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As dentists and doctors offices begin to open for routine, preventative care appointments, some may be concerned about how safe it is for a visit. If you're one of those people in need of a physical or teeth cleaning, experts have shared some advice on what to do with NPR. Aimee Palumbo, an epidemiologist at Temple University, says people should consider their health status when pondering ...

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It figures to be a very different kind of summer this time around. Though the calendar - and weather - indicate that it's time to embrace some outdoorsy fun, many of us will still be spending plenty of time close to home. Fortunately, television programmers are providing lots of new content to keep us occupied, including a fresh take on "Perry Mason," a rousing performance of "Hamilton," a ...

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There are a lot of reasons why this successful basketball coach hasn't gotten a better job at a big ACC school. Some are shouted. Some are only whispered. How he builds his program, for one thing. People are open about that. Lots of transfers. Lots of kids from junior colleges. ACC programs recruit blue-chip freshmen. This coach has found success - has been forced to find success - by working ...

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PHILADELPHIA - As the Philadelphia area moves toward reopening after weeks of stay-at-home orders to contain the spread of COVID-19, one thing is clear: this summer will look much different than in years passed. Though we will soon be lifting many restrictions, our routines will still be disrupted in all sorts of ways, and there is much we don't know about the future. Will there be a second ...

More electric hum than internal combustion vroom, the motorsports documentary "And We Go Green" efficiently introduces Formula E to a broader audience. The fledgling all-electric auto racing circuit, launched in 2014, has garnered a devoted following internationally but, despite holding Formula E races in Long Beach, Miami and New York, has made less of an impact in the U.S. Formula E is ...

PHILADELPHIA - It isn't unusual for Shalonda Ellis to wash her hands 20 times during a six-hour shift. Seven or eight people a day come and go from the Northeast Philadelphia home of the woman Ellis cares for, and a few aren't particularly concerned about spreading the coronavirus. But Ellis knows enough to be terrified of bringing the virus home to her own family. "Everything you touch, ...

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It's not unusual for politicians and candidates for office to express their fervent and unwavering support for the Second Amendment. Now would be an ideal time for them to show the same allegiance to the First Amendment and its guarantee of a free press. Journalists across the nation are coming under attack as they go about covering the protests and unrest washing across the nation - one of ...

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Now that warm weather is here, I was intrigued by this recent letter from a reader in Corvallis, Ore.: "A few months ago, you wrote that Victoria's Secret Body Mist called Bombshell seems to repel mosquitos. If I am outdoors at twilight I usually end up with about 50-75 insect bites. Even during sleep at night, I will end up with several (10 or more) bites of some sort. I tried that body mist, ...

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While the status that comes with being a basketball hero can mitigate systemic racism, former Kentucky players say it doesn't give them total immunity. Fred Cowan, who played for UK from 1977-78 through 1980-81, recalled how "that was just life" to be stopped by the police. "I didn't think I was worried," he said this week. "I didn't drink. I didn't smoke. Even my friends weren't allowed to ...

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LOS ANGELES - For much of 2020, the developers at the Santa Monica-based studio Riot Games have been prepping for the release of "Valorant," a highly competitive video game that seems predestined to become the next esport sensation. After all, over the past decade, Riot's "League of Legends" has been the most popular esport in the world - its tournaments can draw audiences that dwarf those of ...

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California schools chief Tony Thurmond reacted instinctively when his car was pulled over by a highway patrolman. Thurmond is black. The officer was white. "I put my hands on the dashboard," Thurmond told me. "My heart was pounding out of my chest." Why was he pulled over? "The officer never said. I don't think we were speeding." The "why" doesn't matter in this case. That's not the point. The ...

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LOS ANGELES - It started with the global pandemic that made in-person gatherings a health risk. Now, with protests against police violence and racial oppression sweeping the world, LGBTQ leaders are urging their communities to express solidarity and support, whether in person or online. "We don't make space for the reality that black queer people exist," said David Johns, executive director of ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - When Marlys Cordes flipped on the light in her daughter's bedroom, the last thing she expected to hear was a robotic meow. She had no idea how interactive the toy cat responsible, Silver, would be. Silver is her 53-year-old daughter Christine Hasey's gray, life-like animatronic cat. Delivered a week and a half ago as a surprise for Hasey, the pet is from the Louis and ...

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This week, The Atlantic published a stunning critique of President Donald Trump by retired Gen. Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis warning against a militarized response to the nationwide civil rights protests of recent days and calling the president a threat to the Constitution. "Never did I dream," he wrote, that troops would be called on to "violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens" for ...

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The notoriously maddening college admissions race just got a little easier for one group of students - those on waiting lists. Once dubbed the place where students' dreams go to die, waitlists are opening up as schools contend with the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Faced with the prospect of bulging deficits, tuition shortfalls and uncertainty as to how many students will enroll this ...

