March 26, 2013 The persistence of grain bin entrapments and a horrific 2010 incident expose weaknesses in worker safety laws and enforcement. An NPR and Center for Public Integrity analysis has found that among 179 deaths since 1984, fines were reduced 60 percent of the time.
March 25, 2013 The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has both opposed liberation theology as well as criticized capitalism. And while Pope Francis' positions are in line with his predecessors on economic matter, his Latin American background may lead to an emphasis on those issues.
March 25, 2013 Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.
March 25, 2013 With a case examining the use of race in the University of Texas admissions process still undecided, the court surprised observers by accepting yet another affirmative action case for next term. This one, from Michigan, tests whether voters, by referendum, can bar race-conscious admissions programs in higher education.
March 25, 2013 The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.