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On Monday, in honor of Memorial Day, we explored the true cost of American wars, the harrowing beauty of our military cemeteries abroad (see...


On Monday, in honor of Memorial Day, we explored the true cost of American wars, the harrowing beauty of our military cemeteries abroad (see photograph), some creative ways to honor those who died in service, and a few stories by and about our soldiers.Throughout the rest of the week, we learned about the super bowl of spelling bees, the decaying state of roadside Americana, the power of open grain markets in Africa, and what this scandal at Oxford says about our contemporary view of poets. We also delved into the worlds of gay marriage (so hot right now) and genetically modified salmon, both of which spawned some great discussion.As of the writing of this post, there are still about 30 hours left for you to submit an idea for our Message in a Bottle Contest. Send something in. If we like it, we'll put it in our next issue.
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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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