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After a nightmare in concentration camps, they lived the American Dream

The Brodeckis recently downsized their home. The contents of their sprawling four-bedroom, American Dream dwelling in Richmond, Va., are now crammed into a one-bedroom apartment at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in suburban Maryland. There are the relics on the walls from lost childhoods in Poland, of a teenage Zosia behind barbed wire in a Nazi concentration camp, of friends who perished in the Holocaust, of the young couple in the displacement camp in Germany where Zosia and Bolek met soon after the war ended.

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Reel talk: Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' reboot

Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is set to play Lara Croft in a coming adaptation of "Tomb Raider," based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. Vikander won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Danish Girl" in 2015. Angelina Jolie starred as the titular character in the 2001 adaptation and its sequel in 2003.

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Club sports conundrum

Every student-athlete has a different experience when it comes to high school sports. But the majority of current athletes are following the same trend: participating in travel or club sports in their off-seasons. Playing in the off-season has become almost a necessity to competing at the high school level. But does this new norm hurt more than help?

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The two sides of going Greek

Michigan State freshman Chrissy Clark walked into a college classroom wearing her everyday attire. One of her peers turned to her and scoffed, telling Clark that she looked like "such a sorority girl."

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Bringing a project to the White House Science Fair

Early April, I was walking between classes when my phone rang: I had been invited to the White House! I was going to exhibit my scientific work for the White House Science Fair. After school, I celebrated the news with my friend, Christine Yoo. I had been team leader of a research project with Christine on developing a novel, sustainable device that can simultaneously produce clean energy and remove oil spill pollution. For our work, we won the $100,000 grand prize in the Siemens Competition for Math, Science, and Technology and other accolades, and we were invited to the White House Science Fair to exhibit our efforts to represent the Siemens Foundation and Discovery. We were beyond excited!

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On Gardening: Native spiderworts offer stunning flower and foliage

Each morning I pull into my parking spot which is right in front of our cottage garden. This time of the year it is the bluest blue greeting me thanks to our native spiderwort. Spiderworts are known botanically as Tradescantia virginiana and native over a huge range of the country covering some thirty states. Those states where it is not native have the Tradescantia occidentalis which is called prairie spiderwort.

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Living Smart: Is it OK to install a roof in the rain?

Dear Angie: Is it OK to install a new roof while it's raining? I'm having a new roof installed over 20-year old (Oriented Strand Board) sheathing. It started raining during the install. Good news is that they did a section at a time, so the OSB was exposed to fairly light rain/drizzle for about a half hour before peel and stick membrane was installed. Is that a problem?

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The Columbia Museum of Art announced Tuesday that it is the recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for exemplary service to the community.
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