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FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Take the right step forward Running injuries are common; various studies report between 30 to 75 percent of runners are injured each year. Running involves the whole body and therefore a good training routine should include flexibility, strength and running specific exercises. There are several parts of the body to keep in mind when developing a training routine, but one area often overlooked is foot strength. No matter what type of a foot strike you have, the foot is the first part of the body to hit the ground, [...]

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WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY: Wicked Local Reader Photo... Check out Birdseed Bandit and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com

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Ask Lisa: Aren’t all pickles gluten-free? Q: I saw a jar of dill pickles labeled “gluten free” at the grocery today. Help a senior citizen understand why this would be needed if there are no grains in the contents. Did I miss something?— Dan Bear, Westerville, OhioA: I hate to be the one to break it to you, but yes, you are missing something.Some pickles are made with malt vinegar, which is produced from barley, a grain that can be problematic for those who can’t tolerate gluten.Pickle [...]

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Breaking Bread: Kids learn not to turn noses up... Broccoli and cauliflower often meet with sideways glances and wrinkled noses from the 12-and-under set.That was the case with Brooklynn Mills, a third-grader at Easthaven Elementary School on the Southeast Side of Columbus, Ohio.The 8-year-old took part in a vegetable tasting at her school, which included a baby carrot, a cherry tomato (the fruit that takes like a vegetable) and a sugar snap pea.When the tasting ended, Brooklynn had taken a tiny nibble from the carrot, but no other [...]

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Lost in Suburbia: Playing chicken with my dinner “What do you want for dinner?” I asked my husband.“How about fish.” he replied.I shook my head. “I had fish for lunch. How about steak?”“I’m sick of steak,” he said. “How about chicken?”I nodded. “Chicken it is.”My husband went outside to light the grill while I jumped in the car to go get the food. I had planned to run into the supermarket, get the chicken, and then go right back home. [...]

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WINE WISDOM: Are they really super stores? One of the recent trends in the wine business is the arrival of wine superstores, or really alcohol superstores, since these retail outlets offer an assortment of thousands of beers and spirits in addition to mass quantities of wines. Until recently, I resisted the trend and had not visited any of these retailers. Believing I have a responsibility to my readers to weigh in on the topic, I made two visits to one.The store reminded me of a Lowe’s or The Home Depot for alcohol. [...]

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THE BEER NUT: All hail new 'Game of Thrones' beer While summer is almost here in the real world, winter is still bearing down on the world of Westeros. Maybe they could use a nice beer.Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, is partnering with HBO to release a new beer inspired by the popular “Game of Thrones” television drama series, Bend the Knee Golden AleThe new beer, available in 750 ml bottles, hits shelves around the Memorial Day weekend. The beer will be available in three collectible bottles. [...]

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FAN PHOTOS: Show us your Celtics pride Email your Boston Celtics fan photos to readerpix@wickedlocal.com. Please include a caption identifying people pictured and the town they are from.

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Lead paint continues to affect thousands in... THE ISSUE: Lead paint continues to harm children nearly 40 years after it was banned.THE IMPACT: More than 3,500 Massachusetts children ages 5 and younger tested positive for elevated blood-lead levels.

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Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 5-23-17 Check out Shell-tic Pride and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com

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Suzette Martinez Standring: Elephants never... On Memorial Day, an elephant and her calf are shaded by trees as ducks and geese waddle by the pond at Milton Cemetery in Milton, Massachusetts. The life-size topiaries are covered in ivy, and the symbolism of their deep family bonds and long memories are the reasons for their art installation in this place of remembrance. Elephants never forget, and on Memorial Day, neither should we.Graveside flags flutter red, white, and blue marking those who have died in service to our country. For me, [...]

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Dr. Elaine Heffner: Venus and Mars According to the old nursery rhyme, little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dog tails, while little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. The more contemporary adult version is that women are from Venus and men are from Mars. Although the references have changed, the message is the same, boys and girls, men and women are different.The trouble is, we have been so busy trying to promote equality, and to wipe out sexist differences, that we have forgotten about differences [...]

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Shayne Looper: The banality of evil and the... One of the remarkable moments in the history of the 20th century occurred near its close: The work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. South Africa had been embroiled in decades of horrific racial violence. The Commission’s mandate was to discover the truth about politically-motivated violence, provide amnesty for truth-tellers, and reconciliation for the nation.This was a very different goal from the one pursued in the Nuremberg trials, held 50 year earlier. In [...]

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The Mom Stop: Greater good must prevail Between five pregnancies, three births and surgeries that followed two miscarriages, I could buy a nice used car with what I have paid in related medical bills over the last 8 years -- and that’s with good insurance.We are the lucky ones.A decade ago, I wouldn’t have been able to switch to my husband’s better insurance while pregnant because I would have been considered to have a pre-existing condition. Ten years ago, a woman who hoped to soon get pregnant often had [...]

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Social media connects faith leaders with... A new initiative from the Anti-Defamation League targets online bullying and harassment aimed at faith groups and others.

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OVER THE COUNTER: Honor thy father by... With Father’s Day around the corner, we are focusing this month’s column on how we were influenced and inspired by our respective fathers, while also taking a look at some of the health issues that matter most to men.Gary’s thoughts:My father, Edward, instilled in me the importance of taking care of yourself – through exercise, especially being outdoors, by maintaining a healthful diet as much as possible, by increasing the amount of sleep you get, [...]

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WHAT'S UP DOC? Treacher Collins syndrome Q: My neighbor just had the most adorable baby, and she was diagnosed with Treacher Collins syndrome. What is that?A: Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 25,000 to 50,000 births in the United States. It affects males and females, and all races, essentially equally.TCS, also called mandibulofacial dysostosis, is a disorder that affects the development of the bones and other tissues of the face and head. In some patients these [...]

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Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 5-22-17 Check out Let Freedom Wing and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com.

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Parallel empires: Trump's upcoming visit with... Although both the United States and Holy See benefit from full diplomatic relations, it took two centuries to arrive at a stable relationship.

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Music and the Spoken Word: The promise of marriage A wedding is not just the celebration of a day — it's the beginning of a sacred bond that can carry a couple through a lifetime of trials and difficulties. On that day they plant the seeds of strength and hope.

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