October 31, 2009 The helmets that are supposed to protect football players actually encourage them to block with their heads, which pummels and rattles their brains.
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October 30, 2009 Musician Chris Butler was looking for a house where he could make loud music without disturbing his neighbors. He found the perfect house and for a deal, but it came with certain "conditions." The house was the childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer and the scene of Dahmer's first killing.
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October 30, 2009 You want credit reform? Try this credit reform, now with amazing mandatory offers and a credit company protection plan! Mark Fiore offers his personal take in this animation. The Wall Street Journal dubbed him "the undisputed guru of the form." He creates political animation from an undisclosed location somewhere in San Francisco.
October 30, 2009 Only two countries supported the United States in a U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the embargo on Cuba Wednesday: Israel and Palau.
October 30, 2009 There is some concern with the impressive-looking GDP growth number of 3.5 percent: it reflects a lot of one-off boosts to growth and masks trends that are likely to get worse. That said, it's much better than the alternative.
October 30, 2009 One week before Election Day, the special election to fill a vacant House seat in New York's North Country is heating up. It's a three-way split, pitting a Republican, a Democrat, and a Conservative against one another. It's close — and now it's even juicier.
October 30, 2009 President Obama made an unexpected stop at Dover Air Force Base two nights ago. Some say it was a just a photo-op, but let's hope Obama took the time to really reflect on our future in Afghanistan.
October 29, 2009 Between promises of 72 virgins and a utopian afterlife, commentator Dinesh D'Souza wants to know what really motivates Muslim fanatics. Though many point to religion as the culprit, D'Souza disagrees that a Godless society is the solution to radical terrorism.
October 29, 2009 it has become apparent that the Afghanistan war does not provide a plausible antidote to the problems facing the United States.
October 29, 2009 In honor of the upcoming World Series, here are seven quick points (one for each possible game) to address the debate as to whether Massachusetts's health-care policies have been a thriving success or a colossal failure.
October 29, 2009 Why are we still calling Joe Lieberman a Democrat? This healthcare debate has provided what they call a clarifying moment. When it's all over, we'll know exactly which side Lieberman — and other 'moderate' Democrats — are on.
October 29, 2009 Obama invited Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to Washington D.C. on October 29. That just happens to be the Turkish equivalent of the Fourth of July — the anniversary of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Turkish republic.
October 28, 2009 President Obama is wrestling with an agonizing decision on how to "Afghanize" the conflict, to borrow phrasing from the Vietnam days. As U.S. casualties mount, Obama faces the ultimate question: Get more involved at the risk of losing support from an increasingly disheartened American public, or get less involved and risk facing the blame for letting Afghanistan go down the drain?
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October 28, 2009 Journalist Amy Wallace's piece in the November issue of Wired magazine about the passionate, and sometimes angry, debate over whether vaccines cause autism drew some vitriolic response. Wallace says vaccines have done such a good job of removing the visible threat of childhood diseases that some people see vaccination as the greater risk.
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October 28, 2009 From his coverage of equality marches to political campaigns, to hate crimes, Lou Chibarro, Jr., has covered it all working as a reporter for The Washington Blade. That gay publication was founded 40 years ago with the goal of offering its readers news and perspectives relevant to the gay and lesbian experience. Chibarro shares insight from his 30-year journalism career and explains how reporting on the gay community has, at times, brought both happiness and pain.
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