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Articles from Vol. 131, No. 2692, January

A Bagful of Bags. (What's New?)
Nowadays, it's all about bags. As long as they can help it, airline passengers are shunning check-on luggage, cramming everything into carry-ons to avoid the aggravation of waiting for the carousel finally to get around to disgorging their suitcases....
A Big Fat Greek Smash Hit. (Reel World)
"MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING," Nia Vardalos' autobiographical tale of a crazy Greek-American family getting crazier when she falls in love with a non-Greek, easily qualifies as the "feel good" movie of 2002. While shot on a modest budget of $5,000,000,...
Addicts Can "Kick" Habit While Asleep. (Your Life)
Not including the emotional and psychological costs, the economic expenses of drug and alcohol abuse in the U.S. are estimated to be at least $98,000,000,000 a year. For many who are addicted to heroin, a controversial, but effective, procedure could...
Are Shelters the Answer to Family Homelessness? (Life in America)
FAMILY HOMELESSNESS is undergoing a marked transformation and entering a new stage of unprecedented growth. After shifting from an emergency housing problem in the early 1980s to one of sustained poverty during the 1990s, homelessness is on the verge...
Asking Responsible Questions Is a Patriotic Duty. (American Thought)
The U.S. finds itself--thanks to the effort and sacrifice of all Americans--the sole superpower on the of the planet. With this unique status come burdens and responsibilities that extend far beyond our borders. Our choices at home directly affect...
Bad Marks for School Restrooms. (Your Life)
With the school year well under way, attention is turning from the traditional three "Rs" (reading, writing, and arithmetic) to the fourth "R"--school restrooms. A national survey of parents conducted on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional by Opinion...
Baseball's Rubber Room. (Sports Scene)
"WHOM THE [BASEBALL] GODS would destroy, they first make mad." My personal fixation with how long loyal fans have to wait for a World Series title started when I was eight while watching the 1968 Fall Classic on TV. The announcers mentioned that the...
Can We Be Safe and Free? the Dilemma Terrorism Creates. (Law & Justice)
HOW MUCH FREEDOM are Americans willing to give up in exchange for safety from terrorists? Street criminals? Other lawbreakers? At what point does the loss of privacy and freedom of speech and movement outweigh the perception of added security? Can...
Communication Technologies That Will Change Our Lives. (Science & Technology)
COMMUNICATION ERA undertakings dominate postindustrial economies. Since the late 1970s, knowledge, information, education, and entertainment enterprises in the U.S. have accounted for over 50% of all jobs. Today, this group of activities generate about...
Cozy in the Cold. (What's New?)
* Winter, wonderful winter! The oppressive summer months are nothing more than a bad memory now. Anything even approaching 50[degrees] we consider a heat wave. The next 12 weeks are to be treasured tike no other time of the year. Every flake of snow,...
Discovering the Genetics of Autism. (Medicine & Health)
NOT TOO LONG AGO, the parents of a child who was diagnosed with autism were overwhelmed with disheartening information. They were told that their offspring might have to be institutionalized, that he or she would never be able to be a productive member...
E-Filing: Truth or Promises? (Economic Observer)
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE really wants you to file tax returns electronically. Its goal is to have 80% of all returns filed electronically by 2007. The IRS promises quicker refunds than if you file by mail. Mailed returns face the bioterrorism threat...
Exploring Heaven & Hell. (Religion)
FOR PEOPLE who argue that human life ends with physical death, the transformation of a butterfly may seem an irrelevant, if interesting, image. However, for those of us who believe in eternal life, it is a sign of the hope we have in another life that...
Furniture for Little Ones. (What's New?)
* When you have kids, there never seem to be enough hands to handle all the tasks at hand. This is especially true of infants. Well, at least one chore has been rendered obsolete by Delta Enterprises Corporation, Brooklyn, N.Y., makers of the Diaper...
Going Straight. (What's New?)
* Hanging pictures, shelves, mirrors, shutters, drapes, or any other items that have to be straight can be a frustrating task, necessitating rulers, tape measures, levels, pencils, and, invariably, a balancing act atop a ladder, trying to keep all...
Golden Newbies Golden Oldies: Will Some of 2002's Smash Hits Receive the Same Long-Lasting Acclaim as a Number of Hollywood Classics Being Reissued in DVD Format? (Entertainment)
MOVIE BUFFS find themselves enjoying the best of all possible worlds ever since DVDs have rocketed to the forefront of the home entertainment market. Blockbuster films are reaching video stores much faster than they did in the past, in many cases running...
Hang It All. (What's New?)
* Of all the things commonly found around the house, the humble hanger might be expected to be the one least subject to change. Nonsense, say the people from Contico International, St. Louis, Mo. What they have done is taken the basic concept and refined...
Inflationary Sleeping. (What's New?)
* By now, the concept of an inflatable mattress that can serve as a spare bed is no longer a new one. Insofar as the people being put up on it, though, there are many who are not exactly crazy about sleeping on the floor, especially those who have...
Ironing out Difficulties. (What's New?)
* Most wives or significant others might be as likely to throw an iron at the head of anyone who gave it to them as a gift as they would be to say "Thanks" Yet, if they took the time to really examine the FreeStyle Textile Protector Steam Iron from...
Is Terrorism's Threat Overblown? (National Affairs)
THE THREAT of terrorism in the U.S. is not over, but Sept. 11 may have been an anomaly. Intelligence agencies are unlikely to uncover an impending attack, no matter what they spend on human intelligence, because it is virtually impossible to infiltrate...
Let There Be Light. (What's New?)
