Mini-Vows: A Soul Mate to Help Heal Wounds From the War

Carsen Alexa Zarin and Florent Ahmed Groberg were married Nov. 17 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington. Julian Zarin, the brother of the bride who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated. The bride, who is 28 and will be taking her husband’s name, is the director of marketing for Capture2, a government…

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How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

It’s fair to say Terry Gross knows some things about talking to people. The host and co-executive producer of NPR’s “Fresh Air” has interviewed thousands of personalities over the course of her four-decade career. It all started in the early 1970s, when, floundering a bit in her post-college life, she landed a gig at WBFO,…

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Encounters: Brian Tyree Henry Finds Wisdom at an Arcade

Brian Tyree Henry looked to the heavens and let out a primal roar. He was playing the arcade game X-Men: Children of the Atom and his avatar, Storm, the silver-haired weather-controlling mutant, had just been laser blasted by Cyclops. “Aw, man! Come on,” he said, along with some unprintable phrases. Mr. Henry was spending a…

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SURFACING: For Jewish Israelis of Yemenite Heritage, Reviving a Past

Bride Meyrav Yehud, 24, has the final accessories of her henna outfit adjusted. Groom Or Dochan, 25, wears a triangular necklace, symbolizing the three life principles: the Torah, work, and doing good deeds. At a recent henna celebration at the Yemeni Heritage Center in Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel, the bride had three ensemble changes, each representing…

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Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits. So are smiles. Even the swing of a ponytail can attract unwanted attention, so women slick their hair back into a style known as the “bureau bun” — as in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. They wear oversized uniforms to hide the faint outlines of…

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Check In: Hotel Review: In San Francisco, Rooms With a View

Rates From $275 a night. The Basics Opened in late June, the Lodge at the Presidio has the unusual perk of having a San Francisco address in the heart of a 1,500-acre national park — the Presidio, an iconic former army post, now home to miles of forested hiking and biking trails, plus museums, restaurants,…

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Medical News Today: Does using testosterone to treat depression work?

Medical professionals have been discussing whether testosterone treatment can actually reduce depressive symptoms in men for many years. A recent meta-analysis attempts to draw a clearer picture. Could testosterone therapy be the antidepressant of the future? Depression is a major global concern. Per year, major depressive disorder affects an estimated 16.1 million adults in the…

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Air Quality in California: Devastating Fire Leads to a New Danger

PARADISE, Calif. — The wildfires that have laid waste to vast parts of California are presenting residents with a new danger: air so thick with smoke it ranks among the dirtiest in the world. On Friday, residents of smog-choked Northern California woke to learn that their pollution levels now exceed those in cities in China…

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