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Dying 8-Year-Old's Unusual Wish Captivates China

'It's just really nice to know that so many people have my back'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old terminal cancer patient from Rhode Island has become a massive celebrity in China—in a little less than a week. After a four-year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscle cancer, 8-year-old Dorian Murray told his dad he had one final request: "I would like to... More »

15% of Teens Expect to Die Young

Expectation linked to risky behavior

(Newser) - Teenagers who engage in risky behavior may do so because they believe they’re going to die young anyway, and may create a self-fulfilling prophecy with that belief, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A study that tracked 20,000 kids in grades 7 through 12 found that 15% thought they... More »

'70s Vigilantes Take '07 in Hands

New slate of vigilante films in era that mirrors '70s anxiety

(Newser) - Our era of economic upheaval and political powerlessness mirrors that of the 1970s, and now we’re getting our own silver screen vigilantes to clean up the mess. Everyman killers like Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle took action when the system wouldn’t, says Slate, and this season “vengeance... More »

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