Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 13, April 15

A-Dressing Privy Issue. (Education)
The United States Students Association (USSA) is urging the nation's colleges and universities to provide single-stall "gender-neutral" rest rooms for transgender students to protect them from harassment and physical attacks. Transgender is the...
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Are High-School Sports Keeping the Right Company? as More Corporations Sponsor More Scholastic Athletics, Critics Fear Impressionable Young Minds Are Receiving the Wrong Signals about Winning and Commercialism. (Education)
The Blue Cross Bowl, ShopRite Gymnasium and Wachovia Cup. The latest college bowl game, a retro-modern basketball field house and a major tennis tournament? Hardly. They are, in order, the Tennessee prep football championship game, an elementary school...
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Bringing Abducted Americans Home; the Bush Administration Has Pledged to Use `Every Appropriate Resource,' Including the Use of Military Force, to Recover U.S. Citizens Kidnapped Abroad. (Nation: Kidnapping)
Vowing that no American will be left behind again, the Bush administration has made subtle but significant changes to the national kidnapping policy, promising that the United States will do whatever it takes -- including paying ransom and using military...
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Chavez Revolution May Be in Retreat; Hugo Chavez Was Riding High in 1999. but Economic and Civil Strife, as Well as Questionable Political Moves, Have His Presidency Teetering on the Brink of Collapse. (World: Venezuela)
With several thousand people chanting "Freedom! Freedom!" a previously unknown Venezuelan airforce colonel called on President Hugo Chavez to resign and make way for a new, democratic government in Venezuela. The scene, reminiscent of the protests...
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Chewing Gum Expands the Mind. (Science)
Maybe walking and chewing gum at the same time shouldn't be so tough after all. A joint study carried out by the University of Northumbria and the Cognitive Research Unit in England has found that the act of chewing gum improves short- and long-term...
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Creative Financing: Dozens of Municipal Projects in Los Angeles County Have Been Financed Using Bondlike Instruments Called COPs, Which Critics Charge Have Allowed Officials to Enter into Long-Term Financial Obligations without Voter Approval
Since the downfall of Enron and the crippling of the former energy giant's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, a great deal of attention and concern has been focused on big business. To be more precise, the focus has been on whether the well-being of...
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Displays Courage by Uncovering Sordid Story. (Correspondence)
I've been reading INSIGHT for a while now and always have admired each article that Paul M. Rodriguez writes for your readers to think about. He has an incredibly solid grasp of things going on out there that we Americans either are unaware of or are...
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Fightin' Whities More Frisky Than Fierce. (Education)
Go ahead, Washington, keep your Redskins. Florida State can have its Seminoles, and Atlanta its Braves, because the University of Northern Colorado has the Fightin' Whities. Frustrated by a lack of success in ridding the sports world of Indian nicknames,...
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Firm Seeks FDA Approval for Human Microchip Implants; the VeriChip Is Another Sign That Sept. 11 Has Catapulted the Effort to Secure America into a Realm with Uncharted Possibilities -- and Possible Unintended Consequences. (Science)
Applied Digital Solutions Inc. is preparing to ask the Food and Drug Administration for permission to sell microchips that can be implanted in people's bodies. The VeriChip could be read by scanners for identification or medical information while embedded...
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Frequent Fliers Offered Space Treks; Travel around the Earth 400 Times and What Can You Get? A Free Boost into Orbit! (Travel)
US Airways will allow customers to apply frequent-flier miles toward suborbital trips, part of a marketing effort with Space Adventures, the tourism firm that arranged to get financier Dennis Tito to space last year. The wanna-be astronaut will need...
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Gender-Neutral Text. (Religion)
The country's best-selling modern Bible will be issued in a gender-neutral version this spring, despite criticism from conservative groups who call the changes a gross mistake. The latest revision, called "Today's New International Version" (TNIV),...
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Health Questions Linger at Hart; EPA Officials Have Wondered Privately Whether It Truly Was Safe for Workers to Return to the Hart Senate Office Building after the Anthrax-Decontamination Project. (Nation: The Anthrax Scare)
Staffers are back in the Hart Senate Office Building following the mailing of deadly anthrax powder to Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) and other key congressional leaders last year. But a specter still haunts the halls as questions persist...
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History Repeats: A Comedy and a Drama, Both Set in 18th-Century France, Are Au Courant. (Film)
Art-house habitues should look for two films this spring that won't have wide release, although one has the potential to win a larger audience. The Lady and the Duke, a historical drama set in Paris during the fall of the French monarchy, is Eric Rohmer's...
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Honeymoon Is over in the `Irritable Alliance'. (Political Notebook)
There are times in any marriage when it doesn't matter what you say or how you say it -- the worst possible interpretation will be drawn and the testy partners just become ever more trapped in mutual miscomprehension as distrust mounts. That seems...
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How Do You Spell `Terrorist'? Try P-E-T-A (or E-L-F/A-L-F). (Nation in Brief)
In a recent column it was suggested that Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, should provide details of his charge that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supports "co-terrorism" through financial contributions....
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Immigration Experts Have Recommended Reading for Bush. (News Alert!)
As President George W. Bush departed for Mexico, immigration experts suggested he take along two new informative reports for the trip: Enchilada Lite: A Post-9/11 Mexican Migration Agreement by Robert S. Leiken, a scholar affiliated with the Brookings...
