Sunday, April 22, 2018

LIFE

This Is Victor: Woman Helps Homeless Man Build New Life

For three years everyday, Ginger Sprouse and other residents of Kemah, Texas, would drive past Victor Hubbard, rain or shine. Victor Hubbard did not...

Single Mom Faces Eviction, Then Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Finds Amazing Way...

Young mom, Natalie Koltes was quickly approaching eviction from her Las Vegas home. She was struggling to meet ends meet while trying to pay...
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Comey memos follow tradition of J. Edgar Hoover keeping notes on presidents

President Donald Trump allegedly asked FBI Director James Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. President Franklin Roosevelt asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to collect information on Americans who had committed no...

What Greek tragedy illuminates about James Comey

Once upon a time, there was a prominent, powerful man in government who cared deeply about integrity and following the rules. He said, “You cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of...

Climate change may scuttle Caribbean’s post-hurricane plans for a renewable energy boom

Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same....

Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for...

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on April 19 to treat two types of epilepsy. The FDA is expected to decide in June whether to accept...

As marijuana goes mainstream, what’s happening to the way we talk about weed?

For decades, the marijuana industry operated underground, outside the confines of the law. But even though at the federal level, possession and the use and sale of marijuana remain illegal, 29 states and the District...

Harvard sexual harassment case scars the institution as well as victims

In the wake of recent #MeToo revelations, Harvard University has begun to take action against a tenured professor whom the university found guilty of sexual harassment in the 1980s and who now stands accused...

Trump’s exports-good, imports-bad trade policy, debunked by an economist

President Donald Trump’s trade policy leaves international economists like me scratching our heads. His apparent desire to start a trade war with China is only one example on a long list of what I see...

Market forces are driving a clean energy revolution in the US

Transforming U.S. energy systems away from coal and toward clean renewable energy was once a vision touted mainly by environmentalists. Now it is shared by market purists. Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar...

Is Earth’s ozone layer still at risk? 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: Curbing damage to Earth’s protective ozone layer is widely viewed as one of the most important successes of the modern environmental era. Earlier this year, however, a study reported that ozone concentrations...

Housing discrimination thrives 50 years after Fair Housing Act tried to end it

In the midst of riots in 1968 after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was slain, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act. The federal legislation addressed one of the bitterest aspects...

Democratic Party’s pluralism is both a strength and weakness

“Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they’d be Republicans.” Much has changed since humorist Will Rogers said that in the 1930s, but he got it mostly...

I run ‘facial recognition’ on buildings to unlock architectural secrets

About a decade ago, a modest update to Apple’s iPhoto software showed me a new way to study architectural history. The February 2009 update added facial recognition, allowing users to tag friends and loved...

What’s unconscious bias training, and does it work?

A Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black men on April 13, leading to their arrest. The two men, who had been waiting for a friend at the store, were released...

Our centuries-long quest for ‘a quiet place’

The new film “A Quiet Place” is an edge-of-your-seat tale about a family struggling to avoid being heard by monsters with hypersensitive ears. Conditioned by fear, they know the slightest noise will provoke a...

Rap and gown: Hip-hop artists as commencement speakers

Traditionally at a college or university commencement before degrees are conferred, some well-respected, often scholarly figure gives a charge to the class. Historically this has been a speech that most people have to endure...

Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the...

Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at sea that produce our food. In the oceans, most added heat from climate warming is still near the surface and...

Bike-share companies are transforming US cities – and they’re just getting started

Residents of major U.S. cities are becoming used to seeing docks for bike sharing programs nestled into parking spaces or next to subway station entrances. Adorned with stylish branding and corporate sponsors’ logos, these...

2008 financial crisis still seems like only yesterday for single women

For many Americans, the financial crisis that plunged the global economy into recession a decade ago may seem like a distant memory. Household net worth – the difference between assets and debts – reached a...

The US is stingier with child care and maternity leave than the rest of...

In most American families led by couples, both parents are in the workforce. At the same time, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. children are being raised by single moms. Yet child care is generally unaffordable...

Cuba’s new president: What to expect of Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba has a new president – and for the first time in six decades, his last name is not Castro. Cuba’s National Assembly has elected Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel to replace 87-year-old Raúl...

Your next pilot could be drone software

Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots...

What is the TPP and can the US get back in?

President Donald Trump recently said he was open to returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but only if he could get a “substantially better” deal than his predecessor. This apparent change of heart, announced via Twitter,...

Barbara Bush may have suffered from a chronic lung disease called COPD – a...

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, two days after spokespeople said that she had decided not to seek additional medical treatment. CNN had reported that Barbara Bush had COPD. I am...

Superman at 80: How two high school friends concocted the original comic book hero

Superman – the first, most famous American superhero – turns 80 this year. The comics, toys, costumes and billion-dollar Hollywood blockbusters can all trace their ancestry to the first issue of “Action Comics,” which hit...

Americans support legal marijuana – but states don’t agree on how to regulate it

On 4/20, many across the U.S. gather to celebrate their love and appreciation for marijuana. Polls show that 64 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. But, despite the majority support, there’s no clear consensus on...

