Parenthood, Take Two

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At 71, Fredericka Nelson should be the one being taken care of. After 40 years of cleaning offices to support a family on her own, the Brooklyn mother of six and grandmother of 21 thought she’d enjoy growing old in peace. That was until her youngest daughter, who struggles with substance abuse, gave birth to [&hellip
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Gender Bias

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Nancy Gleeson never said “no.” When she saw sugar, she ate it, gorging on cookies, chocolate and banana splits every day for decades. She didn’t worry about the weight gain that left her tipping the scales at 225 pounds. She didn’t heed the family history that put her at high risk for diabetes—until she wound [&hellip
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Dr. Mozart

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Michael Gruson, a successful attorney, got the worst possible news from his doctor in March 2005: His persistent headache was more serious than anything an aspirin could cure. It was the symptom of a malignant brain tumor. A partner at Shearman & Sterling and the head of an eight-member household, Gruson, 69, was accustomed to [&hellip
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Little Help for Hospice

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We spend more money on healthcare in the last months of life than at any other time. It’s when we’re sickest and most in need of medicine, doctors and intensive care. According to estimates, nearly 30 percent of Medicare’s annual $327 billion budget goes to caring for patients in their final year of life. But [&hellip
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Kenyon Record-Breaker

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Throughout his high school career, Will Smith considered himself primarily a defensive player. He started at shortstop for four straight years at Collegiate. But when he arrived at Kenyon College, he made an important discovery about getting playing time. “All I really wanted to do was play every day,” Smith said. “I realized that in [&hellip
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Celebrated Slugger Caps College Career

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It’s late March in California, 2006, and Libby Copeland-Halperin steps up to the plate. She’s still a rookie, a freshman playing one of her first collegiate games for a team that will go 30-10. But on this day, Copeland-Halperin proves she belongs with her more experienced teammates. A poor pitch over the heart of the [&hellip
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NYC’s Tennis ‘Magician’

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Among all the tennis players who have called New York City their home, perhaps no one has had a more unlikely journey to stardom than Max Segan. “It’s pretty weird,” the 19-year-old conceded recently while reviewing his up-and-down career. Segan has overcome injuries, burnout and apathy during the past half-dozen years. But undoubtedly the biggest [&hellip
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The Handball Symphony

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One harsh thwack of rubber ball meeting hand, then a moment later, a flatter, harder thwack of ball meeting wall. Then the same two beats over again. Soon, a rhythm emerges. These are the trademark sounds of a game of handball. Put several games together, as the Inner City Handball Association (ICHA) did last weekend [&hellip
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That Elusive Perfect Game

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Everyone was ready to see the magic happen again. From the players to the coaches to the spectators to the umpires—they were all hoping to see the lightning bolt of an arm that had just produced a perfect game deliver a repeat performance. Lightning didn’t strike twice for Nolan Becker, the senior lefty from Stuyvesant [&hellip
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On the Run

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It’s raining furiously outside, so today Howard Lindsay is inside a narrow room at the United Nations International School (UNIS), putting his hurdlers through their paces. “Attack the hurdle,” he urges with commanding repetition. “Don’t be scared of the hurdle. You can’t be scared of it because it won’t hurt you. Lean. Lean!” Then, a [&hellip
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