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  • In Theory: How ready for isolation are you?

    Do you like ocean views, peace, quiet and solitude, and a captive congregation? Then the island of Tristan da Cunha could be perfect. It's advertising for a new parish priest — the previous incumbent left in 2010. There are some catches, though,...
  • In Theory: Has the economy damaged the work ethic?

    Sociologist Max Weber first advanced the idea of a Protestant work ethic in 1914. A recent study suggests that not only does this ethic exist, it can make the effects of unemployment worse for Protestants than for non-Protestants. The Dutch survey,...
  • In Theory: Can believers and nonbelievers find common ground?

    Can believers and nonbelievers connect? Is there a common ground they can agree on? Writing in the New York Times, T. M. Luhrmann thinks there may be, but admits it's going to be difficult. The author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the...
  • In Theory: Are parts of Scripture outdated and in need of change?

    It's not often that a Christian minister agrees with the New Atheist movement, but the Rev. Michael Dowd believes it's possible when it comes to what he calls the "idolatry of the written word." A self-described "New Theist" — one who "value[s]...
  • In Theory: What is the fate of gay marriage without DOMA?

    The Supreme Court's decisions to strike down the Defense Of Marriage Act and reject a lawsuit aimed at upholding California's Proposition 8 have caused jubilation among gay-rights supporters and anger among opponents of gay marriage. Conservative...
  • Tra Thomas: no way to tell with this offensive line

     
    Tra Thomas, the retired Eagles lineman who manned the left tackle position so expertly for more than a decade, has been a regular observer of practice this summer. This afternoon, I asked him to share his thoughts on the new......
  • Four die, two are injured in Camarillo car crash

     
    Four people died and two others were badly injured in Camarillo car crash....
  • After freak snowstorm, East Coast prepares for ... balmy weather?

     
    East Coast weather: Weather on the East Coast appears to be extreme this fall. Less than a week after suffering from an early snowstorm, the region should prepare for record high temperatures, AccuWeather.com says....
  • Smart Butcher vending machine sells fresh meat

     
    The Smart Butcher is not your local meat market guy. It’s a vending machine. Selling a variety of fresh meat under $9, the vending machine is the only one of its kind, according to Anna Sagani, who manages Lil Mart,......
  • Irvin and Deion defended DeSean on The NFL Network

     
    Andy Reid expressed dismay at The NFL Network on Friday for its portrayal of DeSean Jackson as not talking with teammates and being disconnected during the Eagles loss to Seattle on Thursday night. But he should not have been upset at everybody. However,...
  • New construction up sharply in November

     
    New construction on homes and apartments increased sharply in November, a bright spot for the beleaguered U.S. real estate market. New housing starts last month rose 9.3% over a revised October estimate and were up 20.1% above November 2010. Homes and...