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Articles from Vol. 127, No. 2638, July

All All-Star Team for the Ages
When I Was A Kid, my dad loved to compile baseball All-Star teams. He'd scratch them out on the backs of envelopes, then we'd talk for hours about the merits of his selections: All-Righty team, All-Lefty team, All-Black team, All-White team, All-Hispanic...
A Titanic Triumph: A Stunning Exhibition at the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va., Is Drawing Record Crowds as the Epic Saga of the Doomed Ship Continues to Fascinate the Public
A stunning exhibition at The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va., is drawing record crowds as the epic saga of the doomed ship continues to fascinate the public. As an event in itself, one evening, guests were given a taste of what the last dinner on...
Clinton's Foreign Policy: Solid and Consistent
Consistency in Bill Clinton's foreign policy agenda has resulted in a more than credible recovery from difficult beginnings. Not every move has been successful, but successes far outnumber failures. More importantly, there is policy continuity that...
College-Bound Students Should Use Summer Wisely
While summer is a "no-brainer" for many high school students, the break is a good time to groom your mind for college, indicates Doug Christiansen, director of admissions, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "Summer is the best time to find ways...
Curbing Global Warming: Is the Cost Too High?
"... A carbon tax sufficient to stabilize emissions at 1990 levels by 2010 would slow down real wage growth, worsen the distribution of income, and make Americans feel as if they were living through the oil price shocks of the 1970s and early 1980s all...
Democracy Is Threatened by Worship of Elitism
"We have entered on Orwellian era wherein entitlement replaces responsibility; coercion is described as compassion; compulsory redistribution is called sharing; race quotas substitute for diversity; and suicide is prescribed as `death with dignity.'"...
DVD: The Digital Revolution Reaches Home Entertainment; the Crystal-Clear Images on Screen at Your Local Multiplex Can Be Duplicated in Your Home with Myriad Features Currently Unavailable through a VCR
The crystal-clear images on screen at your local multiplex can be duplicated in your home with myriad features currently unavailable through a VCR. Rarely Does a new technology have as much of an impact on home entertainment as has the launch of...
It's Time to Shut Down HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development "is an agency whose establishment was unnecessary, purview is of questionable constitutionality, and goals can be met better through the private housing industry." The department of Housing and Urban...
Parents Shouldn't Let Kids Repeat Profanity
The first swear word from a young child should be the last, according to Marcia Summers, professor of educational psychology, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. Parents effectively can stop youngsters from using bad language by immediately confronting...
Playing the Numbers Game
Numbers are totally a human invention. There is no such thing as zero, for example, yet its concept is one of humankind's greatest achievements. Numbers so prevail today that in many cases they have replaced words in our computerized society. ...
Population Explosion: Still Expanding
Despite optimistic forecasts of falling birthrates in the developed world, high fertility in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East remains a threat to the planet's resources. About 1,500,000 people--roughly a new Milwaukee, Wis.--are being added to the...
Presidential Election Keys for 2000
Deprived of impeachment fantasies and chastened by the President's relentlessly strong approval ratings, Republicans now seem ready to accept their fate: Bill Clinton will leave office, but not before Jan. 20, 2001. Accordingly, they are setting their...
Privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: The Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Make Mortgage Markets Inefficient, Choke off Competition, and Help Only the Affluent
The Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation make mortgage markets inefficient, choke off competition, and help only the affluent. Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) and Fannie Mae...
Putting Your Worst Foot Backward
Unemployment rates may ebb and flow, but there's never a shortage of unfortunate resume blunders making their way to hiring managers. Job-seekers should take note that attempts to land that dream position may be foiled if they don't take proper care...
Reducing the Pain of Financing a College Education
In a recent roper survey, 48% of parents with offspring under age 18 indicated that their number-one financial goal was to "make sure my children can go to college." College is expensive. A four-year education at a good private university costs upwards...
Rent Control Drives out Affordable Housing
Classified ads in rent-controlled cities show that very few moderately priced apartments are actually available. Yet, in cities without controls, such units are universally on the market. Rent control has been in force in a number of major American...
Restoring Responsibility to Managed Care: Proposed Legislation Would Curb Health Care Organizations' Ability to Run Roughshod over the Rights of Patients
Proposed legislation would curb health care organizations' ability to run roughshod over the rights of patients. A two-year-old boy in my home state of Georgia was suffering from a high fever that did not respond to medication. His parents followed...
