USA TODAY

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. 122, No. 2586, March

AmerAsia's Future Is Now
During a recent tour of the U.S. promoting business opportunities in the country to which he is assigned, Ambassador John Wolf began his talks by asking the audience to "imagine a country that . . ." and then rattled off a series of statistics and...
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American Hearts Have Hardened
Are disappointment, apathy, hostility, lack of trust, insecurity, worry and the feeling of being overwhelmed making us dispassionate toward other human beings? It doesn't take long to get the message. Just look around and listen: a cocktail party,...
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American Workers Must Face Reality
THE U.S. ECONOMY stubbornly resists conforming to its old patterns. Unemployment remains high. Many individuals who hope for full-time jobs are forced to work part time. An ever-growing number are temporary workers, with no benefits or job security....
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Can Russia Survive Democracy?
Russia has been going through a critical stage of development in the difficult transition to democracy, one that is cause for both optimism and pessimism. In April, 1993, key members of the Congress of People's Deputies did their utmost to ruin the...
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Can We Stop the Decline of Our Cities
Unless and until they start putting people first - by cutting costs and anti - growth tax rates - no amount of Federal aid can reverse the trend. For More Than a quarter-century, Americans have been voting with their feet against the economic policies...
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Character and the Presidency
When the charges of Pres. Clinton's sexual misconduct surfaced, they once again raised the question of whether a president can separate his private life from his public role. Liberal columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post wrote soon after the...
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Confronting Teenage Alcoholism
Teenage years are filled with insecurities and the overwhelming need to be accepted. Intense pressure to perform and succeed are felt by many youths, according to Alliant Health System, Louisville, Ky. Perceived failure at home and/or school can lead...
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Could You Pass a Parent Test?
Tests are required for obtaining a driver's license, a college diploma, citizenship, a good job - the list is virtually endless. Yet, they are conspicuously absent from one of the most important aspects of a person's life - parenting, notes Wanda Draper,...
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Crusading Journalism's Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite
One sure-fire way to polish up the tarnished image of the journalist has been to launch a public crusade against the bad guys. Whenever circulation was down or the newspaper's image was in trouble, it was time to wage a campaign against society's traditional...
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Eastern Europe after the Fall: A Firsthand View
Where the Berlin Wall used to be, there now is a wall of traders and souvenir stalls dealing in instant nostalgia. Chunks of the wall go for international prices, but Lenin pins are sold by the kilo, and even the matryoshkas (nested hollow dolls)-including...
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Energy Efficiency: The Key to International Growth
Rapidly emerging new technologies could have great consequences for the developing worlds efforts to meet the basic needs of its growing population. SINCE THE 1973 oil embargo, industrial countries have made large gains in using energy more economically....
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Feet Hurt, Lady? Blame Your Shoes
A study by orthopedic surgeon Michael J. Coughlin of more than 2,100 foot surgeries performed over the last 15 years found that better than 80% of the patients were women and that the primary cause for their problems was tight shoes. Of those who had...
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I Can't Move out - It Costs Too Much
High housing costs are an important reason young adults continue living with their parents rather than striking out on their own. A national study found that an average 25-year-old living in an area with low housing costs was 12% more likely to be...
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In Defense of America: Women Who Serve
On April 28, 1993, Air Force 2nd Lt. Jeannie Flynn took her place among the first women in the history of the military to be assigned to fly combat aircraft. Since 1948, women officially had been banned from serving in combat positions in the American...
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Mandated Morality Leads to Legalized Theft
DRUG PHOBIA has taken over our society. Each year, Federal and local governments spend billions of dollars in a failing attempt to deny certain controlled substances to our populace. Note that I said controlled substances, not mind-altering drugs....
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Massive Aid to Russia Won't Help
It merely would provide hard-liners with a new source of patronage and plunder, strengthen state institutions, and slow the transition to a market economy. THE ARGUMENTS against aid to Russia that would strengthen the old order hold today just as...
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Mediation: The Pursuit of Compromise
IN AMERICA'S litigious society, the threat of "see you in court" often is heard, but seldom realized. Attorneys are quick to file lawsuits and, in the California court system alone, more than 1,000,000 new suits were filed in 1992. Less than one percent...
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Media War's Second Front
As if the media's war of words with the modern athlete wasn't enough, the sporting press has been forced to defend a second front - against the fans. Good grief! Frankly, it's time for a lot of fans (a frightening majority, actually) to wake up...
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Medicaid Patients Receive Unequal Treatment
In September, 1990, The Journal of the American Medical Associaton (JAMA) published an article analyzing the care received by 37,944 patients with Medicaid, private health insurance, or no insurance at all who had been admitted to various Massachusetts...
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Our Legal System Is a Minefield
When Pres. Clinton went on nationwide television in September, 1993, to outline his plan for a new health care system, he invoked one of his favorite campaign themes - the idea that the government ought to help individuals and businesses that "work...
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Outcasts on Main Street: Homelessness and the Mentally Ill
Attempts to help homeless people with severe mental illnesses rebuild their lives have to address and improve all aspects of their situations. There is growing consensus that an array of basic life supports (e.g., food, clothing, and shelter) and specialized...
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Pacino's Way
One of the trailers for Brian DePalma's film "Carlito's Way" showcases not scenes from the picture, but titles of past movies featuring its star, Al Pacino. As the camera slowly pulls back from a tight close-up of the actor's eyes, viewers read the...
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Pornography, Peep Shows, and the Decline of Morality
Yvonne Haulsey made her living in New York City's biggest and flashiest porn palace, performing one-on-one peep shows in the private fantasy booths at Show World Center at 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. On March 24, 1991, she was stabbed to death in a rear...
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Prescription Drug Industry Must Be Reformed
An increasing number of individuals have become victims of another drug crisis in America - the high cost of prescription medications. Several months ago, CBS aired a special segment on its nightly news describing the impact of rising drug prices on...
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Schools Full of Sexual Harassment
Parents and school administrators should become informed of the sexual harassment issue through awareness and action, indicates Robert J. Shoop, professor of educational administration, Kansas State University. In a 1993 survey of 1,632 randomly selected...
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Shaping the Next Industrial Revolution
The need to achieve an environmentally sustainable world is shaping the evolution of the global economy. Ecological pressures increasingly will influence economic decisions, making some industries obsolete while opening up a host of new investment...
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Terminal Decline of a Nation
"America is being transformed from an industrial colossus to a tired, down-at-the-heels, post-industrial society." Americans have been so busy worrying rying about all their problems that very few noticed that the U.S. is going bankrupt. Ironically,...
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The Case against Litigation Journalism
When A Florida widower claimed on CNN'S "Larry King Live" (Jan. 21, 1993) that his wife had died from a brain tumor caused by her cellular telephone, he was advancing a deliberate, wellplanned legal strategy called "litigation journalism." So were...
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The Slippery Slope to Anarchy
MUCH OF THE WORLD is in anarchy - defined as a lack of central political authority, a state of disorder, confusion, and the inability to function effectively in matters of day-to-day consequence-or on the brink of it. Witness Northern Ireland, what...
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Thirsty? Water Is Your Best Bet
Virtually any drink a person might want to ingest these days has come under fire - coffee and soft drinks for their caffeine and sodium, tap water for taste and safety, and wine and beer for the dangers of alcohol. Even milk, once billed as "nature's...
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Visions of Crystal in Northern Europe
LIKE FINE CRYSTAL radiating soft colors of light through prismatic cuts in the glass, Crystal Harmony offered a diffusion of light in the elegant Crystal Plaza, an atrium lobby, the central hub of this 49,400-ton ship. Water rhythmically and gently...
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What's Behind the Decline of Public Schools
The growth of teacher unions, loss of local control, the push for desegregation, and the decline of blue-collar jobs - all have contributed to the problem. Imagine Taking a trip back through time to a classroom of a generation ago. Many things are...
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Why Do We Hate Each Other?
Religious hatred and violence run rampant throughout the entire civilized world. Ireland remains torn by fighting between Protestants and Catholics. In Bosnia, Muslims are undergoing "ethnic cleansing" - an antiseptic euphemism for mass murder! India's...
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