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. 134, No. 2724, September

Are College Students Financially Prepared?
College campuses across the nation are hotspots for meeting new people, gaining a valuable education, and creating lifelong memories. While the college experience can be a positive one, many students who are unprepared to deal with financial situations...
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Art:21: Another PBS Masterpiece: Sixteen Artists Reveal Their Personal Visions, Inspiration, and Technique in Public Television's Only Series Dedicated Exclusively to Contemporary Art and the People Who Create It
EVERY DAY, contemporary artists ponder questions about life, society, philosophy, psychology, race, science, technology, memory, history, and the nature of art itself. Through an astonishing range of approaches, techniques, and materials, they transform...
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As God Part of "Intelligent Design"?
Eighty years after the famous Scopes "Monkey" Trial, the anti-evolution forces have regrouped. Today, the battle in school districts from Kansas to Pennsylvania is over the teaching of "intelligent design," the view that life is so complex it must...
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A Wal-Mart Joy Ride
AS ONE ENTERS THE SUPER Wal-Mart stores, an array of shopping carts can be seen, many full of kids either sitting down or standing up precariously. A few even can be found under the basket by the wheels, seeing what the world looks like from below....
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Cut the Wisecracking
IT IS NOTHING NEW, but it still is mean and unfair--the gratuitous reference to a person who has nothing to do with the story or the disparaging aside to the audience about the person in the story. These practices are part and parcel of the journalist's...
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Death and Laughter
THE INITIAL STAGE PRODUCTION of Joseph Kesselring's black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" started its pre-Broadway run to the Great White Way 65 years ago. Eventually opening in January of 1941, the mega-hit would run until June, 1944. Today's fans of...
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Embracing Today's Global Economy
CENTURIES AGO, a group of Peruvian Indians were looking out from the ocean shoreline. Something appeared far away that they did not recognize. Seeing the sails of Spanish invaders on the horizon, they talked about it and, lacking a better answer, explained...
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End of the American Century
THE RECENT APPOINTMENT of John Bolton as UN Ambassador only confirmed what already was apparent; the president of the U.S. no longer is the leader of the free world. That role now is being passed on to others. The U.S. has created the most powerful...
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Faulty Data Skew Bankruptcy Laws
New bankruptcy legislation fails to account for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who traditionally have turned to bankruptcy relief as an important safety net in their effort to recover...
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Forget the Babe, Baseball's Best Is Named Tyrus Raymond Cobb
Although his lifetime average of .367 and 12 batting titles have never even been approached, his pervasive image is that "of a brutal, bigoted, friendless, haunted creature, a free-swinging, bourbon-guzzling ogre who presumably tortured small animals...
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Garage and Yard Sales Move to Internet
While the average garage or yard sale is a great idea for earning extra money at any time, the critical decluttering phase of the moving process makes getting rid of unwanted items a necessity. The Internet can simplify this undertaking with online...
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Gearing Up for Football Fever
With fall on the horizon, football fever is in season again. For us paunchy, middle-aged fans, that means endless hours in front of the television, yelling at the screen as our favorites fail to spot the open receiver or read an oncoming blitz. For...
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Heatstroke Alert for Football Players
Scorching temperatures across much of the nation have prompted a University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, injury specialist to issue an important warning to the nation's gridders. "Football practice [and games are underway] around the country, and...
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How Speaking Engagements Can Capture More Business for Consultants
FOR YEARS, EXPERTS in consulting firms large and small have given speeches at industry conferences to get visibility, credibility, and leads for assignments. Thanks to good presentation skills and fancy PowerPoint slides, many earn applause and "atta-boys"...
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It's off the Races: "Faster: The Pomona Drags" Examines a Remarkable Head-On Confrontation between Two Technologies That Have Shaped the Southern California Psyche-Cars and Cameras
DRAG RACING is the ultimate expression of Southern California's cult of speed. Like Hollywood's camera culture, it is a home-grown phenomenon. The 7.000-horsepower engine of a top-fuel dragster today burns through volatile nitromethane at one-and-a-half...
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Making Democracy Work: In This Age of Apathy, Archaic Voting Laws, and Widespread Disenfrachisement, Can Our Republic Ever Function as Envisioned 225 Years Ago by the Founding Fathers?
IN A DEMOCRACY, history is the people's responsibility. In order for that responsibility to be exercised properly, the electorate must know the issues and understand how the system works. Moreover, citizens have be able to work together to be effective...
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New Translation of Osama Rhetoric
Osama bin Laden became the international symbol of radical Islam on Sept. 11, 2001. Four years later, despite intense media scrutiny, his unique brand of violent, apocalyptic Islam remains baffling to many in the West. A new translation of bin Laden's...
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Nutrition Labels Dampen Competition
Although aimed at leveling the playing field for consumers, standardized nutrition labels actually may dampen market competition by helping large food manufacturers gain an even sharper edge over their smaller rivals, according to a study by Duke University,...
