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Reminders Flood In: Athletes Are People, Not Heroes

We often put athletes on a pedestal. But after the latest accusations of bad behavior — accusations that include a murder charge against Oscar Pistorius — it may be time to lower that pedestal several notches, says Frank Deford.
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Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

What if, before your child was born, you could make sure they had the genes to be taller or smarter? Would that tempt you, or would you find it unnerving? Two teams of experts debate genetic engineering in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Op-Ed: It's Time To Recognize The Valor Of Cyber Warriors

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the military will award a new medal to recognize exceptional accomplishments in areas including drone and cyber warfare. Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer argues that this is an important step in recognizing the changing nature of war.
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In Loving Memory Of A Wife, Daughter And Fallen Soldier

Tracy Johnson lost her wife to war, but she didn't lose her family.
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Is Honest Abe's Stovepipe Hat A Fake?

State officials in Illinois want to conduct DNA tests on the top hat on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to see if he ever really wore it. Museum officials think the idea is worse than bad.
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Tales Of Transformation Make 'Vampires In The Lemon Grove' A Stunner

Karen Russell's new collection of short stories has dead presidents reincarnated as horses, girls turning into silkworms, and vampires who quench their thirst for blood with lemons. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that in Russell's world we aren't fixed in space and time but can change at any moment.
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A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life

He was in his late 50s. She was in her late 40s. Louis and Harriet Caplan talk about how they became a couple at a stage in life when most people give up on falling in love, and about making the most of their time together.

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