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Archive: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Should genetically-modified food be labeled?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 17, 2010; 5:34 PM ET | Comments (23)

Which recent prohibition by the nation's schools has been the biggest mistake?

Columnist Petula Dvorak laments that thousands of children across the nation returned to school this year without the comfort of a carton of cold, chocolate yum on their cafeteria trays....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (24)

Who's your pick for the 2012 presidential election?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (149)

'Boardwalk Empire': Will you watch?

Executive producer/director Martin Scorcese and producer-writer Terence Winter (of "The Sopranos") have given HBO viewers a lavish journey to the Atlantic City of 1920 in "Boardwalk Empire" -- all expenses handsomely, even extravagantly paid, minus your premium cable bill. They...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 6:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Would you pay to travel to space?

If you have the millions to spare and the derring-do, your chances of being strapped in and launched to the international space station improved markedly Wednesday when two major companies agreed to join forces to make space travel significantly more...

By Jodi Westrick | September 16, 2010; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (9)

How high of a priority is cyber policy?

More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government is still grappling with key questions about how to secure its computer systems as...

By Jodi Westrick | September 16, 2010; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Which Redskins great could have been healthier?

It's no secret that elite athletes have special dietary needs. But just how do the Redskins get the nutrients they need? It's not easy. For one thing, they eat a lot. Football players need double or triple the daily calories...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will you let your child spend more time on the computer?

A University of Maryland researcher has a message for parents who fret about how much time their preteen children spend on computers: Worry not. In what researchers describe as one of the first long-term looks at the effects of media...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Are you surprised at the D.C. mayoral results?

Adrian Fenty, an incumbent with a $5 million war chest who lost to council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday, used many of the same tactics that had won him the mayoralty in 2006, frustrating advisers who thought he needed...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (23)

Can Christine O'Donnell win in November?

Christine O'Donnell, a tea party-backed long shot, stunned the Republican establishment Tuesday night by defeating nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle in Delaware's GOP Senate primary. But even conservatives have been critical of the tea party favorite, wondering if she can...

By Jon DeNunzio | September 14, 2010; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (71)

Are cacao trees worth the research?

Candy maker Mars has partnered with IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a years-long project to identify the genetic sequencing of the cacao tree, which produces the seeds used to make chocolate. The $10 million project is an...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

Would you prefer a four-day workweek?

State employees in Virginia could take Fridays off under a proposal the state is considering to save millions of dollars on energy by shutting down government buildings across the state one day a week. Employees would work 10-hour days four...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 14, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Does the new health-care law violate the Constitution?

Twenty states are squaring off against the Obama administration on Tuesday in a lawsuit seeking to nullify the sweeping new health-care law. Technically, Tuesday's oral arguments presented to Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (72)

Wives bringing in bigger paychecks

In a trend that researchers call "the rise of wives," women are increasingly better-educated than their husbands and have emerged as the dominant income-provider in one of five marriages, according to a new report released today. Looking at the impact...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (16)

Are the criteria for filing for disability benefits too lax?

The number of former workers seeking Social Security disability benefits has spiked with the nation's economic problems, heightening concern that the jobless are expanding the program beyond its intended purpose of aiding the disabled. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Teresa Lewis: A crime worthy of capital punishment?

Teresa Lewis, found guilty in the deaths of her husband and stepson, is set to be executed on Sept. 23. She would be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years. To some, Teresa Lewis is a cold...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (84)

Oprah's giveaway: Gracious or gimmicky?

Oprah announced, on The First Episode of Her Final Season, that she would take the entire, 300-strong, carefully-picked "Oprah" super-fans who were in the studio audience with her on Monday, to Sydney, for 10 days in December. Read the full...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 13, 2010; 7:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Was shooting of dog justified?

A D.C. police officer shot and killed a festival-goer's dog amid hundreds of onlookers in Adams Morgan on Sunday afternoon in an incident that was either completely justified or totally unnecessary, depending on whom you ask. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | September 13, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (62)

Not enough drama at the MTV VMAs?

At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, it was time to let bygones be bygones, and let insipid awards shows be insipid awards shows. Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles offered a handful of trophies that felt less meaningful than ever,...

By Jodi Westrick | September 13, 2010; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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