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As prayerful chants echoed through this Riviera resort city's cathedral, France plunged Friday into an achingly familiar ritual of grief and recrimination after a truck-borne attacker plowed a path of carnage through a holiday crowd, killing at least 84 people and injuring more than 200. The third major terrorist attack on French soil in 19 months raised painful new questions - about the security services' ability to defend against weapons as mundane as a delivery truck, about the integration of the country's large and often downtrodden North African population, and the sense that not only Nice but an entire way of life had again come under siege. Comment?
Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it. The City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages. Comment?
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg encouraged graduating seniors at the University of California, Berkeley to persevere in life's challenging times, speaking publicly for the first time about her husband's death during a commencement speech. Sandberg, whose husband, Dave Goldberg, died in a treadmill accident while on vacation last year in Mexico, said she was "swallowed up in the deep fog of grief." Comment?
When Donald Trump mocked John McCain for being captured in Vietnam, John Di Domenico feared his glory days were over. Who would want to hang out with a blustery, insult-happy mogul now? "I thought, oh well, less than a month, that was a good run," said Di Domenico, the highest-paid Donald Trump impersonator in the country. Comment?
The winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence was formally introduced to the public last week. New Orleans native T. Geronimo Johnson received the honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Manship theatre in Baton Rouge for his latest work, "Welcome to Braggsville," said to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which initiated the annual book award in 2008. Comment?
Sammi Hampton returns a shot while competing for Skyview High School in the spring. She is now a freshman at Arizona State University. Comment?
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