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  • Behind their charms, single-sex colleges struggle with their nature

    Behind their charms, single-sex colleges struggle with their nature
    The names of the two colleges -- Sweet Briar and Deep Springs -- are redolent of bucolic campuses. One is in rural Virginia, in the foothills near Lynchburg, and the other is in California's high desert ranch lands east of Bishop.
  • Nevada brothel lobbyist put friendly face on often-reviled industry

    Nevada brothel lobbyist put friendly face on often-reviled industry
    Most lawmakers in this state capital simply call him "Georgie," a soft-spoken old opinion-swayer with a cane who revels in his political incorrectness. For half a century, George Flint held court in the hallways of the Legislature here, most lately in...

    The world's first vegan mini-mall. Yeah, you're in Portland

    The world's first vegan mini-mall. Yeah, you're in Portland
    Attention all vegan shoppers: You're definitely in the right place. Fish-free "toona"? Check. Sweet potato dog treats? Absolutely. Coconut bacon? Yep. And Bryan Zurek working the check-out stand — a 27-year-old who hasn't used an animal...

    Coal ash contamination upsets residents near North Carolina plants

    Coal ash contamination upsets residents near North Carolina plants
    As a boy, Ron Thomas often watched murky water pour from a pipe into the Yadkin River behind his family's farmhouse, dumped from coal ash storage ponds at Duke Energy's Buck electricity plant. Now 80, Thomas worries that he and his wife, Joann, 72, have...

    Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil

    Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil
    He called his mother "Goober" and his father "Bobbo," affectionate names from a different life. They sit behind him every day, not more than 20 feet from his silent form swiveling quietly at the defense table. He does not turn around. James E. Holmes,...