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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.
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A Quest To Seek The Sublime In The Spiritual

Study after study shows that religious people are more fulfilled. But why? Commentator Eric Weiner describes the journey he took to find the happiness in holiness.
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The Continuing Lessons Of A Bad Break

In her weekly commentary, Michele Martin revisits the lessons and life experiences of a broken arm.
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With End To Iraq War, Thousands Are Left Wounded

Host Michel Martin reflects on the struggle to get by with physical injury. As the Iraq war recedes from the headlines, she says, it's even more important not to let the needs of those who have sacrificed disappear from our consciousness.
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Phones In Hand, Busy Mourners Miss The Story

Cell phone cameras and digital tablets can turn just about any consumer into an amateur journalist. Writer Gwen Thompkins wonders when the amateurs will realize what the professionals already know: Recording an event often stops reporters from experiencing what's right in front of them.

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