Sholeh Patrick

Research: Elect apolitical judges

November 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

When you vote — and vote we must today; can’t waste the right which cost the lives of so many — you may notice the section marked “nonpartisan.”Judges.Unless you’ve encountered the courts, you probably won’t recognize the names. No big deal...

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Research: Millennials, this is your election

November 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

The nation’s largest and most powerful voting block is adults 18 to 30. Their views vastly diverge from older adults and the political status quo, according to Pew Research, yet because folks over 50 are the largest group who actually vote ...

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Research: How well do you know these scary words?

October 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Not all Hallowe’en stories are frightful. As word-guru site Merriam-Webster.com tells it, the history behind a few October-themed words isn’t even that Halloween-y. Well, not all of them anyway.Haunt (visit often). While today’s definition ...

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Coffee’s mystical origins in Yemen

October 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the average American city, other than fast food, what business seems to outnumber any other? Coffee.And whom do we thank for this precious, bitter brew? Arabs.It’s no coincidence “Arabica” is what we call today’s dominant coffee bean — w...

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Woody waste does wonders

October 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Wood-based fuel in an airplane? Done that — a forest-powered Alaska Airlines plane flew to D.C. in November 2016. To power a car? Feasible, according to researchers at Washington State University interviewed for a 2015 issue of Northwest Mi...

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Research: Here’s how the pledge evolved

October 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

What do magazine sales, the Nazi salute, and the threat of communism hold in common? Why, the pledge of allegiance, of course.The pledge’s evolution has been nothing if not ironic. Tuesday’s column reiterated its legal status and strength i...

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Research: Pledge in schools offered, not forced

October 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

News of an Atlanta school district’s removal of the pledge in public schools in August renewed nationwide debate over an old controversy. After a local teacher expressed frustration over the misinformation he’s seen on social media, the tim...

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Travel: No trick: Halloween is a town in Oregon

October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Halloween ain’t what it used to be. No longer a mere one-night candy scramble, All Hallows Eve is becoming a major holiday in its own right. More houses decorated, more costumery, more hokey pumpkin adornments and “ugly” sweaters. When it c...

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Research/Opinion

October 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Empathy is nice. Compassion is better. But when it comes to shifting cultural attitudes, what counts most is complete understanding. That’s impossible without an exercise in what it is like to live the life of another person. Or gender.Jack...

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Research & Opinion: Time for Columbus to step aside

October 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

In an otherwise harmonious marriage, one debate soon reached a bright line: I was wrong. We tend to accept the cultural perspectives of youth. I had to step back to see things anew from a viewpoint I’d never been challenged to inhabit (iron...

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