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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016





MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

Schools create moments of calm for stressed-out students

For much of last Thursday morning, Caroline Maher’s head was filled with anxiety – about the long essay due in her English class, the work for her two advanced placement classes, her after-school practice to prepare for an upcoming dance-team performance. In school and after school – with homework, youth-group meetings and a weekend job – nearly every minute of the 16-year-old’s time is scheduled. But for 20 minutes each day at Roosevelt High in Seattle – part of a break the school instituted for all students this fall – she has time to breathe. With her feet on the floor and hands in her lap shortly after her U.S. history class ended, she took three deep breaths and a long slow exhale out.

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

Why hospital patients go to nursing homes with poor ratings

The selection of a nursing home can be critical: 39 percent of facilities have been cited by health inspectors over the past three years for harming a patient or operating in such a way that injuries are likely, government records show. Yet many case managers at hospitals do not share objective information or their own knowledge about nursing home quality. Some even push their own facilities over comparable or better alternatives.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016


SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016

There is not absolute right or wrong in parenting

Hi, Carolyn: My husband and I are expecting our first child. It’s still many months away, but my husband has been escalating his talk of breastfeeding and how magical and important it is. Even pre-pregnancy, he’d sometimes say how our kid would get the absolute best immune system, etc. His mom breastfed him until age 2. At about the fourth comment, I asked if he could cut out the breastfeeding talk.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016

The Slice: Calling off the search

I can’t believe I am going to say this. But some kids today have it rougher than we baby boomers had it. At least in one respect. Kids today contemplating searching their homes for still-to-be-wrapped Christmas presents or partially unwrapping ...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 11:59 P.M.

In defense of the last-minute shopper

You people who finished your Christmas shopping long ago tend to look down on last-minute gift buyers. Don’t deny it. You smugly tsk-tsk them for their poor planning or worse, accuse them of laziness or lack of character. You wonder ...

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Sterling K. Brown as Randall in a scene from the NBC series, "This Is Us." (Ron Batzdorff / AP)

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 7 P.M.

Depictions of race get real, complicated on ‘Star,’ ‘This Is Us’

In the 1980s, the template for depictions of race on TV was largely black and white, as it is in “Hairspray.” But in “Star,” the new musical drama from Lee Daniels, who co-created “Empire,” black and white are only two points on a spectrum, and the skin colors in-between are only one of several elements that shape the identities that characters embrace.

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