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The Style List: Ten Things to Do After Labor Day

Start thinking about falling into a new season headfirst with a to-do list that puts you in the mood to renew your fashion spirit.

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Reworking It: Updating the Basic Work Wardrobe

With new fall trends arriving in the stores and online daily, it's the perfect time to rework those professional basics that you've come to depend on.

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Celebrity Drop-Outs That Landed on Their Feet

Celebrities that dropped out of school yet landed on their feet.

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Motivational Books Featuring Strong Female Characters

Read about books featuring strong female characters.

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Fashion Lifesavers

In your closet - timeless fashion classics

Take a look in your closet for timeless fashion classics.

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Nest Heads by John Allen

Nest Heads by John Allen

Daily Editorials: Ruling is a Victory for the Individual

Last week's decision by The Supreme Court was seen in some quarters as a defeat for technologists but it was, instead, a victory for every writer, photographer, director, songwriter, television producer and actor.

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PAUL'S TRIVIABITS (TM)

During World War II, the U-boats were a feared armada for German submarines that preyed on Allied shipping. Then there was Karl-Adolph Schlitt. He commanded one of the new-fangled U-boats, which had special toilets that could be flushed at great depths. If you did it right. Otherwise, you'd flood the sub and have to surface, which is exactly what happened. His boat was destroyed by the British.

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Daily Editorials: Hobby Lobby Decision Affirms Religious Liberty

Jonathan Rauch had this take after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow for religious liberty with its Hobby Lobby decision last week. "The bottom line is nobody should hyperventilate about this ruling," said Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "It's the beginning of a conversation about where to draw these lines, not the end of a conversation."

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Kids Talk About God: What Is the Golden Rule?

What did Jesus mean when he said, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them"? "If you are mean to someone, then they will start being mean back to you," says Blain, 7. Brooke, 9, looks to agriculture to interpret the golden rule: "If we plant something good, we get something good back. But if you plant something bad, you get something bad back."

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Everyday Cheapskate: Cheapskate, Who, Me?

Some people think the word "cheapskate" is an insult. Not me. I enjoy being called a cheapskate. It reminds me that I'm not what I used to be: a credit-card junkie. There was a time I used plastic to fill the gap between my pathetic income and the life I so richly deserved.

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'TWEEN 12 & 20: Strong Discipline Must Be the Rule

DR. WALLACE: Why are our public schools like a war zone? The teachers and administrators are not in control; the "rough-neck" students are. What is it going to take for our schools to once again become a place where students receive a quality education? I realize that this is a difficult question to answer, but I will be pleased if you will give it a try. -- Mother, Merrillville, Ind.

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TRIVIA BITS

Russian writer Alexander Pushkin was fascinated by duels. He often included them in his fiction, including Eugene Onegin's duel with Lensky, with pistols in the snow. In real life, he was incredibly touchy about his honor, which became a special problem when he married a hottie. He ended up fighting some 29 duels, until Georges D'Anthes shot him the stomach, a wound that killed him.

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Tween 12 & 20: I Love My Former Teacher

DR. WALLACE: I'm a 17-year-old senior in high school and I'd like to comment on advice you gave a girl who decided after graduating that she wanted to ask her former teacher to go out with her. You told her it was not a good idea, but I don't agree with your advice at all. I used to have a terrific crush on my English teacher in seventh grade, but my mom said to forget about it because I was too young, and that I would forget about him when I got to high school and other boys asked me out.

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Everyday Cheapskate: 5 Rules to Build Wealth

At the tender age of 11, I made a solemn vow that when I grew up I was going to be rich. My plan was simple: Marry well. I bless the day I married my husband, a man who is rich in character and unfailing love. I assumed his money would follow. While waiting for wealth to descend upon me, I made the near-tragic error of spending as though I were already rich. That landed us in so much financial trouble that it took 13 years to repair.

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Daily Editorials: Political Privilege Galls More Than Wealth

Bending over backward to avow that they're not rich, celebrity politicians are missing the point. It's not wealth ownership that turns off voters. It's the political privilege granted in today's culture of cronyism.

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Dear Doug: Looking Financially Forward!

Q: Living in our retirement community, we, along with several of our peers, are faced with financial pain being caused by the increasing price of food, shelter, energy and other living expenses.

