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After Mollie Tibbetts’s politicized death, an unlikely kindness

The death of Mollie Tibbetts became an immigration talking point, but reporter Terrence McCoy tells the unlikely story of immense kindness in the aftermath of a tragedy. Plus, Elizabeth Dwoskin on how to leave Facebook.
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She chose a different path
Mollie Tibbetts, 20, was stabbed multiple times and left in an Iowa cornfield; an undocumented immigrant was charged with her slaying. The brutal death became a talking point on immigration and border security for President Trump.

But Tibbetts’s mother, Laura Calderwood, chose a different path after her daughter’s death. She welcomed into her home a teenager whose ties to the accused killer seemed endless.

Post reporter Terrence McCoy tells the unlikely story of forgiveness and need in the aftermath of a tragedy. “Two people who were, each in their own way, mourning the loss of family members…Two people now trying to translate this unspoken need into something familial, an effort increasingly complicated by their separate connections to an alleged killer.”

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Should I stay or should I go now?
Facebook began 2018 explaining that its users could expect a change: More posts from friends and family would show up on their feeds and less news and content from publishers. But then it came to light that the social media giant was sharing the personal information of friends and family with outside companies.

Now more and more people are thinking twice about how they use Facebook: Nearly half of American adults are either deleting or taking a break from the site.

The Cambridge Analytica debacle — in which Facebook allowed a data firm to mine people’s personal information for political purposes — was a tipping point for people, explains Silicon Valley correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin.

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From bookshelf to the big screen
Still catching up on this year’s movie releases? Stephanie Merry, The Post’s Book World editor, has a fresh take on 2018’s best book-to-movie adaptations.

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