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It shouldn’t happen to a dog

I've never been one of those fawning pet owners, the kind who dress up their animals in funny clothes and won't let them be dogs. I guess I can understand…

A tribute to the Big Mac

Cleveland has its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the likes of Mick Jagger and the Beatles. Washington has its Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum…

Stopping MySpace predators

The recent headlines might send a chill up any parent's spine: Suspect Accused Of Using Facebook To Lure 15-Year-Old Boy. Seven Teenaged Girls Assaulted By Men They Met Through MySpace.Com. Social networking…

Pentagon fails to protect troops in Iraq

The Pentagon expects to deliver only 1,500 mine-proof armored vehicles to Iraq by the end of the year, less than half the number promised a month ago, a spokesman said…

Will we be ready next time?

Two years ago, the CIA sent to Congress a report of several hundred pages done by its inspector general detailing the agency's errors and missteps leading up to 9/11. The…

Helping a friend

The guy has been a friend of John Powers since their middle-school days in Cumberland, R.I. When Powers headed for the University of Rhode Island, his friend headed for the…

Hearts, minds and souls

The first concept to grasp is that the global conflict now under way involves both a clash of arms and a clash of ideas. To succeed in this war will…

Going back to school

It is that time of the year when a great mass migration occurs. Unlike monarch butterflies, swallows, caribou or spawning salmon, the participants in this trek are not driven by…

Erin Brokovich is back

Erin Brockovich is moving forward with a possible sequel to the investigation she led in California, this time in Australia. Brockovich and the Westlake Village, Calif., law firm Masry & Vititoe…

Pentagon shuts down spying database

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it would close a controversial database tracking suspicious activity around U.S. military bases that critics complained had been used to spy on peaceful antiwar activists. Officials…