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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. 139, No. 2788, January

A Decade of Dora in Games
It's hard to believe it's been a decade since Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer came on the scene. The lovable heroine has guided our children on hundreds of helpful adventures with the assistance of the Map and her best friend Boots. Using a healthy...
A Golden Vision: "[Steven Holcomb's] Bobsled Career and Childhood Dream of Winning an Olympic Gold Medal Were Dashed Forever-Or So It Seemed."
THREE YEARS AGO, I had the pleasure of shaking hands with now-Olympic gold medalist bobsled driver Steven Holcomb. At that moment, I had no idea of the journey we would take and the bond that would develop as a result of our meeting. Holcomb had...
A Hearty Toast to the New Year
From his humble roots in the Scottish Highlands, John Dewar built a successful business respected for its excellent blended whiskies. Roughly a century and a half later, the Dewars brand still is known for its exceptional Scotch, including the luxuriously...
Avoiding Stagnation
THE 2010 ELECTION will bring the curtain down on Pres. Barack Obama's third act of American liberalism--the first two being FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society. The centerpiece of the third act was ObamaCare; and its future remains uncertain. What...
Betting on Bettinardi for Your Short Game
Drive for show, putt for ... glow ...? That's right, glow. Look, lots of guys like to bet on the golf course, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I had a roommate in college who got a golf scholarship to go for his masters in engineering; he hit...
Camelot's Promise Revisited
FIFTY YEARS AGO, on Jan. 20, 1961, thousands of visitors converged on Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of our 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. A blizzard had struck the Eastern Seaboard that day. The streets of the capital were clogged...
Celebrating Three Giants of Photography
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THREE GIANTS of 20th-century American photography are being featured in the exhibition "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand." The groundbreaking and diverse work of these artists is revealed through a presentation of 115 photographs,...
Cutting Up on Winter Food
We admit it freely: eating is among our favorite activities, especially this time of year. After all, winter food festivals hardly end with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years--at least among our family and friends. Any occasion is a good time to...
Drinking Can Be Good for a Relationship
Drinking plays an important and sometimes unexpected role from one day to the next in young couples' romantic relationships, according to a study by researchers at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) and University of Missouri, Columbia. The study extends...
Free Speech or Harassment?
"IF THE WESTBORO BAPTIST Church had simply picketed LCPL Snyder's funeral, this would perhaps be a First Amendment issue," explains Craig Trebilcock, one of the two attorneys representing plaintiff Albert Snyder. "Instead, they subjected the Snyder...
Global Problems Need Engineering Solutions
To the average person, an engineer might be seen as just another kind of scientist. That may sound logical, but it is not entirely accurate. This assumption blurs the lines between the two approaches to the natural world, and could be counterproductive...
Heavenly Fears of Dying
EVERYONE WANTS TO GO to Heaven, but nobody wants to die. Elijah was taken there in a fiery chariot, but that's pretty much it. Even Jesus and His mother had to die before they were brought into Heaven, body and soul. The rest of us, apparently, also...
How Presidential Administrations Cheat at Monopoly: The Rules of the Game Were Violated by FDR-And Now by Barack Obama. Both Refused to Acknowledge-Close to a Century Apart-That "Recovery Will Not Happen from the Top."
THE MONOPOLY board game originated during the Great Depression. At first, its inventor, Charles Darrow, could not interest manufacturers. Parker Brothers turned the game down, citing "52 design errors." However, Darrow produced his own copies, and...
Keeping Jack Frost out of Your Space
When the full fury of winter pounds at our door--as it inevitably does with the dawn of each new year--we are quick to take refuge inside, where this season a trio of novel devices from the innovative folks at WarmlyYours have been most welcome. ...
Locating Bin Laden
SO WHERE, FINALLY, is Osama bin Laden? Many in Washington still believe he is hiding in South Waziristan, or Noah Waziristan, or perhaps Bajaur, all outlying agencies in northwest Pakistan. After his having eluded intelligence agents and military forces...
Manipulating the Human Embryo
GENES AND EMBRYOS have become the subject of intense public discussion, as the achievements and scientific discoveries in the fields of embryology and genetics not only increase our knowledge, but open up new possibilities to influence human life in...
Merry Ho-Ho-Homedics and a Happy New Year
So many of us are overscheduled and overstressed; we just crave a few minutes of downtime to rejuvenate. On the other hand, when time is so tight, it can be a struggle (both physically and mentally) to allow ourselves to take that moment. However,...
Muscling Up Oh Classic Cars
You know you're getting old--okay, okay, are old--when those cool cars you longed for as a kid are now deemed to be "classics," and your son considers you an expert at dating these vehicles whenever they are spotted cruising the highway, parked in...
Narcissistic Students Cheat Their Way Up
College enrollees who exhibit narcissistic tendencies are more likely than fellow students to cheat on exems and assignments, shows a study from Ohio State University, Newark. Narcissists are motivated to cheat because their academic performance functions...
