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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016

Afrouz Anderson, a biomedical engineer at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md., poses for a portrait with a model of a placenta that she created to test a oxygen measuring devise Thursday, May 11, 2016. Researchers are looking into how problems with the placenta lead to health threats from preeclampsia to Zika. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ORG XMIT: WX205 (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life – and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like the Zika virus that somehow sneak past its protective barrier.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2016

Summer Stories: Re-Org

The President thought it would be a good way to welcome him to the organization. The Vice Presidents weren’t so sure. “Can’t we just go out for drinks?” asked the Vice President for Infrastructure. “We don’t have to go tramping ...

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s picks for Aug. 14-20

Haven’t had your fill of Bob Costas just yet? The competition in Rio de Janeiro continues with more drama, more patriotic fervor and, yes, many more commercials. The week’s prime-time schedule kicks off with track and field finals, including the marquee men’s 100-meter race. Also, more women’s gymnastics, diving and beach volleyball.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2016

Ask the Builder: Best to keep foundation above grade

DEAR TIM: I recently moved into a neglected house. While working on the landscaping in the front yard, I discovered that the top of the foundation was below grade. Two courses of brick on top of the foundation were covered by a mixture of dirt and mulch. What’s your opinion about how much mulch one can put up against a foundation? There are no leaks in the basement at this time, but this just doesn’t seem right to me. My lot from the house to the street seems flat to me. What can I do? What should have been done when the house was built? – Laura E., Sterling Heights, Michigan DEAR LAURA: This is another example of how building knowledge accumulated over decades by older builders is lost. All one has to do is walk through older neighborhoods in just about every major city east of the Mississippi River to see what builders of old knew: The top of a foundation should never be near the soil line or grade.

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The SliceTemplate for Sir Mix-a-Lot Q and A 

I overheard a colleague mention trying to set up an interview with Sir Mix-a-Lot. As you might already know, the beloved performer and backside fan will be appearing at our ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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