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Some parents accompany their small children down the playground slide a couple of times to show their little ones the trip from the top to the bottom – and maybe even life itself – isn’t always as scary as it seems. We see them as nurturing caregivers hoping to instill confidence and indepen…

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Some parents accompany their small children down the playground slide a couple of times to show their little ones the trip from the top to the bottom – and maybe even life itself – isn’t always as scary as it seems. We see them as nurturing caregivers hoping to instill confidence and indepen…

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The latest edition of Guinness World Records hit the shelves – if you still have a bookstore in your town – on Sept. 7 and as always it is packed from cover to cover with the kind of oddities that make many of us say, “Do what now?”

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It’s the kind of news that makes emoji lovers shed a cartoon-like tear: A new study suggests a “smiley face emoji and similar emoticons included in work-related e-mails may not create a positive impression and could even undermine information sharing.”

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It’s a correction no media outlet wants to make. As the Dallas Morning News put it so delicately on July 17, an American Airlines spokesperson said a multitude of news stories “claiming a flight was evacuated because of fart-related odors are false.”

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On Aug. 21, North America will experience a solar eclipse, a particularly awe-inspiring event for those along or near the path of totality and one that will scare the bejeezus out of those who haven’t been paying attention and are surprised by the world’s unexpected plunge into darkness.

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I was standing in the crowded Charlotte Douglas International Airport, seeing my daughter off on an adventure to the other side of the world and simultaneously looking down at my phone and trying to solve a work-related problem a mere 100 hundred miles away when I heard – or I thought I hear…

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Everywhere I go, which is mainly work, the convenience store and home, people ask me the same questions: What happened to the Monkey Action News Team? Were you disbanded and if so, why? Were you finally kicked to the curb by Fox News after so many years of bombastically twisting the truth?

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When Chuck Berry duck-walked across the stage at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Labor Day weekend 1995 in front of 60,000 people, my Marie – named for the little one in Chuck’s “Memphis, Tennessee” and the “absolutely sweet” one with the railroad gate Bob Dylan just can’t jump – was there.