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9:34am

Sat October 18, 2014
Author Interviews

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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6:00am

Sat October 18, 2014
Garden Report

Fall Garden Cleaning: A Great Time To Make Compost

A compost tumbler makes it easier to mix the brown and green organic matter.
Credit Time's Up / Flickr - Creative Commons

With the fall garden clean up come piles of yard waste generated from dead-heading, weeding, mowing and moving plants. Tossing all of that organic matter doesn’t make sense, especially when it can be turned into riches for the garden – compost.

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5:43am

Sat October 18, 2014
StoryCorps

American Soldier, Iraqi Interpreter: From Strangers To 'Brothers'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:46 pm

When Sgt. Paul Braun (right) first met Philip, the Iraqi interpreter assigned to his company, he didn't trust him. But after his tour was over, he worked for years to get Philip a visa to come to the U.S.
Storycorps

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul Braun is a sergeant with the 34th Military Police Company in the Minnesota Army National Guard. In 2009, when he was serving near Basra, his company was assigned an Iraqi interpreter they called Philip.

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5:43am

Sat October 18, 2014
Parallels

Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 8:26 pm

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs after attacking a tank with a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012. The rebels say they are willing to take on the Islamic State, but need more weapons.
Manu Brabo AP

The American-led coalition opposing the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is starting to move toward vetting and training ground forces to do battle in both countries.

But it's a slow process, and it comes after years of frustrations for veterans of the Free Syrian Army, or the FSA, who have gathered in southeastern Turkey, a place with a long history of epic battles and religious fights.

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5:43am

Sat October 18, 2014
Politics

In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was supposed to be cruising to re-election, but he's now in a serious contest against a non-partisan ticket.
Mark Thiessen AP

This November, for the first time since Alaska became a state, the ballot won't include a Democratic candidate for governor. The Democrats had a candidate, Byron Mallott, but around Labor Day, he dropped out — in order to sign up as a running mate for a non-partisan candidate named Bill Walker.

His decision to drop out was part of a negotiated deal between the Democrat and Walker, neither of whom had enough support on his own to beat the incumbent Republican, Sean Parnell.

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