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October 9, 2013 |
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann, who in the 20th century helped define movie reviews as an intellectual form, died of pneumonia Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New York. He was 97. His death was announced by the New Republic, the politics and culture magazine that published his criticism for more than five decades. Although Kauffmann's commentary tended toward the intellectual and often went against the grain - finding fault in heralded movies such as "The Godfather," "Pulp Fiction" and "Full Metal Jacket" - he championed the rise of serious cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s.
August 2, 2013 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said that only food products containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten can be labeled "gluten free. " The new guideline is intended to provide uniformity in the labeling of food products and provide confidence to about 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and must eat a gluten-free diet, the agency said. “Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg.
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July 31, 2013 |
Months after Chuck Spires came home from Iraq, he began having dizzy spells and radical mood swings and had lost all interest in sex. Army doctors diagnosed him with multiple brain injuries - he had endured several head-rattling bomb blasts - along with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But it was another symptom, the sudden gain of 50 pounds, that led to deeper investigation. Tests revealed damage to Spires' pituitary gland. It was a rare finding in the military, but that may be because few doctors have been looking for it. Emerging evidence suggests that pituitary problems may be going undiagnosed in victims of blast-related brain injuries, the defining wounds of the recent wars.
July 24, 2013 |
Though it is the biggest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, Detroit is only one of 26 urban municipalities that have gone into bankruptcy or state receivership for fiscal insolvency since 2008. Detroit should draw attention and debate to a challenging issue underlying all these public insolvencies: What level of public services will we protect and guarantee for U.S. cities? The Bankruptcy Court will have to face that question. It will have to determine whether Detroit can cut into current services any more than it already has. Unless the state or federal government steps in with funds for operating costs, the bankruptcy will function as a zero-sum game, with residents fighting creditors for a share of city revenue.
July 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft Corp. for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this, but the company may finally be his. Whether that's for better or for worse remains to be seen. But in announcing a sweeping reorganization Thursday, Ballmer sought to distance Microsoft from its historic identity as the company that Bill Gates created. He emphasized that although the Windows operating system continues to be its bread-and-butter business, it's no longer how the Redmond, Wash., company wants to define itself.
June 27, 2013 |
Buried in the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional was a phrase that captures what is at stake in the rapidly changing landscape of marriage rights in the United States: "A dignity and status of great import. " Debate on this case and on California's ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, often seemed to equate the "import" of marriage with economic benefits. Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case, had sought a refund of federal estate taxes she was forced to pay when her wife, in a marriage recognized by New York state, died.