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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?

A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording

Aaron didn't think he would ever tell a teacher he was living on the street. But sharing a recording of his personal story, he says, was a relief.

Attorney For Young Victims Helps Families In Search Of Justice

Cynthia Wright takes on cases no one else wants to hear about: crimes against children. She sees herself as an advocate for those who can't speak for themselves and a support for their families.

Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis

Ramis, the actor and director best known for his comedies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, died on Monday. In an age of bombast and snickering, Ramis remembered the importance of compliments.

Week In Politics: Ukraine, Ariz. Veto And Obama's Task Force

Our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Ukraine, the president's new task force and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto.

A Cowboy Stunt Double Who Made The Stars Look Good

For decades, Dean Smith doubled for Gene Autry, John Wayne and other Hollywood stars in some of America's most iconic Westerns. Those days are behind him, but Smith is still a cowboy at heart.

It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.

Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

A Ukrainian skier has pulled out of the Olympics to show solidarity with protesters back home. While the impact of her move is unclear, forgoing a chance at a medal is a powerful symbol.

The Lives Of Blind Brothers Changed When 'Dad' Came Knocking

Leo, Nick and Steven are triplets whose single mother had a hard time caring for them. Their lives changed when a blind man in their community heard about their situation.

Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please

Commentator Frank Deford says the NFL is home to bullies, wife beaters, racists and, yes, some homophobes. But to suggest that one young gay man in the locker room would be too much for that bunch to stomach, he says, is "ludicrous."