Arvind Mahankali, 12, finished third and ninth in the National Spelling Bee in the past two years, and has been stepping up his training, in hopes of finishing first this year. He's even trained his little brother, 8-year-old Srinath, to read phonetics so he can help with the drills. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Why Indian-Americans Reign As Spelling Bee Champs

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Romney's Views On Gay Marriage: Also Evolving?

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Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren holds up a poster of herself as Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., looks on during the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Boston on March 18. A civility pledge between the candidates has kept attack ads largely on the sidelines in their race. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Warren-Brown Pledge Keeps Attack Ads At Bay

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Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

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A Century Of Joy And Heartbreak At Fenway Park

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Fenway Park Celebrates 100 Years Of Baseball

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In Bullying Programs, A Call For Bystanders To Act

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Brownies from Troop 65343 in Brookline, Mass. recite the Girl Scout pledge. Enrollment in the organization has declined since the 1980s, but a modernizing makeover and new focus on minority and immigrant communities have helped some. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Girl Scouts: 100 Years Of Blazing New Trails

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Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk

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Bars and restaurants are already legally on the hook for stopping would-be drunken drivers. Some in Boston say valet parking attendants should be, too. Getty Images hide caption

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Should Valets Be Responsible For Drunk Drivers, Too?

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'Occupy Boston' Holds On As Other Camps Close

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In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, making same-sex marriage in the state illegal. Now, legal challenges to that initiative mean it could soon get a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Max Whittaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Same-Sex Marriage May Hinge On Supreme Court

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Would-Be First Ladies Bolster Husbands-In-Chief

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New England Fishermen Brace For Cod Restrictions

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Elizabeth Warren speaks in October during a debate for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts held by Republican Scott Brown. The race has become a contest of who is the "real" populist. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Mass. Senate Race A Battle Over Who's More Populist

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