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July 4-17, 2014

Field of vision

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The fact that Jesus of Nazareth frequently employed parables while he was teaching tells us a lot about what he was trying to accomplish during his earthly ministry.

Teachers don't use parables when they're just adding to their students' store of knowledge. Parables only come into play when someone is striving to change a person's whole frame of mind, when they're attempting to alter the way people process all the knowledge they receive. Parables are a means of retooling one's brain.

Safety advocate takes on GM spinners

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Amid the dark rot of malfeasance at the core of General Motors' long and sorry history of vehicle recalls stands Louis Lombardo. He directs Care for Crash Victims, a Bethesda, Md., research, writing and consulting firm that issues monthly reports on auto safety -- or just as often the lack of it. He works from a small canvas, but his portraits are large of a company whose decades of recalls of millions of cars defy accurate recalling.

Lombardo is everything GM is not: conscientious, transparent and caring.

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