| Aug 2, 2014
| 10:34 PM
Last October's government shutdown left 800,000 federal employees without work for 16 days, but apparently they found ways to occupy their time.
Nine months later, some Washington, D.C., hospitals are reporting a spike in newborns.
"There's no way...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Ebola outbreaks have occurred in Africa on more than two dozen occasions over the past 40 years, and it was brought under control every time. This was possible thanks to reliable techniques, such as preventing direct contact with infected persons and...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Linda Ogwuazor, a Howard University student from Elkridge, packed her bags and boarded a flight to summer school this month. Her destination: Thailand, where she and other students from around the world are taking part in an international science mission....
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:24 PM
You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits.
Two such messages came recently within the span of a few days.
The first was an email from a stranger who...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
When a new company took over the packaging company where Pat Baines was vice-president and asked him to transfer from Charlotte, N.C., to California, he chose early retirement, at age 62. That early retirement, plus paying...
| May 2, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The proof will be in the performance, but it's hard not to be optimistic about Hartford's incoming superintendent of schools, Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.
Ms. Schiavino-Narvaez, 41, has a stunning resume. She was a Fulbright scholar in South Korea and a...
| Jul 1, 2014
Back in high school, I had a friend — let's call her Maribel — who was determined to be more successful than her poor, immigrant family. She set about doing so in all the traditional ways: She tested into magnet schools, did every extra credit...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Summer's already starting to wind down, which means time for summer-ending deals. The American Queen Steamboat Co. is offering price reductions on some of the voyages of the American Queen, which plies the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and the American...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Before "Transformers 4" pounds into cinemas next week (sorry, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"), let us take a moment to step back and consider a much smaller, 25-minute film from Chicago-based critic Kevin B. Lee called "Transformers: The Premake,"...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:01 AM
How about some good news for a change?
Last month, I wrote about the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by a band of putative men who style themselves "Boko Haram" -- "Western Education is Forbidden." Taken in concert with the 2012 shooting...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:06 PM
On this Fourth of July, it is appropriate to celebrate the World Affairs Council of Orange County joining with the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presenting the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award to Newport Beach's Herbert V. Nootbaar. The...