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Laura Dunn

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Women in Business: Conie Nyholm, CEO of VIRginia International Raceway

Laura Dunn | October 21, 2014 | Business
Connie Nyholm is owner and CEO of VIRginia International Raceway, known as America's Motorsport Resort. A born entrepreneur, Nyholm invested in the track in 1998 with a partner and has been dedicated to growing VIR using the values of hard work and communication she learned from her dad...
Jacques Attali

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Rational altruism against Ebola

Jacques Attali | October 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling...
James Peron

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Is A Church Being Forced to Perform a Gay Wedding?

James Peron | October 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
I suspect there is a lot of misinformation about the so-called Hitching Post Wedding Chapel case. Here is how fundamentalist anti-gay crusaders at "Alliance Defending (sic) Freedom" present things: "Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop...
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | October 21, 2014 | Arts
The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. By practically sheer accident the two men--and only after director Wilder had a rift with longtime partner Charles Brackett--collaborated in 1943-44 on the screen adaptation of James M....
Mike Ragogna

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Fast-Growing Startup Challenges the Legal System: An Interview with PeopleClaim's Mark Deuitch

Mike Ragogna | October 21, 2014 | Business
An Interview with Mark Deuitch, Founder and CEO of PeopleClaim.com Mike Ragogna: Mark, tell us about PeopleClaim.com. What's its goal? Mark Deuitch: PeopleClaim is a new way to resolve any kind of dispute online without the...
Michael Shaw

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Obola: Visual Attacks on Obama Pick Up Right Where Kenya/Muslim Slurs Left Off

Michael Shaw | October 21, 2014 | Politics
It's hard to tell how much the far right, in its enduring hate for Obama, is seeing an opportunity in the Ebola hysteria, or the Ebola anxiety is feeding and re-igniting those racist and religious attacks on Obama...
Peter Staley

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Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan

Peter Staley | October 20, 2014 | Gay Voices
Compare and contrast: Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan. Anyone who continues to defend President Reagan's response to AIDS is ignoring a history of gross negligence compared with the response to other disease outbreaks in the U.S.
Vanessa Thevathasan

The Impact of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition on Children

Vanessa Thevathasan | October 20, 2014 | Impact
Hunger has forced generations into a cycle of poverty, and for children today the long-term impact will impair their ability to stay in school and seek employment. Reducing food insecurity has to be a priority for governments and the international community.
Allen Frances

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Finding a Middle Ground Between Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry

Allen Frances | October 20, 2014 | Science
Mental-health services in the U.S. are a failed mess: underfunded, disorganized, inaccessible, misallocated, dispirited, and driven by commercial interest. The current nonsystem is a shameful disgrace that won't change unless the various voices who care about the mentally ill can achieve greater harmony.
Campus Election Engagement Project

Rick Weiland vs. Mike Rounds vs. Larry Pressler Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For South Dakota Senate Race 2014

Campus Election Engagement Project | October 20, 2014 | Politics
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Rick Weiland vs. Mike Rounds vs. Larry Pressler Senate race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement...
Scott Anderson

Dear 9th Graders: College Applications Can Wait. Following These 5 Tips Can't

Scott Anderson | October 20, 2014 | College
None of the tips listed here are explicitly designed to make you a better college applicant when you get to that point, but that's exactly what they'll do if you follow them. And by "better," I don't mean competitively packaged. I mean authentic.
Sharon Rowlands

Growing the Ranks of Women Execs: Three Tips for Becoming a Female CEO

Sharon Rowlands | October 20, 2014 | Business
In part, I attribute my success to the fact that I had great opportunities and great champions along the way, but I also worked to develop skills that I saw were necessary for a seat in the corner office. I want to share some of the knowledge I gained along the way, in hopes that it will help women who aspire to be CEOs or high-level executives.
Carla Escoda

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The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | October 21, 2014 | Chicago
Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.
Chris Weigant

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Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | October 20, 2014 | Politics
A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.
Yavuz Baydar

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'Kurdish Peace Process': Erdoğan's Gamble for Absolute Power?

Yavuz Baydar | October 20, 2014 | Politics
The core of mass fury had to with the question Turkey's Kurds ask constantly these days: Can we trust that President Erdoğan is sincere about the peace talks with the PKK or, are we all being jerked around, duped?
Mark Reynolds

Step by Step: Great Climate March Makes Its Way to Washington

Mark Reynolds | October 20, 2014 | Green
In his seminal 1849 essay, "Resistance to Civil Government," Henry David Thoreau calls on the reader to: "Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence." The quote resonated with those I spoke to.
Suzie Skougard

A Disney Princess with Down Syndrome. Could It Work?

Suzie Skougard | October 20, 2014 | Parents
There is a petition sweeping the Internet asking Disney to incorporate a protagonist with Down syndrome, but there is a backlash brewing even within the special needs community asking, is it necessary?
Architectural Digest

Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago Landmarks

Architectural Digest | October 20, 2014 | Arts
Wright would go on to become the impossibly prolific leader of the Prairie School: He completed more than 1,100 designs, nearly half of which were built, and a number of his masterworks were set in and around the Windy City.
Frank Islam

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The Compelling Need to Improve the Higher Education Value Equation

Frank Islam | October 20, 2014 | Education
In the middle 90's, "value" was the hot new word and every business was trying to improve its value equation -- which we operationally define as "outcomes divided by cost."
Zack Exley

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Throw the Bums Out! (2.0)

Zack Exley | October 20, 2014 | Politics
It is now possible for insurgent, anti-establishment candidates to raise a ton of money from small donors online, and to use that money, plus the Internet, plus old-fashioned organizing, to build nationwide, strong volunteer organizations -- all without any help from either of the idiot parties.