Child Sex-Abuse Cases Rock Ozarks Religious Group
A religious commune in southwest Missouri is being rocked by allegations of child sexual abuse involving church leaders and church members. Prosecutors say some of the alleged sexual contact may have been committed as part of a ritual or ceremony.
A Monday Christmas Tests Blue Laws in South
Some South Carolina counties are being asked to suspend their "blue laws" that restrict shopping hours on Sundays. Merchants want to open early on the day before Christmas. Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, and that can be bad news if you happen to be a merchant in South Carolina.
Teens Lead Charge Against AlcoPop-Style Drinks
In California, high school students are pushing for changes in how flavored malt beverages are classified, in an effort to make the drinks harder for minors to purchase. The California Board of Equalization has approved a petition brought by the students; it will hold public hearings on the drinks next month.
A Call for More Troops and Security in Iraq
It would be a mistake to take U.S. troops away from combat in order to train the Iraqi military, says Frederick Kagan, a former West Point historian. Kagan argues that before any other measures are considered, American troop strength must be increased, particularly in Baghdad, to establish security for the population.
Iranian Analysts Urge U.S. to Look Past Rhetoric
U.S.-Iranian contacts seem increasingly possible. Officially, Tehran says it will only talk with Washington once the United States has set a date for withdrawing its troops from Iraq. But behind the scenes, Iranian officials seem eager for dialogue. Iranian political leaders and analysts follow developments in the United States with rapt concentration.
Wal-Mart Heir's Bid for Art Riles Philadelphians
A bid by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton to purchase the 1875 Thomas Eakins painting "The Gross Clinic" is causing an outcry in Philadelphia, where many consider it part of the city's cultural landscape. Walton, ranked by Forbes as the world's ninth-richest person, is building a museum of American art in Bentonville, Ark.
The Human Art of Translation
Commentator Andrei Codrescu ponders why the craft of language translation is hard for computers to do -- and why as a profession it remains an important job for humans to do.
Senator Responsive After Emergency Surgery
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) remains in critical condition in a Washington, D.C., hospital after overnight surgery on his brain. Around mid-morning, the Capitol's top physician, Dr. John Eisold, said Johnson had been found to have bleeding on his brain caused by a congenital condition.
Brain Condition Afflicted Sen. Johnson Suddenly
To find out more about arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Jay Mohr of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) underwent surgery for the condition Wednesday night.
Protecting Against an Old Killer: Malaria
Commentator Melinda Moree, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, describes a recent visit to Ghana in which she found out first-hand what it was like to be vulnerable to the disease she is trying to combat. Thursday, the White House held a summit on President Bush's efforts to fight malaria.