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Articles from Vol. 132, No. 2700, September

A Land Time Forgot: The North American Prints of Karl Bodmer; the Collaboration of a German Prince and a Swiss-Born Artist Produced What Is Perhaps the Most Magnificent-And Accurate-Series of Pictures Depicting Early America to Be Found Anywhere
ONE OF THE MILESTONES of 19th-century publishing was "Travels in the Interior of North America 1832-1834," released between 1839 and 1844. The book, accompanied by a set of 81 prints, was a unique collaboration between a German prince, Maximilian zu...
Another Round in the Culture Wars
In LAWRENCE V. TEXAS, THE SUPREME COURT case that overturned the Texas law criminalizing homosexual sodomy, Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissenting opinion, asserted, "It is clear from this that the Court has taken sides in the culture war, departing...
Are Younger People Worse off Than Their Parents?
IN THE ETERNAL WAR OF YOUTH VS. AGE, the complaint commonly heard is that in today's world, children never will be as ell off as their patents. The deck supposedly is stacked against them, as they are the first generation to start going backward. The...
A Salute to the Genius of Director Leo McCarey
MY BOOK on Capraesque baseball films finally has been posted to the publisher, so it's on to the next project--a biography of movie director Leo McCarcy (1898-1969). While he is not a household name, this is one filmmaker who decidedly deserves the...
As Wives' Income Rises Relocation Declines
Greater income parity in married-couple households may be a leading factor behind the increasing reluctance to expand one's job search geographically, despite the fact that doing so greatly improves the chances of speedy reemployment. The number of...
Beware Pitfalls of Consolidating Loans
With interest rates near rock bottom, many consumers are consolidating their higher interest loans, especially credit cards. Consolidation can be a good strategy, but could cost far more in interest charges and even bad credit if you're not careful,...
Blame Doting Parents for Grad's Joblessness
The biggest obstacle to landing a job for this year's class of an estimated 1,300,000 spring college graduates may be their parents. Despite the significant financial strain of funding a four-year college education, many parents choose to prolong the...
Blowin' in the Wind
* In the movie "Father of the Bride," Spencer Tracy, in preparing to host a reception for his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor), is catching an earful from the professional wedding planner whom he's hired to gel the house ready for the big event (in which...
Congress Should Not Repeal the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
THE ENACTMENT of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) was a victory for accountants, securities firms, and the high-technology industry, who were frequent targets of securities fraud class actions. Subsequent events have substantially...
Demonizing Drugmakers: The Political Assault on the Pharmaceutical Industry
FEW SECTORS of the economy have provided more benefits to consumers than the pharmaceutical industry. Drugmakers have been vilified by patients and politicians alike, however, because of what they see as unreasonably high drug costs. Yet, medicine...
Edward Hopper's America: Where Past and Present Coexist Uneasily
THE SON OF A SHOPKEEPER, Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was born and raised in the small town of Nyack, N.Y., oil the banks of the Hudson River, north of New York City, The artist's affection for humble Main Streets likely stemmed from his childhood spent...
Edward Weston: Pictorialist Pioneer
EDWARD WESTON pioneered a vision that revealed the stark essence f beauty in natural form. Setting aside the soft focus lenses and ideologies used by pictorialist photographers in the early part of the 20th century to romanticize or create metaphor...
Emergency Care Payments Dropping
Payments for emergency care have declined substantially in recent years, according to a study by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill. Researchers...
From Picasso to Pollock: Classics of Modern Art: Highlighting the Aesthetic Vanguard from Cubism through Abstract Expressionism, This Wide-Ranging Exhibition Features Works by Some of the Last Century's Most Influential Artists
FORMULATED by Pablo Picasso and his Parisian colleague, Georges Braque, Cubism offered new possibilities for rendering three-dimensional objects on the two-dimensional picture plane; images are fractured into myriad small facets and depicted as if...
Giving Kids a Fighting Chance
THE NAMES OF THE MISSING are as common as those of the children who live next door: Samantha Runnion, Polly Klaas, Jimmy Ryce, Daniel VanDam, Jennifer Short, Erica Pratt. As parents, we can't help but stop and feel an overwhelming mix of fear and silent...
Going Back to Houston: Like So Many of America's Sports-Hungry Cities, Houston, Tex., Saw Its Longtime National Football League Team Move to Another Region of the Country, Only to Have It Replaced by Another Franchise
TEXAS has long been football crazy. After all, the Lone Star State was the sole locale in which the National Collegiate Athletic Association housed a major Division I league (the old Southwest Conference) featuring eight teams--Texas Tech, Texas A&M,...
Green Cathedrals II
One of the banes of modern baseball--and of all present-day sports, for that matter--is the insistence by those in charge of the venue where a game is taking place to do everything possible to distract the fail from what is happening on the field....
Hang 'Em High
* Once upon a time, many households had a pot and a pan that took Care of most of their cooking needs. After a while, more-specialized utensils began to fill specific needs, and kitchen cabinets started to fill up with stock pots, saute pans, etc....
Housing Selection Crucial for Retirees
Choosing a suitable place to live during retirement not only has important lifestyle and health ramifications, it can result in a significant financial cost at a time when people commonly assume that their housing expenses will be declining, points...
