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Monday, February 23, 2009

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  • Obama's Speech: Balancing Hope, Hype
    As President Obama prepares to speak to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, aides say he is trying to strike the right balance as he talks about the ailing economy. That means delivering a strong dose of medicine, but without making the patient feel worse.
  • Weathering The Times: Stimulus Boosts Green Jobs
    Companies that weatherize homes and commercial buildings will be among the first to feel the benefits of the new federal stimulus money. The government's idea is to save energy, create jobs — and even perhaps slow global warming.
  • Watching The Skies For Comet Lulin
    Comet Lulin, a two-tailed green-colored comet, is closest to the Earth Monday night. It was discovered two years ago by a 19-year-old Chinese astronomer. Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, talks about what to look for.
  • How To Erase Old Hard Drives Without A Drill Bit
    Many of us hold on to old computers because of potentially embarrassing materials on the hard disk. There are, however, a variety of options for those who take the machines to an e-waste disposal site or call the collector to come pick them up.
  • A New Way To Patrol The Texas Border: Virtually
    Texas sheriffs have erected surveillance cameras along the border with Mexico and connected them to the Internet, inviting people to help catch drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. Since November, more than 43,000 people have signed up as online monitors for the controversial program.
  • Leftist On Track For Historic Triumph In El Salvador
    Former leftist rebels in El Salvador appear poised to accomplish at the ballot box what they were unable to accomplish on the battlefield. Mauricio Funes, candidate of the opposition FMLN, would be the first leftist president in El Salvador's history.
  • Iraqi Museum Reopens Amid Security Fears
    Iraq's National Museum was partially reopened Monday, almost six years after rioters plundered it of priceless artifacts. The looting at the museum and many other government institutions occurred shortly after U.S. troops occupied the Iraqi capital.
  • Va. Tech's Pritchard Hall To Allow Women
    This fall, Pritchard Hall at Virginia Tech, one the largest all-male U.S. college dormitories, will welcome its first female residents. University officials say young men tend to behave better when there are young women around.
  • In Mobile, Ala., Moon Pies Add To Mardi Gras Flavor
    New Orleans' Mardi Gras is the best known of the celebrations in America that signal the start of Lent, but it is certainly not the only one. In Mobile, Ala., they throw beads into the audience, but also flying moon pies. Mobile resident Wayne Dean talks Mardi Gras.
  • With Economy As Backdrop, Obama Hosts Meetings
    President Barack Obama hosted two gatherings at the White House Monday: first the National Governors Association and then the president's own Fiscal Responsibility Summit. Both meetings were largely about the state of the economy and its effect on government spending and revenues.

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