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. 131, No. 2686, July

A Cool Breeze. (What's New?)
* We're the cynical type, so a term like "air circulators" strikes us as just a way of charging more money for a plain old fan. Still, after years of hearing friends and family rave about the wonders of air circulators, we had to give it a whirl, so...
Act of War: Terrorism in the Clash of Civilizations. (World Watcher)
WE WILL NEVER WIN the war on terrorism until we get the context right. We need to understand fully that this phenomenon is a very clear part of the "Clash of Civilizations," which is now manifesting itself as a war between cultures, and that Israel...
Adult Prisons: No Place for Kids. (Law & Justice)
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, one of the news feature shows on television had an interviewer talking with a freckle-faced, redheaded 12-year-old boy. The interview was taking place in a maximum-security prison yard. When asked what he had done to warrant being...
A Garden in a Box. (What's New?)
* Billed as "The Garden of the Future," the Earthbox promises higher yields, minimum maintenance, and environmentally friendly gardening. From our initial crop, inventor Blake Whisenant may just be right. The process starts with a window box-like...
America's International Image Problem. (Mass Media)
WHAT? America is not loved like we once thought it was? After the Marshall Plan, billions in foreign aid, and successful World War II and Gulf War rescues, what has gone wrong? The U.S. has an image problem, and it may largely be due to our own...
Apathy or Anger? (Sports Scene)
THERE'S A TRUISM that people who claim to have worn out life in fact have had life wear them out. I don't know about life, but the world of sports has left me, if not quite worn out, wavering between apathy and anger. I've long counted the latter as...
Are Humans to Blame for Exacerbating Many Natural Disasters? (Ecology)
IN DECEMBER, 1999, almost 20,000,000 cubic yards of mud, trees, and boulders came barreling down from Venezuela's coastal mountain range onto the densely populated and heavily urbanized ribbon of land that hugs the Caribbean coast, killing around 30,000...
Backyard Bonanza. (What's New?)
* The backyard tends to be a place of warm-weather comfort, the home of a grill, an assortment of kids' toys, a chaise longue or two, and perhaps a table and chairs, matched or mismatched. As we head into another summer, why not take the opportunity...
Backyard Chuckwagon. (What's New?)
As any enthusiast will tell you, grilling is a serious job that requires the proper tools as well as the necessary ingredients to throw on the fire. To gear up virtually from head to toe, turn to Danger Men Cooking, Highland, N.Y. Admittedly chauvinistic,...
Befriending Saudi Princes: A High Price for a Dubious Alliance. (Worldview)
NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY the heinous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Yet, some feel that U.S. policies have acted as the equivalent of poking hornets' nests, turning Americans into targets for violence at home and abroad. Demanding reconsideration, therefore,...
Boing! Boing! (What's New?)
* Call it nostalgia, retro, or second childhood, but dimly remembered toys of yesterday are making a comeback. A couple of years ago, high-tech scooters became all the rage. What's next? Well, Razor USA LLC, Cerritos, Calif., who brought you those...
Buffalo Bill: The American West Incarnate. (USA Yesterday)
HIS NAME was William Frederick Cody, but he also was known as the Honorable W.F. Cody, as well as Col. William Cody. Yet, the world knew him best simply as Buffalo Bill. For Americans and Europeans, he was the icon of the frontier American West,...
Camping out. (What's New?)
* Any experienced camper knows the basics to take into the woods--tent, sleeping bag, cooler, etc. There are a couple of items from Zelco Industries, Inc., Mt. Vernon, N.Y., though, that might not spring to mind immediately, but will prove well worthwhile...
Catch the Big One. (What's New?)
* We've found two sports--skiing and surfing--long intriguing, but were too chicken to give either a try. That still holds true for the winter endeavor of racing down a mountain at breakneck speed, yet the early summer has somehow imbued us with the...
Erotic Horrors. (Reel World)
PETER HANEKE'S "The Piano Teacher" is a film that you won't see in your local multiplex, for reasons that have little to do with mass culture's protection of public morality. "The Piano Teacher" is a controversial, adult picture to be sure, but its...
