While religion is diminishing in Great Britain, it remains a powerful force in the U.S. British author Alain de Botton suggests that faith is intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to the religious alone.
Back in 1995, one violent night reshaped the young lives of Phil and Laura Donney. Their parents were arguing, and their father murdered their mother. Phil was 7; his sister was 4. From then on, the children were raised by their mother's sisters.
At the end of games in most team sports, the excitement is ratcheted up when a team tries daring new tactics and gambles to win. Basketball seems alone in making the end of its games ugly and boring. And even the referees don't like it.
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