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News Above the Noise—Week of January 21, 2024

News Above the Noise—Week of January 21, 2024

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. Is America More United Than the Media Shows?

These days, it feels easier than ever to focus on our differences. And media headlines certainly home in on what divides us. Yet what binds us? And how can answering this question help all of us feel better about this world in which we live? If these questions interest you, don’t miss this excellent article.

2. Do You Know Who These 45 Historical People Are?

This week, The Sunday Paper team tested our historical knowledge and took this Buzzfeed quiz to find out if we could name 45 historical figures. As the writer said, “Let’s see who paid attention in 8th grade Social Studies class.” How well did you do?

3. Cancer is on the Rise in People Under 50

Sad, but true: It’s not so rare to learn that a family member or friend in their mid-life prime has been diagnosed with cancer. And this week, a startling new report showed the statistics to back up what we’ve seen anecdotally for a while now: Among people 65 and older, people between age 50 and 64, and those younger than 50, those younger than 50 were the only one of the three groups to experience an increase in overall cancer incidence. To read more about this alarming trend, click here.

4. We Don’t Know How to Behave at the Office Anymore

From messy kitchens to other communal areas left in disarray, office workers and managers are increasingly reporting that workers’ skills at thoughtful in-person conduct has gotten a little rusty. Interestingly, more than 6 in 10 companies will send their employees to etiquette classes this year, according to a new survey. To read more, don’t miss this article.

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