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Kids Talk About God: Why Did the Early Colonists Come to America?

"The colonists came to America because they heard it was a free country. They came from neighborhoods that had problems," says Nathan, age 7. I wonder if you're thinking of Australia instead of America. "Early American colonists came to America for freedom, God and gold," says Jenny, age unknown.

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Decor Score: Screening Out the Curious

Q: We have a little porch just off the living room of our new house. The trouble is, this is a new development, and the neighbors' houses are really close. We put in two poplar trees (they're supposed to grow fast), but what to do for some privacy in the meantime?

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Kids' Home Newspaper

Kids' Home Newspaper

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Nest Heads by John Allen

Nest Heads by John Allen

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Nest Heads by John Allen

Nest Heads by John Allen

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TRIVIA BITS

In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," the Red Queen says that "it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." This idea inspired the Red Queen hypothesis among biologists, which holds that evolution is so competitive, if you're not evolving to keep up, you're falling behind and on your way to extinction. It is often deployed to explain sex, which despite it's advantages for us, is a bit of a bust in terms of evolutionary theory.

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Tween 12 & 20: Not Everyone Else Is Doing It

DR. WALLACE: After reading the letter from the girl whose boyfriend is pressuring her into having sex, I decided to speak my mind. I am 19 and proud to say that I'm a virgin. In this day and age of abortion and rampant sexually transmitted diseases, a girl must think with her brain rather than allow her hormones to make critical decisions. When I hear terrible stories about the predicaments of others, I'm relieved to know that I don't have to worry about such things. I've had several close relationships with guys and they all respected me and never pressured me to be sexually active.

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New Social Experiment by Always® Reveals Harmful Impact Commonly Used Phrase has on Girls

New Survey Reveals 89% of Young Females Agree that Words can be Harmful, Especially to Girls; First Period & Start of Puberty Mark Lowest Confidence Moments for Girls*

“You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults we’ve all heard or said at one point. Always, the leader in global feminine care, is launching a new campaign today to change the negative perception of the phrase and make “like a girl” a declaration that means downright amazing. The global campaign aims to help girls, especially as they enter puberty, feel proud and confident when they do things #LikeAGirl.

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Phil Collins donates massive collection to the Alamo

Entertainment icon donates artifacts to the state for protection and exhibition

The largest known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo has come home. Today, former Genesis drummer, Oscar winner, multiple Grammy Award winner and Texana collector Phil Collins joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson at the Alamo to announce the donation of his famed collection of rarities to the state of Texas.

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Nest Heads by John Allen

Nest Heads by John Allen

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TRIVIA BITS

Only seven of Aeschylus's 80 or 90 plays survive. But he is important to the history of drama because he introduced a second actor, meaning that plays now had dialogue. A veteran of the famous battle of Marathon, he supposedly died when an eagle tried to crack a tortoise on his bald head. I have some doubts about that story, myself.

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Hollywood Exclusive: Kim Wayans Talks 'Reckless' and Gender Equality of Steaminess

Kim Wayans has little doubt that at some point she and her famously funny siblings will work together again -- but it won't be for a while. "Everybody is really off doing their own projects and raising their families and things of that nature," says the actress, who debuts as sleuthing paralegal Vi in CBS's sizzling summer series "Reckless" Sunday, June 29. "Part of the artist's journey is fulfilling your own personal desires and everybody has different ideas about things they'd like to accomplish creatively. But we do love working together and we have such a good time doing it, when the right things come along we'll get back together."

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Daily Editorials: Get The Border Under Control to Stop Endangering Children

Failure to secure the southern border, combined with careless messaging by President Barack Obama, has made the United States an attractive nuisance. The fiasco at the southern border is far more than a political dilemma and an inconvenience for Americans. It is a humanitarian crisis of our making.

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Tween 12 & 20: It's None of Your Business

DR. WALLACE: Last night I heard the bad news: My girlfriend has been grounded for five weeks. Last Saturday night I went to her house to watch a video. Because she became bored with the movie, we went downstairs to the family game room to play Nintendo and just talk.

