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Rundown for July 23, 2012
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Penn State Fined $60M, Wins Vacated From ’98-11

The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal Monday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football’s winningest coach.

12:15 PM EDT 22 Comments

What Colorado Shooting Means For Gun Control

Washington Post politics reporter Chris Cillizza says though the Colorado shootings will reignite the debate over gun control, they probably won’t change it much.

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Times-Picayune Journalist Decides To Stay Despite Cutbacks

Times-Picayune Journalist Mark Schleifstein was called the “prophet of Katrina’s wrath” for his pre-storm prediction of New Orleans’ vulnerability to flooding. When recent staff cuts were made, he decided to stay at the paper.

12:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Somerville, Mass. Mayor: ‘This Is Not About Losing Weight, It’s About How We Live’

The mayor of once-gritty Somerville, Massachusetts gives us a progress report on an anti-obesity initiative that’s seen the creation of new parks, playgrounds, gardens and bike lanes.

12:50 PM EDT 21 Comments

Is It Time To Rethink Violent Entertainment Culture?

“Maybe it’s worth having a discussion about an entertainment culture that excels at selling violent power fantasies to people who feel powerless,” the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr writes.

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Lincoln’s Legacy Inspires Greek Family Business In Decatur

Our Tracking Lincoln series continues with the third-generation owner of the Lincoln Square Lounge.

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Placebo Effect: It Might Not Be In Your Head After All

There's new evidence that what's going on with the placebo effect is more than psychological. The implications are numerous.

April 29 15 Comments

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

April 28 2 Comments

Recipes: Healthy Salads With Spring Produce

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst brings us a chopped spring salad, a farro salad and two asparagus salads.