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World Almanac

Today is the 209th day of 2021 and the 39th day of summer. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, marking the official beginning of World War I. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover ordered the U.S. Army to evict the Bonus Army protesters from government property in Washington, D.C. In 1945, heavy fog…

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Biden’s COVID presidency

Byron York   President Joe Biden recently passed his six- month mark in the White House. It might end up being the high-water mark of his presidency. Biden’s job approval rating is positive, about 52% in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. That is, of course, higher than the ratings of Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump, who…

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Facts about delta variant surge indicate vaccine efficacy

Dear Doctor: I’m not sure I understand what’s going on with the coronavirus variants. What are they, and how do they happen? And what is it that’s so dangerous about the delta variant? If it’s so different from the original coronavirus, shouldn’t we just wait until there’s a new vaccine? Dear Reader: You’ve raised a…

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Friend who wanted off group chat hanging with other people

DEAR HARRIETTE: A few months ago, one of my friends texted in our group chat that she needed to take a break from us. She has always struggled with her mental health, and she explained that she couldn’t handle the pressure of hanging out with people right now. She said that if we wanted to, we…

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Any Idea How Sexist Short Shorts Are?

Susan Estrich In the summer, boys dress for the warm weather, but girls dress hardly at all. Most high school guys are in baggy shorts, while many of the girls are wearing shorts so short that parts of their rear end remain exposed. The “distressed” versions — with rips and ragged hems — are often…

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Gay teen questions how to come out to parents

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m about to enter my sopho- more year of high school, and I realize that I’m 100% a lesbian — more specifically, a closeted lesbian. I’ve been on a few dates here and there with girls, and nothing has ever progressed further. For those situations, I just told my parents I was hanging…

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Tommy Trojan Goes for the Gold

Susan Estrich It was the summer of 1984. I had never set foot on the University of Southern California cam- pus. The joke among law professors was that if we dropped USC and just called it Gould School of Law — which is the actual name — we would have picked up a few points…

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Increased exercise benefits gut microbiome

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D., & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctor: I think I remember reading that when you start exercising more, it changes your gut microbiome. How does that work? I thought it’s what you eat and drink that matter the most. Dear Reader: The way in which physical exercise affects the…

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After leaving church, teen feels disconnected from family

Dear Harriette by Harriette Cole DEAR HARRIETTE: My parents have been Mormons for their whole lives — they grew up in a very religious culture and attended Brigham Young University. When I decided to leave the church last year, my parents were respectful, and I was quite pleased. But now I’m finding it increasingly difficult…

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New driver wants to make sure friends are being real

DEAR HARRIETTE: I just recently got my driver’s license and posted about it on Instagram. I’m one of the first in my grade to get it. Now, new people who I’ve never even talked to are reaching out for plans. I’ve always had trouble making friends, so it feels nice to be wanted. I just…

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