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Despite the Big Ten's expansion, Frank Deford says the conference will struggle to compete with pro football in the Northeast. The conference announced the addition of Maryland and Rutgers earlier this month.

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Solar energy canopies in the parking lot of the San Diego Zoo charge cars and feed an innovative new power station.

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Colleen Krause, a program manager for the International Rescue Committee, looks around the room for a student to call on during one of the Daily after school tutoring sessions at Marshall Elementary School, Oct. 29, 2012.

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Anthony (lion) licks Riley (coyote) after playing.

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Pip (doe) often visits Kate, her surrogate Great Dane mother.

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Kasi (Cheetah) and Mtani (Dog)

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This Christmas, Nathan Pacheco (pictured) gives the gift of music, capturing the spirit of the season with inspirational, moving performances of holiday favorites.

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Legendary rocker Rod Stewart’s (pictured) first solo holiday special features 13 classic songs.

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Only 13 percent of U.S. high school students were tested for HIV in 2010, but more than a quarter of all new HIV infections occurred in teenagers and young adults.

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USS Vandegrift

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André Rieu (center playing violin) performs live in Tuscany, Italy at the Piazza Della Republica joined by the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

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DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in "The Paradise Syndrome" episode of the original "Star Trek."

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Millennium Bridge across the Thames

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View from the top of the Tower of Pisa, Italy

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The Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy

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Berlin's Potsdamer Platz

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Hitler's Eagle's Nest near Berchtesgaden

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Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

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A ticket and a dream.

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The organ console and concert hall seen through the pipes of the organ chamber set behind the orchestra.

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Neil plays the organ while organ consultant Jeff Weiler pushes and pulls stops during the test. Building the organ took nearly two years, plus more than three months for installation.

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The organ console and concert hall as seen through the pipes of the organ chamber set behind the orchestra. The new organ boasts 1,000 more pipes than the previous one — nearly 5,000 pipes in total.

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Jacquelin Rochette, artistic director of Casavant Bros., gives a tour of the labyrinthine organ chamber. The Montreal-based company was founded in 1879 and specializes in building, renovating and installing pipe organs.

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Pipes inside the organ chamber range from five-eighths of an inch to 32 feet long, with varying shapes and diameters. Each pipe is meticulously tuned to create the organ's unique tonality.

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The cluster of pipes in the center are the only ones that remain from the old Filene Great Organ, installed in 1972.

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Weiler pulls on the "Filene" stop, named after Catherine Filene Shouse, the donor of the first Kennedy Center organ dismantled earlier this year. The wooden console has 103 stops, which are responsible for balancing the treble and bass — the lows and highs of each pipe.

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Bahl (left) speaks with Neil (center) and Weiler about the organ's test performance with the orchestra on Oct. 18. After six weeks of toning and tuning, the team just needed to make a few final refinements. "We had to tone it down today. We heard too much organ," said Weiler. "It's much easier to make an organ softer than louder, but the power is there."

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A concert hall organ has to have the right balance — powerful enough to be heard over the orchestra and chorus, but blending in like any another instrument.

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Rochette stands along a narrow passageway deep inside the organ chamber.

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After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

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The new organ was tested with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

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Organ consultant Jeff Weiler (left) and Casavant artistic director Jacquelin Rochette oversaw the tremendous task of building, installing and voicing the Kennedy Center's new organ.

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The Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy

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Jennifer Conte, a case worker with the Community Resource Center in Encinitas, and a coordinator for the Interfaith Shelter Network in North County

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Beth Hallock of Operation Hope, at the site of the new shelter being remodeled for homeless families in Vista

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Pastor James Jerpseth, King of Kings Lutheran Church, Oceanside, Nov. 2012

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Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

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The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

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Sandra Samuels and her daughter Andrea

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Marine doing pull-ups

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Ralph "Rafi" Montalvo

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Should a talk about guns be off-limits in the exam room?

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus meets with Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia in April 2012.

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Last year, Tom Mather caught 15,000 deer ticks in the woods of southern Rhode Island. "People really need to become tick literate," the University of Rhode Island researcher says.

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Last year Tom Mather caught 15,000 deer ticks in the woods of southern Rhode Island. "People really need to become tick literate," the University of Rhode Island researcher says.

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Most people don't notice deer ticks. They're tiny, the size of poppy seeds.

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