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written by Liz Ernst

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Merchant Marine Myths: 9 common myths about the Merchant Marines

A career in the Merchant Marines doesn’t usually come to mind when considering career paths. Many folks either aren’t aware of the opportunities a seafaring career offers or they’ve heard too many untoward stories about the lifestyle. Ask any Merchant Marine you meet a question about their profession, and you can bet he or she has already answered the same question 1,000 times before.

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Trump Administration withdraws Support for Jones Act at the Expense of American Maritime Workers

The Trump administration dealt a serious and unexpected blow to U.S. Maritime industry workers by withdrawing a proposed Jones Act review announced in the final days of the Obama administration. This is the first U.S. president, Congress, and defense department to choose against supporting the Act in its  97-year history, and the consequences could be catastrophic.

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Sand yields tiny turtles on area beaches

The trail of tiny tracks leading from an abandoned nest was the only sign left at daybreak Monday of the first batch of turtle hatchlings on Bonita Beach this season. The liberation of some 121 baby loggerheads into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night marked the beginning of what could be the most successful turtle nesting season on Bonita Beach since the volunteers began monitoring the threatened creatures' nests seven years ago.

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Teen Obesity: A Generation of Youths Set up for a Lifetime of Weight-related Health Problems

Today’s teens and young adults have a relationship with food unlike that of any previous generation, and many are questioning the modern food industry and its role in rising obesity rates among American’s young people. In fact, The Journal of the American Medical Association states that more than 30-percent of children in the U.S. are overweight, and today’s teens and young adults comprise the first generation of American children who will spend their lifetime battling weight, dealing with weight-related illness and facing a shorter lifespan than their parents.

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Unfortunately, too many people eat a standard American diet, which is high in acidic foods. Acidic buildup in the body interferes with healthy circulation and cell regeneration, and it is why so many Americans have come to accept being sluggish, overweight, and prone to illness and depression. Through their diets many individuals are simply surviving with a pH balance that is not acidic enough to trigger serious health issues, but enough to cause a build-up of toxins that prevents them from realizing how energetic and healthy their body is meant to feel.

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Getting Children an Early Start With Excellent Home Care and Regular Dental Visits Equals a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth and Smiles

There has never been a better time for children in America when it comes to finding excellent dental care. Today’s parents can easily arm themselves with all the tools and information they need to establish and maintain good oral hygiene habits in their children, beginning even before the very first tooth peeks through baby’s gums.

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Avoiding the pitfalls of transplanting roses

Whether you’re trying to position them for better sun exposure, or moving across town and taking your beloved blooms with you, transplanting roses is a tricky undertaking. Without careful planning and a willingness to adhere to some very specific tips, your roses run the risk of not surviving the transfer. Before you begin pulling up root balls, prepare yourself for the task at hand with some expert gardening advice on transplanting roses.

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Federal Prosecutors Charge Two with Fraud in First-of-its-Kind False Credit History

Case Federal prosecutors charged a Florida man and a California woman with fraud for aiding at least three people create false credit histories, enabling them to acquire millions of dollars in mortgage loans. According to U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips, this is the first time the Department of Justice has charged anyone with providing customers with fake credit histories.

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Rules for Afghanistan: Fight Taliban, corruption, "drink lots of tea"

Gen. David Petraeus, pictured here meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, told troops in the war torn country that "The decisive terrain is the human terrain. The people are the center of gravity." Fight the Taliban "relentlessly." Don't tolerate corruption. Drink "lots of tea" with the locals. Those admonitions are among the two dozen guidelines for counterinsurgency warfare that Gen. David Petraeus issued to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan or counterinsurgency warfare that Gen. David Petraeus issued to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan on Sunday.

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Rhinebeck, New York: Historical Hub for American Royalty for Three Centuries

The idyllic town of Rhinebeck, New York, about 90 miles north of Manhattan, has been a best-kept secret of American royalty since The days of George Washington. On Saturday, Rhinebeck’s secret was out as tourists flooded in to join the local population of less than 8,000 as they hosted modern American royalty; former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton managed to successfully pull off the wedding of their only child Chelsea Clinton to long-time beau, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The wedding was held at the Astor Courts estate overlooking the east bank of the Hudson River.