Spending Blunders Plague Educational Policy
Pres. Clinton's Fiscal Year 1998 budget would pour scarce tax dollars into the same kinds of educational programs that have failed in the past, siphoning off money for administration that should be going to the classroom instead. Pres. Clinton's...
Tax Issues for Kids with Summer Jobs
The sound of the lawnmower this summer might be the sound of your child earning money. With this income may come his or her first encounter with the tax collector. To avoid the youngster running afoul of the law, the Institute of Certified Financial...
Tax Sales, Not Income; a National Sales Tax Is More Compatible with the Principles of a Free Society Than Any Other Tax System
A national sales tax is more compatible with the principles of a free society than any other tax system. Americans pay dearly for the folly that is the income tax. The current tax system forces them to endure a lower standard of living, lower wages,...
Telecommunications Are Revolutionizing the World
"... The falling cost of communications is likely to have as great an impact on the structure of human society as the introduction of electricity in the 19th century." It Costs About 12 cents a minute to call London, England, any time of the day...
The Art of Celebrity Caricature
Utilizing sophisticated wit and stylish mockery caricaturists aim their satiric at entertainers and other public figures, capturing their personalities and character traits in a gently skewed manner. The art of caricature--the distortion of the face...
The Care and Feeding of Your 401(k) Account
Retirement planning used to be relatively easy. All you had to do was work with a good company for a large part of your career, then collect your pension checks in retirement. In recent years, the traditional employer-provided pension plan has undergone...
The Case for Needed Legal Reform: Frivolous Lawsuits Are Tieing Up the Courts, Costing Taxpayers Millions, and Making a Mockery of the American Legal System
Frivolous lawsuits are tieing up the courts, costing taxpayers millions, and making a mockery of the American legal system. Our legal system is broken. The U.S. has been transformed from a nation of friends and neighbors into one of actual and potential...
The Endurance of Film Noir
There was a time not too long ago when film noir (literally, "dark film") was an arcane term found in cinema studies textbooks. To use it in front of a lay audience meant risking a sneer. The expression was one of those snooty French ideas that intellectuals...
The Many Faces of Movie Comedy: A Photo-Album Look at the Great Comics Who Have Filled Audiences' Hearts with Joy since Silent Film Days
A photo-album look at the great comics who have filled audiences' hearts with joy since silent film days. There is a tendency to jam everything comic under one overextended umbrella. I suggest that movie comedies can be examined best by breaking...
The Most Illustrious Journalist No One Ever Heard Of
Henry Jarvis Raymond, the founder and first editor of The New York Times, was "the prophet and progenitor of the best of modern journalism." Yet, more than a century after his death, Raymond is largely unknown and even ignored by the newspaper he created....
The Problems with Live News Coverage
It started with regularity in the 1970s. New portable cameras made it possible to broadcast almost any event or non-event live. The ability to telecast any story while it is breaking changed the ground rules of what television news-is and how it is...
The Unabomber's Twisted Saga
There never was any doubt that the suspect arrested in April, 1996, in the Unabomber case was the man whose bombings over an 18-year period had caused the death of three people and injured more than two dozen other. When Ted Kaczynski was apprehended,...
USA Today at 20: The Inside Story; Two Tumultuous Decades Have Passed since the Magazine Was Launched, Providing an Open Forum for the Viewpoints of the Nation's Leaders and Other Experts
Two tumultuous decades have passed since the magazine was launched, providing an open forum for the viewpoints of the nation's leaders and other experts. Nineteen seventy-eight was a year of hope and tragedy. Progress was made for peace in the Middle...
What Can Be Done about Absentee Fathers?
Communities across the country are experiencing success with counseling for unwed fathers plus other mentoring initiatives. The U.S. is the world leader in families without fathers. From 1960 to 1990, the number of children living only with their...
Why Society Tolerates Women Assaulting Mates
Twenty years ago, family violence researcher Murray Straus was "excommunicated as a feminist" by those disagreeing with his finding that women physically assaulted their husbands just as often as men assaulted their wives. Since then, there have been...
Women Do Business Their Own Way
A study by Conning & Co., a Hartford, Conn., research and asset management firm, shows that one-third of all businesses in the U.S. are owned by women and account for 25% of all sales receipts. Moreover, they are growing at twice the rate of all...
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