The Optimist: At this camp for burned kids, hanging out with firefighters helps emotional scars fade

This teen was auctioning his pig to fight cancer. Four bidders in a row had their own plans.; An innovative approach to criminal justice reform: Put black women in charge
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Their son died by suicide. Now their employees’ mental health is their top concern.
At Bike and Roll DC, employees are encouraged to discuss mental illness. Mental health days are granted without question. And on Wednesdays, everyone wears orange — in part to kick-start conversations.
By Hannah Natanson • Read more »
This teen was auctioning his pig to fight cancer. Four bidders in a row had their own plans.
Three bidders each bought 15-year-old Waylon Klitzman’s pig and donated it back to him, ultimately raising more than $10,000 for the fight against childhood cancer.
By Hannah Natanson • Read more »
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An innovative approach to criminal justice reform: Put black women in charge
In this city, the court hands down sentences like mandatory voter registration and attendance at city council meetings.
By Timothy Pratt • Read more »
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No sermons at this church: Congregants wander silent and barefoot through nature at Church of the Wild
Congregants explore God through barefoot exploration and appreciation of the outdoors.
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Trump promised to fix veterans’ problems. Now they call his hotline desperate for help, and always find a friendly ear
Suicide, pain, sex, red tape: What call takers at the White House VA Hotline hear about every day.
By Jessica Contrera • Read more »
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This 90-year-old retired vet gives ailing dogs — and rabbits and chickens — a spring in their step
Lincoln Parkes first invented and patented a cart that allows disabled animals to walk in the early 1960s, and he’s still trying to perfect the pet wheelchair.
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Perspective
Beyoncé and Serena Williams speaking out about their birth experiences is good for all black women
We are not to blame for our negative health experiences, and we do not deserve to carry the burden of fixing them.
By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez • Read more »
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At this camp for burned kids, hanging out with firefighters helps emotional scars fade
The camp’s annual Fire Truck Day gives children a chance to see firefighters in a nonthreatening light
By Tara Bahrampour • Read more »
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Perspective
How to raise a happy kid in the digital age
Raising kids to be happy in today’s world isn’t impossible. We just need to rewrite the rules for the digital age.
By Caroline Knorr • Read more »
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Maryland collector snags Mickey Mantle baseball card worth at least $50,000
Chris Rothe, who lives outside Baltimore, paid $500 for the chance to own one of 20 cards in an unopened pack of Bowman trading cards from 1955.
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Perseid meteor shower peaks Sunday and Monday night. Here’s how and where to look.
It’s rightly touted as the year’s best meteor shower. At its peak, close to 75 shooting stars will pass overhead every hour.
By Matthew Cappucci • Read more »
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