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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

The Marines are conducting a yearlong experiment aimed at settling whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat. The goal is to create gender-neutral physical standards.

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StoryCorps

Grandpa The Gardener Helped Nurture Seedling Grandson

A man remembers the grandfather who taught him valuable lessons and helped him grow. "He is a part of everything that I am," says Santiago Arredondo.

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In 2014, BookCon responded to the We Need Diverse Books campaign by inviting it to form its own panel. Pictured here, left to right: I.W. Gregorio, Mike Jung, Matt de la Pena, Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson. Courtesy of ReedPOP hide caption

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Book News & Features

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.

Striking French teachers hold a German flag as they take part in a nationwide protest against new measures aimed at revamping the country's school system, in Marseille, France, on May 19. France's 840,000 teachers are largely opposed to the reform, their unions say, fearing it will increase competition between schools and exacerbate inequalities. Jean-Paul Pelissier /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

France has one of the world's highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a "dumbing down."

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It's All Politics

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents, and the candidates are hearing about it.

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Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Salt

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

A lot of junk nutrition science gets reported in the media. It's a big problem. But did a science journalist's elaborate hoax to expose the crisis go too far?

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