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Dying to be thin

A friend of mine committed suicide earlier this month. That's one way of describing what happened. Another way of describing the event would be to say she died from anorexia nervosa. Yet…

Marine vehicle delays cost American lives

The Marine Corps has asked the Pentagon's inspector general to examine allegations that a nearly two-year delay in the fielding of blast-resistant vehicles led to hundreds of combat casualties in…

More guns no solution to school shootings

Just as with JFK's assassination and the Challenger explosion, I remember precisely where I was and what I was doing when I first heard about a school shooting. On Aug.…

More evidence of a police state

A new St. Paul, Minn., police policy for investigating protest groups draws praise from police experts for its sensitivity to dissent, but criticism from those who worry that police will…

Failing to learn from history

Young Americans, whose liberty and security will depend in part on how future presidents conduct foreign policy, have good reason to study how past presidents did it. A recent scientific survey,…

More and more chances for bad meat

It's not just the meat of "downer" cattle we should be worried about infiltrating our food supply. There's little standing in the way of meat from sick pigs, sheep, goats…

Yellow journalism at The New York Times

One of the first rules of decent, principles-abiding journalism is that you don't print rumors. That is nevertheless what The New York Times just did in a smear job on…

The city of Berkeley screws up again

The brouhaha sparked by the Berkeley (Calif.) City Council these past couple of weeks demonstrates again that you can be within shouting distance of one of the world's great educational…

The wizard behind the spy curtain

Sometimes in these United States, the curtain seems to be pulled back to reveal the wizard and all his phony manipulations. Such a thing has occurred with the bill known…

Fidel Castro stepping down as Cuba’s leader

Ailing revolutionary icon Fidel Castro permanently gave up the Cuban presidency on Tuesday, ending five decades of ironclad rule of the island marked by his brash defiance of the United…