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Articles from Vol. 135, No. 2736, September

Advertorial Adversities
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION is not alone in worrying about television stations that air corporate advertisements masquerading as news stories. In fact, the FCC requires that broadcast stations disclose the corporate backers of "video news...
Are Birds Free from the Chains of the Skyway?
FREEDOM IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT things to define, yet wars are fought to secure it. Evidently, many regard freedom as worth dying for, although an increasing number of our citizens are questioning whether the freedom of others is worth that price,...
A System in Crisis
HEALTH CARE concerns consistently rank near the top of surveys of Americans pertaining to issues that are important to them. There is good reason for concern. Compared to other industrialized nations, health care in the U.S. is much more expensive....
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn-And Those Who Comfort Them: In Our Death-Denying Society, All Too Often the Message Is: Get over It and Get Back to Normal. the Fact Is, the Bereaved's "Normal" Never Will Be the Same
DISBELIEF IS the first thing you feel. The news does not make any sense. There is some mental scrambling around for an anchor. Is this real? How could this be? There is sadness and surprise and, perhaps hidden in the back of your mind, a sense of relief...
Don't Just Play the Game-Wear It!
So your son's Little League team won the local district championship, or his last-inning home run propelled the squad into the playoffs, or his game-saving catch helped the club clinch first place, or maybe you got into the act and finally fulfilled...
Dreaming in Black & White
JULIEN LEVY EMERGED in the 1930s as a prominent art dealer who mounted the first exhibition in New York devoted to Surrealism. In addition to organizing shows devoted to painters and sculptors such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Leonor Fini, Alberto...
Fending off Bereavement Bullies: Beware the All-Knowing Rules Maker Who, in Pat Cliches, Tells Us How We Should Act and Feel, and How Long Our Grief Should Last and What Form It Should Take
MOST OF US think of grief as a time when others will come to our aid with understanding and compassion. We also so like to think of ourselves as being understanding and compassionate with others in their time of need. The three people in the following...
Girodet: France's Romantic Rebel
ANNE-LOUIS GIRODET de Roussy-Trioson, or Girodet as he commonly is referred to, was much admired in his own time, although he is not especially well known to the American public. Girodet (1767-1824) was a painter of genius, but also a rebel bent on...
Going, Going, Gone!! Kiss That Baby Goodbye!
"No one can understand what it really is unless you have felt it in your own hands and body. It is different from seeing it or trying to describe it. There is nothing I know quite like meeting a ball in exactly the right spot. As the ball makes its...
Heat, Drought Doom Wheat and Cotton Crop
The drought afflicting the Northern Plains since last fall has compromised the upcoming spring wheat crop, while the lack of rain in the Mississippi Delta and Southeast could devastate the regions' cotton output (as already has occurred in Texas),...
High School Dropouts Cost Country Billions
The U.S. loses hundreds of billions of dollars each year when young people fail to graduate from high school, with costs reflected in lost productivity and tax revenues, as well as additional burdens to the health care, public assistance, and criminal...
How Immigration Reform Could Help Alleviate Teacher Shortages
BEFORE EACH SCHOOL YEAR begins, there is a predictable barrage of news stories lamenting the lack of qualified public school teachers, especially in the hard-to-fill areas of math and science. The shortage of math and science teachers is not a new...
Is It Up to the U.S. to Fix the Middle East?
NINETY YEARS AGO, the world was in a period of wrenching and bloody transition. War raged in Europe. It was a conflict triggered by a series of tragic misjudgments stemming from decades-old resentments and shifting European alliances, and fueled by...
Katrina a Bust on Poverty Awareness
Contrary to a popular theme reported in news coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 Gulf Coast disaster did not reveal to most Americans that widespread poverty and inequality are the nation's "dirty little secret." Rather, citizens were aware of...
"Let Them Eat Cake!" a New PBS Documentary Examines the Many Myths Surrounding Marie Antoinette, the Last Queen of France, Who Met Her End on the Blade of the Guillotine
TO TELL THE STORY of Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen, better known as Marie Antoinette, is to relive the great revolution that unleashed the forces which shaped our modern world. In his PBS documentary portrait, "Marie Antoinette,"...
Lizards and Snakes ... Oh, My! the American Museum of Natural History Is the Ideal Showcase for Live Squamates and Their Remarkable Adaptations for Survival, Including Projectile Tongues, Deadly Venom, Amazing Camouflage, and Sometimes Surprising Modes of Locomotion
"LIZARDS & SNAKES: Alive!" introduces visitors to a diversity of squamates--the animal group that includes legged and legless lizards and snakes. It showcases live specimens and their remarkable adaptations for survival, including projectile tongues,...
Museum Memo
What's new in museums around the country? Among the more interesting exhibitions on view are: Bob Dylan's American Journey 1956-1966, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, through Sept. 7. The Streets of New York: American Photographs from the...
