October 17, 2010 |
With the new television season upon us, here are a few things you are virtually certain to see again and again and again: lots of folks spending the better part of their day surrounded by their friends and family in happy conviviality; folks wandering into the unlocked apartments and homes of friends, family and neighbors at any time of the day or night as if this were the most natural thing in the world; friends and family sitting down and having lots...
June 24, 2006 |
This little town in the red-rock bluffs of southern Utah ought to be predictable. Nearly 97% of the 3,500 residents are white. About 80% voted for President Bush in the last election. Many families trace their roots back five generations, to the Mormon pioneers who laid out the town in the 1870s with wide streets, a prudent irrigation system -- and, as a historical account noted, "not a grog shop or gambling saloon or dance hall" to be found.
February 29, 2004 |
When Denise Brock sat with her cancer-stricken dad in the 1960s, she made lots of racket, hoping that the noise would prevent his dying on her watch. Today, Brock, 43, is clamoring all the louder, a full-time activist on behalf of aging Cold War-era nuclear workers and their survivors. "I'm obsessed with this," she said. "If I don't help them, who's going to?" A 3-year-old federal law requires the U.S.
July 18, 2002 |
Legal recognition of same-sex marriages presents no threat to heterosexual couples, Germany's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday in a blow to conservatives who have waged a campaign for traditional family values in this emotionally charged election season. Conservatives in the three states that challenged the year-old gay marriage law conceded defeat but continued to loudly lament what they see as deterioration of official support for the nuclear family. Bavarian Gov.
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June 23, 2001 |
For Mary Palevsky, ground zero wasn't a remote test site in far off New Mexico but the living room of her Long Island home. It was there as a 9-year-old, confronted by photographs of the first atomic blast, that she began asking her parents what they did during the war. She was troubled by the answers--answers that led to a book and now a major Japanese documentary. For the past month, a camera crew from the nationally-owned Japan Broadcasting Corp.
June 12, 2001 |
It is a familiar message, echoed on television, in Census Bureau reports and in the conventional wisdom of our culture: The two-parent family is in decline. But is it? Some of the newest evidence suggests that the tidal flow away from two-parent families peaked years ago and may even be starting to change course. And the strongest hints of a change in behavior are emerging from low-income and minority communities, groups that have paid the greatest price for the family breakdown since the 1960s.