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. 138, No. 2770, July

A Depressing Outlook of Teenagers
MENTAL HEALTH interests--namely the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, convened by the Federal government's Public Health Service--wish to establish a national "depression test" that would screen all adolescents (ages 12-18) for major depression....
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An ET Visitors' Guide to Earth
ORSON WELLES ONCE OBSERVED, "If I had to save only one film in the world, it would be 'Grande Illusion.'" In Welles' later years, Jean Renoir, the director of this 1937 antiwar classic, had become his favorite filmmaker. Still, given the fact that...
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A Prescription for American Health Care
LET US START with the bad news--when we get through the economic tough times that we are mired in right now, we are going to be confronted with an even bigger problem. The first of the baby boomers started signing up for early retirement under Social...
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Be Up-Front with Kids concerning Disasters
Children will be better prepared mentally and emotionally for a natural or man-made disaster if parents speak with them in advance about the threats in a realistic but calm manner, suggests a child development specialist from Purdue University, West...
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Carry-Alls That Can Hold Baby's Many, Many Needs
There's no way around it: when you have an infant, leaving the house for even a short outing requires you to bring a lot of stuff. Chances are, if you've ever tried to run a quick errand with a young child in tow, you invariably regretted not grabbing...
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Charting the Business of Think Tanks
CORPORATIONS and foundations affiliated with companies are important providers of funds for think tanks--and many other organizations. (Think tanks are nonprofit, private institutes researching public policy.) The relationship between business and...
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Cities Begin Printing Their Own Money
In Michigan, locally printed currency is called "Detroit Cheers"; in North Carolina, "Plenty"; in New York, "Ithaca Hours"; and, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "BerkShares." People are able to trade in 95 cents in U.S. currency for one dollar...
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Enjoying Our Time in Margaritaville
Now that our summer of fun finally has arrived, we are prepared to barbecue anytime and anyplace with the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. Designed to mount to the back of any vehicle with a standard two-inch hitch receiver, the grill is always at...
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Grand Adventures in the Family Pool
When you have youngsters around, your pool transforms from a place to relax and cool off (our personal preference) to one of endless games and amusement (the kids' first choice). What better source to turn to for a host of exciting water-related games...
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Having Yourself a Sherry Good Time
When we set out to find some fresh and exciting cocktails for the summer, we increasingly were drawn to the uniqueness of sherry---a fortified wine from the Jerez region in southwestern Spain. It's a versatile choice, as it not only can stand on its...
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How Christianity Shaped the West
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN RECENT YEARS, there has arisen a new atheism that represents a direct attack on Western Christianity. Books such as Richard Dawkins The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great, and Sam Harris' The End of Faith...
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If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
SOME MONTHS AGO, there was a debate going on in this country over whether the U.S. economy really was in a recession. Polls showed sagging public confidence, especially in regards to the financial sector. Then the discussion turned to how long the...
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If You're Happy and You Know It
Happiness can be measured--but not bought. That observation was made by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., as they studied well-being from a scientific perspective--sociological, biological, genetic, and psychological. Age, genetics,...
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Mosquito Mister Thwarts Backyard Bloodsuckers
Backyard barbecues will never be the same--and that's a good thing, as Universal Pest Solutions, LP, Dallas, Tex., has introduced the AllClear Mosquito Mister, a device that, in a mere three minutes, controls mosquitoes and other nuisance insects in...
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Obamacare: Seven Bad Ideas for Health Care Reform
PRES. BARACK OBAMA has made lit clear that reforming the American health care system will be one of his top priorities. In response, congressional leaders have promised to introduce legislation before summer's end, and they hope for an initial vote...
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Perfect Your Parking Zone
Are you one of the 55% of Americans who has to park at least one car outside because your garage is so full of clutter? Perhaps all you need is a little more storage space for the seemingly endless array of tools, sports equipment, and seasonal decorations...
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Picturing America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "PICTURING AMERICA" tells the story of the U.S. through its art. This nation is united by our devotion to shared ideals. Great American art can help us ensure these ideals are studied, passed on, and remembered. The National...
