging arms race," particularly at work. She has ways for non-huggers to avoid an unwanted embrace without feeling awkward.

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