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Ask Dr. Universe: How are baseballs made?

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 17, 2022

There are a lot of steps that go into making a baseball. As we investigate this question, we’ll focus on the ones made for Major League Baseball. My friend Lloyd Smith, a mechanical engineer and director of the Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, told me all about it.

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Dad Daze: Bob Saget, not Bill Cosby, was America’s Dad

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 16, 2022

Perception is indeed reality. This is a tale of two TV fathers. Both were known as "America's Dad" as they starred in sitcoms that ran for eight seasons that happened to coincide during the 1980s and 1990s. The actors were standups who happened to attend the same college, Temple University.
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The Full Suburban: Barber makes the cut for three youngest Ditto boys

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 16, 2022

It was just a few days into the new year when I decided I couldn’t stand to look at my three youngest sons one minute longer. Why this motherly aversion, you ask? Had they done something terribly bad or annoying? No. The problem was with the state of their hair, which hadn’t been cut in well over a month. 
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Son’s baseball coach steps up for man in need of a kidney

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 12, 2022

Elliot Kaye had been hanging out with his new kidney at the ballpark a couple of days a week for years. He was alongside it at games and on weekends. They even went to Havana together. He’d been looking everywhere else for the thing that would save his life.
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Ask Dr. Universe: How does COVID-19 affect our household pets?

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 9, 2022

A lot of researchers around the world are investigating this very question. While we don’t know everything about how the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects household pets, there are some things we do know. My friend Dr. Raelynn Farnsworth, a veterinarian at Washington State University, told me all about it.
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For young figure skaters, it’s difficult work and smiles

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 9, 2022

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships are being held this week in Nashville, Tenn. The top male and female skaters will move on to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, next month. World-class figure skaters such as defending U.S. champions Nathan Chen and Bradie Tennell do not just happen.
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Dad Daze: What to do for a child when a parent passes away

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 9, 2022

One of my favorite rituals, walking my young children to school, was possible after moving just three blocks from our old elementary institution. It was a bit like the Beatles classic "Penny Lane" but with quirkier characters along the streets. There was Bob, the ditzy crossing guard who was fired after delivering an off-color joke. 
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Trust or will? How to navigate what’s best for your family

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 4, 2022

Two types of legal documents can outline what your wishes are for after you die, yet few people understand the pros and cons of either a revocable living trust or a will. Generally, a revocable living trust or a will can provide instructions on how to distribute assets after death. They have differences, though.

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