Napoleon on the Nile
"NAPOLEON ON THE NILE: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt" brings together more than 80 large, exquisitely detailed engraved plate illustrations from the massive, encyclopedic compendium known as Description de l'Egypte, long considered...
Number of "Illegals" Triples Earlier Estimate
While Federal officials insist that only 11-12,000,000 illegal immigrants currently live in America, a new book asserts the number is closer to 30,000,000--one-tenth of the entire U.S. population. Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders,...
Projects That Work: Being on Time, within Budget, and to Specification Can Be Difficult. as One Project Manager Explained, "You Can Have It Fast, Cheap, or Good. Pick Two."
EACH YEAR, an estimated 10 trillion dollars is spent on projects around the world, many of which fail. In fact, there hardly is a company that is satisfied with its project performance. By some measures, two-thirds or more new product, technology,...
Rembrandt at 400: Better Than Ever: The Great Dutch Master Excelled in a Number of Mediums, as His Drawings Reveal the Artist's Keen Powers of Observation While His Printmaking Proved to Be Uniquely Bold and Innovative
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN'S graphic works illustrate, perhaps even better than his paintings, the range of the great 17th-century Dutch master's creative genius--his spontaneity, artistic inventiveness, and rethinking of traditional media. His subject matter...
Sense of Entitlement Rising among Youth
Apparently, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) is not the only one who thinks that today's young people have too much of a sense of entitlement. Nearly 83% of those surveyed agree that America's youth feel more entitled compared to 10 years ago, notes...
Setting the Mood for the Festivities
Cocktails play a prominent role in many gatherings. Whether at a casual get-together, elegant dinner, major social event, or anything in between, the type of drinks served often sets the mood for the festivities. New products continue to enter the...
Solving the Middle East
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has not spent a single moment trying to fix what is wrong in the Middle East. The problem there is not the lack of gun-barrel democracy. The problem is that Arabs and Israelis are locked in a thousands-of-years continuum of...
Summer Blockbusters, Old Favorites Come Alive
Two of the most talked about movies of the summer have translated quite seamlessly to video games from THQ, Agoura Hills, Calif. We're talking, of course, about "Barnyard" and "Monster House." While the kids really enjoyed seeing the films on the big...
The Gentle Clown
TWENTY YEARS AGO, as the resident humor scholar here at Ball State University, I was chosen to give the keynote address for a special ceremony awarding Hoosier-born Red Skelton with an honorary doctorate. Preparing the comments proved easy. Like many...
The Gift of Being There for a Seriously Ill Loved One
IT WAS THREE WEEKS AGO that Sarah, one of your best friends since college, found the lump. The days following the news have been a maelstrom of medical appointments, tests, and tearful phone calls. Yesterday's call brought the grim news: metastasized...
The Right Tool for the Right Job
We all know that the easiest way to get jobs done around the house is to have the correct tools. There is nothing more frustrating than to get involved in a project and not have the equipment you need on hand to complete the task properly. One thing...
The Silent Sorrow
MORE THAN 1,000,000 couples in the U.S. alone each year endure the sorrow of a spontaneous pregnancy loss, from first trimester miscarriages to full-term stillbirths and newborn deaths. This represents about 31% of all conceptions and this figure is...
The Sloppy Majority
A RECENT ARTICLE in The New York Times noted that Hollywood types now are wearing flip-flops--shoes appropriate for beachcombers--to business meetings. A new level--or should I say depth--of causal has been plumbed. Decades ago, Californians were forgiven...
The World Isn't Flat, It's Tilted
Across the country, a growing number of Americans fear that they could be replaced by someone from a developing country. Polls indicate that millions of citizens are preoccupied with the outsourcing of U.S. jobs and the threat of global economic competition....
Those Crazy Insanity Pleas
IN AN OBITUARY OF TRIAL LAWYER Vincent J. Fuller on July 29, 2006, The Washington Post implies that the attorney executed a brilliant defense of John Hinckley, Jr., that won him a "dramatic courtroom verdict." The Post rhapsodizes that, "Within two...
Three Days in North Korea: Change Can-And Must-Come to This Rogue Nation, but It Will Not Be Easy, as a Trip to This Bastion of Communist Control Proved
THE COLONEL LOOKED us in the eye. "Aren't you afraid to be here? We are enemies!" So began our tour of the Korean demilitarized zone from the North Korean side--and of 20th-century history from the North Korean perspective. During several three-day...
When Tears Are Not Enough: If Called upon to Help Those Walking the Anguished Path of Grief, Will We Know What to Do to Help Ease Their Pain and Alienation?
WE ARE CARE providers all. Whether you are a professional care provider or someone who wants to comfort a loved one in pain, you can learn how to accompany and support an anguished person on his or her "grief journey" when tears are not enough. ...
Workplace Cues from Back-to-School Checklists
It's that time of year again: Students everywhere are trading their swimsuits, sandals, and carefree days for text books, backpacks, and class schedules. While the transition may not be as dramatic for professionals, many nevertheless will face a noticeable...
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