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Narcissism has been in the news lately, and may be on the rise. Having an inflated view of yourself is typically seen as negative by others, but is it becoming a necessity in modern society?

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Funemployed — The rising cost of higher education and unemployment

Unemployment rates are higher in the U.S. than depicted in the media, and recent graduates (with excessive student loans) are struggling to find jobs in their fields.

Op-Ed: This fall, students should set a good first impression and write!

Millions of kids, teenagers, and even adults are heading back to classrooms as the fall semester begins. Here is what you should do to start off on the right foot.

E-cigarettes could be tempting youths into smoking

A new report has indicated that the electronic cigarettes currently flooding the smoking market could be proving tempting to youngsters looking to start the practice, lending evidence to the argument that "e-cigs" encourage youth smoking.

Visitors to Minnesota State Fair warned to wash hands regularly

Visitors to this year's Minnesota State Fair are being warned by organisers to wash their hands regularly to prevent outbreaks of disease, contracted from the abundance of farm animals at the event.

Man drowns after trying to rescue boy from river

The family of Michael Lumahang identified him as the man who drowned while he was trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.

Op-Ed: Maximize your dorm room storage space

We’re heading into back-to-school season and for many students, that means getting ready to head back to college dorms. Dorms have never been known for their spaciousness, so finding ways to store things has always been a challenge for college students.

Introducing the Rice Bucket Challenge

A woman from India had an answer for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Her challenge has been dubbed the Rice Bucket Challenge.

Op-Ed: CA winner takes Mega Millions jackpot, players buy tickets online

On Friday, winning numbers were drawn for Mega Millions' $180 million jackpot, one of this year's largest prizes for the U.S. multi-state lottery. On August 22, the draw yielded the following combination: 5, 31, 34, 41, 74, 3 with megaplier 5x.

Former mining town of Bradian, B.C., up for sale

Bradian, a small town in British Columbia, is about 70 miles north of Whistler, B.C. and it is for sale. For just under $1 million, someone can own Bradian.

Monkey's selfie can't be copyrighted, U.S. regulators say

A selfie taken by a monkey can't be copyrighted, according to United States regulators. In so doing, the regulators determined a monkey, or any other animal that takes a picture of itself does not own the copyright.

Most women believe they look 5 years younger than they are

A new study undertaken in the UK has found that the majority of women believe that they look five years younger than their actual age, after taking a survey run by skincare brand Lancome Advanced Genefique.

Op-Ed: Toronto let's go spend at the Exhibition! Special

Every year over 1 million people visit Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition, known to locals as The Ex. Those visitors will open their wallets for great buys at the shopping areas, food vendors and to enjoy the carnival midway.

Supreme Court puts hold on Virginia same-sex marriages

Without an explanation or a release of the vote totals, the U.S. Supreme Court today has stayed a ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to marry beginning on Thursday morning.

Pay for transport or phone credit by recycling bottles in Beijing

A new system introduced in Beijing is allowing people to get free phone card rebates or passes to public transport in exchange for simply recycling a used drinks bottle.

Springfield Preppers & Patriots expo draws visitors

The Preppers & Patriots expo in Springfield this weekend is attracting a large turnout from people who wish to learn how to prepare themselves for a future emergency.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey marches in Ferguson protests

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and the first person to send out a tweet from Twitter, has been using Twitter to provide updates live from the ground at the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Homosexuality still listed as 'chronic problem' alleges lawsuit

Matthew Moore is suing his doctor and his medical network after they allegedly ignored his complaint about notations in his medical records indicating that he was suffering from homosexual behavior.

Op-Ed: California's first woman rebel, sought to reclaim native lands Special

Move over Pocahontas, Sacagawea, there is another native American that left her mark on American history. Few know of California's first woman rebel, Toypurina. Some scholars say she should be more prominent in the history book spotlight.

