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Rundown for February 12, 2013
12:06 PM EST 4 Comments

Senate Heads Toward Vote On Anti-Violence Act

The measure would renew the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which expired in 2011, and broaden it to cover gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.

12:15 PM EST 43 Comments

Is Change In A Cup The Best Way To Help The Homeless?

The head of the National Coalition for the Homeless says he’s among those who feel conflicted about giving money to panhandlers on the street.

12:30 PM EST Comment

Emergency Alert Hoax Warns Montana Of Zombies

There are no zombies in Montana, despite a real-sounding emergency alert that kicked in over programming on two television stations there.

12:35 PM EST Comment

Sexual Assaults Persist In Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is still a focus of many protests, but recently it’s become notorious for more menacing reasons: the number of sexual assaults that take place there.

12:40 PM EST Comment

A Call For A Greener State Of The Union

Instead of arguing that green energy creates jobs, The New York Times’ David Leonhardt says Democrats should argue that climate change is turning out to be even more expensive.

12:50 PM EST Comment

Carrie Rodriguez Fiddles Her Way To Center Stage

Austin, Tex. singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez started out playing classical violin as a child. But though she went on to the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, the fiddle called her.

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College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.