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July 13, 2024, 5:17am Life

Throughout the year, we can be thankful for the freedom to explore our wider world. Read story

Mike Eurich reads from the Bible with other worshippers during a weekly gathering at a Columbia New Jersey truck stop TA Travel Center by the Delaware River. Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS) (Steven M.

Truck stop catering to faithful

Mike Eurich reads from the Bible with other worshippers during a weekly gathering at a Columbia New Jersey truck stop TA Travel Center by the Delaware River. Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS) (Steven M.

July 13, 2024, 5:16am Churches & Religion

Somewhere in this random, run-of-the-mill truck stop full of things truckers need, like CB radios and corned beef hash, and stuff no one needs, like dragon sculptures or New Jersey-themed shot glasses, a local tanker driver found something he wasn’t looking for: God. Read story

This cover image released by Little Brown Books for Young Readers shows &ldquo;Be a Hero with Skipper the Seal&rdquo; by Admiral William H. McRaven with Kelly Marie McRaven.

McRaven collaborates with daughter on picture book

This cover image released by Little Brown Books for Young Readers shows &ldquo;Be a Hero with Skipper the Seal&rdquo; by Admiral William H. McRaven with Kelly Marie McRaven.

July 13, 2024, 5:15am Entertainment

Adm. William H. McRaven is collaborating with daughter Kelly McRaven on a follow-up to his bestselling “Skipper the Seal” picture book that draws upon his onetime passion for being a superhero. Read story

Loaf the Cat Goes to the Powwow, by Nicholas DeShaw and illustrated by Tara Audibert, is neatly summed up by its title. The St. Paul writer&rsquo;s picture book is about a stowaway cat that gets to experience a powwow while readers learn about the musicians, grass dancers and storytellers there.

4 Indigenous books for young readers

Loaf the Cat Goes to the Powwow, by Nicholas DeShaw and illustrated by Tara Audibert, is neatly summed up by its title. The St. Paul writer&rsquo;s picture book is about a stowaway cat that gets to experience a powwow while readers learn about the musicians, grass dancers and storytellers there.

July 13, 2024, 5:15am Entertainment

Small publishing houses have known for years there’s an audience for young people’s books by and about Indigenous people. The Minnesota Historical Society, for example, published “How the Birds Got Their Songs” recently. But, if this spring is any indication, larger publishers are reaching out to that market, too. Read story

Carver Maaike Huizinga from the Netherlands gives a final touch July 6, 2004, to the sand sculpture of sports people behind Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in the &ldquo;Olympic Stadium Travemuende&rdquo; at the beach of the Luebeck Bay in Luebeck-Travemuende, Germany.

Why the Olympics have a French connection

Carver Maaike Huizinga from the Netherlands gives a final touch July 6, 2004, to the sand sculpture of sports people behind Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in the &ldquo;Olympic Stadium Travemuende&rdquo; at the beach of the Luebeck Bay in Luebeck-Travemuende, Germany.

July 13, 2024, 5:14am Entertainment

Ever wondered why French is spoken during medal announcements at the Olympic Games? The truth is that while the ancient Olympics originated in Greece, its modern incarnation is very much a French affair. The Games were revived in the 1890s by a French nobleman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. As Paris… Read story

How to care for kid’s summertime scrapes, ouchies

July 13, 2024, 5:13am Health

For kids, summer can revolve around playgrounds, pools, bikes and just being outside. For parents, it can mean a litany of ouchies to take care of — including scrapes, sunburns and dehydration, pediatricians say. Read story

Jackson, left, and Owen Pezalla, both 4, appear on balance bicycles in Seattle on July 1, 2017. Experts recommend starting with those so-called balance bikes at a younger-than-expected age, possibly even less than a year old.

At what age should a kid start riding a bike?

Jackson, left, and Owen Pezalla, both 4, appear on balance bicycles in Seattle on July 1, 2017. Experts recommend starting with those so-called balance bikes at a younger-than-expected age, possibly even less than a year old.

July 13, 2024, 5:13am Health

When Michael Natividad learned to ride a bike at 7 or 8 years old, he knew his training wheels were ready to come off when he leaned on them while zipping around corners. Read story

The dating app Tinder is shown on a smartphone on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in New York. Plenty of happy couples can trace their meet-cute moment to an online dating app. But many others find the never-ending process of likes, swipes, taps and awkward DMs that go nowhere to be exhausting.

Feeling exhausted swiping through dating apps? It could be burnout

The dating app Tinder is shown on a smartphone on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in New York. Plenty of happy couples can trace their meet-cute moment to an online dating app. But many others find the never-ending process of likes, swipes, taps and awkward DMs that go nowhere to be exhausting.

July 13, 2024, 5:12am Life

While plenty of happy couples can trace their meet-cute moment to an online dating app, many others find the never-ending process of likes, swipes, taps and awkward direct messages that go nowhere to be exhausting — leading to a phenomenon known as “dating app burnout.” Read story

Sitting in a chair with ropes looped around both feet and hands, Joan Carles Osuna, a student of the Vall d&rsquo;en Bas School of Bell Ringers, performs June 29 playing all four bronze bells at the church bell tower of the12th-century Sant Rom&agrave; church, at the village of Joanetes, about two hours north of Barcelona, Spain.

Human touch brings music to Spain’s church bells

Sitting in a chair with ropes looped around both feet and hands, Joan Carles Osuna, a student of the Vall d&rsquo;en Bas School of Bell Ringers, performs June 29 playing all four bronze bells at the church bell tower of the12th-century Sant Rom&agrave; church, at the village of Joanetes, about two hours north of Barcelona, Spain.

July 13, 2024, 5:12am Churches & Religion

Xavier Pallàs plants his feet on the belfry floor, grips the rope, and with one tug fills the lush Spanish valley below with the reverberating peal of a church bell. Read story

FILE - A rental DVD is dispensed from a Redbox at a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles on August 7, 2009. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the owner of DVD rental operator Redbox, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Friday, June 28, 2024.

Redbox shutting down after parent company Chicken Soup for the Soul files for bankruptcy

FILE - A rental DVD is dispensed from a Redbox at a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles on August 7, 2009. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the owner of DVD rental operator Redbox, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Friday, June 28, 2024.

July 12, 2024, 9:35am Entertainment

Redbox is the latest home video rental enterprise to bite the dust. Read story