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  • Why we need a summer read

    A summer read can be fun, compelling, intriguing, heartwarming. Every once in a while, a summer read can be life-changing.

  • A search that changes perceptions

    From Galileo's rudimentary telescope to the mighty Hubble, our ability to peer deeper into the cosmos affects how we see ourselves.

  • The triumph of innocence

    Ricky Jackson's four decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit is the story of injustice, perseverance, and, most of all, grace.

  • Quality child care: what’s at stake

    Child care in today's economy is a problem with millions of patchwork solutions, many far from ideal. Can we do better for kids and parents?

  • In the middle -- and seeking an identity

    Eastern Europe has been free to choose its own destiny for only a quarter century. Little wonder that it is wary of the big powers on either side.

  • Making social media more social

    The Internet allows everyone to be a publisher. But just beyond your first "Hello, world" you'll encounter a world of reaction -- sometimes fun, often cruel.

  • What motivates barrier breakers?

    The young men and women who go through the US military's Ranger School aren't motivated by fame or fortune. They are motivated by values and causes that can't be publicized or monetized.

  • Behind a changing equation

    The US-Saudi relationship epitomizes the old maxim that nations don’t have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. 

July 6, 2015

Photos of the Fourth of July weekend

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton flexes her muscles with Miss Teen New Hampshire Allie Knault (c.) and Miss New Hampshire Holly Blanchard, during a Fourth of July parade, Saturday, in Gorham, N.H.

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