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Loops And Swirls: You might have the best cursive handwriting in the land, but your kids probably don't. Does learning to write in cursive help kids' brains grow? Richard Goerg/iStockphoto hide caption

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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.

Even if a suspect password-protects his or her phone, police still have some ways of getting into it. iStockphoto hide caption

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Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It

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Manuel "Manny" Aguirre, 80, has been mixing cocktails at Musso and Frank Grill in Los Angeles for more than two decades. He works part time and could retire — but he doesn't want to. Courtesy of Musso and Frank Grill hide caption

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Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health

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Loops And Swirls: You might have the best cursive handwriting in the land, but your kids probably don't. Does learning to write in cursive help kids' brains grow? Richard Goerg/iStockphoto hide caption

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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

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Activists rally for a united Ukraine in Donetsk on March 5. They were attacked by pro-Russia supporters, but Russian media reported that pro-Russian demonstrators were attacked by soccer hooligans. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Divided Donetsk, Russians And Ukrainians Vie For Support

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The dollar orchid (Prosthechea boothiana) is among the native species soon to be planted in South Florida trees. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hide caption

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Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees

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A tall, rubbery weed with golden flowers Dalmatian toadflax is encroaching on grasslands in 32 U.S. states. pverdonk/Flickr hide caption

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In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

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New Gods is Scottish songwriter Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand. Laura Lewis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

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