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Faith and Values: A tower to nowhere

The Tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1-9) has been interpreted in a number of ways over the centuries. I became aware of a new (to me) interpretation in the Nov. 8 issue of the Christian Century. Rabbi Shai Held compellingly dismissed some of the traditional looks at that tower. He focused instead on a well-constructed view that makes this story more understandable in the religious and political climates we live in today.

A filament glows inside a Philips Classic LED light bulb at the Philips Lighting experience center in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on Nov. 23, 2017. (MUST CREDIT: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg) (Jasper Juinen / Bloomberg)

LED bulbs: Time to switch on new lights

Since LED lightbulbs cost more but use less energy, how soon would they pay for themselves? In some places, it can take as little as a couple months, depending on energy costs.
Despite its title, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was filmed at locations in North Carolina. North Carolina tourism officials are promoting Sylva, pictured, and other spots in the western part of the state where the filming took place. (

Real places in Oscar-nominated films from Dunkirk to Toronto

From the beaches of France where “Dunkirk” took place to a historic Toronto theater where “Shape of Water” was filmed, fans can visit many of the real-world destinations depicted in this year’s Oscar-nominated movies.

Afraid of getting sick? Six things you can do at home

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

It’s no fun to live with someone who is sick. You feel sorry for them and care for them the best you can, but in no way do you want what they have. Here are some simple things you can do to try to prevent the spread of germs.
Biologist Rebecca Gillespie pulls boxes of flu virus strains from a freezer at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. A major push is under way in labs around the country to create a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one shot every five or 10 years or maybe, eventually, a childhood immunization that could last for life.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one every five years or 10 years, or maybe, eventually, a childhood immunization that could last for life.
Researchers are making progress on a male birth control pill. (Dreamstime/TNS / Tribune News Service)

Potential male birth control pill has deadly origins

The natural product is called ouabain and it’s found in two plants native to Africa – the acokanthera schimperi, or “arrow poison tree,” and the strophanthus gratus, more commonly known as climbing oleander. Ouabain is a toxic substance that can cause damage to the heart tissue and lead to death, but when used in much smaller doses, it’s actually found in drugs prescribed by doctors to help control blood pressure and treat heart attack patients.

Mama Bear Moxie: Taking ‘just’ out of your vocabulary

I spent 10 years as the mother of two boys before our adopted daughter arrived last year. I can’t begin to count the number of times that I heard the phrase “just two” in response to how many children lived under my roof. The term always didn’t sit well with me, and I really struggled with it.