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Articles from Vol. 129, No. 2662, July

A Fourth of July Salute to Patriotic Movies
Hollywood has a long history of paying tribute to the nation's glory. FOR TWO GENERATIONS in my family, the required Fourth of July movie-viewing experience has been "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), the biography of patriotic songwriter and playwright...
A Maginot Line for Missile Defense
AMERICANS are again scurrying through the arguments about whether to try to institute an anti-ballistic missile defense, now dealing with many present and future "rogue" states instead of just the Soviet Union of Ronald Reagan's era. The arguments...
AMERICAN INDIANS: Trading Old Stereotypes for New
"Native cultures have changed--sometimes by necessity and other times by conscious choice--but they have survived." THE PUBLIC'S PERCEPTION of Native Americans has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. Indians, for so long vilified, are now...
American Psychosis
WRITER-DIRECTOR Mary Harron's rendering of Bret Easton Ellis' hypercontroversial novel American Psycho may be less interesting as a movie than as a cultural event, which seems to be the fate of a number of films in the age of Hollywood's intellectual...
America's Harsh and Unjust IMMIGRATION LAWS
Thousands of individuals have become entrapped by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act with no chance of appeal. LIKE ALICE following the white rabbit, thousands of immigrants to the U.S. are trapped in the confusing and...
Aquatic Exercise Helps Expectant Mothers
According to a number of medical and fitness experts, women who regularly exercise in water during pregnancy can reap significant health and fitness benefits. Roger Galvin, chief executive officer of The National Spa & Pool Institute, suggests...
Are We Obsessed about Our Health?
"GESUNDHEIT," we say when someone sneezes. "To your health," we declare as we toast someone with a drink. The most common greeting is "How are you?" (The reply normally is "Good," to which a grammatical questioner would retort that he wasn't inquiring...
Baseball Has Gone Astray
"THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS" go the lyrics to a popular song. Don't you believe it--at least where major league baseball is concerned. Now let's be clear. Baseball is still our national pastime, deservedly so. It remains a wonderful athletic endeavor,...
Boutique Liberalism
MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AGO, Pres. Clinton proclaimed that "the era of big government" is over. Whether or not that is true, it has been a long era. In 1947, the first full year of postwar demobilization, government outlays (Federal, state, and local)...
Day by Day in Baltimore Orioles History
IT'S AN OLD ADAGE in athletics that, as the size of the ball goes down, the quality of the sportswriting goes up. Although I'm not about to vouch for any prose concerning golf, ping-pong, or tennis, when the sphere shrinks to the circumference of a...
Dick Tracy Never Had It This Good!
WHEN I WAS A KID, my friends and I were in awe of a comic strip detective named Dick Tracy who had a miniature two-way radio watch on his wrist that he used to talk to his colleagues. It was all fantasy 50 years ago, but today it seems everyone has...
Divergent Views on SCHOOL STANDARDS
"The question is whether change can take pLace when the key players see the problems--and the solutions--so differently." OF ALL THE IDEAS about improving public schools to have emerged over the past 15 years, few have as much popular appeal as...
East Asia Should Take Charge of Its Own Security
"Jettisoning antiquated alliances and commitments and reducing a bloated force structure do not mean the U.S. would no longer be an Asian-Pacific power." AFTER WORLD WAR II, the U.S. established an extensive forward military presence and fought...
Financing Sustainable Cities
"With insufficient public revenue to meet the rising demand for services, cash-starved municipal authorities have relied increasingly on the resourcefulness of local communities and the profit-making drive of the private sector." LIKE SO MANY ARTIFACTS...
Forget Roughing It-Camp in Luxury
You open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc by a crackling fire. The sweet aroma of grilled rosemary trout beckons you to dinner, so you grab the remote control to turn off the light in your suite--or tent, as campers affectionately call it. No, it's not...
GENETIC TESTING: Balancing Benefits and Abuses
GENETIC TESTING has the potential to become an extraordinary weapon in the fight against disease. One of the most exciting areas of scientific research today is the identification of the genetic markers of disease through the collection and analysis...
