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Archive: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Who should sit next to Michelle Obama at State of the Union address?

When President Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnik, who saved the life of a passenger after Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River, to sit in the gallery during his State of the Union address in 1982, he created...

By Jodi Westrick | January 21, 2011; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (29)

Do you think the new ".jobs" sites will gain traction?

A new empire of more than 40,000 employment websites -- with intuitive addresses ending in ".jobs"-- launched this week, a little more than a month after beating back a coalition of recruitment sites that fear these new sites could take...

By Ryan Kellett | January 20, 2011; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you move to escape traffic congestion?

Traffic delays continue to worsen, and the D.C. area co-leads the United States in delays per vehicle. In 2009, congestion cost the average area resident an extra 70 hours' travel time and the use of an extra 57 gallons of...

By Ryan Kellett | January 20, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

How long is the optimal school day?

Some school officials want a longer school day, some a longer school year. But they can run up against political and parental realities. What do you think?...

By Local Editors | January 19, 2011; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (11)

How will disappearing bookstores affect you?

Borders helped groom a generation of readers to learn the pleasure of diving into a book for hours at a stretch in a comfy space outside home and work. But the nationwide bookstore chain is struggling to survive. It recently...

By Ryan Kellett | January 19, 2011; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (11)

Are pandas overrated?

Good news for panda lovers: The National Zoo has reached an agreement with China and the zoo's two giant pandas will remain in D.C. for five more years. How do you feel about pandas?...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 19, 2011; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (6)

What term would you rather use to describe step families?

A new poll estimates that at least four in ten Americans consider themselves part of a stepfamily, but a growing number reject that label, saying it carries a stigma....

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 7:16 PM ET | Comments (26)

Are you worried about the Comcast-NBC venture?

Federal regulators on Tuesday approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation's biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider. Together, the...

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 6:55 PM ET | Comments (8)

Which Apple products or services have you purchased?

By Abha Bhattarai | January 18, 2011; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

How often do you let your kids fail?

Metro columnist Petula Dvorak weighs in on the "tiger mother" debate set off by Yale Law School professor Amy Chua. In her new book, Chua explains why she chose the Chinese-style parenting of letting kids fail in order to let...

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (5)

What's your reaction to the Regis Philbin announcement?

We may be witnessing the end of an era. Tuesday morning, Regis Philbin announced that this would be his last year as co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," the talk show he's helmed for 28 years. How do you...

By Jodi Westrick | January 18, 2011; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

Is posting DUI mug shots on Facebook a good idea?

Police in a California city ranked top in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities might soon be trying a new tactic to keep drunken drivers off the road: Electronic shaming on Facebook. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | January 18, 2011; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

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