"Heeeere's Johnny!" Forty Years Ago, Johnny Carson Moved into America's Living Rooms and Bedrooms as the Host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." (Entertainment)
IN 1962, Johnny Carson began his unprecedented 30-year run as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." The 36-year-old Midwest-raised comedian was known at the time as the witty daytime emcee of "Who Do You Trust?" Though ostensibly a quiz show, the program...
Helpful Hydrant. (What's New?)
* Fire hydrants, of course, are invaluable when it's necessary to put out a blaze, and, moreover, they can be the centerpiece of a dog's social life. However, they can also be the means to ensure a child's safety. Herbie Hydrant: The Fire Safety Locating...
Immigration: The Sleeping Time Bomb. (State of the Nation)
WHEN JEAN-MARIE LE PEN placed second in the first round of the French presidential election in April, Europe and the world were shocked. Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who favors tight restriction on immigration and the withdrawal of France from the...
Keeping Bees and Wasps at Bay. (Your Life)
Do the aromas of barbecued chicken, vegetables on the grill, and fresh-squeezed lemonade have you salivating during the summer season? Well, it also appeals to some unwanted guests of the stinging variety. "These enticing aromas often attract bees...
Keep Your Summer Safe and Cool. (Your Life)
Summertime injuries are among some of the most preventable, doctors at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say. With a few simple precautions and common sense, summer can be a safe and fun time for everyone. Alcohol. An...
Limiting Government after September 11. (National Affairs)
WHAT ARE the likely long-term effects on American government of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11? What do changes in polls about "trust in government" mean? How should advocates of limited government respond to the changes brought about by the attacks?...
Made-to-Fit Clothes Are on the Way. (Your Life)
Consumers longing for a good-fitting pair of blue jeans will get their wish in the near future, predicts Brecca Farr, assistant professor of clothing, textiles, and design, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She says we should expect to see, and be...
Managing and Treating Asthma. (Medicine & Health)
"I KNOW WHEN an asthma attack is starting. I cough; then my chest feels tight. I struggle for each breath and I get tired. I feel like I am suffocating. I fear my next breath will be my last.... Between attacks I feel fine." That is what a "typical"...
Marinating Reduces Grilling Health Hazards. (Your Life)
With the outdoor grilling season in full gear, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) warns studies have found grilling and broiling cause "muscle meats" (red meat, poultry, and fish) to produce cancer-causing compounds. These compounds,...
Meeting the Need for Student Career Development. (Education)
IF YOU WERE TO ASK kindergarten students what they want to be when they grow up, you would probably get an answer in less than 10 seconds. Put the same question to a third-grader and the response time would be about the same. However, if you pose this...
Modern American Portrait Drawings. (Museum Today)
PORTRAITURE, after thriving for generations at the forefront of the visual arts, rode a roller coaster of reputation in the 20th century. First reempowered as experimental, then discredited in an age of abstraction, and finally rediscovered toward...
On Being an American Journalist. (Mass Media)
THE BRUTAL MURDER of the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl may offer the last word in the argument over how journalists who are Americans should perceive themselves and ask others to perceive them. Are they American journalists, or are they international...
Outdoor Furniture Offers Great Variety. (Your Life)
If you're shopping for new outdoor furniture, but are perplexed by the multitude of options available today, the American Furniture Manufacturers Association offers the following quick overview of what's available in your local stores: Outdoor wicker....
Paging Tarzan. (What's New?)
* With a sigh, parents of toddlers gurgling cheerfully as their backyard or playground swings gently rock back and forth must inevitably face the day when those kids realize how boring this activity really is. At that point, youngsters look for more-exciting...
Patience Pays: The Movies You Meant to See in 2001 Are Finally out on DVD. (Entertainment)
THERE ARE ANY NUMBER of reasons why some people don't troop down to the multiplex on a regular basis. Box office revenues continue to hit record heights--albeit aided by obscenely inflated ticket prices--but a stubborn coterie of naysayers voluntarily...
