Simone Dinnerstein: Variations on a Career
When pianist Simone Dinnerstein became pregnant, she wanted to learn an appropriately momentous piece. She chose J.S. Bach's demanding Goldberg Variations, and the music helped lay the groundwork for both a new baby and a new career.
Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter ... and Umami
In the 1800s, a chef in Paris created a liquid that deepened the flavor of everything it touched. Its flavor wasn't any combination of the four recognized tastes. It took a Japanese soup lover and scientists to acknowledge a fifth taste: umami.
Pakistan's Musharraf Declares State of Emergency
Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declares a state of emergency, suspending the country's constitution, firing the chief justice of the Supreme Court and filling the streets of this capital city with police officers. International pressure mounts against imposition of emergency powers.
Musharraf's Detractors Knock Double Posts
Critics deride the two roles of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, saying the announcement of the state of emergency came from the chief of the Army while the person addressing the nation is the president. All media channels are blocked except state television.
Neuroscientists Focus on Autism
Brain researchers are experimenting with a new approach to treating autism. It involves stimulating brain cells called mirror neurons. Those neurons are thought to allow people to imitate and empathize. But in people with autism, they don't work the way they're supposed to.
Rice Hopes to Smooth Way for Mideast Peace
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East for the third time in six weeks, trying to bridge the gaps between Israelis and Palestinians. She's looking for a joint declaration of principles ahead of a peace conference that's expected before year's end in Annapolis, Maryland.
Guatemalan Businessman Leads Vote for President
Alvaro Colom, a former businessman wanting to spend more on education and social programs, was firmly out front in Guatemala's presidential election. Not all votes are in, but he is leading a former army general promising a firm hand on security.
Cuban Dissident Awarded Medal of Freedom
President Bush will award the Medal of Freedom to eight people, including the president of Liberia, the founder of the C-SPAN network, and the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet will also be recognized, although he is in prison in Cuba.
Citibank Loses Billions, CEO Prince Resigns
Citibank announces shockingly large losses from investments in subprime mortgages. That could completely wipe out fourth-quarter earnings for the largest U.S. bank. It was the last straw for Citigroup Chairman and CEO Charles Prince. He resigned Sunday after an emergency meeting.
Writers' Strike Could Harm Support Businesses
Writers for network television and the big screen are on strike after last-ditch talks, called by a federal mediator, failed. There are about 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America, but a prolonged strike will be harmful to many more, including set designers, carpenters, drivers, dog groomers, caterers, hotels and more.