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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 9, February

Armed and Vulnerable? Philadelphia Gun Study
IN PHILADELPHIA, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, possessing a gun is strongly associated with getting shot. Since "guns did not protect those who possessed them," epidemiologist Charles C. Branas and four co-authors conclude...
Class War: How Public Servants Became Our Masters
IN APRIL 2008, The Orange County Register published a bombshell of an investigation about a license plate program for California government workers and their families. Drivers of nearly I million cars and light trucks--out of a total 22 million vehicles...
Death of a Watchdog: Pete Shellem, Crime Reporter
I NEVER MET Pete Shellem. I hadn't even heard of him before I read his obituary in November. But I wish I'd had a drink with the guy. In an age when journalism has been plagued by budget woes, dubious trend stories, and endless navel gazing about the...
Does Better Health Care Mean Higher Costs? Medical Innovation Boosts Life Expectancy, Not Spending
ACCORDING TO THE conventional wisdom, the United States faces a massive medical bill thanks to our use of pricey new treatments and equipment. "About half of all growth in health care spending in the past several decades was associated with changes...
I'm a Criminal, You're a Criminal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Harvey Silverglate, a Boston-based criminal defense and civil liberties attorney, is the co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which fights speech codes on college campuses. He is also the author,...
Live from the Cannabis Cafe: A Marijuana Restaurant Opens in Oregon
ON NOVEMBER 13, a clot of journalists stands in a hailstorm outside a Portland, Oregon, business called Rumpspankers Beyond Broth. We're awaiting a press conference rechristening the business the Cannabis Cafe, the first restaurant where patients licensed...
Medicare Monster Mash
"The scene is Capitol Hill. It's the year 2035. Thousands of elderly protesters assemble outside the Capitol building. Inside, the House Ways and Means Committee meets to enact huge cuts in both Medicare and the national health insurance program."...
More Than Zero: Why Won't People Who Love to Make Zero-Sum Arguments about the Economy Apply Their Own Lessons to Government Spending?
ANYONE WHO HAS expended energy arguing for free trade, market competition, and the open exchange of ideas has repeatedly encountered the same obstacle: zero-sum assumptions misapplied to dynamic, nonlinear phenomena. Almost anywhere you see statism...
Ninth Configurations: Rights "Retained by the People" Make a Comeback
PROGRESSIVES AND libertarians don't agree on much these days, but they are coming together on one point: The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution tastes great and is less filling. The amendment is short but not simple: "The enumeration in the Constitution,...
No Class: J-School Students Harassed
SINCE IT WAS founded in 1999, the Medill Innocence Project, staffed by journalism students at Northwestern University, has helped free II prisoners, five of whom had been sentenced to death. Then-Illinois Gov. George Ryan credited the project's work...
P.C. Never Died; Think Campus Censorship Disappeared in the 1990s? Guess Again
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 2007 A STUDENT working his way through college was found guilty of racial harassment for reading a book in public. Some of his co-workers had been offended by the book's cover, which included pictures of men in white robes...
The Folly of Unilateral Disarmament: At Fort Hood "More Guns" Were "The Solution to Gun Violence."
WHEN MAJ. Nidal Malik Hasan started shooting up the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Pfc. Marquest Smith dove under a desk. The Associated Press reported that "he lay low for several minutes, waiting for the shooter to run out of ammunition...
The Forfeiture Racket Police and Prosecutors Won't Give Up Their License to Steal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AROUND 3 IN THE MORNING on January 7, 2009, a 22-year-old college student named Anthony Smelley was pulled over on Interstate 70 in Putnam County, Indiana. He and two friends were en route from Detroit to visit Smelley's aunt...
The Greatest Business Story Ever Told: How Bible Publishers Went Forth and Multiplied
THE GREEN BIBLE misses an opportunity to extol Noah's embrace of mass transit over less environmentally friendly modes of disaster evacuation, but it does highlight the parts of the Good Book "that speak to God's care for creation" in a verdant shade...
War in Juarez: Anthropologist Howard Campbell on Mexico's Increasingly Violent Drug War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MEXICAN CITY of Juarez, just over the border from El Paso, has suffered through wild spasms of drug-related violence during the last few years. While the federal government in Mexico City announces stronger crackdowns...
Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire? the "Millionaire's Tax" Will Affect More People Than You Think
SUPPORTERS OF health care reform need money--a lot of money--to pay for it. So it's not surprising that they would try to get it from the people with the most money to spare. Hence the so-called millionaire's tax, a levy embedded in the House health...