Paul Gauguin and the Lure of the Exotic: No Matter Where He Traveled, the Artist Absorbed the Sights and Subjects Encountered There into His Own Unique Vision. (Museum Today)
PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903), the pioneering French artist who left his family and a career in finance to paint and live like a native in the South Seas, in fact began sailing to far-off lands during childhood. As a boy, he lived for a time with relatives...
Pool Haul. (What's New?)
* With the summer heat beating down, the logical move is to fill the pool with people and let everyone cool off. For added leisure and just plain fun, there are a number of items that can be thrown in as well, providing there's sufficient room, to...
Should the U.S. Weaponize Space? (National Affairs)
CONTROL OF SPACE is at the crux of the debate about the future of American military policy. The question is not about militarizing space. Clearly, the U.S. has been using and will continue to use space for military purposes. However, whereas space...
Skin Deep. (What's New?)
* For such a loyal devotee to the works of Oscar Wilde, especially his hallmark The Picture of Dorian Gray, the oversight is perplexing. Middle age--and its attending ravages--never concerned us. The march of time was inevitable, and with it the sagging...
Spirituality in the 21st Century. (Religion)
THE 21ST CENTURY spiritual highway has a growing number of travelers, but, with less direction and fewer road signs, those on the journey are charting their own route in a vehicle that is easy to drive and fits their lifestyle. Today's spiritual journey...
Take Away the Saudis' Oil Weapon. (Economic Observer)
REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE: He who has the gold rules! Economics will always trump politics over the long run. Even in the most-convoluted and difficult situations, economic considerations may mold solutions to intractable disputes. Let's take a look...
Tennis Traction. (What's New?)
* Playing tennis is all about sudden starts and stops, as well as moving quickly from side to side. The trouble is that, during extreme stopping, cornering, and pivoting, if your sneaker's outsole is too rigid, you lose contact with the playing surface,...
The Good Glacier. (What's New?)
* "Glacier Gear coolers are quite simply the best coolers in the world. This fact becomes obvious the moment you pick one of the products up." This bold statement is found front and center on the promotions announcing the firm's four recent lines:...
The IRS's Intensified Audit Attack. (Economics)
IN THE SUMMER OF 2001, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rossoti promised an immediate 28% increase in the number of tax audits. The institution of the National Research Program (NRP), as announced in January, 2002, is the first installment...
The Spirit of Giving Is Alive among Teenagers. (American Thought)
ASHLEIGH CROWE of Suffield, Conn., organized a volunteer group called Ashleigh's Army to help improve living conditions and education in a small Dominican Republic village. Francesca Tenconi of Walnut Creek, Calif., founded the Children's Skin Disease...
The State of Our Unions. (Life in America)
EACH YEAR, the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University publishes an assessment of the health of marriage and marital relationships in America entitled "The State of Our Unions." It is based on a thorough review and evaluation of the latest...
Thrills and Chills. (Parting Thoughts)
IN A JADED AND BLASE WORLD, where one so often hears "been there; done that" and where a sense of deja vu pervades bored Americans, there still are available thrills and chills galore, if one but looks to the simpler life. As the song has it, "You'll...
Time to Move on? Leaving a Job Gracefully. (Business & Finance)
WITH TODAY'S sluggish economy, most people who are employed can't help but breathe a little sigh of relief that they have a job--even if they don't really like it. Human nature is to retreat to the trenches in times of uncertainty, and those who would...
TV Commercials and Other Messages a la Carte. (Words & Images)
AMERICANS are usually squeamish when it comes to figuring out where their food comes from. You won't see many tours of stockyards and slaughterhouses. Many were disgusted by a Fred Wiseman documentary following the food chain from cows to dinner table....
Water Safety Can Prevent Summer Tragedy. (Your Life)
Summer is here, and that means plenty of people will be heading to the beach or pool to enjoy the warm weather. Before packing up the swimming and boating gear, however, Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Inc. (PIANY) urges consumers to...
What Do You Know about Tire Safety? (Your Life)
Overwhelmingly, America's drivers believe that tire care is important, yet a large proportion of the population are either performing little or no maintenance or are making critical mistakes when caring for their tires. A study conducted by the Rubber...

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