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Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 131, No. 2688, September

As the Years Advance, Baseball's Magic Retreats. (Athletic Arena)
I TURNED Willie McCovey recently. (That's 44 for those of you who don't associate age with the numbers worn by ballplayers on their uniforms.) That's a big year to live up to. When I was a kid, there were only a few occasions I went to the ballpark....
A Witches' Brew of Alternatives to Social Security Privatization: Opponents' Proposals Call for Tax Increases, Benefit Cuts, And/or Government Investing. (Economics)
WHILE PROPOSALS for privatizing Social Security havebeen much debated, there has been far less discussion of the alternatives. Indeed, opponents of privatization often critique it as if such proposals existed in a vacuum. Critics compare privatization...
Bill Gates: The Software Revolution Has Just Begun. (American Thought)
The software revolution has only just begun, Microsoft chairman, chief software architect, and cofounder Bill Gates told Stanford (Calif.) University students. While the personal computer (PC) has brought power to the people, software advancements...
Capacious Coolers. (What's New?)
One of the interesting' phenomenons of recent years has been the advent of so-called "wholesale" supermarkets as a way of grocery shopping. These immense warehouse-like structures--such as Sam's Club, Costco, and a host of regional chains--specialize...
Does the World Face a Future of Water Wars? (Ecology)
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, people have fought bitter wars over political ideology, national sovereignty, and religious expression. How much more intense will these conflicts be when antagonists fight over the Earth's most indispensable resource--water? We...
Doing the Dorm. (What's New?)
Yes, we know. It seems like just yesterday that you took your last final exam and were finally freed from the chains of early-morning classes. Another long, lazy summer was about to begin. Time sure flies when there's no school. But your seemingly...
Don't Become Obsessed with Eating Healthy. (Your Life)
Some individuals are so focused on eating a healthy diet that they may actually be damaging their bodies, warns Katherine Beals, professor of nutrition, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. America's fascination with washboard abdominals and low body-fat...
Double Dipping. (What's New?)
What's better than a refreshing scoop of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet? That's easy--two scoops. Thanks to the Flavor Duo Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker from Cuisinart, Stanford, Conn., you can whip up two different containers of...
Early to Bed Helps Girls Handle Stress. (Your Life)
Being in bed by 9 p.m. makes youngsters better able to respond to stress than those who stay up later, according to a Brown University, Providence, R.I., study of 138 third-grade girls, ages eight and nine, residing in New York City. Researchers measured...
Families "Resort" to Fun: The All-Inclusive Amenities of Caesars Brookdale in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains Combined with Nearby Attractions Ensure That Parents and Their Children Will Have Plenty to Do and Plenty of Time to Do It. (Going Places)
LUCKILY FOR US, the weathermen in Pennsylvania--specifically, the Pocono Mountain region--are no better at forecasting than those in our home state of New York. Two days of rain to start our family vacation at Caesars Resort Brookdale had us scrambling...
How to Influence Paranormal Beliefs. (Your Life)
Although they might not be quick to admit it, nine out of 10 American adults believe in some paranormal phenomena, polls have shown. Research from Barry Markovsky, professor of sociology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, demonstrates how people...
How to Stay Hired: A Dozen Labor Day Resolutions Can Help Employees Greatly Improve Their Workplace Status. (Life in America)
DO YOU WANT to make sure you are on the payroll in 2003? If so, you should volunteer to travel or relocate, increase your likability quotient, become a problem solver, and brag about your accomplishments. These are just some of the things American...
Humans and Wildlife Face Water Woes. (Ecology)
WE DO NOT OFTEN THINK of water scarcity in the U.S. Water is readily available in bottles at our local grocery store. It appears plentiful in the lakes and rivers near our homes. We consider drought an occasional summertime nuisance that is easily...
Listening to the Luddites: "The Overwhelming Impact of Technology on Our Lives-And the Certainty of Its Increase-Require That We Have a Systemic Approach to Technology Assessment." (American Thought)
DOCTORS KNOW what iatrogenic condition is, but the term probably is unfamiliar to most laypeople. It shouldn't be. What it means is an illness or problem caused by medical treatment. Think of side effects of medications or the infections many patients...
Looks Can Kill Your Career. (Your Life)
With tough times and a tight job market, large numbers of extremely qualified applicants are competing for fewer jobs. To determine how to maximize the chances of success in the job market and the workplace, Just For Men Haircolor commissioned a nationwide...
Making Energy Clean, Safe, and Affordable. (Science and Technology)
THERE IS A WIND TURBINE in your future or, more likely, many of them. From small backyard units to tall ones on mountain ridges and rising out of the sea, wind turbines and the power they generate are expected to become major contributors to the U.S.'s...
Making Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences. (Your Life)
Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to find out how children are doing in school, and being prepared can make the meeting even more beneficial. Ann Knackendoffel, assistant professor of special education, Kansas State University, Manhattan,...
M*A*S*H Turns 30: The TV Series' Dark Comedy Was a Paean to the Ludicrousness of War. (Entertainment)
MEDIA HISTORIAN Rick Mitz credits "M*A*S*H" (1972-83) with being television's first dark comedy. As he noted in The Great TV Sitcom Book, "This was a comedy that showed war. Not like a John Wayne epic, but one of small-scale, more human dimensions."...
Medicine in the Media. (Mass Media)
THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA--print and broadcast--is a major source of health information. How do, and should, physicians and researchers communicate their work to the public, and what can, and can't, readers expect from the popular press' coverage of medicine...
