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The New York Times (on August 25, 2008 and November 24, 2008)reports that pediatrician and author Dr. Melvin D. Levine “is facing five lawsuits accusing him of molesting young boys during physical examinations” (Accused Pediatrician is Leaving Institute, Nov. 24, 2008). Levine co-founded the All Kinds of Minds Institute, whose mission is “to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific and clinical expertise”.

He is famous for the PBS documentary about learning disabilities, Misunderstood Minds.

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Over on Feministe, Bint Bintalshamsa asks:

Can we stop with the news reports calling [Elizabeth Edwards’s] cancer ‘terminal’? Please? Yes, she does have cancer, but it isn’t terminal. It’s incurable. There’s a helluva difference between the two.

Some commenters argued that calling Edwards’s cancer “terminal” was correct according to various legal and medical definitions. Which prompted Bint to ask this incredibly awesome question: “Why is it those who do not have the condition are considered the experts on how it should be viewed?”

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