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News Above the Noise: Week of February 19, 2023

News Above the Noise: Week of February 19, 2023

By The Sunday Paper Team

Editor's Note: Every week, The Sunday Paper's team of journalists sifts through the news to make sense of what's happening in the world and provide hope for your week to come. We find what Rises Above the Noise and do our best to highlight what we think matters. If you’d like to read more in-depth, please note that while we do our best to feature articles that are not behind a paywall, some of the news pieces we recommend require their own subscriptions beyond our control.

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1. What Happens to All the Children in Syria and Turkey?

Nearly two weeks after Turkey and Syria were devastated by earthquakes that cost over 40,000 lives, families and authorities in both countries are still determining how many children have been orphaned, and how to care for them. Read more on The Washington Post about those who survived and the challenges their rescuers are facing on the ground.

2. How To Serve a Friend in Despair

In the wake of Senator John Fetterman’s clinical depression treatment and Bruce Willis’ frontotemporal dementia diagnosis this week, caring for a loved one with an illness is top of mind for many. For a powerful first-hand account of supporting a friend with severe depression, we encourage you to read David Brooks’ column on The New York Times.

3. What’s Behind All of the “Unidentified Objects” in the Sky?

After U.S. fighter jets shot down four separate “unidentified objects” from the sky in a little over a week, several people began speculating about what these objects are and why these sightings have become so frequent. To hear how U.S. officials are approaching the matter and how they believe the three most recent objects differ from the first, classified as a Chinese spy balloon, you can read more on Time.

4. Hazardous Materials From the Train Derailment in Ohio Cause Concern Among Residents

Ohio state officials are working to reassure concerned residents following the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials in East Palestine, but people living in the town have become frustrated as they seek more answers. Learn about the new information that has emerged about the chemicals in the rail cars on NPR as authorities continue to assess the damage and investigate the incident.

5. How to Know When It’s Safe to Eat Food Past the Expiration Date

What exactly do expiration dates mean, and how long is our food really good for? There's no standardized system for food dating in America, so it’s no wonder why dates on packaged foods can cause confusion. You can find an official guide for when foods actually expire on Real Simple put together with the help of experts and product manufacturers, to help you shop smarter for groceries and waste less food.

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