* Students who have to take notes in a dimly lit lecture hall or toil into the wee hours in their dorm rooms as roommates are trying to sleep share a common need--sufficient light to be able to write, read, etc. Laptop computer users have a similar...
Mail Me a Movie. (What's New?)
If you're tired of the hassle of dealing with your local video store, taking the chance that the picture you want to see is there when you want to see it, and watching late fees pile up if you can't get it back on time, there's a better way to rent...
On a Roll. (What's New?)
* We don't know anyone who actually enjoys airports. No matter how much you anticipate a trip when departing or can't wait to get home when it's over, the airport experience is invariably a downer. While you can't do anything about the incessant standing...
Pakistan: Strategic Ally or Unreliable Client? (Worldview)
TWO MONTHS after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pres. Bush praised Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, for showing "ever greater courage, vision, and leadership" in supporting the U.S. war against terrorism, including the military...
People Lack First Aid Knowledge. (Your Life)
Curad, maker of adhesive bandages, in conjunction with the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), surveyed 200 first aid trainers concerning the general public's knowledge and preparedness when it comes to first aid. "When faced with a first...
Pik a Winner. (What's New?)
* Mention Waterpik to most people, and the immediate image that comes into their minds is that of the device that spurts water between one's teeth, much like a dentist's irrigator does, in order to get impacted pieces of food out. Well, yes, that's...
Post-September 11 Financial Planning. (Economics)
OF ALL THE IMPACTS Sept. 11 has had on U.S. society, its most-profound effect has been on the American psyche. It has shaken the faith so many had in the validity of their conceptions about virtually everything. Never before in my nearly 40-year...
Republican Opportunities, Democratic Dilemmas. (State of the Nation)
THE LAST TIME the Republicans controlled the Executive Branch and both houses of Congress was 50 years ago, after the 1952 election. The Republicans of that era had only a modest agenda and were largely defined by their willingness or unwillingness...
Responding to Terrorism: Conscription Is Not the Answer. (National Affairs)
BEFORE SEPT. 11, 2001, it had been 60 years since the U.S. homeland had come under attack. As they did after Pearl Harbor, Americans turned to the military for their defense, but now, in contrast to the past, they are finding security in a volunteer...
Return to Yesteryear. (What's New?)
* We all know the frustration that comes with dropping a couple of grand on a new computer system only to discover it's completely out of date a mere six months later. Well, imagine that frustration factor trebled and you'll begin to understand the...
Seeking Agreement on International Climate Policymaking. (Ecology)
JUST A FEW of the leading emitters of greenhouse gases--the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia--have met their Rio de Janeiro Convention on Climate Change targets and are on course to meet their Kyoto Protocol goals. Nevertheless, most governments...
September 11 and the Workplace. (Business & Finance)
SEPT. 11, 2001, represents a watershed moment in U.S. history. The lives of every American changed in an instant, never to return to the way things used to be. Yet, in the end, while the tragedy will remain etched in the minds of the world, the date...
The Anticelebrity, the Media, and the Public. (Words & Images)
IN THE AGE OF CELEBRITY JOURNALISM, the anticelebrity--the celebrity who won t behave like one--is the villain the media love to hate. All most of us know about celebrities is what we read and see in the press and on television. The sports or entertainment...
The Future of School Choice. (Education)
IN UPHOLDING the constitutionality of the Cleveland voucher program in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in June, 2002, the Supreme Court affirmed that it hardly constitutes a government establishment of religion if religious schools are among the choices parents...
The Irony of Bali Terrorism. (World Watcher)
THE OCT. 12, 2002, bombing of nightclubs in Bali has turned ,the world of travel and tourism in Southeast Asia upside down. Bali had always been an island of tranquility in Indonesia. Its history dates to the powerful Madjapahit empire that existed...
The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Florence. (Museums Today)
BETWEEN 1537 AND 1621, the first four Medici grand dukes of Florence--Cosimo I, his sons Francesco I and Ferdinando I, and his grandson Cosimo II--presided over a spectacular flowering of the arts and sciences, exemplified by the pioneering achievements...
The Right Light. (What's New?)
* For readers, the search for the proper lamp may be compared to the quest for the Holy Grail--unending and frustrating. Finding one the right height that directs light where it is wanted without glare can prove difficult, with bad choices leading...
The Write Stuff. (What's New?)
We once had a college roommate who always studied by candlelight, insisting that he was "going to be the next Abraham Lincoln." The future 16th president also was known to hone his rhetorical skills as a poor youth by scratching out words on the back...
Tunes on the Go. (What's New?)
The increased portability of CD and DVD players means that discs will be traveling along with them. The problem is to transport those discs safely so that they do not scratch, break, or warp. The latter is a particular danger if they are left in a...
Well, What Do You Think about That? (Parting Thoughts)
WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, the world is run by ideas. They do have consequences, and, generally, it is people with a philosophical bent who supply those ideas. For example, millennia ago, the thinkers in ancient Athens had much to do with the origins...
Where There's Smoke ... (What's New?)
* All too often, the continuation of the above title is "there's fire" That's why one of the key home safety devices for protection of one's family should be a smoke detector/alarm. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 75% of home...
Women Ignoring Checkup Guidelines. (Your Life)
For years, physicians have recommended that women older than 18 visit their physician for an annual checkup and Pap test. Yet, a survey conducted on behalf of the Vagisil Women's Health Center (VWHC) discovered that 17% of respondents are not visiting...
Your Retirement Won't Look like Your Parents'. (Your Life)
Retirement planning often focuses on the need to save for retirement, how to do so, and how to stretch out your retirement dollars. All are worthy subjects, but what exactly are you retiring to? What will your retirement look like? What is your personal...
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