NFL Has New (Better!) Look. (Sports Scene)
WHEN NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS report to work this month for the start of the 2002-03 season, they will do so under a new alignment and scheduling procedure that is sure to earn rave reviews. The two-conference setup, in force since the NFL...
Now We're Cooking. (What's New?)
The days of simple pots and pans may be ancient history. Nowadays, there seem to be specialized versions for virtually any usage, each with its own clever gimmick to make it invaluable. Take, for instance, the following quartet of novel items for the...
Past Classics, Summer Rubbish. (Reel World)
I WAS ON SABBATICAL during the spring 2002 semester, writing a monograph and catching up on reading that the school year's teaching obligations often prohibit. I revisited many old favorites --the cherished novels of Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Honore...
Rehearsing for Retirement. (Your Life)
Playwright William Shakespeare probably didn't realize it when he wrote his immortal line, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women are merely players," but he could easily have been writing about preretirees. If life is indeed a stage,...
Sexual Traumatization by Priests: What Is the Effect on Spirituality. (Religion)
MORE THAN 175 U.S. priests suspected of molesting minors have either resigned or been dismissed from duty since the clerical sex scandal erupted in January, 2002. The numbers will continue to mount. What does the experience of molestation by a "man...
Sharp(er) Shooting. (What's New?)
One of the best things about going through the Sharper Image catalogue is the wide variety of items that you never had any idea you needed, but, once ordered, you find you can't do without. A trio of recent acquisitions fits this description to a T....
The Changing Face of American Education. (Education)
IT IS NO SECRET that the face of American education is changing. Today, one-third of all public school students come from communities of color, and each year the nation's classrooms become more diverse. Within 20 years, people of color will make up...
The Economics of Terrorism. (World Watcher)
MOST AMERICAN BUSINESSPEOPLE don't realize that there is insurance for foreign investors against losses generated by political or social causes in developing countries, especially that there is insurance against war damage or acts of terrorism. The...
The Future Prospects of U.S.-China Economica Relations: "Free Trade between China, the World's Largest Population, and the U.S., Its Greatest Industrial Economy, Will Undoubtedly Benefit Both Nations." (Worldview)
PRIOR TO THE FOUNDING of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the U.S. was China's principal trade partner for many years. In 1936, the U.S. accounted for 22% of China's exports and 20% of its imports. The Korean War in 1950-53 and the subsequent...
The Grand Old TV Anchor-News Reader Was Pure Gold. (Words & Images)
JERRY DUNPHY was 80 when he died in May. For half of those years, he was the definitive local news anchor in Los Angeles television and the model for news anchors around the country--the good-looking male anchor with the gray hair, the stentorian baritone...
The IRS's Most-Embarrassing Moments. (Economic Observer)
EVEN A STOPPED CLOCK is right twice a day! Sometimes, even the Internal Revenue Service gets it right, and you get it wrong. I've always said that only those with tombstones over their heads don't make mistakes, but it's sure embarrassing when the...
The Lure of Louisville: Besides the Kentucky Derby, There's a Lot to Do in This Cosmopolitan City. (Going Places)
IT'S THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY, and the horses explode out of the starting gate for the annual "Run for the Roses"--the Kentucky Derby. For more than 125 years, the first leg of racing's famed Triple Crown has brought thousands of tourists flocking...
The Path to Intelligence Reform: "Changes in the Intelligence Craft Must Go beyond Redrawing the Organizational Chart and Redesigning Its Chain of Command." (National Affairs)
TRAGEDIES like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have produced three reactions: hot-tempered and hastily written allegations of intelligence failure in the popular literature, postmortem studies of the intelligence record...
There's More to Obesity Than Overeating. (Your Life)
It is generally thought that, if you are overweight, you simply are taking in more calories than you burn off. Eating less and exercising more will certainly eliminate those extra pounds, people believe. While it is true that diet and activity ultimately...
Thinking outside the Box. (Parting Thoughts)
WE HUMANS tend to get set in our ways. Largely, this is a matter of habit taking over, combined with a certain laziness to be open to new ideas. Yet, the history of human progress can be accounted for by those who had the courage, sometimes against...
Trust Me: An Assortment of DVDs, Ranging from the Latest Academy Award Winners to a Half-Century-Old Western Classic, Have One Thing in Common-They're Well Worth Going out of Your Way to See. (Entertainment)
WHEN MY KIDS were growing up, I would frequently lure them away from whatever video they were contemplating renting by offering an alternative they invariably had never heard of or, even if they had, wouldn't even consider watching. My siren call was...
Versatility Par Excellence. (What's New?)
Bringing a computer into the home, dorm room, or small office is often like allowing the proverbial camel to get its nose under the corner of the tent. Next thing you know, it's taking over all available space. Before long, a plethora of peripheries...
Vouchers and the Constitution II. (State of the Nation)
THE SUPREME COURT ruling on the final day of the 2001-02 term, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, upheld the Ohio voucher program that was discussed in this column in May. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, has taken Establishment...
What's to Blame for Bad Breath? (Your Life)
Most people know, hate, and will do anything to avoid bad breath. Nervous couples on a first date will run screaming from any dish that was prepared anywhere near a clove of garlic. Executives ready to close a big deal often engage in the "breathe...
Whirling Dervish. (What's New?)
Remember the Old Miller Lite commercials that had opposing camps proclaiming "Tastes great" and "Less filling" as to their reasons for choosing the brand? Those who use vacuum cleaners are as vociferous in their opinions, though in their case it's...