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Please Take Away My Kids' Cellphones At School

It has been a depressing week of back-to-school stories. But NPR's Jennifer Ludden has found one to be happy about: cellphones will soon be locked up at her kids' school.

Opinion: Please Take Away My Kids' Cellphones At School

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Slanted and Disenchanted: Matt Groening's new medieval sendup follows a hard-drinking princess (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) and her entourage, a personal demon (Eric Andre) and an elf (Nat Faxon). The ULULU Company/Netflix hide caption

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A Medieval Fantasy From 'The Simpsons' Creator Throws A Wench In The Works

Matt Groening's animated Netflix series Disenchantment follows the hard-drinking princess of Dreamland. But the premise isn't the only new thing he's trying out on this show.

A Medieval Fantasy From 'The Simpsons' Creator Throws A Wench In The Works

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1968 Created The 'Ultimate' Anti-Sport Sport

Ultimate Frisbee was invented 50 years ago this summer. The sport has its own honor system, known as the "spirit of the game," that can be traced back to the counterculture of 1968.

1968 Created The 'Ultimate' Anti-Sport Sport

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St. John of God in McKees Rocks, just outside of Pittsburgh. Kathleen Davis/WESA hide caption

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'Beyond Anger': Pittsburgh Priest Says Sex Abuse Report 'Shook' Parishioners

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Catholic priests in Pennsylvania will step into pulpits Sunday morning and have to address the massive clergy sex abuse revelations from this week's grand jury report.

'Beyond Anger': Pittsburgh Priest Says Sex Abuse Report 'Shook' Parishioners

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For the past 60 years, Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a Mumbai OB-GYN, has been writing a sex column for the local media. He gets about 100 letters a day. The writers range from teenage girls to men in their 70s. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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A 94-Year-Old 'Sexpert' Gives India Advice On You Know What

Schools in the conservative country often have no sex ed, and it's a taboo topic at home. That's why Dr. Mahinder Watsa is one of the country's most popular advice columnists.

Tedra Cobb, the Democrat congressional candidate who was secretly taped talking about gun control, marched in a parade with supporters in Ogdensburg, New York in late July. Lauren Rosenthal/North Country Public Radio hide caption

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Local Candidates Are The Subject Of Political Tracking, Too

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From candidates for Congress to local school boards, surveillance has become a fact of life for campaigns. Trackers are taping candidates on the sly in search of slips that can blow up a race.

Local Candidates Are The Subject Of Political Tracking, Too

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Jonah (Evan Rosado) is the youngest of three children who roam under the auspices of their father (Raul Castillo) in the film adaptation of We the Animals. Courtesy of The Orchard hide caption

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'We The Animals' Becomes A Film, And The Author Approves

Jeremiah Zagar's first fiction feature adapts Justin Torres' debut novel. "I didn't want it to be, like, poverty porn or like a Lifetime domestic violence film," Torres says. "And he got that."

'We The Animals' Becomes A Film, And The Author Approves

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Screening for lung cancer can catch tumors but it can also produce false positives. Patients need to decide whether it's right for them, but doctors often don't know how to advise them. FS Productions/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption

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Should You Get That Scan? Your Doctor Might Not Be Great At Helping You Decide

In a new study, researchers found that doctors are better at explaining the benefits of a common cancer screening that its potential downsides. But overtesting comes with risks and costs of its own.

The company behind a privately funded passenger train line in Florida has proposed a route that connects Orlando and Tampa. Here, a Brightline train is seen at the new MiamiCentral terminal during its inaugural trip from Miami to West Palm Beach in May. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Convoluted Ties To Rail Company Whose Project He Supports

In 2011, Scott rejected a federally funded rail project; now he supports a privately funded one. He and his wife invested millions with an investment firm that owns the company behind the proposal.

The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday. The group wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds because a monument of the Ten Commandments was placed there in 2017. Hannah Grabenstein/AP hide caption

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Satanic Temple Protests Ten Commandments Monument With Goat-Headed Statue

"It will be a very cold day in hell before an offensive statue will be forced upon us to be permanently erected on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol," Republican State Sen. Jason Rapert said.

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