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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. 135, No. 2742, March

A Burgeoning Field of Presidential Hopefuls
With the ultra-early announcements that Sens. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) and Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have taken major steps toward becoming presidential candidates for 2008--and let's not forget former New...
An Avalanche of Information
NEVER IN THE HISTORY of humankind have we ever had so much information available so quickly, and yet most of us are drowning in the sheer volume of so many conversations, personal diaries, pseudo-facts, figures, stories, events, ideas, and millions...
Annie Get Your Camera
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ'S witty, powerful portraits have been appearing on magazine covers for more than 30 years, and she is recognized as one of the most celebrated photographers of our time. She was born in Waterbury, Conn., and spent her childhood on a...
Battling over Bucks in Spender-Saver Marriage
To you, money in the bank equals peace of mind. You gladly make due with your old, paid-for car, last season's fashions, and frequent leftovers in order to shore up that nest egg. Your spouse, however, lives on a different planet. He is cruising dealership...
Burying America's Brave Soldiers
They are described in the abstract, an intangible, a number, a whisper of a tragedy in the voice of the evening news anchor reading the body count from the latest ambush or bombing overseas. They are the soldiers who have fallen in battle and whose...
Charting a Course toward Better Education
THE NEW DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED 110th Congress is scheduled to consider reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which will be the ninth reauthorization of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Yet, five years...
China: Dealing with Destiny
CHINA: THE NAME REVERBERATES throughout the historical accounts of every society around the globe, those recognitions dating back thousands of years. Silk, gunpowder, martial arts, fine porcelain, jade jewelry, and contemplative religions are inextricably...
Daring Wives: Why Women Cheat
FORTY PERCENT of women cheat, some research suggests. The incidence of female infidelity has more than doubled in the last 36 years. While men still cheat more than women, the gender gap is closing. Just what is happening to the fair sex? For one...
Disney's Magic Ice Kingdom
For my wife and I, it was Edna Mode's clever monologue introducing "The Incredibles" segment. ("[I am] fashion designer to the ... Super Heroes. Yes! Enough with the super models--feh!--Spoiled little stick figures with poofy lips....") For our seven-year-old...
Dynamite Makes Plants Explode with Growth
While we all may know that trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetable plants should be fertilized in order to thrive, for many of us, it's an overwhelming project. We just don't feel confident in our knowledge of when and how to feed our plants, and are...
Game Ball
THERE WAS NO NEED for a camera, for the image never will leave my mind--how could it? Along the third base line at the North Street Field--score sheets, lineup cards, and clipboards in hand--stood the Yankee braintrust: their stubble-faced manager...
Gustave Dore and L'annee Terrible et la Semaine Sanglante
The Franco-Prussian War--a significant chapter in the personal and professional life of artist Paul Gustave Dore--produces a tragic and terrible year (and one horribly bloody week) in France's history, as Napoleon III's troops are crushed by Otto von...
Is Europe's Economic Giant Sputtering?
GERMANY IN THE YEAR 2007 is an economic paradox. On the one hand, it clearly is an affluent and technologically advanced nation. It is the fifth largest economy in the world and the biggest in Europe. Its gross domestic product of 2.8 trillion dollars...
Is Religion Good for Us?
IS ORGANIZED RELIGION GOOD for you, us, or the world'? We often are advised that one never should discuss religion or poll. tics in mixed company. Just look at the hoopla raised when someone suggested that the Pledge of Allegiance omit the "nation...
Is U.S.'S Storybook Image Lost Forever?
It was once a classic storybook image: The American family with a middle class income, 2.5 children, a nice car to get around town, and a white picket fence with a house behind it. Life was good. Now that image is distorted severely. Middle class Americans...
Life after the Atomic Bomb
ON AUG. 6 AND 9, 1945, THE U.S. DROPPED atomic bombs--first on Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki--in order to end the war with Japan. This marked the first time in history that weapons of such mass destruction were used against civilians. Within the year,...