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Newly published research shows why some older adults remember better than others. The answer has to do with how much hippocampal activity is occurring. The findings were conducted by Alexandra Trelle, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, and her colleges. The team built on studies that have focused on young populations and looked into memory and recall in healthy, older ...

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Baseball took its first step to a restart on May 11 when owners gave the go-ahead to begin negotiating with the players' union on a potential return around the Fourth of July. But a 50-50 revenue sharing split was shot down by players before it was even proposed, and a tiered salary structure taking more money out of the higher-paid players' pockets also was a non-starter. So here we are in ...

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DEAR JOAN: I could use some advice on how to help our sweet, newly adopted 1{-year-old rescue dog become less fearful of people during the shelter in place. Any advice would be much appreciated. Sue, Pleasanton, Calif. DEAR SUE: Many rescue dogs have led stressful lives. They might not have had the best home before ending up in the shelter, or maybe they had a great one that they lost. Even in ...

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PITTSBURGH - John Cleary has suffered two extraordinarily traumatic events in his 69 years on earth, yet the Pine, Pa., man calls himself lucky. The retired architect unwittingly became part of American history as one of nine Kent State University students critically wounded on campus by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970, during an anti-war rally in which he was a curious observer. Many ...

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The coronavirus is wreaking havoc in small towns and cities across America. Once again, the federal government ignored citizens living outside the big cities. The $3 trillion in coronavirus aid isn't heading to hometown America, but to large municipalities. Direct relief was targeted only to communities of 500,000 people or more. That leaves out a lot of Americans. Congress can provide some ...

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"American Gothic," the iconic portrait that became the face of America in a time of crisis, is touring the world, once again. But this "American Gothic" is Donald Trump's new one, not Grant Wood's Depression-era masterpiece. And the reviews the new American Gothic is getting - overseas and back in the USA - are hardly rave. Rage is more like it. "American Gothic," 1930: You know it by sight. ...

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A racist civic sculpture celebrating white supremacy was taken down off its pedestal on Tuesday in Alexandria, Va. The action, dramatic and long overdue, represents a sliver of light piercing the current gloom. The bronze figure of a lone Confederate soldier, positioned to face due south, had stood for 131 years in the city's historic core, just seven short miles from the White House and eight ...

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It's only June but I think it's safe to say that 2020 will go down in history as one terrible, horrible, unrelievedly crazy year. A pandemic, more than 100,000 Americans dead in three months, hospitals overrun, businesses closed, record unemployment, massive protests over racist police brutality - in some places turned violent by looters, agitators and "law-and-order" tactics and forcing ...

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If you've been opting for walks and runs lately instead of hitting the gym, here's something you may want to consider: barefoot running. Some experts say it may prevent injuries. Peter Francis, an exercise science expert, wrote in a CNN Health article that "a growing body of evidence shows running shoes might actually be doing us more harm than good." "Our latest review suggests that wearing ...

LOS ANGELES - Variety Editor in Chief Claudia Eller was placed on administrative leave late Thursday, less than 24 hours after a heated Twitter exchange over the lack of newsroom diversity. The dust-up came late Wednesday after Variety published an opinion column written by Eller, in which she acknowledged that she and other editors in chief have not done enough to increase diversity in their ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Outside the small university chapel, crowds gathered and chanted: "What's his name? George Floyd!" Inside, his youngest brother, Rodney Floyd, stepped to a white lectern above a black-and-gold casket. He had a request for the mourners: "Can y'all please say his name?" And they answered: "George Floyd." The private memorial in downtown Minneapolis was reserved for relatives and ...

Having an extra bedroom is a popular waste of space. It is often just a lightly used home office, or the guest bedroom that is occupied a grand total of maybe two weeks a year, or the bedroom for your kid who moved out eight years ago, but you don't dare downsize because of the three weekends he visits each year. He enjoys having his room. An analysis by Finder.com notes that we are a nation ...

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Elon Musk ended his brief respite from tweeting Thursday when he went on Twitter to say that he thinks its time for Amazon to be broken up. Musk, who on Monday tweeted that he would be "off Twitter for a while," was back on the social media platform, and mostly responding to messages about the recent successful launch of SpaceX's first manned spacecraft. But, when it came to one person's ...

J.C. Penney asked the U.S. Bankuptcy Court on Thursday to allow it to reject 18% of its store leases in 38 states. Most of those locations are in malls and Penney said it expects more closings during the bankruptcy reorganization. Store employees were told Thursday. It's going to take 10-16 weeks to sell out and close the stores. Penney filed for bankruptcy reorganization in May after the ...

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LAS VEGAS - Bright lights. Ringing bells. And now, sneeze guards at blackjack tables, mandatory empty barstools and a dancing bartender in a bikini and face mask. After a shutdown of 78 days, gambling resumed at 12:01 a.m. PDT Thursday in a changed Las Vegas. "This is history," said Donna Alexander, who came with her nephew, Eric Sanchez, from San Antonio to join the reopening throng at the ...