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  1. The celebrities who have said #MeToo about sexual assault and harassment

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    #YouToo have seen #MeToo.

    Stories of sexual harassment and assault have dominated the cultural conversation for the past week. Hundreds of thousands of women have taken to social media to share that they have been harassed or assaulted by men. Celebrities have used their platforms to hold men accountable for …

    CHUCK GONZALES   |   Special to the Times
  2. Perspective: People love to live in places that are at risk for disasters, 'and this is what happens'

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    California was burning and emergency management officials in Sacramento, Calif., were listing the latest statistics about the fires, the firefighters, the acres burned, the fatalities, the missing people, the number of tanker planes and helicopters deployed, and so on. To one side, in a suit and tie, stood the governor, …

    Waves crash over a seawall in Miami during Hurricane Irma. At one point, the entire peninsula was under a hurricane warning.
  3. Perspective: How did marriage become a mark of privilege?

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    Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged.

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  4. An excerpt from a biography of a friendship

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    The Firebrand and the First Lady by historian Patricia Bell-Scott is a sort of biography of a friendship between one of the best-known women of the 20th century, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pauli Murray, a descendant of slaves and civil rights activist whose influence was greater than her low historical …

    The Firebrand and the First Lady, Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
By Patricia Bell-Scott
Vintage, 454 pages, $17
  5. Alaska eruptions may have dried up ancient Egyptians' Lower Nile

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    Did violent volcanoes in Russia, Greenland and Alaska affect the lives of ancient Egyptians? It may sound improbable, but according to a new study, the answer is yes. In a paper published Tuesday in Nature Communications, a team of researchers shows that explosive volcanic eruptions in high northern latitudes of …

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  6. PolitiFact: Here's why Donald Trump's definition of fake news is wrong

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    When PolitiFact fact-checks fake news, we are calling out fabricated content that intentionally masquerades as news coverage of actual events.

    President Donald Trump smiles as he listens to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  7. Perspective: I'm dying of brain cancer. I prepared to end my life. Then I kept living.

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    In April 2015, at the age of 55, I was diagnosed with one of the most lethal and aggressive brain tumors, a brainstem glioblastoma multiforme in an advanced stage. The prognosis was both grim and precise: Without treatment, I might have a few months; with treatment, I could last six months. If I beat overwhelming odds, …

  8. Perspective: Teens' smartphones in their hands, social media sadness in their hearts

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    Jean Twenge had never seen anything like it. The San Diego State University professor in personality psychology had been studying generational differences for 25 years, since she was a 22-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. Her research had generated more than 120 scientific publications.

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  9. Perspective: Confessions of a sensible gun owner

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    BEND, Ore. — When we hike together, my oldest son, who is 5, scans the ground for the perfect "gun." His ideal stick has an ergonomic crook in it and is a comfortable size to hold. When he finds one like that, he lifts it for a test fire — pew, pew. A mile in, he's usually got one in each hand but is still …

    Lily Raff McCaulou is an anomaly as a hunter — she didn’t grow up in a hunting family, was terrified of guns and had few outdoors skills when she moved West from New York City.
  10. Perspective: Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize for making economics more human — and more real

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    In 1996, an Israeli psychologist named Amos Tversky was curiously, but fulsomely, eulogized for having urged economists to put down their formulas and look out the window to see people as they really are.

    Richard Thaler’s research discovered that humans behave irrationally in quite predictable ways, meaning it’s possible to nudge them to wiser behavior.
  11. Perspective: Rocket Man knows better

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    A semi-vanquished enemy is rising zombielike from the crypt of America's dimly remembered wars. North Korea is gleefully shooting missiles over Japan and splashing them into the Pacific Ocean. With astounding technical felicity, it is building a weapons system that may soon be able to hoist hydrogen bombs into Los …

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
  12. Perspective: Now is exactly the right time to talk about gun politics

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    Sunday night started out as a beautiful evening in Las Vegas, with country music in the air and the lights of the Strip mingling with stars. At least 59 people lost their lives at such a uniquely American scene, and more than 500 were injured. Thousands more will fight emotional scars, and tens of thousands will grieve …

    Gabrielle Giffords was shot when she was in Congress.
  13. Did Leonardo da Vinci sketch the 'Nude Mona Lisa'?

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    PARIS — Behind closed doors in the Louvre's basements, experts have been scrutinizing a drawing for weeks with one question on their minds: Could this semi-naked, mysteriously smiling lady that looks strikingly like the Mona Lisa be a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci?

    In an undated handout photo, Kenneth C. Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University, conducts an experiment to get a sense of how big a jolt an electric eel can deliver, by letting it attack his arm.  When the eel leapt out of the water and rested its head on Catania?  s arm, electricity flowed from the head, to his arm, to the water and back to the eel?  s tail. (Kenneth C. Catania via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH SCI WATCH BY JOANNA KLEIN FOR SEPT. 26, 2017. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --
  14. Perspective: Puerto Rico's endless waiting game

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    The silence coming from home has a texture. There's anxiety in it, as we on the mainland wait for any word from relatives trapped on the small prison island known as Puerto Rico.

    The Arecibo River overflowed in the city of the same name and covered this street in debris. It’s a mess, as is much of Puerto Rico even weeks after Hurricane Maria struck. Amid growing criticism of the disaster response, Puerto Ricans remind people that they are American citizens.
  15. Perspective: Ray Charles' 'America the Beautiful' is our best hope for bringing us together

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    It would take a genius to ease the antagonisms surrounding the national anthem controversy. I know just the man for the job. His name is Ray Charles.

    Ray Charles performed America the Beautiful before Game 2 of the World Series just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Moved by the crowd, he held his face and hugged his body.
  16. T-Rex, meet pigeon beak

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    $2.8 billion

    is what gun injuries cost in emergency room and hospital charges in the United States each year, according to a study published last week in the journal Health Affairs. This doesn't count victims who died before reaching the hospital.

    110 million

    The "Monna Vanna," or "Nude Mona Lisa," is being studied ahead of a new da Vinci exhibit planned in Paris for 2019.
PHOTOGRAPH BY FINE ART IMAGES, HERITAGE IMAGES, GETTY IMAGES
  17. PunditFact: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites

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    Robert Shooltz knows that fake news can lead to real money.

    Ad services that serve up clickbait content known as “chum” may look legitimate at first, but are actually generating money for fake news sites like DailyNews10.com. The only thing that matters is the reader must keep clicking.
  18. Adam Smith: Between Puerto Rico and Trump, here are a few hints that a blue tide could rise in Florida

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    We can't know until later when the tides really start shifting in a wave election, but Florida Republicans ought to view two occasions last week as ominous signs for the 2018 election cycle

  19. PolitiFact: A short history of the national anthem, protests and the NFL

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    It has been hard to ignore the mixing of sports and politics recently, as President Donald Trump — both on the stump and on Twitter — repeatedly expressed his disgust with athletes who take a knee during the pre-game rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Most NFL players, and some coaches and owners, …

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  20. Bret Stephens: The dying art of disagreement

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    Editor's note: These are excerpts of the keynote lecture entitled "The Dying Art of Disagreement" delivered at the Lowy Institute Media Award dinner in Sydney, Australia, last month. The award recognizes excellence in Australian foreign affairs journalism.

    RON BORRESEN   |   Times