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Prison Violence on the Rise
ON AUG. 23, 2003, a 37-year-old prisoner strangled fellow inmate and former priest John Geoghan to death. Since the correction system was unable to protect this high-profile inmate, people began to wonder how many others were being failed behind prison...
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Public Regards Wildlife as Pests
The public increasingly is becoming less tolerant of growing wildlife populations, asserts a nationwide survey of fish and wildlife agencies. As the number of species such as bear and deer continue to expand and contact with humans becomes more frequent,...
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Reforming Medicaid
MEDICAID IS THE LARGEST single expenditure state governments face today. The country as a whole spends more on Medicaid than on primary and secondary education. We also spend more on Medicaid (for the poor) than on Medicare (for the elderly--and at...
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Schooled on the Series
"THE 100-DAY PROJECT," celebrating the first 100 days of class, is an annual kindergarten assignment at the elementary school that our children attend. It involves creating a craft or poster adorned with 100 items of the student's choosing. Of course,...
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Seeking an Involved and Informed Citizenry
THE IDEA OF HAVING an informed citizenry making decisions in a democracy is somewhat new. In the early 17th century in England, for example, there was little interest in such a concept. The issue then was obedience to the king. Very few people were...
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Terror's Painful Legalities
THE WAR ON TERROR has forced Americans to examine a painful legal issue. When do the imperatives of national security and war fighting require a restriction on constitutional liberties and an alteration of due process? We have to get out a balancing...
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The Art of the New Yorker: The 80-Year-Old Magazine "Is the Only Remaining Wide-Circulation Publication That Still Relies on Freestanding Illustrated Covers."
YOU MAY NOT be able to judge a book by its cover, but the reverse is true for a magazine. A magazine's over broadcasts its personality and the rest of the issue backs it up. A fascinating new exhibition, "The Art of The New Yorker: Eighty Years in...
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The New Frontier of Expanding Vocabulary
You are reading an article, book, or newspaper and come across a word that you do not recognize. "It's something [that happens] all the time," says William Rapaport, associate professor of computer science at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.). "You...
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The U.S. Must Step Up-Now!
HISTORIAN Arnold Toynbee wrote that the common characteristic of the world's great civilizations has been the creative response to extraordinary challenge. He contended that civilizations "break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts...
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They Don't Make War Films like They Used To
YOU KNOW WHAT military recruiters are--the men and women who go to high schools and colleges and tell young people about their opportunities to serve their country in the military. Well, now there also are counter-recruiters who go to these schools...
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Training Your Kids in Money Management
Crippling consumer debt and bankruptcy now are common everyday occurrences in the U.S. That makes it all the more surprising that children do not get money management training in school. Until that changes, it is up to parents, advises the Financial...
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Unmasking Terrorist Identity Fraud
PRIOR TO SEPT. 11, governments and businesses were sensitive to identity imposters, but they viewed the problem primarily as a financial matter--that is, as a significant component of fraud. Called identity theft, statistics were gathered about its...
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Wanted Secular Miracle Worker
THE COUNTRY THAT became a world power with Horatio Alger in its collective book bag has evolved into a nation seeking secular miracle workers. While laughing at the implicit (and occasionally explicit) lures in advertisements, the general public nonetheless...
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West and Southeast Gain in Appeal
The last year saw many people packing up and heading west and southeast, while Northern states, including New York and the Great Lakes area, experienced an increase in residents leaving, as measured by the business trends of United Van Lines, St. Louis,...
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West Nile Virus Still on the Move
More than 14,000 Americans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus since 1999 when it first was discovered in the Northeast. It now can be found coast to coast. Although the current fatality rate remains relatively low, the virus' ability to spread...
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When You Wish upon a Star: Walt Disney's Dream of a Theme Park in Which Guests Could Immerse Themselves in Fairy Tales Is Celebrating Its Golden Anniversary
"TO ALL THOSE who come to this happy place: Welcome," announced Walt Disney on July 17, 1955, as he greeted more than 28,000 guests and visitors at the opening of his new adventure park, Disneyland. That day was a dream come true for the legendary...
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Whistle While You Work
THE HUMAN BODY could be called the original folk instrument. Think about it: Why would anybody take a stick and drill holes to fashion a flute if somebody had not first noticed that when air is blown through a small round aperture, which some whistlers...
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Wild Fish Catch Hits Limit
AFTER DECADES OF GROWTH, the reported global wild fish catch peaked in 2000 at 96,000,000 tons, then fell to 90,000,000 tons by 2003, the last year for which worldwide data are available. The catch per person dropped from an average of 17 kilograms...
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Women Ascend the Pulpit
MANY PEOPLE are taken aback by the concept of women theologians. They assume this is a recent development and that females teaching the subject are few and live an embattled life in their respective schools. In fact, women have been doing theology...
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