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Keeping Up With the Clintons

It's time to pass the hat for Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state has tried to distance herself from her weeks-ago assertion that after husband Bill left the White House, the couple were "dead broke." She told PBS that the line was "inartful," but only after she told a British paper that she does not count herself among the "truly well-off." Nobody knows the troubles she's seen.

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Daily Editorials: On the IRS, let the Special Prosecuting Begin

Something about the continuing brouhaha over the Internal Revenue Service's missing emails sounds familiar ... what could it be? Oh, right. It's the 2007 missing email saga involving then-Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri, Ed Martin, his chief of staff, and a low-ranking lawyer in the governor's office named Scott Eckersley. Space does not permit a thorough re-airing of that episode, but suffice it to say that then-Attorney General Jay Nixon appointed an outside investigating team to look into it.

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Lifelong Health: The Rest of Your Life Depends on Wise Decisions About Retirement

Everyone asks me, at age 71, "Are you ready to retire?" And for the first time I am giving the idea serious thought. I certainly have no inclination to retire in the foreseeable future. But what if, say, I become ill? What then? Can I keep up my hectic schedule for much longer? I do know that when I come home after a long day, I am pretty exhausted. I feel I need a nap.

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10 Reasons Why Iraq's Bloodbath Is Not W's Fault

1) In 2011, President Barack Obama pronounced Iraq "self-reliant and democratic," and "a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration." Obama ignored pleas by top generals who advised against pulling out without leaving a residual force.

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Here's How: Install Inlaid Hardwood Floor

Dear James: Our old church has beautiful inlays in the hardwood floors. We are remodeling an old house and we want inlaid floors. Is this a do-it-yourself job and can inlays be added to old floors? -- Dawn S.

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Daily Editorials: Kill the Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Bill

The proposed "kill switch" bill -- which would require smart-phone companies to add the safety feature to their phones -- continues its way through the state Legislature despite moves in the private sector that could make it largely moot.

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Daily Editorials: Jailing Journalists Should Carry a Price

We are not regular viewers of the Al Jazeera family of networks, which include Al Jazeera America, the news channel that debuted in August 2013, or beIN Sport USA, the 24-hour soccer channel that launched in August 2012.

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Social Security and You: History of the Social Security Number

People sometimes ask me who got the first Social Security card. And they are also curious to know what the lowest Social Security number ever issued was -- and who got it. They usually assume that the person who got the first Social Security card and the person who got the lowest number are one and the same. But that's not the case. The history of the SSN makes for an interesting story. (I researched much of the information for today's column from the history section of the Social Security Administration's website.)

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Trivia Bits

Yesterday we mentioned the DuMont. Partnered with the Paramount movie studio, for a brief time in the early days of TV, it seemed set to rival NBC and CBS. However, the regulatory environment of the day forced it on the UHF band, which few people had, and it had no allied radio network to feed it content. By the mid-1950s it had fallen apart, hanging on largely in Pittsburgh. But the old DuMont stations formed the nuclear of the Fox network in the 1980s.

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Tween 12 & 20: We Have Talked About Quitting Tobacco, But ...

DR. WALLACE: My husband and I are both 20. We have been married for over a year and are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter. Both my husband and I have been smoking for over four years and are totally addicted. But we are aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke so we keep our house smoke-free. We have talked several times about quitting tobacco, but we have not yet put out that last cigarette. If by chance we don't quit smoking, is it possible that this will encourage our children to "light up," or even if we do smoke, but encourage our children to never start smoking, will it be the same as if we were not smoking? -- Mother, York, Pa.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Start Saving, Just Do It!

A recent column brought a flood of messages to my inbox, most of them with the same message that goes something like this: I want to save. I need to save. But I don't have any money to save! How can I even get started when I am so close to the edge?

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A Greener View: Moving Plants and Ash Yellows

I recently wrote about transplanting perennials in the summer before a house was sold. This can be difficult as some of the plants may not survive and it takes more care to keep the plants alive in the summer than if they were moved in the fall or during a dormant time.

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Nest Heads by John Allen

Nest Heads by John Allen

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Ask Carrie: Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Dear Carrie: I'm 59 and recently suffered a severe injury that prevents me from working, possibly for several years. How do I know if I qualify for Social Security disability benefits? -- A Reader

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