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October 13, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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To flight attendant, Army Ranger wasn’t first class

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1st Sgt. Albert Marle. Photo courtesy of WSOC Charlotte

1st Sgt. Albert Marle. Photo by fellow passenger Brian Kirby, courtesy of WSOC Charlotte

US Airways has gotten a lot of unwanted publicity since Thursday when on a flight from Oregon to Charlotte, N.C., 1st Sgt. Albert Marle made a simple request: Could he hang his uniform jacket in the closet so it wouldn’t get wrinkled?

The flight attendant, a woman who so far has not been named in media reports, refused. Continue Reading →

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October 9, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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More speak Arabic at home than Polish, Italian

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StatelineWe’re still a melting pot of cultures and languages, according to a Stateline analysis of Census data.

A hundred years ago, our houses will filled with the sounds of German and Italian, Polish and Russian, Yiddish or, bien sûr, French, only three of which, as you can see, remain in the top 10. Continue Reading →

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October 9, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Life after death: Clinically dead remained conscious, study shows

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What happens when you die? A lot, according to a study in Resuscitation.

Heart attack victims have been able to give researchers detailed descriptions about what they heard, saw and felt while clinically dead.

Some saw the near-death experience cliche, a bright light. Some felt terrified. Some had the sensation of being dragged through floodwaters or being burned. Some had out-of-body experiences, and in one case, what a patient “witnessed” was able to be validated, proving that it wasn’t an hallucination. Continue Reading →

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September 30, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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‘Hidden euthanasia’? Senior care homes could become prisons, pope warns

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Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“I really like having (Benedict, who’s 87) living here in the Vatican,” Pope Francis says, “because it’s like having a wise grandfather at home.”

Don’t forget your grandparents, Pope Francis has urged.

In a special Mass for the elderly, the pontiff — who is 77 himself — lashed out at “throw-away culture.” Continue Reading →

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September 30, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Employers offer unlimited vacations, ‘pre-cations’

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Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin empire, lets his employees take as many vacation days as they want. (As does Netflix.)

Now comes word that Jason Freedman, a co-founder of 42Floors, might have invented the “pre-cation.”

What’s that, you ask? Vacation days before you take your trip?  Nope. It’s even better than that. Continue Reading →

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September 27, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Goodbye, Columbus? Marco Polo got here first, maps may prove

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A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Just in time for Columbus Day comes the news that Christopher might not be the Italian who first set foot in America.

The 15th century Genoan explorer may have been beaten by his hero. Continue Reading →

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