| Feb 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: After graduating from high school, I worked for two years to save a little money and to make sure that I chose the best college major for my future. I was thinking about majoring in the humanities, but engineers and other professional grads...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Last week, President Barack Obama declared the state of the union "strong."
Big deal. Virtually every president in modern times has described the union's state as "strong," even when the country was immersed in a deep recession or a bloody war.
| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:46 PM
A new study that zeroed in on a single city in Michigan found that where men are scarce, youth were more likely to commit assaults.
Researchers from the University of Michigan analyzed youth arrests and U.S. Census Bureau data for Flint, Mich., an...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:23 PM
For Americans who haven’t been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows.
But Latinos lag behind other Americans in getting such...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 3:49 PM
At a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Finance Commmittee's Subcommittee on Social Security, conservative scholar Andrew G. Biggs made the following remark in defense of the idea that retirement ages can safely be raised:
"Go back to 1950, when we had a...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
The term "structural deficit" seems to have crept into fairly common usage among some people who work in bureaucracies.
In Maryland state government, it has been part of the parlance for going on a dozen or more years. It rose to prominence when the...
| Dec 11, 2013
Opportunity has always brought new communities to Chicago, from the growth of railroads and stockyards in the 19th century to the recent emergence of technology startups; the city has consistently welcomed people from different corners of the world. In...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Experts thought this would be the year that Florida would bypass New York and be named the third largest state. Turns out, they were wrong.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its most recent population data on Monday, showing that Florida was just 98,000...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:14 PM
More than half of Connecticut's uninsured population last year qualified either for Medicaid or a subsidy to offset part of the cost of private health insurance, according to a new report released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Prepare for a year of more in the real estate industry — more improvement, mostly, but also more expense as mortgage rates, prices and rents rise.
Analysts expect a solid 2014 here and nationally, after a year in which the battered housing...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
One of California's top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State.
California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting...