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. 123, No. 2592, September

A Family Affair: Coping with Heart Disease and Other Chronic Illnesses
IT COMMONLY is known that regular aerobic exercise and a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol greatly can reduce the chances of developing heart disease. However, an equally important factor in the wellness equation long has been overlooked by...
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Are Minorities Getting Too Many Breaks?
THE NATION clearly is getting fed up with crime, welfare as a way of life, panhandlers, and the professional homeless who take over the benches and sidewalks of city parks. It also has lost patience with minorities who, at the expense of others, have...
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Are Term Limits Needed Now?
THE FEDERAL DEBT exceeds three trillion dollars, a number beyond the comprehension of the average individual. To put it into perspective, each American now owes more than $12,000 in government debt. The debt would pay three weeks salary (40 hours at...
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Are Vitamins Bad and Pesticides Good?
When it comes to food and nutrition, people often know more myths than truths. For instance, vitamin supplements not only are unnecessary for most individuals, but, in some cases, could be toxic in large doses. On the other hand, pesticides--often...
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Breathtaking Beauty on the Border
BRIGHTLY PLUMAGED BIRDS, delicate butterflies, playful prairie dogs, majestic elk, and curious toads share nature's bounty along the U.S.-Mexican border with man. Mistakingly considered a drab, uncolorful area, the region is rich in verdant valleys,...
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Cancer Causes Relationship Changes
When cancer strikes a spouse, the effects of the disease reach far beyond the body of the sick person. "In general, the longer people are married, the less love they express to each other," indicates Clifford Swensen, professor of psychological science,...
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Can We Eliminate Fraud and Other Financial Shenanigans?
FINANCIAL shenanigans often can cause great harm to individuals, companies, and society. On a micro level, they hurt investors, lenders, employees, and vendors; on a macro level, they result in resources being allocated to the wrong companies--those...
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China's Second Long March: The Rise of an Economic Trade Giant
THE GENERATION that led China on its historic long march and to the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 has all but passed from the scene. Before doing so, however, it set the nation on its second long march. The goal was making...
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China: The Biggest Dragon of All?
CHINA lost its lead to Europe as the world's most advanced civilization around 1500. Before then, China was the envy of everyone for its science, technology, and productivity. Between 1500 and 1978, as the West grew richer and more powerful, China...
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Christian Education and the Search for Morality
THE SEPTEMBER 1993 issue of USA Today contained an article by Albert Menendez entitled "Dangers of Fundamentalist Schools" wherein he alleged that students are "absorbing visions of reality abhorrent to the vast majority of American." Of course, that...
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Clearing Up the Confusion about Financial Aid
WHEN TWO airline passengers, in adjoining seats, discuss what they paid for their tickets, it isn't unusual for each to find that the prices were significantly different. While students at colleges and universities may not yet be comparing the net...
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Congress vs. the Banking Industry: A Road to Disaster
"WHAT'S THE difference between a terrorist and a bank examiner?," asked Rick Freer, a Federal banking regulator, as reported in The American Banker. He answered his own question: "A terrorist negotiates." Freer's self-mocking quip is as simple as it...
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Crash-and-Burn Time
IT SEEMS that, each summer movie season for the past decade or so, Hollywood expects audiences to lower their collective IQs about 20 points, not that such expectation isn't apparent the rest of the year. While viewers constantly are nudged in the...
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Desert Storm II: Is a New Persian Gulf War on the Horizon?
THE U.S. MILITARY has not rested on its laurels since its success in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The war is perceived as the benchmark against which to measure the most likely future conflicts. It also is seen as one that is likely to be repeated...
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Does Affirmative Action Have a Future?
THE DEPARTURE from the Supreme Court over the last few years of William Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, and Harry Blackmun, three articulate liberal justices, is a reminder that affirmative action rests on shifting judicial grounds. It is unlikely that...
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Don't Be a Diet Saboteur
You finally have made the decision to manage your weight, but friends and/or relatives insist you sample their new cookies or get upset when you say "no" to a second helping. "Most individuals aren't deliberately trying to interfere with your weight...
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Federal Regulations: Environmentalism's Achilles Heel
THE U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and International City Management Association declared Oct. 27, 1993, National Unfunded Mandates Day to protest the increasingly costly burden imposed on local...
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Foreign Policy's Loose Cannon: The National Endowment for Democracy
THE BUZZWORDS of budget consideration have been "cut spending first." Perhaps this could begin with the National Endowment for Democracy. Its past is rife with scandals, financial and otherwise. Since it has absolutely no "hometown" constituency, not...