National Traumas Affect Our Health
People's gender and ethnicity predicted their immediate response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their general state of health over the following two years, a study by psychologists at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) and the University of California,...
Painting Is So Easy with Just a Twist
A relatively easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project is repainting. Selecting just the right color can produce dramatic results. Do you want to make a bold statement or create a serene oasis? Indeed, a fresh coat of paint can change the feel of...
Sports of All Sorts
IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS, March is a month of transition, as the staples of early winter--football's college bowl games and Super Bowl--give way to, among other things, ice skating, hockey, and, at long last, baseball, the latter's spring training season...
Stan and Ollie Still Rule
IN RESEARCHING EVERY MAJOR screen comedian during Hollywood's golden age, stretching from the 1920s until the early 1950s, one uncovers an army of critics putting forth a case for the inherent superiority of their favorites. Yours truly would be a...
Stop Compromising on "Civil Unions"
THE TERM "civil marriage" or "civil union" has become a euphemism for the legal and social legitimation of homosexuality. In current public conversation, the phrase no longer means the wedding of a man and woman conducted by a civil authority--a town...
Sweating the Hothouse
RECOGNIZING THAT GLOBAL WARMING fast may be approaching the point of no return and that the world cannot wait for our Federal government to act, hundreds of American city mayors have pledged to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. By signing the U.S....
The Devil Made Them Do It
THE STUDY OF RHETORIC and the relationship between situations and rhetoric have critical importance for understanding and criticizing some of the more invalid practices of psychiatry. None of these applications is more apt and more important than what...
The Specter of Vietnam
ONE'S VIEW OF THE PAST is shaped by the present, just as I one's view of the present is shaped by the past. So it is with Vietnam and Iraq. The doves that oppose the war in Iraq have one history of the Vietnam War, just as the hawks that support the...
Time for Plan B
SINCE THE FIRST EARTH DAY almost 40 years ago, we have won many environmental battles; too bad we are losing the war. Our early 21st-century civilization is on an economic path that is destroying and disrupting the natural systems on which it depends....
Traveling with Kids Just Got Much Easier
Seasoned travelers know that, when on the move with youngsters, it makes a lot more sense to plan some entertainment rather than leaving things to chance. When we're embarking on a trip longer than, say, around the corner, the first thing we do is...
Treasured Arts from Latin America
A PAN-NATIONAL EXHIBITION of some 250 works of art created in the Spanish viceroyalties of New Spain (which today comprises Mexico and the countries of Central America) and Peru (now the nations of Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile,...
Vacations Improve Staff Productivity
Feeling guilty about spending time away from the office? You may be doing your company a favor. Some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals,...
War with Iran Is Not the Answer
IT APPEARS INCREASINGLY likely that the Bush Administration's diplomatic approach to Iran will tail to prevent that country from going nuclear, and that the U.S. will have to decide whether to use military force to attempt to delay Iron's acquisition...
We Can Hear You, Baby-Loud and Clear
As parents, one thing we always are angling for is a little peace of mind, followed closely by a small amount of time for ourselves. With the investment in a good baby monitor, we can have both. The LCD Digital Baby Monitor ($199.99) from Philips,...
When Love Goes Missing
"I TAKE YOU to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life." Marriage is a contract with a fairly short list of deal-breakers. Finances, addictions,...
Who Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and What Is He Really After?
WHO IS MAHMOUD Ahmadinejad? Before his meteoric rise to power in the summer of 2005, Iran's ultraconservative president was a relative political unknown. Since taking office, however, the 50-year-old Ahmadinejad has done much to demonstrate his radical...
Why So Many Murder-Suicides?
ANYONE WHO READS or watches the news is aware of the spate of murder-suicides taking place. We have seen school shootings, family killings, and adult partner murders--all ending in suicide or attempted suicide. Yet, most of these cases are not reported...