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Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors.
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Families to quietly remember on school massacre anniversary

The communities and families terrorized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre will spend Thursday’s anniversary visiting graves, packing meals for the needy and contributing to other service projects as they quietly remember the 14 students and three staff members who lost their lives.
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Two Parkland moms now divided over guns

It’s an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre: two terrified moms outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one of them a tall, weeping blonde with the black smudge of Ash Wednesday on her forehead, the other a petite redhead crying in despair on her shoulder.
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Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate.
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Notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman convicted

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel.
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Parkland mom: ‘I feel that Alyssa is still coming home’

PARKLAND, Fla. – Every morning, Lori Alhadeff makes breakfast for her two boys, gets dressed and sprays on her daughter’s Victoria’s Secret perfume. The scent is part of her armor, propelling her through her whirlwind of a day as she fields hundreds of emails and juggles two phones, a constant reminder of why she ran for and won a seat on the local school board, and started a foundation to make schools safer. Why she called out President Trump in a televised, gut-wrenching tirade.
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Cartoonist hides vulgar anti-Trump message in his comic strip; S-R joins papers to drop the comic

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 10:46 p.m.

At first glance, Sunday’s Non Sequitur comic strip just showed bears dressed up like Leonardo da Vinci. But much like da Vinci himself, Wiley Miller – whose work often tackles politics and has occasionally drawn controversy – could not resist inserting a secret message into his latest work. Many newspaper editors and readers were not amused.