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Iraqi Connection to Oklahoma Bombing: America's Arab Allies Do Not Agree with the President's Inclusion of Iraq in the `Axis of Evil.' but New Information about Saddam Hussein's Involvement in the Bombing of the Murrah Building May Tip the Balance. (Investigative Report)
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah reportedly rejected a direct request from Vice President Dick Cheney during a March 16 meeting in Jeddah that Saudi Arabia support a U.S.-led attack on Iraq. Other Arab countries have followed suit. But new information linking...
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Lingering Chill on Capitol Hill. (Washington's Week)
The vernal equinox may mark the official beginning of spring and the thawing of winter but, in Washington, a chill remained evident as Congress wrangled about everything except the shape of the committee tables. Preparing for their two-week Easter...
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Military Has New Strategy in Battle of Sexes. (the Last Word)
The long retreat of the U.S. military from the armored brigades of radical feminism might be halting. There appears to be a mustering of will to dig in and confront the feminization of the armed forces that has been ascendant for more than two decades....
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Money Seems to Be Motivating Factor at American Red Cross. (Fair Comment)
The second week of March started out badly for the American Red Cross. The TV news program 60 Minutes devoted one of its segments to searing criticism of the way in which the organization handles the big bucks it collects ostensibly to provide assistance...
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Move over Prozac, It's Ecstasy's Turn; Stigmatized as the `Nightclub Drug,' Some Scientists Are Promoting the Benefits of Ecstasy as a Treatment for Depression. but at What Long-Term Costs to the Brain? (Nation: Psychotropic Drugs)
The first U.S.-approved tests on the therapeutic effects of MDMA, the active chemical in the "nightclub drug" known as ecstasy, may begin in a few months, 17 years after it was made illegal and 90 years after it was invented. At issue is whether this...
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On National Monuments, Cannon Sticks to His Guns. (Waste & Abuse)
Former president Bill Clinton's unprecedented use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate nearly 20 new national monuments, most in the Western United States, didn't sit well with many officials in the states and localities affected. They felt...
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Opus Dei Founder Newest Saint: Monsignor Josemaria Escriva Will Be Canonized This Fall. but the Lay Movement He Established Has Been Criticized as a Conservative Order That Takes Its Orders from the Pope. (Religion)
Pope John Paul II has announced that the Spanish founder of Opus Dei ("The Work of God"), an influential lay movement in the United States, will be made one of nine new saints. Monsignor Josemaria Escriva, who founded Opus Dei in 1928, will be canonized...
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Pipes Helps U.S. Identify the Enemy; Long before Sept. 11, Daniel Pipes Warned of the Perils of Militant Islam. Now He Cautions That U.S. Authorities Still Aren't Taking the Growing Threat Seriously Enough
Daniel Pipes has the distinction of being the very first person quoted in INSIGHT. When the magazine's first issue appeared on Sept. 23, 1985, the cover story on Hafez al-Assad included in its second paragraph a description of Pipes as a leading American...
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Plot Thickens in Livermore Spying Incident. (Insight Exclusive)
Despite Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham's artful denial of a recent INSIGHT exclusive (see "U.S. Nuclear Security May Be Compromised," April 1-8), security watchdogs in Congress have announced their intention to pursue the allegation. Meanwhile, several...
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Seeking a Remedy for Clinton's Environmental Excesses. (Nation in Brief)
The courts have been whacking away at some of the environmental excesses of the Clinton administration, according to a roundup of recent opinions compiled by Fox News. In California several decisions have been reversed, including one that set aside...
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Sept. 11 Prompting Broader Agency Reorganization? (Waste & Abuse)
Six months after the World Trade Center twin towers came crashing down, shattering America's naive sense of insularity and invulnerability, the events of that September morning already have left an indelible mark on the size and shape (and, by extension,...
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Study Finds That Good Humor Knows No Boundaries. (for the People)
It's been said that humor doesn't travel well -- that what might send a Thai or a Russian into fits of laughter is likely to leave an American or a Pakistani stone-faced and uncomprehending. But after reading the findings of psychologist Richard Wiseman,...
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Symposium
Q: Is new leadership needed to restore the Central Intelligence Agency? YES: Reforming the CIA means new leaders, new ways of doing business and a truckload of pink slips. To fight America's enemies, the U.S. government needs good intelligence....
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The House of Hansen: What a Treat It Must Be to Have Enough Money to Buy Beautiful Art. and What a Pleasure It Is When a Collector with Taste and Discernment Puts His Collection on Display. (Arts)
Victor Hansen was 47 when he began collecting art seriously in 1915. The director of a Danish insurance company, Hansen decided to take advantage of an art market noticeably deflated by World War I (particularly in France, whose painters he admired)....
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U.S. Would Sell out Israel by Pushing Land-for-Peace Deal. (Fair Comment)
Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon precipitated a firestorm of criticism from the Bush administration by suggesting that the United States was doing to Israel what Czechoslovakia's great-power allies, Great Britain and France, had done...
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Uzbeks Need Help, Not Lectures. (Fair Comment)
Uzbekistan has emerged on the world scene as the chief ally of the United States in Central Asia and a key player in the war against al-Qaeda. This fact was showcased by the cooperation pact signed by Uzbek President Islam Karimov and U.S. President...
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Why Social Problems Are Not Getting Solved! (Advertisement)
The chaotic state of national and international affairs demands that we face the reality that people's solutions are failing to solve public and private problems, build nations, and negotiate peaceful settlements among warring factions. That failure...
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