Sholeh Patrick

Research: Little girl might be smartest of ’em all

July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Big brainpower sometimes comes in small packages. Genius knows no color, culture, or creed. They can be rich or poor, humble or boastful, doctor or high school dropout — if prestigious Mensa membership is anything to go by.Kid genius. Take ...

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Research: First Step opens new doors out of prison

July 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s probably not on most Americans’ radars, but something momentous is happening: 2,200 non-violent federal inmates will leave prison earlier than expected this Friday. That’s just a sample. Another 1,100 have already been released under a...

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Research: Is your writing logical?

July 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you’re a doctor or nurse, you get it too — that involuntary inner shudder when someone in a social situation says, “I have this pain …” Asking for cocktail party diagnoses is not cool. It puts the askee in an awkward position.But it does...

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Opinion: North Idaho drivers head wrong way on kindness

July 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

With family in several countries “across the pond,” as the Brits say, I’ve learned that all drivers aren’t created equal. There is a certain driving culture unique to each place — a set of expectations, habits, and unspoken rules you don’t ...

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Playing with fire? Then do it right

July 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

Happy birthday, America! The weather is set to be just about perfect. Today we’ll consume 150 million hot dogs, 700 pounds of chicken, and more beer than any other holiday, according to Wallethub’s 4th of July by the Numbers. Plus we’ll spe...

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Research: Pet lessons from the fiery Fourth

July 02, 2019 at 5:00 am

I wish I’d written this six years ago.If we’d been better informed, little Liebling the cat would still be scampering about the house. Cuddling at bedtime. Playfully getting underfoot. July is Lost Pet Prevention Month. And that, we learned...

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Research: Beer battle offers insights into trademarks

June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

This week’s story of a likely well-intentioned beer seller learning a hard lesson about the Vandal trademark brought to mind Juliet’s famous quote:What’s in a name?Shakespeare’s sweet-smelling rose aside, the wrong business name can pack a ...

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Research: The Fed: Here’s the 411

June 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

Headlines are abuzz about the president’s pressure on the Fed to raise interest rates. That’s not as dull as it sounds.Putting aside the politics of election timing and whether a president has such authority, what is the Federal Reserve Ban...

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Research: Study: Idaho’s great — unless you’re young

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Idaho ranks as the 10th best place to live, according to the latest study.Unless you’re a Millennial.Combining two of WalletHub’s 2019 economic studies, “Best States to Live in” and “Best States for Millennials,” one might conclude Idaho ca...

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Research: Maybe Flag Day can pull us together

June 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

What is it about flags that can elicit so much emotion? Flags aren’t the only symbols of nationalism or clan-feeling. Yet all around the world, the one which provokes the most feeling is undeniably that colored strip of cloth. One hundred y...

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