How the lowly mushroom is becoming a nutritional star

Mushrooms are often considered only for their culinary use because they are packed with flavor-enhancers and have gourmet appeal. That is probably why they are the second most popular pizza topping, next to pepperoni. In...

What is hell?

The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide attention. This isn’t surprising, since the belief in an afterlife, where the virtuous are rewarded with a...

What Earth Day means when humans possess planet-shaping powers

For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and rally in support of the natural world. While the specific challenges have varied, the goal...

The Second Amendment comes first in teaching constitutional law

Twenty years ago, when I was a law student taking constitutional law, the Second Amendment did not even come up in class. Today, as a law professor, I teach the Second Amendment as the very...

Después de una acalorada elección, Costa Rica ya no parece tan excepcional

Read in English. Carlos Alvarado Quesada ganó la presidencia costarricense con 61% de los votos, una victoria contundente para un candidato progresista que llegó al día de las elecciones en empate técnico con su rival...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says...

US rivers are becoming saltier – and it’s not just from treating roads in...

The United States has made enormous progress in reducing water pollution since the Clean Water Act was passed nearly 50 years ago. Rivers no longer catch fire when oil slicks on their surfaces ignite....

How China’s winemakers succeeded (without stealing)

Joint ventures between Western and Chinese companies are in the news over accusations – including those of President Donald Trump – that China uses them to steal intellectual property from foreign competitors in industries...

A scholar’s journey to understand the needs of Pol Pot’s survivors

Forty-three years ago today, the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia. Their radical regime, led by the dictator Pol Pot, inflicted countless atrocities and left deep wounds. Neighbors turned against one another. Families were...

Will US-Japan friendship survive uncertainty in Asia?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Largo on April 17 and 18. The relationship between these two leaders’ countries may help shape the U.S. approach to upcoming talks with...

Pope Francis’ apology for abuse in Chile would once have been unthinkable

In a letter on April 11 to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for his “serious errors of assessment and perception.” His apologies were directed to the victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima,...

Children are natural optimists – which comes with psychological pros and cons

You might hesitate to make a character judgment about someone based on a first encounter. Most adults would probably want to see how a stranger acts in several different circumstances, to decide whether someone...

Light at night can disrupt circadian rhythms in children – are there long-term risks?

A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses melatonin production almost completely, an important addition to the growing body of research in this area. Melatonin...

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Going off to college might be a source of anxiety for some students, but once a student is on campus it shouldn’t be a total drag. But that tends to happen more frequently when a...

Before Trump was anti-Cuba, he wanted to open a hotel in Havana

Presidents Raul Castro and Donald Trump both canceled trips to April’s Summit of the Americas in Peru, avoiding a potential confrontation – though U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez...

The real IRS scandal has more to do with budget cuts than bias

Conservatives have been seething since 2013 over what they say was an unfair effort by the IRS to scrutinize right-leaning organizations more closely than other groups seeking nonprofit status. As a report from the Treasury...

Bearing witness to Cambodia’s horror, 20 years after Pol Pot’s death

Twenty years ago, on April 15, 1998, Pol Pot, the leader of Cambodia’s genocidal government during the late 1970s, died in his sleep at the age of 73. Born Saloth Sar, Pol Pot was...

The Trump administration’s new migratory bird policy undermines a century of conservation

The Trump administration has announced a position on protecting migratory birds that is a drastic pullback from policies in force for the past 100 years. In 1916, amid the chaos of World War I, U.S....

US airstrikes in Syria nothing more than theater

Despite outcries from horrified aficionados of Japanese theater, the term “Kabuki” seems to have found a permanent place in the American political lexicon. The term refers to an act that is more a contrived...

Syrian Kabuki

Despite outcries from horrified aficionados of Japanese theater, the term “Kabuki” seems to have found a permanent place in the American political lexicon. The term refers to an act that is more a contrived...

Since Boston bombing, terrorists are using new social media to inspire potential attackers

Five years ago, a deadly attack during the Boston Marathon made America’s nightmare come true: the radicalized boy next door. The research my colleagues and I conduct at Georgia State University tracks how terrorist organizations...

Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law

Consider this shocking fact: Despite horrific images of yet another chemical weapons attack in Syria, the U.S.-led humanitarian intervention to protect civilians on April 13 was fundamentally illegal. Under current international law, President Trump...

What to do if you owe the IRS money

Tax Day is finally here once more. If you’re getting a refund, lucky you. But if you owe the government money, you may be worried that you have to pay the amount due by...

How the new estate tax rules could reduce charitable giving by billions

Congress and the Trump administration scaled back the estate tax when they enacted the new tax law. Although the government didn’t do away with this tax altogether, as many conservatives had long called for, trimming...

What does the Speaker of the House do?

Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House, announced this week he will retire from Congress. What does the speaker do? Second in the line of presidential succession after the vice president, the speaker occupies a...