December 28, 2015

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The boy who moved Christmas

Past their bedtime, two boys press their feet into sneakers and leave the house to say what they expect to be their final words to their seven-year-old brother. In the living room, Christmas has been happening for months, the tree long bedazzled and toys well tested.
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Trudeau’s turbo-Zen army

GOVERNMENTS ALWAYS WORK at the intersection of the things they want to do and the things that are just I going to happen anyway, whether anyone wants them or not. As Justin Trudeau enters his first full calendar year as Canada’s Prime Minister, the traffic at that intersection is getting heavy.
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How disheartening to see Donald Trump’s scowling face on the cover of your yearly Newsmakers issue (Dec. 14). That a billionaire loudmouth has capitalized on the media’s appetite for bombastic and inflammatory sound bites is hardly news.
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Divided it stands

The new campaign began the day the old one ended—a shameless cavalcade of panhandling, baby-kissing, backstabbing, race-baiting, manand woman-splaining and voter disgust. The culmination, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, will be the most bitter and contentious presidential election in the 228-year history of the United States of America and the rusted-out machinery of its 18th-century electoral mechanics.
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2015 was the year “political correctness,” formerly a leftover catchphrase from the 1990s, came back into the mainstream. From Jonathan Chait’s widely shared New York magazine article “Not a very PC thing to say,” to Amanda Taub’s Vox magazine rebuttal, “The truth about political correctness is that it doesn’t actually exist,” everyone was arguing about the explosion of identity politics and whether it’s a good or bad thing.


Cancer begins when the genes in a cell are mutated, causing the cells to multiply like a fire raging out of control. In a new study, published Nov. 25 in the prestigious journal Cell, Toronto researchers describe how they shut off roughly 18,000 genes in human cancer cells—one by one—to pinpoint precisely which ones spark cancer growth.
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Luxury ice busters

The world’s billionaires are en route to Canada’s High Arctic—and judging by their luxurious, ice-busting rides, Ottawa may have trouble keeping up. In yet another example of how the once-foreboding Northwest Passage has landed on the itineraries of well-heeled global tourists, Dutch shipbuilder D amen wowed the Monaco Yacht Show’s attendees this fall when it unveiled its latest luxury toy: the world’s first polar-capable super-yacht.
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Disarming the gun problem

There are, believe it or not, a few, sensible restrictions on who can purchase a firearm, or explosives, in the United States. Fugitives from justice will have their applications denied. So will those convicted of a crime that is punishable by more than a year in jail.
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A whole new refugee crisis

Last June in northern Syria, Kurdish forces routed the so-called Islamic State from Tal Abyad, a strategically important town on the border with Turkey, in just a matter of days. The stunning victory followed a now familiar pattern: a volley of air strikes by U.S.-led coalition warplanes set the stage for an easy advance on the ground.
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By the numbers

THE OPENING DAY of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War would bring heartache and sorrow to Newfoundland. At Beaumont-Hamel, France, on the northern end of the Allied front, the 1st Newfoundland Regiment started its advance at 9:15 a.m. on July 1, 1916.
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