Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 27, July 27

A Commonsense Ruling on Sex Harassment ... May Change Rules for Lawyers Harassing Schools for Huge Fees
By a 5-4 vote on June 22, the Supreme Court made it much tougher to hold a school district financially responsible for an employee's sexual misconduct. "The only way to find a school liable for damages," wrote Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for the court's...
Among the Young at Art
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrates its diamond Anniversary this year with a retrospective of past winners - some famous - and an exhibition of work by new ones. Creating art is an empowering act, says historian Maurice Berger. "I believe...
Arbor Advice
Summer is the time to start a garden that delights year-round -- and offers the family a place to gather away from the glare the television set. As Mother Goose wrote, "Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells...
Black Conservatives Weave Political Web
Republican African-American activists are reaching political Players, as well as college students, through Internet sites Where they promote `a positive, colorblind agenda.' When colleagues at the conservative Center for New Black Leadership, or...
Clinton Shanghais Taiwan - Yet Again
You've got to hand it to President Clinton; he knows how to wring every last ounce of symbolism out of a media event. You would think that he would have chosen Beijing as the setting for his sellout of the Republic of China on Taiwan. But no, it had...
Deficit Hits Record High
The $21.5 billion U.S. goods trade deficit is the highest ever, pushed to record levels by the Asian financial crisis, a strong dollar and low oil prices. Analyst say the worst is yet to come. The U.S. trade deficit jumped 9.5 percent to a record...
Green Light to Urban Blight
`Environmental justice,; a witches' brew of radical enironmentalism and federal civil-rights policy, is threatening to poison economic redevelopment in minority communities. Detroit is a tough old town and has plenty of scars to prove it: Race riots,...
Is a Nationwide Network for Immunization Records a Good Idea?
Yes: More children will get vaccinated and electronic safeguards will keep data confidential. By Claire Broome Broome is acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which works with local, state and federal agencies...
Many Teachers Prefer Choice Schools over Public Campuses
If you ask those involved, school choice works. Sixty-three percent of parents with children in Cleveland's voucher program, for instance, are very satisfied with the academic quality of their kids' private schools, according to a 1997 Harvard survey....
More Rigor, Less Wonder
American students continue To lag in science, and critics Contend that dumbing down The curriculum is a treat to The economy. Meanwhile Scientists call for tougher Courses, fewer `fun facts.' We didn't have science class today!" exclaims a fifth-grader...
Muckraker Silverstein Says Money Corrupts
An ardent critic of the campaign-finance system, journalist Ken Silverstein documents in his new book how American democracy is short-circuited by deep-pocketed special interests. In CounterPunch, the semimonthly newsletter he edits with Alexander...
New Fund Helps Low-Income Students Meet Costs of Private Schools
Investment banker Theodore J. Forstmann and Wal-Mart heir John Walton have announced a $200 million Children's Scholarship Fund, or CSF, to provide money for private-school tuition to 50,000 low-income children across the nation. "John and I and...
Stroke of His Pen Subverts the Law
The Founders would be shocked to learn presidents now make law by executive order. But for Bill Clinton and many of his predecessors, it had been a potent political tool. Trust no one. Especially not the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That's...
Supreme Court Scorecard
Insight takes a look at high-court rulings on sexual harassment, funding for the arts, disability law and the line-item veto that may create more questions than they answer. The Supreme Court handed down its most controversial rulings just before...
Union on a Roll in Vegas
The American labor movement has drawn a line in the sand in the desert boomtown of Las Vegas, throwing its weight behind a multimillion-dollar effort to organize everyone from cocktail waitresses to bricklayers. The AFL-CIO has put unprecedented financial...
Well Edited ... but Too Many Notes: The Riverside Milton Improves upon Earlier Editions, despite 'Muddled' Interpretation
The Riverside Milton improves upon earlier editions, despite `muddled' interpretations. Reading John Milton is one of the preeminent pleasures available in English literature. From the poignancy of the elegy "Lycidas" to the epic grandeur of Paradise...
We Love You, Nanny Dearest
What is the purpose of government? Some liberals say it's to mold citizens into `proper' standards of behavior, like a totalitarian nanny who moves in and never leaves. The role of government is to change the behavior of people," Democratic Rep....
When It Rains, It Pays
Ever wonder why some Americans don't seem to have sense enough to come in out of the rain? One possible answer: It just doesn't pay, thanks to a government flood-insurance policy that some say rewards people who repeatedly put themselves in harm's...
When Money Talks
Money is the lubricant that keeps Washington's political machine humming. Like it or not, experts say that special interests and influence peddling are here to stay. To the poet Walt Whitman, lobbyists -- peddlers of information and influence who...
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