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Chicago Catholics fire church choir director for being gay

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Because this apparently came as a surprise to absolutely no one.
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Medical roundup: Aspirin and cancer prevention; Diabetes on the rise

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Aspirin may help prevent some types of cancer, diabetes is on the rise, and how to prevent colon cancer.
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The difficulty of treating, and containing, Ebola locally

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Here’s why patients can’t be treated in Africa, versus transporting them to other countries.
A sign warns visitors that area is a Ebola infected. Signage informing visitors that it is a ebola infected area. September 27, 2013, Congo, Africa. Sergey Uryadnikov /

Ebola Update: Situation worsens in Africa, untested drug out of stock

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ZMapp, a monoclonal antibody drug, is currently untested in humans. It’s also out of stock for months to come.

The roosters of the Square du Temple

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The park across from the local city hall in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement has been taken over by a pair of roosters.

French refuse to change name of town called “Death to Jews”

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“No one has anything against the Jews, [but] why change a name that goes back to the Middle Ages or even further?”
Paper tape relay operation at US FAA's Honolulu flight service station in 1964 (via the FAA).

How learning computer code made him a better writer

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Learning to code made me a better writer, a more systematic thinker, and a more competent employee.

Robin Williams just died

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It was an apparent suicide.

Join me on a walking tour of Paris (photos)

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I joined a great old friend for a nice 9-hour walk from the Marais up the Rue St. Denis.
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Ebola Update: The hysteria grows

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One major problem in both Africa and the US is the growing hysteria about Ebola.
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