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Mamma, Am I Beautiful?

My 9-year-old daughter slinks into my office. It is the night before the dreaded spelling test, and as usual we are now just reviewing the words. She struggles with a few as I reluctantly quiz her. I hand back the list and suggest she take a few more minutes studying before we continue. In one …

France Says Conditions Not Right to Deliver Warships to Russia

France said Thursday that it would not deliver either of the warships Russia has ordered because its conditions had not yet been met.<p>Russia ordered …

NATO Sees 'Unusual' Spike in Russian Military Flights

LONDON — NATO warned of an "unusual" uptick in Russian military aircraft flying sorties in European airspace this week, saying its fighters had scrambled to intercept four groups of fighters and bombers in just a 24-hour period. "These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air …

Chapter 5: Hispanics and their Views of Immigration Reform

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013, but there has been little legislative action since or presidential executive …

The expectation gap: Students’ and universities’ roles in preparing for life after grad

When Clair Parker graduated from high school, her parents urged her to go to college and learn a trade. However, being a strong student and ambitious, college seemed like selling herself short. "Going to university was the automatic thing to do," she says. "Prestige is the appropriate word to …