Healthier living by not getting shot

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Offering thanks to John Dingell

Regarding David Maraniss’s Feb. 26 op-ed, “The man of the House”: Master legislator John D. Dingell (D) has ably represented the 12th District of Michigan for more than 58 years, but his accomplishments reach far beyond his district. One of his lesser-known achievements...

Until Virginia expands Medicaid, people will suffer needlessly

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‘Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies’ by Dave Itzkoff

It’s a declaration that has invaded the American psyche. First bellowed by the fictional newscaster Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network,” “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore” has been used countless times to capture the churning...

Yardley: ‘ I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War’ b y Jerome Charyn

The prodigious Jerome Charyn is at it again. Now almost 77 years old, he continues to publish a book a year, give or take a day or two, and the range of his almost 50 titles is as wide, deep and unpredictable as are Charyn and his apparently limitless interests. “I Am Abraham”...

Storm lashes California, but not a drought buster

A man places sandbags at the top of a street lined with K-rail and sandbags in Glendora, Calif., as the city and residents prepare for possible flooding Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in two foothill suburbs east of Los...

RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

Kerry Kennedy, second from left, walks with her mother, Ethel Kennedy, third from left, as she leaves the Westchester County Courthouse, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in White Plains, N.Y. Kerry Kennedy was acquitted Friday of driving while impaired. after she accidentally took a...

U.S. 224 bridge closure delayed

This weekend’s expected closure of U.S. 224 at Interstate 75 has been delayed a week. Demolition of the bridge’s southern half is now tentatively scheduled for the March 7 weekend. A change in weather necessitated the shift, said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation...

‘What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night’ edited by John Brockman

Science What Should WeBe Worried About? Real Scenarios ThatKeep Scientists Up at Night Edited by John Brockman Harper Perennial. 499 pp. Paperback, $15.99 Science WHAT SHOULD WE BE WORRIED ABOUT? (Harper Perennial/Harper Perennial) – ‘What Should We Be Worried About?...

UPDATE: Cooper lost money in tumultuous Q3, long-delayed report shows

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. today released its long-awaited financial results from the third quarter of last year, numbers that were delayed by the lack of reporting because of labor problems at its joint-venture plant in Rongcheng, China. Cooper reported net sales at $832...