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Pirate Plunder
THE RECENT SPATE OF ATTACKS off the coast of Somalia has served to do some good things in the world of sea piracy observation and control. The first is that it has brought the world's attention to a problem that has endured for decades and yet has...
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Predicting the Perils of Climate Change: The Sky May Not Be Falling, but It Certainly Is Heating Up If a Number of Nervous Scientists Are to Be Believed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE EXHIBITION "Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future" addresses one of the most complex and urgent scientific and social issues of the 21st century: global warming. It explains the science of our evolving...
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Preparing for the New School Year: Success Begins at Home
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICAN TAXPAYERS invest heavily in the country's school system. Last year, spending on public K-12 education--and this is pre-Pres. Barack Obama's stimulus bill--totaled around $560,000,000,000, about four percent of gross...
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Read It and Weep
THE LOVE OF READING was found critically injured early this morning, the gruesome victim of an apparent attempted murder via drawing and quartering. The victim, who tended only to appear with upper class males in previous centuries, had widespread...
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"Sexting" the Result of Porno-Drenched Society
Who could have predicted that the future danger of cell phones would be what kids are able to do and send with them visually? Many are transmitting pictures and videos of almost anything through them. Robert Peters, president of Morality in Media,...
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Skies Alive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOOD, WATER, protective cover, and a sheltered place to nest and breed are basic to a bird's survival. Nature, however, oftentimes only supplies riving creatures with a suitable habitat for part of the year, as the changing...
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Stars of Summer Descend on St. Louis: Can the National League's Mid-Summer Night's Dream Team Finally Prevail in the All-Star Game?
THE 2006 ST. LOUIS Cardinals were the first team since the 1912 Boston Red Sox (in Fenway Park) to christen their new ballpark with a World Series championship at home, but the task ahead for Busch Stadium Ill may be even more daunting--will it play...
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Swine Flu Is Only the Beginning
As health officials scramble to develop a vaccine for the H1 N1 virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, there is reason to believe that the current swell merely is a sign of the larger pandemic to come. We should regard the current outbreak of H1N1...
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The Internet Rumor Mill
THESE ARE PRECARIOUS TIMES when it comes to getting accurate and fair news and information. Surveys show that nearly half the population, and 55% among 18-to 29-year-olds, claim the Internet as their chief source of news and information--and most of...
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The Universe Does Not Revolve around You-Or Does It?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE IS A STEADY stream of articles exhorting daily meditation in the magazines that cross my desk, as my profession requires that I keep up, at least to some extent, with the varieties of information and nonsense in the...
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To Bail or Not to Bail?
"IS THERE ANY REASON why the American people should be taxed to guarantee the debts of banks, any more than they should be taxed to guarantee the debts of other institutions, including the merchants, the industries, and the mills of the country?" asked...
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To the End-Or at Least Top-Of the Earth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHO WAS THE FIRST person to stand at the North Pole? There are various theories, but nobody knows for sure. Some believe it was Commander Robert E. Peary, who, along with the African-American Matthew Henson. four Inuit men,...
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Warmer World, Savage Storms
ELEVATED GLOBAL TEMPERATURES bring a number of threats, including rising seas and more crop-withering heat waves. Higher surface water temperatures in the tropical oceans also provide more energy to drive tropical storm systems, leading to more-destructive...
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What Did You Say?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I HAVE TONGUE and will travel, so I run around the country speaking to groups of teachers, students, librarians, women's clubbers, guild professionals, and corporate clients. These good people go to all the trouble of putting...
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Whither the Republican Party?
REPUBLICANS ARE at their lowest point since the Watergate scandal of 35 years ago. It happened in a flash. Early in the presidential campaign, John McCain was running neck and neck with Barack Obama. Then, the financial roof fell in and collapsed on...
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Will World Population Implode?
THE GLOBE will have 7,000,000,000 inhabitants early in 2012, up from the current 6,800,000,000, and surpass 9,000,000,000 by 2050, according to the United Nations World Population Prospect. That last number is subject to considerable uncertainty because...
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Winning the U.S. Open of Shuffleboard
For those of you not familiar with the area, Long Island, N.Y., is well known for its ocean beaches. When we were growing up here, no matter where you lived--the island is about 120 miles long--summers were not complete unless they included a trip...
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