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. 2782, July

Are You Ready to Speak Baseballese?
The poet Walt Whitman wrote that "language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes of long generations of humanity." Because sports occupy...
Arizona Decides Enough Is Enough
THE RECENTLY PASSED Arizona law making it illegal to be in the state without proper documentation papers has raised some significant questions concerning states' rights and Federal law. The troth is, the Federal government has failed to control our...
Baseball's Enduring Images Recall Its Storied History: The Library of Congress Is the Keeper of American Memory, as the Collective Fragments of Our National Pastime Are Carefully Cataloged and Painstakingly Preserved
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YOU CAN LOOK it up--and there is no better place to employ that long-lived baseball suggestion than at the Library of Congress. As the largest repository of printed human knowledge and the oldest Federal cultural institution,...
Busting Bogies, Birdies
One of the reasons sports records continue to fall with the passing of years certainly can be traced to the athletes themselves as, even sans the taint of steroids, the contemporary male and female is, at least generally speaking, bigger, stronger,...
Dinosaurs Once Again Roam the Earth
Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth--specifically in New York's Madison Square Garden--in "Walking With Dinosaurs--The Arena Spectacular," based on the award-winning BBC Television series. "The BBC series was a brilliant blend of special effects,...
Doubling Down on Disaster
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOW THAT THE British Petroleum oil disaster has spewed far more oil into the Gulf of Mexico than the Exxon Valdez put into Prince William Sound, the American public has become acutely aware of the value and vulnerability of...
Dreaming of Eternal Life: The World's Largest-Ever Traveling Exhibition of Mummies-Including a Child 3,000 Years Older Than King Tut-Comes to America's Shores
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A 6,420-YEAR-OLD CHILD from Peru, one the oldest mummies ever discovered, joins an astonishing collection in the extraordinary "Mummies of the World," the largest traveling exhibition of mummies and...
Economy Improving Slowly, but Not So Surely
Chief financial officers in the U.S. say they have limited plans to hire over the next 12 months, although nearly 60% will not return their staffing to pre-recession levels until perhaps 2012 or later. Benefits and wages also remain at reduced levels...
"Faith Slavery" Ensnared Christians and Muslims
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although most people think of slavery as a matter of racial oppression, new research suggests that, between 1500-1800, human bondage often was based on religion. Long-running hostilities between Christians and Muslims in Europe,...
First They Juiced the Ball Now It's the Players
MOST AMERICANS are quite familiar with the performance enhancing drug scandals in major league baseball involving star players' use of steroids, human growth hormones, and amphetamines. While use of such prescription drug substances has been illegal...
Going Global-And Broke?
CROSS-NATIONAL ECONOMIC integration through trade has been ongoing for centuries, but has accelerated significantly during the last two decades. Many people cite the consistent support of free trade and financial flows by the U.S. through its military...
Go Long with Nerf Flag Football
With a frightening number of players succumbing to concussions at all levels of play, from youth leagues right on up to the NCAA and NFL, football has become a real red flag for responsible parents. Yes, you're thrilled that Junior wants to stay active...
Hacks Have Too Much to Say
BEING A SPORTS JOURNALIST is not an easy task. No matter what athletic endeavor you report on, the fans think they know more than you do. If you write or talk critically about the team you cover, your job--as it relates to management and the top players--can...
Have a Ball Redesigning Your Flower Garden
If it's time to give your flower beds and patio pots a facelift--whether you're looking fur show-stopping color or a meandering groundcover--the offerings from Bail Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Ill., will add interest to any landscape. With...
High in Fashion, Long on Comfort
Realistically speaking, fashionable footwear is great, but when it really comes down to it, comfort is often the deciding factor. Though many women will sacrifice their feet for a special occasion, day to day, whether in the office, chasing after the...
How Does the U.S. Economy Stack Up?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "... It ... would be helpful if the public, [as well as] governmental decisionmakers, would take more enlightened positions on the vital role of private enterprise, especially companies involved heavily in international trade...
It's Summer, So Go out and Play Already
Look at last week's calendar and to-do lists. Where did throwing a football around with the kids, a few hands of poker, creativity, crafts, or tinkering "garage time" fit in? Were you too busy for fun? If you are too mature and important to play, consider...
Journals Go Green with Multi Colors
Just about everyone uses some sort of journal or planner, so why not go green when you're scribbling down notes to yourself? Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, definitely is down for that with its new Ecosystem Product line--and instead of slicking...
Let Me See Your Papers
THE ARIZONA "ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION" bill was signed into law April 23 and is slated to go into effect July 29 (barring the unlikely success of many legal challenges). It would require police to ask a person about his or her immigration status if there...
Military Might Comes with a Price
"... The uncertain and dangerous worm in which we live requires a serious rethinking of the tendency of the last half-century to reduce the portion of the nation's resources and, specifically, of the government's budget devoted to national defense....
Mining High Hopes from the Baseball Diamond: A Homeless Victim of the Recession Recounts How the Words of Philadelphia Phillies Broadcaster Harry Kalas Saved His Life
BEING BORN IN Philadelphia and growing up in nearby Wilmington, Del., meant one thing: "You loved the Phillies if you loved baseball, and I did. I rived, breathed, ate, drank, and slept it. All my childhood dreams revolved around playing baseball or...
Mississippi River Delta Worth More Than BP
The BP oil disaster, hurricanes, and wetlands loss threaten a net value of $330,000,000,000 to 1.3 trillion dollars in natural system goods and services, according to the first study of the Mississippi River Delta as a capital asset. Even the low-end...
