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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 2712, September

A Glorious Harvest
PHOTOGRAPHY arguably is the most important visual medium of modern times, and certainly is the most widespread. The breadth of contemporary photography and the accomplishments of one of its greatest promoters are celebrated in the exhibition "Glorious...
All the News That Fits Our Views
IT USED TO BE SO EASY. The division between news and editorial commentary was clear and unbreakable in the TV world of the 1960s. The news was presented by a reliable anchor (reaching its pinnacle with Walter Cronkite and Chet Huntley-David Brinkley)....
Avoiding the Four Deadly Sins of Performance Development
IT IS MUCH HARDER than it looks. Most organizations grossly underestimate the influence required to motivate a successful, mature, adult professional to change his or her behavior. Influencing a permanent change is even more difficult. Yet, if investments...
Both Candidates Want to Add Jobs
A statistical anomaly that favors both presidential contenders shows that industries expected to benefit from a John Kerry win in November currently are adding more jobs than industries expected to benefit from the reelection of George W. Bush. However,...
Broadway: The Great American Musical
"... The musical theater pieces staged in these few blocks have mirrored nearly every social phenomenon that ever has swept the nation.... No matter what is happening in America, it is reflected back in the stories acted out upon those stages." ...
Bush vs. Kerry: What Is at Stake?
IT IS DANGEROUS to take the rhetoric of a presidential campaign seriously. Every four years, we hear from both sides that the stakes never have been higher and this is the most important election of our generation. Perhaps that was true in 1860 or...
Can Terrorists Postpone Election?
Though the law is somewhat ambiguous on the subject, the power to postpone November's presidential election as a result of terrorist threat or attack lies mostly with individual states, maintains University at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Law professor...
Creativity for Kids: Just Add Imagination
If ever a line of products was aptly named, it's the Creativity for Kids line from Faber-Castell USA, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. For years, consumers and their children have enjoyed the plethora of innovative and imaginative arts and crafts ideas that...
Dead Zones Increasing in World's Coastal Waters
SUMMER BRINGS to the Gulf of Mexico each year a giant "dead zone" devoid of fish and other aquatic life. Expanding over the past several decades, this area now can span up to 21,000 square kilometers, which is larger than the state of New Jersey. A...
Disenfranchisement's Threat to Democracy: There Is a Real Danger to the Republic When Large Segments of the Population Never Make It to the Polls While Politicians "Gerrymand" the Boundaries for Those Who Do Vote
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM, so heralded since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, has disenfranchised women, marginalized and massacred Native Americans, and selectively persecuted various ethnic and minority groups since its inception some 225...
From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte Du Nouy
IN HIS DEPICTION of subjects from classical myth and literature, Jean Lecomte du Nouy (1842-1923) followed the tenets of the neo-grec (new Greek) movement, whose pioneers included both Charles Gleyre and, most importantly, Jean Leon Gerome, one of...
Getting Real with Reality TV
EVERY YEAR, television networks vie to create cutting edge programming. New shows promise more drama, suspense, and laughter while pushing the envelope of what is morally and socially acceptable, funny, thrilling, and, of course, entertaining. Fitting...
Greenspan Fiddled While the Economy Burned
HOW DID Alan Greenspan rise to become one of the most powerful men in America? How did he survive two decades as Federal Reserve Board chairman when practically every, president who reappointed him really wanted to replace him? How did the man who...
How Hitler Reached the Final Solution
"... The Nazis were fantasizing--basically planning to redesign the demographic map of Eastern Europe by moving all sorts of populations from here to there and eliminating those they thought superflous...." AMONG ALL THE HORRORS of human history,...
In Search of an American Foreign Policy
HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH was superb. A tone of strength and military readiness was set. In fact, this emphasis was almost overwhelming. It certainly overwhelmed any sense of foreign policy, let alone considerations of "it's the economy" that carried Bill...
