By DAN K. THOMASSON
Eventually there has to be some place for accommodation between religion and science that would permit promising stem cell research to go forward at a level and pace that has a chance of producing results so potentially beneficial to all of us. That has to be the hope of anyone who has watched a loved one disintegrate slowly and painfully from Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or some other debilitating monster.
It only took two weeks for the media feeding frenzy to turn John Mark Karr into a household name. The unknown, and obviously mentally-ill, Karr played his 15 minutes of fame to the hilt and a search by a media trade publication found more than 10 million articles about the previously unknown Karr.
By BONNIE ERBE
Think the fighting’s done over Plan B? You’d better have a Plan B, because it’s far from over. Just because the Food and Drug Administration finally did most of what it should have done years ago — it approved the "morning after" pill for sale without a prescription to women who are at least 18 — doesn’t mean this battle is behind us.
One Republican senator described his house painter as a “little Guatemalan man.” Another called an Indian man a “macaca,” a type of monkey. Just as the GOP is pushing for minority voters, the two recent gaffes have fed the perception among some blacks, Hispanics and Asian-Americans that Republicans are out of touch with the changing face of the nation.