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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. 129, No. 2664, September

Add Students to Parent-Teacher Conferences
Students should take an active part in parent-teacher conferences, says Marilyn Haring, dean of the School of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "Although these meetings frequently are called `parent-teacher' conferences, the student...
All Hail the Viagra Generation
There is a new generation of children who probably would not exist without pharmaceuticals like Viagra, maintains Ken Gronbach, CEO and president of KGA Advertising, Middletown, Conn. "We call these children `The Viagra Generation,' and we project...
A Scalia or Ginsburg Court?: Voters Hold the Key
WHATEVER THE RESULTS of the coming election, the President and Congress will probably try to steer away from controversial social issues. By contrast, the Supreme Court seems unable or unwilling to avoid them. Since the era of the Warren Court, the...
Bankruptcy Can Be a Great Investment
WANT TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE your net worth? Want the best investment in town? It's easy--just go bankrupt! If you do it right, you can keep all your assets and eliminate all your debts---even those owed to the Internal Revenue Service. (Bankruptcy...
Daily and Household Expenses Holding Steady
According to the American Express "Everyday Spending" Index, people expect to spend $15,210 this year on day-to-day and household expenses such as groceries, gasoline, fast food, and cellular and Internet services. This is similar to the amount reported...
Does the U.S. Need to Import Professional Workers?
"In a global marketplace where skilled employees are in short supply, nations will be forced to compete for them. The U.S. would be foolish to forgo its strategic advantage by unduly restricting the flow of skilled workers to this country." FOR...
Family Fun in New England
For kids, a great vacation means having a blast at amusement and theme parks, digging in the sand on the beach, and testing the waters at the hotel swimming pools. TRADITIONALLY, dating back to the late 1980s, we enjoyed taking our annual trip to...
Forty Percent of Executives Are Obese
The results of a study by James Rippe, associate professor of medicine (cardiology) at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., and founder/director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, suggest that the boardroom may not be the healthiest place...
Government Should Stay out of Afterschool Care
"Legislators who support [afterschool programs] are making a down payment on a more-expansive government-run school system--one that protects its territory at the expense of the education of millions of youngsters." THE MOVEMENT to lengthen the...
Hip-Hop
Becoming Worldwide Language for Youth Resistance Many middle-class parents thought it was just a fad when their adolescents and teenagers started wearing baggy jeans that sagged below their hips in imitation of hip-hop culture. However, it did not...
Hope beyond Heroin
Treating opiate dependency as a central nervous system disorder has opened up new alternatives for coping with addiction. SUBSTANCE ABUSE unquestionably is a major health concern in the U.S. and the world, with annual treatment costs in the billions...
In Praise of the Daily Paper
THE DEAD have their eulogies; the living receive medals. Endangered species and lost kids have their pictures posted. Art wins acclaim, and new cars invite "oohs" and "aahs." A diploma merits a handshake; a chef, the compliments of the satisfied gourmet....
Land Rights: The New International Powder Keg
IN AN AREA of the world generally thought to be remote in the West, Fiji is fighting a surrogate battle that may have effects on much of the planet and many of the social and political processes that are a part of globalization. We should be paying...
Latinos A Photographic Celebration
An insightful exhibition shows Hispanic Americans in their many roles and reveals the indelible mark they have made in the U.S. IN A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum and The Field Museum, both in Chicago, are presenting an...
Marooned in the Filmless Suburbs
A NUMBER OF MOVIES of the past two decades have dealt with the ennui of postmodern suburban life, with a corresponding amount of articles deconstructing both these films and the tract-housing misery they explore. However, there has yet to be a "Blue...
Peeking through the TV Keyhole
THE PASSION for watching our neighbors is probably as old as cave dwellers peering around trees. As humans, we are curious beings, and we probably have spent much of our existence watching and gossiping about our neighbors. Passersby may be repelled...
Phasing out PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
"No longer can people simply expect a stronger pesticide to eliminate health risks or a better disposal process to halt toxic waste problems created by various industrial polluters." IN 1999, Belgium suffered a public health crisis that toppled...
Protect Yourself against Identification Theft
"It can take a considerable amount of time, and sometimes money, to get all your credit accounts straightened out once an ID thief has struck." IN THE COURSE of a busy day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ballgame,...
Putting God Back in the Public Square
"The doctrine of separation between church and state has been abused, twisted, and taken out of context in recent court decisions in order to prevent the public worship and acknowledgement of God." IN HIS FIRST OFFICIAL ACT, Pres. George Washington...
QUIZ SHOW MANIA: Daja Vu with a Vengeance
The success of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has encouraged a plethora of pale imitations QUIZ AND GAME SHOWS have returned Watching television almost any time of day, viewer know that "They're back." Most people who remember the quiz and game...
Revisiting the Style of ART NOUVEAU
"Art Nouveau's modernity was achieved through the combination of disparate sources ... making it one of the most complex intellectual and aesthetic forces in the history of decorative art." THE ART NOUVEAU (French for "new art") movement grew as...
Slaves of Big-Time College Sports
Athletes are dominated, managed, and controlled; do not receive a wage commensurate with their contribution to economic returns; are sometimes mistreated physically and mentally; are denied the rights and freedoms of other citizens; and have no real...
Something Old, Something New
The resurrection of New York's 42nd Street has been largely attributed to the Disney organization, but there are many other players who are contributing to the startling turnaround. The newest kids on the block--literally--are the Roundabout Theatre...
The Catholic Vote: Key to the 2000 Election
"Catholics have supported the victorious candidate in 13 of the 17 presidential elections since 1932." AMERICAN CATHOLICS are the second-largest single religious group in the country, trailing only Protestants. As such, their political clout is...
The Games That Never Were
I LIKE TO CALL THEM "The Games That Never Were" because that's what they are. Well, not really, not all of them. Three actually never took place. A fourth was indeed played, but I passed on the chance to go. The fifth encounter? Oh, I was there all...
The Right to Privacy vs. the Common Good
"... Privacy encompasses behavior that members of a particular social entity are expected, by prevailing mores or laws, to carry out in ways that ensure these acts will not be readily scrutinizable." DRUG TESTING violates the privacy of those tested....
Warning Signals from DISTURBED YOUTH
Deliberate cruelty to animals has been demonstrated to be a predictive forerunner to violence against humans. ON OCT. 1, 1997, in Pearl, Miss., 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother to death, then took a rifle to school, where he shot nine...
Water in Household Appliances May Contain Toxic Chemicals
Environmental engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have documented that showers and dishwashers contribute to indoor air pollution. When tap water contains even trace amounts of harmful chemicals such as radon, components of gasoline, or...
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Why Are We So #!&*@ MAD?
Losing one's temper and unleashing a torrent of swearwords represent nonproductive behavior that will do little to resolve the situation "WHEN I GET ANGRY, it feels good to swear." Many people are quick to agree with this statement, even if they...
WOMEN IN GLOBAL POLITICS: Progress or Stagnation?
"... The more females in office, the more likely it is that policies will reflect women's interests." IN THE PAST HALF-CENTURY, women have accomplished much in the political realm, having influenced decisionmakers and the allocation of resources....
WORKPLACE TRENDS for the 21st Century
"Labor-short companies are increasingly willing to accommodate employees' desire for more flexible scheduling, evidenced by the growing number of firms offering telecommuting, flex-time, and core hours." THE IMPACT that technology has had on the...
Youths' Fashion Strains Family Budgets
As children grow older, their demands steadily expand to include high-priced, brand-name merchandise, leaving parents to face some difficult decisions. Will my child wear this expensive garment for more than one season, after the trend dies? How can...