James Dean: Comedian and Impersonator
NEXT YEAR WILL MARK the 50th anniversary of the death of Hollywood's signature antihero, James Dean. Perhaps it is time for a revisionist biography of the actor that attempts to present a more balanced picture of Dean--versus the overplayed past emphasis...
John Hinckley: The Judge Should Have Just Said "No"
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Paul L. Friedman has ruled that John W. Hinckley may take short, unsupervised--at least by the state or any other official organ--trips around Washington, D.C. This rifling comes after 21 years of Hinckley's not being allowed to...
Pell Grants vs. Advanced Placement
IN HIS 2004 State of the Union address, Pres. George W. Bush proposed to "expand Advanced Placement programs in low-income schools." The President's subsequent budget for fiscal year 2005 calls tom" $28.000.000 in additional funding for the Advanced...
Reflecting on the Days of Reaganomics: Pres. Ronald Reagan Brought Financial Greatness Back to America by Reducing Regulation, Government Spending, Marginal Tax Rates, and Inflation
WHEN THE NAME Ronald Reagan is uttered, a multitude of images and impressions of one of the most popular presidents of all time immediately come to mind. Though some may not choose to remember Reagan as the greatest president ever to grace the While...
Salad Days Are Here Again
As we have been enjoying the harvests from our summer garden, we've found the perfect tools from Zyliss USA, Foothill Ranch, Calif., to help make all those vegetables as presentable as they are delicious. For the lettuce crop, we love the Easy Spin...
Seaport Supreme: A Historic Seaport and Fascinating Aquarium Await Visitors in the Quaint Surroundings of Mystic, Conn
We like it low-key--well, at least I do. Off-season vacations are the only way to go. But, once you have kids, summertime--in other words; prime time--is vacation time. Yet, what with swimming lessons, bible camp, baseball practice, birthday parties,...
Swimmer's Itch Pegged to Parasites
Lois Verbrugge takes her research personally. When she built a home with her husband on a northern Michigan lake, her scientist's curiosity was piqued by the irritation her skin developed every time she went swimming. "I started to swim and itched...
Tax Shelters for You and Me: It Is a Well-Worn Myth That a Majority of Tax Breaks Are Awarded to the Rich. the Middle Class Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You
THINK ONLY THE RICH guys get all the tax breaks? Wrong, deduction denier! In fact, most of the big tax breaks go to middle income earners like you and me. We do not call them tax shelters, but that really is what they are. The pros call these shelters...
The Creative Human Mind
"WELCOME TO MY WORLD" is a popular country western song composed by Hank Willliams. What the song implies is that there are different worlds, and in truth, such is the case. All humans dwell in two. One is the world of nature that we share with minerals,...
The Faces of Germany
ONE OF THE MOST ambitious undertakings in the history of photography, "People of the Twentieth Century" occupied August Sander for some 40 years, from the early 1920s until his death in 1964. He took portraits of countless German citizens and then...
Uncle Sam May Draft Employees
Talk of reinstituting a national draft largely has been muted by election year politics, but it is an issue that is likely to be in the forefront for the nation's employers, who could see their current and future ranks decimated by mandatory two-year...
Van Gogh & Company
WITH A SIGNIFICANT group of some 20 paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh as its core, the exhibition "Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kroller-Muller Museum" tells the fascinating story of perhaps the 20th century's greatest patron of...
West Nile Virus Threatening Wildlife
West Nile virus could pose a serious threat to some species, especially rare and endangered birds, and officials are encouraged to broaden existing monitoring efforts to track the virus' movement, states a report re leased by wildlife health experts...
Why We Need a Federal Marriage Amendment
"We must draw a line in the sand and preserve marriage once and for all between one man and one woman." ALTHOUGH FOR DIFFERENT reasons, same-sex marriage advocates and some states' rights proponents oppose amending the Constitution to protect marriage...
Will Millions of Votes Be Lost Again?
Four relatively simple and inexpensive steps can be taken to ensure that voting procedures in this November's presidential election are as accurate and reliable as possible, say experts in voting technology from the California Institute of Technology,...
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