The Optimist: Live like Lola, a young girl who decided to fight deadly brain cancer with resolve

In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims. Now one was coming to his home.; So this is what it feels like (when your team finally wins)
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Live like Lola: A young girl confronts deadly brain cancer with resolve
For nearly a year and a half, photojournalist Moriah Ratner followed Lola and the Muñoz family on a journey marked by pain as well as laughter, fear as well as joy, anguish and finally peace.
By Moriah Ratner, Susan Levine, Joanne Lee, Wendy Galietta and MaryAnne Golon • Read more »
In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims. Now one was coming to his home.
Chris Buckley, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan before joining the KKK, despised Muslims and other minorities. Then a Muslim doctor tried to help him change.
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Perspective
So this is what it feels like (when your team finally wins)
Trying to make sense of a joyous, wild, thoroughly insane night in Washington.
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We were drowning in diapers and scheduling sex. But then we got our groove back.
It started when our youngest turned 3 and we realized we no longer needed a high chair. Shedding the baby gear helped us find ourselves again.
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Perspective
At Target and Walmart, Pride is profitable. The Supreme Court ought to drop by.
Market forces, not a narrow court ruling on a wedding cake case, are winning the day
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The story behind this viral photo of a firefighter who calmed a hysterical baby
The Chattanooga firefighter helped the kids out of the car after the crash. The older girls seemed fine, but the baby was shrieking full-throttle.
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My mother abandoned me as a child. It took having kids of my own for me to forgive her.
We aren’t used to hearing that a woman left her baby to pursue highflying career dreams.
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This woman is an exceptionally effective Capitol Hill lobbyist. She also has Down syndrome.
Kayla McKeon’s first advantage is that she can explain the trials of a disabled person from her heart. Her second advantage is that nothing intimidates her.
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Locked up for years as teens, they’ve returned home to D.C. hoping to make a difference
A new documentary and art exhibit shows what happened to these D.C. natives when they returned home after a decade or more in prison.
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Queen Elizabeth II makes woman who fought to decriminalize prostitution a dame
“It’s no secret that I have been a sex worker, and obviously my work is pushing for sex workers’ rights,” Catherine Healy said.
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Mister Rogers wasn’t just a nice guy. This new documentary proves he was a quiet radical.
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is animated by an unspoken question: What happened to us?
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An Indian state banned pesticides. Tourism and wildlife flourished. Will others follow?
India hopes Sikkim’s drive to go all-organic could be a global model.
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