July 25, 2004 |
I attended a local amateur boxing card not long ago. In one bout, two 14-year-old welterweights closed their three-round struggle with a furious fusillade of punches. At the bell, the crowd erupted with applause. The combatants, who had just finished trying to decapitate one another, embraced as though they were long-lost brothers. After the score cards were tallied and the referee raised the victor's hand, they hugged again and then went through the ropes and out of the ring.
May 16, 2004 |
America changed on May 17, 1954. On that day, 50 years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren announced the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. As a legal matter, the decision declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional and disavowed the doctrine permitting "separate but equal" treatment of blacks and whites.
February 29, 2004 |
The image remains familiar, if only because it has been so often parodied: George Washington stands erect in an overcrowded boat, gazing steadfastly ahead. At his feet, soldiers pull at the oars and thrust aside jagged ice floes; behind him men support the American flag against a strong wind. Emanuel Leutze painted this scene in 1851 and called it "George Washington Crossing the Delaware."
February 25, 2004 |
Too many patients today feel like mice in a maze. In his new book, "Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System," healthcare economist and Harvard professor David M. Cutler fills us in on the mind-set of the maze designers. The problem is that Cutler wrote the book for the system's engineers, not for its travelers.
February 1, 2004 |
At any given time, there is a dominant line of argument about the great issues that face America. When it comes to the economy, that line is most often delivered by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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January 14, 2004 |
Jacob and David Chacko grew up on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in a Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood where the streets are named after upscale beach towns and some of their schoolmates got the keys to a new Mercedes on their 16th birthday. In such a picturesque and posh environment, they might well have decided life should be taken easily. But the brothers shared a drive that propelled Jacob, 25, to a series of honors, duplicated by his 21-year-old brother, David.
December 14, 2003 |
For over a decade, computer scientists have been talking about the coming age of "ubiquitous computing," a world in which computers are embedded in virtually every manufactured object. We carry them with us everywhere and they communicate constantly with us and with one another. The big question is not whether the vision of a computer-saturated world could become reality. It's already happening.
December 13, 2003 |
A government grant has put Oxford's Bodleian Library within reach of keeping the original draft manuscript of "Frankenstein." The $5.1-million grant, announced this week, is the largest ever given by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The library, which owns most of the Shelley archive, will need to raise $850,000 more to buy the privately owned Abinger Papers, which have been on loan to the institution since 1974.
November 23, 2003 |
In the first volume of this biography, published in 1997, R.F. Foster explained that he wanted to "restore the sense of a man involved in life and in history: notably in the history of his country," rather than to offer "an exegesis of the poetry from a biographical angle." Yeats lived through a tormented period of Irish history, and he knew its sometimes tragic intricacies. Its heroes and politicians as well as its poets and playwrights were acquaintances of his.
November 23, 2003 |
FDR needs little introduction, and, at one time, neither did Robert H. Jackson, author of this recently discovered memoir. Jackson stood prominently as one of the most impressive of the extraordinary array of talent surrounding Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A native of western New York and a rare Democrat from the area, Jackson served in various Department of Justice positions, including distinguished tenures as solicitor general and attorney general.