Natural Gas' Path to Low-Carbon Future
Growing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, contends a study by the Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C. Gas-tired...
New ID Technology's Role in Pinpointing Potential Threats: What Good Is a Federal Government-Issued "No-Fly" List, Critics Rightfully Ask, If It Fails to Keep Those on the List from Boarding Planes?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE WAKE of the Sept. 11, 2001. attacks, the U.S. began instituting a wide array of security measures intended to minimize the occurrence of future terrorist acts on American soil. However, a slew of headlines since 9/11--and...
Orphaned Gorillas Find a New Home
The first wave of 10 orphaned gorillas rescued from poachers in Rwanda and Congo have been airlifted to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they will learn to behave like wild gorillas in the first-ever rescue center for Grauer's (eastern lowland)...
Perils of Political Polarization
THE COUNTRY IS POLARIZED deeply across racial and ideological lines, and this does not auger well for our future. After analyzing the 1988 and 2008 presidential elections from the American National Election Studies, Vincent Hutchings, professor in...
Pets Stay Comfy-Cozy Wherever They Go
Wherever you go, surely you want to be comfortable--why should your pet be any different, especially since nearly 10,000,000 dog owners will take their furry friends on a road trip this year? Kakadu Pet of Australia agrees, and has come up with an...
Rock on! Colorful Music Made for Colorful Posters during the Psychedelic '60S
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE ARE FEW periods in which graphic design and poster art have had as much influence on visual culture as during the 1960s. Just as the 19th-century posters of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec instantly conjure up...
Rooftop Revolution
THE HARNESSING OF SOLAR power is growing on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, government incentives for alternate energy sources expand, and these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise. One technology...
Stop Strawberry Citizenship
IMMIGRATION REFORM does not have to be complicated. It is rendered so by a desire to talk about an outcome without wanting the outcome. Far too many Democrats do not want to give up having more huddled masses comprising people who feel beholden, while...
Summer's Smash Hits Leap into the Virtual Arena
The most popular movies of the summer are proving to be just as popular as video games, with Disney Interactive Studios' Toy Story 3: The Videogame leading the pack. Fans can play as Buzz, Woody, or Jessie in scenes inspired by the Disney Pixar animated...
The Case for Auditing the Federal Reserve Bank Is Obvious: "The Results ... Would Go a Long Way toward Answering the Ultimate Question about the Fed's Did It Make the Overall Economic Situation Than It Would Have Been Otherwise?"
THE FEDERAL RESERVE significantly has altered the procedures and goals that it had followed for decades. It has more than doubled its balance sheet, paid interest to banks on reserves held as deposits with the Fed, made decisions about which institutions...
The Coming Constitutional Debate: "Proponents of a '21St Century Constitution' or 'Living Constitution' Aim to Transform Our Nation's Supreme Law beyond Recognition-And with a Minimum of Public Attention and Debate."
AS ASSISTANT ATTORNEY General under Pres. Ronald Reagan, I prepared a report for Attorney General Edwin Meese entitled The Constitution in the Year 2000: Choices Ahead." It sought to identify a range of areas in which significant constitutional controversy...
The President Needs to Invoke the Constitution's Wartime Provisions: "How Do We Get from the Decisive Actions of [Andrew] Jackson, [Abraham] Lincoln, and [Franklin] Roosevelt to the Obama Administration's Stunning Mishandling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab?"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "YOU ARE HEREBY commanded to show cause." The General studied the document in his hands. It was a writ of habeas corpus. A Federal judge was presuming, in the midst of war, to order him to report to the courthouse the following...
The Race to Save the World's Great Apes
" ... As more and more humans encroach on the mountain gorillas' habitat with agriculture, logging, and other developments, the animals' options are dwindling." MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, one of the world's rarest of all animals, could be on the verge of...
Traveling with Organized Elegance
With the summer travel season heating up, complete your getaway plans by adding some pieces from the chic and elegant collection of leather accessories from Rowallan of Scotland, Pawleys Island, S.C. With clean, classic lines and a timeless feel, these...
Turn Rainy Days into Quality Family Time
Though summer, almost by definition, is a time to be enjoying the great outdoors, it's good to have a backup plan for rainy days and quiet nights at home. Fun for the whole family, board games also are a sneaky way of keeping the kids' minds sharp...
Two Down, One to Go
THE LONGING, THE WAITING, the praying for a championship, can be, depending on which teams you root for, an agonizing process, and, at times, a sheer exercise in frustration and futility that may stretch decades, even centuries (okay, we are exaggerating,...
U.S. Needs a Time-Out on Offshore Drilling
Although Pres. Barack Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells following the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, some recent reports indicate that Federal regulators have since granted at least five environmental waivers...
What's That Sound?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] " ... Low-frequency calls ... generate powerful vibrations in the ground--seismic signals that elephants can feel, and even interpret, via their sensitive trunks and feet." IT IS A CLOUDLESS July afternoon in Etosha National...
Working to Be a Model Citizen " ... It's Not about How Much You Have or How Big You Are; It's about What You Do. United, We Can End Malaria."
GROWING UP in Murray, Ky., I never tucked in at night with a fear of sleeping safely. However, thousands of other children are not so fortunate. Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria, a disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is...
Yesterday's Modern Woman: The French Masters' Take on the Fairer Sex-19th-Century Style
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE FIRST exhibition of drawings ever ,to travel from the distinguished collection of the Musee d'Orsay, Paris, "The Modern Woman" brings together nearly 100 works by celebrated 19th-century French artists, including Pierre...