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A Libyan Son Mourns His Father's 'Disappearance'

In his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar tells the tale of a father kidnapped — much like his own. Matar's father, a vocal opponent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, disappeared 20 years ago. No one knows if he is dead or alive. "Living in hope is a really terrible thing," Matar says.
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No Language Legacy: Where's The Sept. 11 Vocab?

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, linger in our thoughts, but not so much in our speech. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "it's striking that 9/11 and its aftereffects have left almost no traces in the language of everyday life."
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In GOP Presidential Field, Science Finds Skeptics

Republicans have a new front-runner for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who doubts the science of climate change and says creationism should be taught alongside evolution. He's not alone in these views, which may be on display before a national audience at Wednesday night's GOP debate.
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For Hollywood's Dream Factory, A Sober 'New Normal'

The attacks of Sept. 11 changed most everything about American life. As commentator John Ridley reflects, Hollywood and the stories it told were no exception.
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It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Frank Deford wonders about the state of the nation when its citizens think a football game is more important than the president's economic address.
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Tiny Gems: Irish Stories That Sparkle And Charm

The sound of the sea, the smell of rain — what makes Ireland such a magical place? Maybe its writers like Claire Keegan who tease the nuance and grace out of everyday interactions. Author Keith Donohue says each of Keegan's stories is a morsel worth savoring.
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Maryland Debuts New Uniform And The Country Cringes

In the season opener, the Terrapins beat the Miami Hurricanes. But nobody is talking about the game.

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