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Articles from Vol. 129, No. 2670, March

"Death-Qualification" Leads to Biased Juries
IT IS NO SECRET that America, alone among developed nations, continues to rely on capital punishment as a penalty for crime. While polls show that Americans support the death penalty in theory, few of them are aware of the unique procedures employed...
Disney Bridges the Generation Gap
A small boy, his grandparents, And Walt Disney World make An irresistible combination. A THREE-GENERATION VISIT to Orlando s Walt Disney World turned into a delightful opportunity for grandparent-grandchild bonding when our son and daughter-in-law...
DVD and Its Discontents
ANYONE PAYING even half-serious attention to the home entertainment and film industries knows that a new technical revolution has once again changed the way we watch movies. I'm speaking of the DVD craze, which arguably may be on the verge of making...
Facing Up to Facial Hair
FOR MANY MEN TODAY, clean-shaven days and the "five o'clock shadow" are passe. Shaving always has been a bother, and one now has an excuse to forgo this morning ritual. Those who chickened out due to various pressures and shaved off a longtime beard...
Free Enterprise Forever!
SOMEONE HAS TO FINISH FIRST, just as someone has to finish last. Otherwise, why even keep track of wins and losses? The purported growing gap between the rich and the poor--as if this is a bad thing, even if it were true--is a myth. The issue that...
Government Can Fight Inequality
"Despite recent headlines heralding the latest Census Bureau figures on poverty, the gulf between the rich and the poor has widened significantly since 1973." notes Benjamin Page, the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in political science...
Government's Legitimate Role a Free Society
"WHAT DID the Founding Fathers see as the legitimate role of government? To answer that question, turn to the rule book they gave us: the Constitution. Most of what they considered legitimate functions of the Federal government are found in Article...
GUNS, America, and the 21st Century
AS AMERICANS become sickened by one firearm tragedy after another, the momentum may be, building for a shift in the nation s approach to guns in the 21st century. While it is certainly true that the U.S. has had a tradition of gun ownership, much has...
Higher Education and Market Forces
THE ENTIRE HISTORY of American higher education has been one of change. With the agricultural and industrial revolutions still in their infancy, higher education was transformed in the 1860s by the passage of the Morrill Act. A new national network...
Hollyood Hits a Homer: A Bonanza of Baseball Movies
Warm up for the new season with more than a century's worth of ballpark films. BASEBALL AND THE MOVIES both came into their own at the start of the 20th century. Each places a great deal of modern significance upon the year 1903. This was the date...
Is There Any Such Thing as a GOOD WAR?
Americanadians--Vietnam War draft resisters who fled to Canada--speak out on the Persian Gulf and Kosovo conflicts. DURING THE 1,000 YEARS between the second and third millennia, wars killed approximately 175,000,000 people. In the 20th century...
Making the Right Financial "Move"
Getting ready to move, or thinking about it? Each year, approximately one in seven Americans change residences, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some of the moves are merely across town, but about one-third are to another county or state. Whatever...
MERGER ORPHANS Need Protection
THE NEWS of another merger or acquisition has become almost commonplace as companies around the world combine in an effort to expand market potential and benefit from the economic efficiencies of consolidation or the attraction of product and delivery...
New Homes, New Headaches
As the availability of resales decreases, a number of potential buyers are turning to newly constructed homes, built to their exact specifications, sometimes within the many new neighborhoods popping up across the country. While buying a newly constructed...
Problems in Diagnosing and Treating ADD/ADHD
PUBLIC AND MEDICAL concern regarding the overdiagnosing of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the overprescribing of Ritalin hit the mainstream in 2000 with the publication of a study in the Journal...
Research in a Deep Freeze
The United States Antarctic Program is a rich source of scientific exploration, providing numerous discoveries about the planet and the universe. ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION began in earnest early in the 19th century, and, today, the seventh continent...
Second Child's Impact on Dual-Earner Families
Having a second child may have an even greater impact than the first baby on the carefully balanced lives of dual-career, middle-class couples, according to a University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, study. "Women's full-time participation in the labor market...
SUDDEN DEATH of Young Athletes Can Be Prevented
KEVIN RICHARDS, an Evanston (Ill.) High School track runner, died in February, 2000, after finishing second in a race. * Tim Collins, Lafayette High School, Lexington, Ky., died in November, 1999, during basketball practice. * Steven "Scotty"...
Technology, Competition, and Antitrust Enforcement
THE PERCEPTUAL BIAS against market competition and for government control over competition is becoming a greater source of political mischief as technology advances. First, by increasing competition, technological advances are expanding the probability...
Terrorism: The 21st-Century War
WELCOME, George W. Bush, to the presidency and the 21st century. It's a new world with many corners turned at the onset of a new millennium. Among the most critical of corners is in the conduct of war. The major changes haven't been linked with...
The Gallic Charms of St. Martin
The French side of this lovely tropical island is a wonderful blend of blissful relaxation and peerless restaurants that make it "the dining room of the Caribbean." IF AN ISLAND could be accused of having a split personality, St. Martin in the French...
The Great Cultural Divide
NOTHING WAS MORE STRIKING about the 2000 presidential election than the deep cultural divide that it clearly exposed. The agonizing post-election struggle in Florida only exacerbated the divisions and the partisan lines. Florida was a microcosm of...
THE MEDIA AND POLITICS: It's More Than the News
"... We cannot afford to ignore the overwhelming evidence that the media--old and new combined--is dramatically changing the democratic process." TO PARAPHRASE the old Bill Clinton political commercial, "It's the media, stupid!" In fact, it's almost...
The Newest Media Curse: Journalist-Pundits
WHEN DID JOURNALISTS turn in their notepads, tape recorders, laptops, and cell phones for crystal balls? When did they change from reporters to pundits? When did they go from being our primary source of information to the font of all knowledge? When...
TRAVEL AND TRADE: Hidden Threats
FOR MOST OF HISTORY, natural boundaries such as mountains, deserts, and ocean currents have served to isolate ecosystems and many of the species they contain. However, these physical barricades are now becoming permeable as people and organisms spread...
Understanding Mutual Fund Taxation
I RECENTLY HAD DINNER with Rep. Jim Saxton (R.-N.J.) where the topic of discussion was professions--specifically, who had the oldest? The physician on my right insisted that it was his. Wasn't the removal of a rib from Adam to create Eve a surgical...
Unwinding in a Winter Wonderland
Cozy cabins, crackling stone fireplaces, king-size featherbeds, and mouthwatering cuisine make Lake Placid Lodge, nestled snugly in the Adirondack Mountains, the ultimate haven for pampered relaxation. IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING. Scores of travelers...
WEIGHT CONTROL: Which Sex's Perception Is Right?
YOU PROBABLY HAVE HEARD the statement that men are from Mars and women are from Venus when it comes to relationships. Well, the same is true with dieting. A national survey conducted for the Calorie Control Council found differences between women and...
What's New? Food Fest
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Withdrawn Kids Face Peer Rejection
Six-year-old Billy Hawks enjoyed the same activities as most kids his age, but his mother was concerned because her son didn't have many friends. When he was at school, Billy would sit anxiously, watching other children play, but would never join them....
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