July 21, 2009 When prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested recently in his own Cambridge, Mass., home, it was a chilling moment in the American experience.
July 21, 2009 To push a health care overhaul through Congress, politicos — and even the White House — have suggested that President Obama look to lessons from LBJ, the silver-tongued master of political compromise. But strong-arm tactics aren't Obama's thing.
July 17, 2009 Whack stories of the week.
July 17, 2009 In books, in movies, even in the U.S. Senate, there is much talk about "werecreatures" — half-human, half-beast. What does this fascination say about the human heart?
July 15, 2009 A just-released report from two groups that advocate for the homeless suggests the 10 most heartless cities in the country — and what they can do to be nicer.
July 7, 2009 Now that Minnesota Democrat Al Franken is a senator, what should he do with his well-honed sense of humor? Use it? Lose it? Hang it in the cloakroom?
July 2, 2009 Five strange stories: From a Michael Jackson sculpture in butter to gamers' preference for video challenges over sex.
July 1, 2009 Got five minutes? Rather than check on your car insurance, you can engage in all sorts of do-good efforts these days thanks to a slew of Web sites, including The Extraordinaries, a microvolunteering service. But the idea has plenty of potential pitfalls — and could end up just a flashmob in the pan.
June 29, 2009 When Alzheimer's disease leads to dementia, it can also trigger a desire to wander. And that's when the trouble begins. Estimates suggest about 50 percent of dementia patients who wander will suffer serious injury or death if they are not found within 24 hours.
June 26, 2009 Strange stories of the week include opium-eating wallabies.
June 19, 2009 Seven strangest stories of the week.
June 18, 2009 Baby boomers are obsessed with ratings. They rank everything: best to worst, least to most, zero to 100, A to F. So we turn the tables and issue the generation its own cohort report card.
June 15, 2009 Cringe TV — viewing that makes us flinch — hit the big time with the evolution of reality TV. Its most insidious influence may not be the strange and perverse ways society is reflected on television, but the ways that reality TV is reflected in society.
June 12, 2009 Seven strangest stories of the week.
June 10, 2009 Anti-Semitic writings, arrests and prison time pepper the life of James W. von Brunn. He is the author of a book titled Kill The Best Gentiles and once attempted what he portrayed as a citizen's arrest of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
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