New Year Means Even More Fun-And Better Health
Get on your feet and keep the party going with Ubisoft's Just Dance 2, the music/rhythm game featuring an all-star track list, the hottest dance moves, and a brand new beat. With 45 chart-topping singles from classic hits ("It's Raining Men" by The...
No Tell-Alls from Teens on Dating
When it comes to talking to parents about most dating issues, teen girls tend to disclose more than boys, and both sexes generally prefer to talk to their mothers, suggest researchers at Ohio State University, Marian, whose study found that girls and...
Note to Obama: The King Is Dead
THE PRESIDENCY is the most visible thread that runs through the tapestry of the U.S. government. More often than not, for good or for ill, it sets the tone for the other branches and spurs the expectations of the people. Its powers are vast and consequential,...
ObamaCare's Rocky Road to Reality
ON MARCH 23, 2010, after many months of debate and decades of failure to reform the U.S. health care system, Pres. Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The bill passed in Congress strictly along party lines, with...
Outlook Improves on Spending, Employment
Chief financial officers in the U.S. are becoming more optimistic about the economic outlook for 2011, raising expectations for continued growth in capital spending and earnings, as well as for improved job expansion. Wages are expected to rise 2.5%,...
PCB Pollutant Levels Decline Quite Slowly
It has been almost 35 years since the manufacture of polychlorinated biphenyls was banned in the U.S., but the chemicals, known as PCBs, still are very much with us. A series of policy briefs describes findings from the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition...
Placing Civilization on a Diet
GIVEN THE ENORMOUS environmental and social challenges faced by our early 21st-century civilization, one of the questions I hear most frequently is, "What can I do?" People often expect me to talk about lifestyle changes, recycling newspapers, or conserving...
Poverty: Targeting the "What" Not the "Whom"
A sweeping review of poverty by a researcher who has spent the past decade studying more than 35,000 households on four continents says policymakers are focusing too much on new ideas for lifting people out of poverty instead of coming to terms with...
"Presenteeism" Costs the Workplace Plenty
The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73,100,000,000, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This is the first study to quantify the total value of lost job productivity...
Strawberries May Be Good Outer Space Crop
Astronauts one day could tend their own crops on long space missions, and researchers from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., have found a healthy candidate to help satisfy their sweet tooth--a strawberry that requires little maintenance and...
Stretching Christmas out to Groundhog Day
We know a lot of people who, while certainly enjoying the holidays, really are done with the whole kit and caboodle come New Year's. More than a month of frenzy will do that. Not us. Those cold, dark days of January would be just that if you let them....
The Days Already Are Flying By
There's nothing like the holidays to make you aware of how fast the days are flying by. To keep better tabs on the important dates coming up in the new year, Bella Ink Designs, Downers Grove, Ill., offers two calendar options. The Jewel Stand Calendar...
The Economic Slump Goes on and on And
DURING THE UNHAPPY winter of 2008-09, the global economy teeterred on the brink of a complete breakdown. The financial crisis, which began in 2007 in the U.S. with its toxic subprime mortgages, spread quickly to Europe and then threatened to engulf...
The Trailer's Empty Promise
I HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP with the coming-soon film trailers at one's local theater. I know they are mini-movie commercials for forthcoming motion pictures but, as a film professor, I am addicted to these highlight reels cut to create an impression...
TV in the Third Dimension: Stereoscopic 3D Marks the Next Big Event in Television's Development
THE UNPRECEDENTED success of the blockbuster 3D movie "Avatar," the start-up of several 3D networks, and successful 3D broadcasts of sporting events and various entertainment have excited the public to want more. Television professionals feel the market...
Unearthing the Dazzle of Diamonds (and Other Gorgeous Gemstones)
VISITORS CAN EXPLORE the natural beauty of Earth's gemstones, along with stunning pieces crafted by artisans, at the renovated Hall of Gems at Chicago s Field Museum, where unusual natural formations, dazzling cut gems, and incomparable jewelry settings...
Unsustainability in Today's International Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE AXIOM "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime" is accepted widely among the international development community--and for good reason. Taken on its own, however, this axiom leaves...
We Spend More Time Sick Now
Increased life expectancy in the U.S. has not been accompanied by more years of good health, reveals research from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A 20-year-old today can expect to live one less healthy year over his or her life...
Why Do They Cheat and Lie? There Are "Plenty of Excuses Made by Lots of Men after They Have Had to Come Clean about Their Affairs."
I LOVE HER. ... I'm just not in love with her anymore. I'm just not attracted to her any longer. We've lost the spark in our marriage. We lost the connection between us. It was just sex; it didn't mean anything. I was selfish; I didn't think. These...
Why God Seems to Be MIA
ON SATURDAY, Feb. 13, 2010, the gymnasium roof of Blacksburg High School fell in. It was a complete collapse. The first call from neighbors came to the police department at 1:37 p.m. Just hours before, the girls' basketball team had been practicing....
Zillionz: The Fun Way to Count Your Money
"Save a little for a rainy day." Practically from the time they're born, we try to instill that lesson in our children. While the youngest ones may not understand it, they sure enjoy dropping the change through the slot in their piggy banks. Summit...