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3:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Parallels

For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:03 pm

Scotland lowered the voting age to 16 for Thursday's referendum on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or opt for independence. It was widely assumed the teenagers would overwhelmingly vote for independence, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
Scott Heppell AP

It's lunchtime at Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh. The kids are all wearing the uniform of a smart black blazer, white shirt and blue tie. Some 16- and 17-year-olds are here with their cheese sandwiches and their baked potatoes.

They get to cast ballots Thursday in what looks to be a close vote on whether Scotland will become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Here's what some of them are saying:

"Scotland will be a richer country if there's a 'yes' vote" for independence, says Calum Preston. "It's just a fact."

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3:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:19 pm

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, leave a news conference after his release from Emory University Hospital on Aug. 21.
John Bazemore AP

He had cared for Ebola patients. He himself caught the virus. Only then, said Dr. Kent Brantly, did he fully grasp the awful nature of this disease.

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3:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Music News

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:03 pm

The Beatles' "Hey Jude" concludes with one of pop music's most epic fade-outs.
Vimeo

Like the proverbial old soldier, some songs never die — they just fade away. Think of "Hey Jude," in which The Beatles hammer the closing refrain for more than three minutes before drifting into silence.

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3:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:47 pm

SuperPAC NextGen Climate Action aired a 60-second ad about Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst featuring two rich guys with a briefcase full of cash.
YouTube

Michigan TV viewers faced a barrage of campaign ads early this month. For the Senate race alone, the Wesleyan Media Project tallied more than 7,200 spots, including an unusual one from the League of Conservation Voters.

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3:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Parallels

After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:45 pm

Syrian rebel fighters in the northern city of Aleppo in August. The Obama administration has been vetting rebel groups and decided that more than a dozen are moderate enough to arm.
Zein al-Rifai AFP/Getty Images

President Obama has long been reluctant to provide substantial aid to Syria's so-called moderate rebels, often dismissed as weak and disorganized. But the rapid rise of the group that calls itself the Islamic State has changed many calculations.

The CIA has been running a small-scale covert weapons program since early this year, according to rebels who have been trained and are now receiving arms shipments. The modest program has strengthened moderate battalions, according to Western and regional analysts, even as rebel commanders complain about the meager arms flow.

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