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Measles, vaccines and autism

The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?The short answer is that false claims, ...

Brian Williams and the loss of credibility

There's this speech I give my students. Distilled, it goes like this."Your primary asset as a journalist is not your dogged curiosity, your talent for research or your ability to make prose sing on deadline. No, your one indispensable asset is your credibility. If you are not believable, ...

Mommy truce

In the early '90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter's occasional bed-wetting.So off I went to the pediatrician's office to unravel my woes.Before we ...

Hyphenated-nation

As if we aren't already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of Americans just in time for the next census.According to the Associated Press, "The U.S. Census ...

Alabama issuing marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Gay couples began getting married in Alabama on Monday morning, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice - an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage- to block the weddings.The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning refused to block the marriages and let a ...

Death toll from General Motors ignition switches rises to 52

DETROIT (AP) - The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.The new total, which is one more than last week, was posted Monday on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth ...

$355M returned to Madoff investors

NEW YORK (AP) - About $355 million distributed last week to investors cheated in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme means over half of allowable claims have been paid in full, the trustee recovering money for investors announced Monday.Trustee Irving Picard said everyone with an allowable claim of ...

Emirates launches airstrikes on IS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes today against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the militants after halting the strikes late last year.The Gulf federation's official WAM news agency ...

Car bomb explodes in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the militants and residents said other fighters in Cameroon had abducted 20 people aboard a public ...

Netanyahu says he will go ahead with speech to Congress

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will travel to Washington to speak before the U.S. Congress next month despite calls to cancel his speech.His remarks Monday at an election rally come amid an uproar over his planned speech about Iran before Congress next ...

Obama’s comparison defies logic

On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and ...

Borrowed valor

Let me see if I understand this: Chris Kyle was not a hero, but Brian Williams was? What do we make of Williams' attempt to snatch some vicarious honor?The response to "American Sniper" should not surprise us. Bill Maher called Chris Kyle a "psychopath patriot." It's more than likely that Maher ...

A life well lived

This weekend is not only MTU's Winter Carnival, but is an important event - my birthday. I am one of those people that loves to celebrate a birthday. Make a big deal about it: banners, and cake, and a party oh my! But I find as I get older, (cough cough, 33, cough cough) the more I reflect on ...

The share-the-scraps economy

How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots' owners?Meanwhile, human beings do the work that's unpredictable odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering, ...

A candidate for both suburban and countryside Republicans

Can a single speech at an Iowa political event change the course of a presidential nomination race? Maybe.It actually has happened. Barack Obama's November 2007 speech at a Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines is generally credited with giving him a lift toward winning the caucuses there ...

Co-ops and internships, a value greater than a paycheck

Co-ops are opportunities for students earn college credit while working in industry. Employers value co-ops for their length, generally 8 months, which allows them to fully engage students in larger and/or multiple projects. Internships are job opportunities for students that usually fall ...

Parasites

Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. They feed off others, while creating no wealth of their own.We all complain about businesses we don't like, but because business is voluntary, every ...

Obama versus America

In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his - denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, "terrible poverty."Make no ...

We could have predicted Cake Wars II

We should have seen this one coming.This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II.No, that's not a new summer blockbuster from Marvel. Rather, "Cake Wars" is Slate's name for the ...

Obama tightens rules on use of bulk intelligence data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the National Security Agency.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the new policy ...