Get Ready for the NET GENERATION
Well-versed in computers and the new electronic media, those born between 1977 and 1997 are expected to revolutionize the workplace. THE GROUP following the baby bust (or Generation X) has been named the net or echo-boom generation, consisting of...
GRILLING IS GREAT-If You Know What You're Doing
Barbecuing may be as American as apple pie, but it's no piece of cake for many grillers. That is one of the results of the annual Weber GrillWatch Survey of grilling practices and trends. The survey confirms that Americans are cookout-lovers, grilling...
How to Avoid Food Poisoning
While summer may mean outdoor fun with barbecues and picnics for many Americans, a number of them may find themselves indoors in the emergency room because of food poisoning. "Many people don't realize that the home is one of the most common places...
Increased Hurricane Activity Ahead
Weather experts have begun making their Atlantic hurricane season predictions. While it is uncertain how far down the alphabet the storms will go, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia indicate that the chance to name a storm Nadine, Oscar,...
In Search of Journalistic Ethics
Print and broadcast media should be guided by five values: honesty, independence, fairness, productiveness, and pride. A LAWYER by training and a newspaper columnist by avocation, I teach ethics at a business school. My career choices have made...
MANAGING PUBLIC LANDS: Rekindling the Privatization Fires
Would private ownership of land use rights--either by commercial companies or nonprofit environmental groups--do a better job than the Federal government currently does? AMERICANS have entrusted the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and...
Pictures for the American People: The Art of Norman Rockwell
"Rockwell's paintings powerfully portray the universal truths, aspirations, and foibles of humanity" NORMAN ROCKWELL was proud of his chosen profession as an illustrator. He was a skilled storyteller whose painterly images were made for the rapidly...
REGULATORY REFORM: More Work Is Needed
"Despite well-intended presidential directives, it is impossible for regulators to strike a sensible balance between costs and benefits when the basic regulatory laws prohibit the former from being considered at all." ASEA CHANGE has occurred in...
Remembering True and False TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES
A false memory is created when an event that really happened becomes confused with images produced by trying to remember an imagined event. IN 1987, Donald Watt told his wife of seven years that, during World War II, he had been a stoker at Auschwitz....
Reshaping the Mission of the CHURCH
"For the church to have a future, there must be a mission ... more than passing on the faith to one's biological children." FOUR TRENDS are shaping the future of the church for North American congregations. Even though I speak as someone who is...
Review Health Needs before Traveling
Whether you're headed for a safari in East Africa or Grandma's house in Wisconsin, following some simple guidelines can help ensure your health stays with you and follows you home. First and foremost, make sure your immunizations are up to date, suggests...
Summer Fruits: Tasty and Healthy
Summer fruits need not be relegated to desserts and snacks, but can form a delicious basis for many light, seasonal dishes, suggests the American Institute for Cancer Research, Washington, D.C. Mixed with grains or made into salsa and salads, they...
The Fight for Survival by INDEPENDENT RETAILERS
Despite pessimistic forecasts, small retailers can compete with large chain stores by utilizing specialized marketing strategies. "BUY FROM the merchants who are your next-door neighbors. They are the folks who go to church with you, buy from other...
The Giants Encyclopedia
IT'S AN OLD ADAGE in athletics that, as the size of the ball goes down, the quality of the sportswriting goes up. Although I'm not about to vouch for any prose concerning golf, ping-pong, or tennis, when the sphere shrinks to the circumference of a...
The Mysterious Moons of Jupiter
As various space missions examine their surfaces, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are beginning to give up their secrets. THE DISCOVERY of the four great moons of Jupiter is usually attributed to Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who published...
The Ongoing Controversy over Title IX
"Without Title IX and the intervention of the Federal government, hundreds of thousands of females now actively involved in sports would still be on the sidelines as spectators and male ego enhancers." IN THE CONTINUING EUPHORIA following the U.S....
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When You Can't Pay the IRS
YOU'VE COMPLETED YOUR TAX RETURN on time, but you still owe a whole lot of money. Maybe the kids got sick or you just didn't pay attention. The bottom line is that you've got this big tax bill in front of you and just don't have the cash to pay it....
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