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Why I’m so grateful to Steve

I’m a can-do guy. But this problem was beyond my ability – or desire – to solve.

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Popular bands turn to covers for charity

Recent releases, all of which benefit charities, use the occasion of a significant anniversary to revisit a specific album.

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Top Picks: 'American Folk,' Smithsonian Channel's 'Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp'

The film 'The Philadelphia Story' and its legendary trio of stars – Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart – returns to theaters, the automobiles of Pixar return with 'Cars 3,' and more top picks.

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Beyond ticket sales: 'Black Panther' wields cultural punch

The movie is headed for a box office blitz. But it is the potential it has to elevate the role models for young people of color that has rallied donations of more than $400,000 from across the globe to help send thousands of children in the US to see it. 

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McDonald's tries to shake its junk food image by slimming down Happy Meal

The Happy Meal menu will soon no longer list cheeseburgers and chocolate milk, although diners can specifically ask for them with the kid's meal. 

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Meanwhile... in Nouakchott, Mauritania, a determined group of teenagers is working to improve the country’s capital

In Cyprus, British soldiers have a high-tech ally in their fight against bird trapping: drones. And in Kigali, Rwanda, the country hosted its first robotics boot camp last month.

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Someone to lean on arrives just when you need them

Crises may foster friendships as nurturing as they are brief.

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Galentine's Day: Why the appeal of 'ladies celebrating ladies' endures

The Feb. 13 holiday, invented by NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation,' is in its eighth year of bringing gal pals together to honor friendship. Observers and participants note the timeliness of an event that highlights women and interpersonal connections.  

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What are you watching? Readers recommend 'The Eagle Huntress,' 'Young Sheldon'

Monitor TV and movie fans share what they've been watching lately.

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Museums woo a new generation with 'Instagram worthy' art

Curators are increasingly crafting exhibits with selfie-seeking Millennials in mind. In L.A., a hotbed for the trend on the West Cost, installation shows sell out in minutes.

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Meanwhile... in Mongolia, there is excitement about young opera singers

And in San Rafael, Colombia, workers are searching out and defusing land mines in an effort to make good on the government’s promise to demine the country by 2021, while in Ethiopia’s Harenna Forest, about 600 families practice a tradition of beekeeping dating back at least to the 4th century. 

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I am tugged into the past by a string

Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long.

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What are you watching? We want to know

We've started a new feature that will present reader-provided suggestions for worthy viewing, and we'd like to hear from you.

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Top Picks: The Kronos Quartet's 'Ladilikan,' 'Chasing Trane,' and more top picks

The Calendars 5 app will keep track of your busy schedule, PBS's 'American Masters – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart' delves into the life of the 'A Raisin in the Sun' writer, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Yerevan, Armenia, a young woman hopes to help jump-start education

And in Najaf, Iraq, Ahmad Shukor, an engineer and vintage car enthusiast, plans to open a vintage car showroom, while in Giza, Egypt, scientists from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics are hoping that tiny robots will help them solve one of history’s great mysteries.

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What Shiloh taught me about living in the now

If a treat were offered but not immediately given, he let me know. 

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Top Picks: The Sky Guide AR app, 'May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers,' and more top picks

The Viking Age Podcast is currently exploring the story of the Germanic people who influenced European culture, Sam Elliott stars as a former movie star best known for westerns in the movie 'The Hero,' and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Senegal, elementary schools are experimenting with teaching students in the native language of Wolof

And in Isla Montecristo, El Salvador, residents help to collect the eggs of the endangered olive ridley, a black-green sea turtle, and then take them to Gio Díaz, while in Heidelberg, South Africa, a retiree noticed that vegetables were being stolen from his home garden, so he planted a new garden bordering right on the street to make it easier for those in need to pick the food.

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In Finnish, I’ve only begun

Our exchange student’s English was perfect; my ‘suomi,’ not so much.

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Exhibit, film examine American Indians’ cultural contributions, depictions

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian explores the role that American Indian names, images, and stories have played in history, identity, and pop culture in the US. The well-received 2016 documentary 'Rumble' details how American Indians have changed popular music.

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