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Global Diversification and Dollar Cost Averaging
GLOBAL INVESTING is one of the strongest trends in the financial marketplace. Record amounts of money are pouring into the global markets as people seek to profit from some of the world's fastest-growing economies. In 1970, world market capitalization...
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Helping Children to Succeed: Schools and Parents Must Work Together
THE STATE of American education today is not about the latest ranking of schools or students. It is about whether society is working fast enough to educate and save this generation of young people and whether the quality of education has kept up with...
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Helping Hands for Elderly Alcoholics
Society's lack of understanding about alcoholism in general and its effect on the elderly in particular makes it easy to ignore drinking in that age group, maintains Peg Krach, an assistant professor in Purdue University's School of Nursing, who studies...
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Infomercials - Television's Newest Success
THE CRITICS and those who say there is nothing worth watching on television haven't been turning on the set much these days. For most viewers, there is simply too much to watch. Programs the critics cited as previous years' best--"I Love Lucy,"...
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Plastic Surgery: No Longer Just for the Rich and Vain
THROUGHOUT the centuries, plastic surgery intimately has been involved in the re-creation of missing body parts, reanimation of paralyzed faces, and the restoration of the function of hands. It encompasses the creation, maintenance, and rejuvenation...
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Preparing Now for a Peaceful 21st Century
DESPITE the disruptions evident since the end of the Cold War, the great powers have yet to forge a clear, coherent strategy for promoting global security. Instead, confusion and conflicting impulses abound. From efforts to deal with the civil war...
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Reversing the Decline of Oceans
WITHOUT far more serious attention by governments, industry, and communities to the biological limits of the oceans, marine and coastal environments will continue to deteriorate, eroding land-based as well as sea-based economies and threatening the...
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Swindles in the 1990s: Con Artists Are Thriving
WOULDN'T YOU like eternal youth, a new roof at rock-bottom prices, an all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii, and/or a sweepstakes prize worth millions? Con artists always have exploited all-too-human hopes and desires to get something for nothing through...
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Taking Baseball Owners to Task
IT WOULD BE so easy to say "A pox on both your houses" when discussing major league baseball's omnipresent labor-management dispute. Yet, even though so many of today's players are rich, self-centered, spoiled brats, it's impossible to root against...
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The Banking Crisis Isn't Over
THE IMMEDIATE reaction to the mention of a "banking crisis" these days is likely to be: What crisis? After all, banks are reporting record profits, failures are down, and the Clinton Administration even was able to find budget savings because less...
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The Future of Ecumenism
ECUMENISM or its adjective, ecumenical, is a term applied to the movement for Christian unity and isn't necessarily linked to church mergers. There is a continuing controversy about how to achieve Christian unity, although the leaders of most national...
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The Population Bomb Keeps Ticking
AS THE 1994 UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo approaches, it seems astounding that there have been people making the argument that the planet has room for a steadily increasing population and that governments should...
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The Psychology of Beauty: What Are the Right Reasons for Plastic Surgery?
ARISTOTLE said that "Beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction," but is it? David Hume wrote in 1741 that "Beauty is not a quality in things themselves; it merely exists in the mind that contemplates them, and each mind perceives...
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The Resurrection of Cold Fusion
ADEFENSE CONTRACTOR based in Lancaster, Pa., is developing a prototype home heating unit that will utilize what some researchers consider to be a revolutionary new energy source. Thermacore Inc. expects to have the heating units ready for marketing...
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The Tax Mess: Who Is to Blame?
TAXES are the price Americans pay for a civilized society. Audits are the proof that even the most advanced civilization has its terrors. The Internal Revenue Service defines an audit as "an impartial review of the taxpayer's return to determine...
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We're Heading Down the Information Superhighway
While it may be years before the vaunted "Information Superhighway" is completed, millions of Americans already are using the latest electronic technology to change the way they work, manage their homes and financial affairs, and entertain themselves....
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What Went Right in the 1980s
THE 1980s gave birth to the second longest peacetime economic recovery in the U.S. since World War II. Yet, in the minds of many Americans, those years were the antithesis of economic renewal. Like the 1920s, the decade was one of decadence. Like the...
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Workplace Privacy: Isues and Implications
PRIVACY in the workplace always has been controversial, but interest has been heightened in recent years by increasingly sophisticated means of conducting random drug tests, background checks, and electronic performance monitoring. While the significance...
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