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The delta variant and kids: Parents’ questions answered

UPDATED: Mon., July 26, 2021

For a brief moment, it felt like we parents had made it. School was wrapping up. People, including kids ages 12 and older, were getting vaccinated. Mask mandates were easing. But now we’re facing the delta variant – a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do astronauts need astronaut suits?

UPDATED: Sun., July 25, 2021

When astronauts leave Earth, a spacesuit can help them stay safe in places that are quite different from their home planet. I learned all about it from my friends Stasia Kulsa, Lauren Reising and Ian Wells, a few members of a team at Washington State University researching how to clean moon dust from spacesuits.
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Dad Daze: The magic and loss of our treasured baseball prints

UPDATED: Sun., July 25, 2021

Why men collect objects is a mystery. Perhaps it goes back to the days of hunting and gathering, and it's connected to a survival mechanism. Many of my friends collect things. My friend Joe, who is my daughter Jillian's godfather, has an enormous collection of "Star Wars."
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Water Cooler: Summer reading for kids

UPDATED: Tue., July 13, 2021

With homework on pause for summer vacation, it’s a great time for kids to dive into recreational reading. Here are a few suggestions to start with, but don’t forget to check with your local libraries and bookstores for additional suggestions and summer reading programs.
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‘A grand experiment’: With first monthly payments to parents set to arrive Thursday, Democrats push to make them permanent

UPDATED: Tue., July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – Starting Thursday, families across the United States will receive the first in a series of monthly payments of up to $300 per child that could dramatically cut child poverty and offer a preview of what might become a major part of the American social safety net for years to come – if Democrats get their way.