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Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

With his brown skin and long dreadlocks, Marc Quarles stands out in his predominantly white neighborhood. He's particularly aware of that, he says, when his biracial children aren't with him.
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After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.
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For Veteran, Hospice Care Work Connects Him To Family

Ron Riveira, who served in the Navy and Marines, now does hospice care for vets and says it allows him to help people like his grandparents. "Every time I go into a home, I see a piece of my family."
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Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cubs fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.
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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

After Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he would talk about ending his life. Today, he can't even recall those conversations.
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For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.
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Week In Politics: Midterm Results And The New Congress

Robert Siegel talks about what's next for Congress and the White House after the midterm elections with regular contributors E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review.
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Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Commentator Frank Deford explains why he thinks football has a better claim on being America's national pastime than baseball.
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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

Trista Matascastillo was in officer training when she was sexually assaulted by someone she served with. Then she discovered she was pregnant. For six years, she didn't tell anybody what had happened.
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Week In Politics: Midterm Elections

Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about the upcoming midterm elections.

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