24 rescued from roller coaster after being stuck for 5 hours

On Sunday, 17 adults and seven children visiting a Six Flags park found themselves sitting in a roller coaster that would not move for hours and hours.

Op-Ed: Koch’s plague against the minds of students

The Koch brothers have a program in schools with the cover of giving entrepreneurial power to students, however the real objective soon becomes clear.

Op-Ed: Parents cannot protect kids from sex by censoring books

"Your Health Today" is at the center of a controversy on how much children should learn about sex from textbooks. While the amount of information it gives is significant, caring parents are a bit misguided in sharing it.

White students to no longer be majority in U.S. public schools

Public schools in the United States are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, which is a first.

Family gets stuck at top of Ferris wheel as park begins to close

The Riggs-Long family found themselves stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel ride when employees were closing down the park.

Op-Ed: Writer says, 'this is not the San Francisco I fell in love with' Special

More than just keeping an eye open looking out for fires a top of Mt. Barnaby near Mount Tamalpais in his spare time, volunteer look-out and retired writer Larry Levy views his beloved San Francisco in a much different way today.

Selfie and bromance among words added to Scrabble dictionary

A new Scrabble dictionary will be published on August 11, and it will include words such as bromance, selfie, hashtag and fracking.

After almost 62 years a married couple passes away together

Don and Maxine Simpson had what anyone would call a lasting relationship. After 61 years and a few months of marriage both passed away together, within four hours of each other.

Op-Ed: Addiction: Recovery is possible Special

In the United States, more than 7 million children live with a parent with an alcohol problem. (SAMHSA) Alcohol usage in these families affects the children. Today, 1 in 5 people report that they grew up with an alcoholic parent.

'Vaping' and the rise of a new culture

Along with the rise of vaping comes a distinct culture as well. Vaping smokers have new options and new places to gather with this trend.

Jefferson’s Monticello replica is 99-year-old’s dream house

S. Prestly Blake, a cofounder of the Friendly’s Ice Cream chain, has always admired Thomas Jefferson’s Charlottesville, Va., mansion Monticello, and as he approaches his 100th birthday, he wants one just like it.

Lion bites off woman's finger at zoo

A woman in Michigan was visiting a private zoo in northern Michigan when part of her finger was bitten off by a lion. State police are now investigating the report.

Construction spending down in June, but better than last year

In June, construction spending in the U.S. had its largest decrease in over three years, affecting the government, housing and non-housing sectors.

Study: 'Good girls' and 'bad boys' have a dating advantage

According to new findings, men are more responsive to women who are attentive and seem caring on dates. Some common sense conclusions are now being backed up by science.

Op-Ed: Unleash your creative genius — 10 tips to boost your ingenuity

Brilliant thinkers are creative and they use techniques to boost their creativity. You can improve your ingenuity by using some of these methods.

Despite chilly fog a Street party for neighborhood was fun Special

Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Essentially, they can be thought of as large block party.

Canadians bring 1,000 litres of water to Detroit residents

Supporters from nearby areas of Canada came into the United States to bring fresh water to residents of Detroit. Many of those living there have no water now due to unpaid bills which led to mass shutoffs from their companies.

Boy with cancer receives more mail than entire town

Five-year-old Danny Nickerson wanted cards for his birthday, which is today. He got it in spades, or perhaps avalanches, as 30,000 cards and 3,000 gifts flooded in and more were coming.

Op-Ed: Say what? Better communications for a healthier workplace Special

When France declared that, by law, employees would have to unplug from their workplaces at 6 p.m. every day, everyone working a 45-hour week huffed saying "Well, I wish!"

Op-Ed: What the #sexspreadsheet and backlash tells us about society

Another month, another weird and wonderful trend to report on. This time, the item in question involves a rather different use of Microsoft Excel.

The Islands came to Toronto's Liberty Village during lunch BBQ Special

On Thursday the Lamport Stadium Parkette was alive with island flair when the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival held a community BBQ sponsored by the Liberty Village BIA from 12-2pm.
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