It Can't Happen Here
SUPPOSE YOU WOKE UP TOMORROW MORNING to find that the news media in America had become a complacent conduit for the government and big business interests, failing to challenge authority, and passing on information spun carefully by special interests...
John Charles Fremont and the Exploration of the American West
ONE OF THE NEARLY forgotten men who helped make Manifest Destiny a reality in the 19th-century American West was John Charles Fremont. Throughout his time on Earth, he alternately was regarded as a hero and a goat. a braggart and a humble man. His...
Lit Up
* Whether going back to school, enduring the daily office grind, or completing chores around the house, not much will get done if you can't see properly. Leave it to Zelco Industries, Inc., Mt. Vernon, N.Y., to come up with a series of products that...
Middle East Peace Plan Looks to Be a Road Map to Nowhere
ALTHOUGH SUICIDE bombings, military strikes, and other forms of violence are likely to continue spasmodically into the foreseeable future, there is good news out of the Middle East: Israel and the Palestinians are resuming their efforts to achieve...
No Need to Heed Heat
* If we told you someone was about to plunge his or her hands into boiling water, the flames from a grill, a pot full of spattering or oil or anything else with a temperature up to 500[degrees]F, you would probably assume was a scene from "Fear Factor"...
Now Here's the Drill
* With the possible exception of a hammer, it seems no one is using good-old-fashioned hand tools anymore. Once electricity became introduced to the equation, manual labor got a lot easier, the sole problem being that the job had to be undertaken near...
Policing the World for First Freedoms
LET'S PRETEND THAT THE U.S. AND GREAT BRITAIN invaded Iraq in order to rid the country of Saddam Hussein and bring in a government that we decided was "representative" of the people and granted freedom. We agree to cast aside all other arguments about...
Racial Identity Can Boost Academic Performance
Minority youths get better grades in school it they connect their racial identity with academics. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, research shows. In three studies analyzing racial and cultural identity, Daphne Oyserman, an associate professor in...
Sesame Remains Super
Rituals are reassuring and comforting, especially for children. And in the case of our annual trek to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., they aye exciting, too, including for the parents. We've been going to the nation's only theme park based on PBS's...
Shark Eats Dirt!
* Much to the regret of door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesmen, the massive machines of yesteryear have given way to a new breed of sleek devices that are lighter, more versatile, and outperform their stodgy older brothers and sisters. The newest...
Sitting and Shopping
* Some people love prowling through stores--antique shops, mass merchandisers, boutiques, department stores ... it doesn't matter. Others shudder at the very prospect. The latter, however, are missing out on the thrill of the chase--finding just that...
Sounds Perfect
* Every time we look at that little box, we can't believe it. Then we turn it on, and the results are even more impossible to reconcile. How can such deep, rich sound come out of such a small, unobtrusive unit? To be honest, what first attracted...
Super Sun Protection
* Children, on average, get three times more sun exposure than adults, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, one blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life With physicians urging parents...
Technology Spurs Fearless Forecasts
According to the World Future Society, Bethesda, Md., here are the top 10 forecasts for 2003 and beyond: 1. Web-based control over transportation could eliminate drunk driving. Smart cars connected to public databases might automatically run a series...
The Collateral Psychological Damage of War: The Horrors of Armed Conflict and Battle Often Leave Lasting Scars on the Psyches of Military Personnel as Well as the Civilian Population at Large
SOLDIERS, who minutes before were moving quickly across an arid portion of unoccupied land while attempting to avoid land mines and gunfire, now huddle together in a small trench. Fatigue envelops them, but sleep avoids its capture. An enemy plane...
The Myths and Truths of Family Abduction
THE VERY IDEA Of child abduction is met by parents in equal measures of fear and disbelief--it can't happen to us. The series of high-profile abductions of children in 2002 raised the country's awareness. The kids spanned the ages of two to 15 and...
The Rain in Spain
Advances in electronics technology and computer wizardry, are, quite obviously, amazing. "The things they can do nowadays," as the saying goes. Yet, sometimes, it. is the simpler advances that bring beauty and artistry--and perhaps even safety--to...
Vanishing Youngsters: No Easy Answers
THE Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984 defines a missing child as any individual under 18 years of age whose whereabouts are unknown to the youngster's caretaker. According to the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway,...
Western Investment Can Help Conquer Terrorism
THE ROOTS OF RADICALISM in the Middle East are as tangled as the tales of Scheherazade, but one particular branch of the tree that is feeding the terrorist mentality is the dismal state of the economy in the countries that are spawning the Mohamed...
What You Didn't Know about the New Tax Law
BY NOW, THE CASH REGISTERS should be ringing with Pres. Bush's advanced child tax rebate purchases--and you should be taking home more money because of the new tax law's lower rates. The latest revisions are replete with well-publicized goodies. Sometimes,...
Wood Repair Made Easy
* If you have pride in your home, few things are as frustrating as scratches, chips, and assorted dings that mar the finish of wooden furniture. Wood filler can take care of minor damage, but using it requires sanding down the excess and then desperately...
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