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  • New prostate probe does it all in 1 shot

    09/21/2006 8:16:11 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 32 replies · 1,032+ views
    StlToday.com ^ | 9-21-06 | Mary Jo Feldstein
    A local company has developed a scanning system that allows physicians to more accurately detect and treat prostate cancer, a leading cause of death among men. The new technology, introduced by Envisioneering Medical Technologies of Overland, allows physicians to generate a full 3-D image of the prostate, manipulate the image and take precise biopsies of targeted tissue. With TargetScan 3D, physicians can obtain a better view of the prostate and more-accurate biopsy results in less time than with traditional equipment, said Robert Mills, the president of Envisioneering. Several academic medical centers, including Washington University's School of Medicine and New York...
  • (Senator) Talent (Missouri) takes 2-to-1 lead in fundraising

    07/18/2006 6:10:23 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 10 replies · 381+ views
    StlToday.com ^ | 7-17-2006 | Jo Mannies
    U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., has opened up a fundraising lead of more than 2-to-1 over his likely Democratic rival, state Auditor Claire McCaskill. The latest campaign reports, filed Monday, showed Talent with $7.12 million in the bank as of June 30, compared with $2.78 million for McCaskill. Such an edge gives Talent far more cash for television ads, which both need to define themselves and each other in the final 16 weeks before the Nov. 7 election. < snip > But the Senate contest also could be affected by the hefty spending already under way by the coalition seeking...
  • Hottest things in St. Louis (Ten Hottest Days)

    07/16/2006 5:37:08 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 26 replies · 1,001+ views
    STltoday.com ^ | 7/13/2006 | None
    By itself, the number 115 isn’t all that intimidating. But tack on one simple, little word and you’re asking for trouble. It’s all a matter of degrees: 115 degrees, that is. So read the thermometer on July 14, 1954, a scorcher of a summer day that remains St. Louis’ hottest. Ten Hottest Days in St. Louis History Hottest Days Date Degrees Fahrenheit July 14, 1954 115 July 18, 1954 112 July 24, 1934 111 July 12, 1954 110 August 9, 1934 110 July 20, 1934 110 July 28, 1930 108 August 8, 1934 108 July 23, 1934 108 July 14,...
  • War and Peace: Surprisingly, world peace is breaking out all over

    01/09/2006 11:56:23 AM PST · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 452+ views
    STltoday.com ^ | 1-09-05 | Andrew Mack
    Seen through the eyes of the media, the world appears an ever more dangerous place. Iraq is sliding toward civil war, the slaughter in Darfur appears unending, violent insurgencies are brewing in Thailand and a dozen other countries and terrorism strikes again in Bali. It is not surprising that most people believe global violence is increasing. The reality is that, since the end of the Cold War, armed conflict and nearly all other forms of political violence have decreased. The world is far more peaceful than it was.
  • Senator proposes restricting sale of cold beer (Missouri)

    01/07/2006 9:53:24 AM PST · by FairWitness · 37 replies · 1,208+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | Jo Mannies
    As state Sen. Bill Alter sees it, a cold beer can be dangerous. And he's got 11-year-old Kristen Bogert to back him up. Alter, R-High Ridge, introduced a bill in the Missouri House this week that would bar groceries and convenience stores from selling beer "that is refrigerated below 60 degrees." Alter said Friday that his aim is to discourage drunken drivers - although the bill doesn't restrict cold beer sales at liquor stores. Alter deferred questions regarding that omission to the person he said was the real author of the bill: Kristen, a fifth-grader at Cedar Hill Intermediate in...
  • In St. Louis, margin of victory counts

    09/28/2004 7:09:40 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 7 replies · 372+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-27-04 | Jo Mannies
    In this year's presidential election, there's no mystery about which candidate will carry the city of St. Louis. The only unknown is how many city Democrats will show up at the polls. It's the volume that counts. A huge St. Louis margin for Democratic Sen. John Kerry - say, an edge of 90,000 votes or more - could help him eke out a win in Missouri, political experts say. If the city's overwhelmingly Democratic turnout is low, he's likely toast. The Republican dream is to keep Kerry's margin below 70,000 votes. The Democratic need for a large city turnout is...
  • Missouri's job-losses report was inaccurate, U.S. finds

    09/02/2004 8:21:14 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 10 replies · 856+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-01-04 | Eric Heisler
    A report that set off alarms nationwide when it said Missouri lost 51,800 jobs from June to July is being revised by the U.S. Labor Department because of inaccuracies. The statewide report, released last month, said Missouri lost more than twice as many jobs as any other state. < snip > The day the report was released, a Labor Department economist said it was misleading. Now, the agency says Missouri made an error when it failed to include teachers on summer vacation among the employed, as Labor Department policy states. < snip > The report seemed especially odd, given the...
  • Fingerprint delay hits foster care (Concealed Carry checks blamed)

    08/25/2004 10:19:47 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 3 replies · 258+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 8-24-04 | Matthew Franck
    JEFFERSON CITY - If bureaucracy hadn't got the better of her plans, Peggy Slater says, the two bedrooms she just added to her home would have been filled with foster children weeks ago. < snip > Instead, she and dozens of others wishing to become foster parents in Missouri are enduring weeks, if not months, of delays with their applications. Standing in their way is a backlog of fingerprint checks caused in part by a new state law demanding more rigorous screening of foster parents. < snip > But the fingerprint checks have been delayed further by the rush of...
  • Instant Evolution

    06/04/2004 10:02:06 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 42 replies · 238+ views
    Washington State University ^ | 2003 | Mary Aegerter
    Evolution via polyploidy is different. "It's instantaneous, - - - " Instant Evolution by Mary Aegerter If Charles Darwin were writing now, he'd title his book "Origins of Species" rather than "Origin of Species." Current evidence suggests that a large percentage of all land plant species have originated not just once but several times. "We may have to fundamentally change the way we view evolution," says Professor of Botany Doug Soltis. Evolution has been studied most thoroughly for species we humans consider "normal," those with two copies of each of their chromosomes. It's what we have. "Normal" evolution usually takes...
  • Scholars Lecture on'Buffy' Show (questions of morality and evil at stake)

    05/29/2004 8:19:33 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 24 replies · 239+ views
    AP ^ | 5-28-04 | Karin Miller
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's tough for scholars to be taken seriously when their subject is a TV show about a California blonde fighting evil in a high school built on a gateway to hell. Particularly when the title is as campy as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." But enough professors and writers study the comedic drama and its spinoff, "Angel," to hold a deadly serious academic conference here this weekend attracting more than 325 people. Buffyologists from as far away as Singapore were presenting 190 papers on topics ranging from "slayer slang" to "postmodern reflections on the culture of consumption"...
  • G.W. Bush, John Kerry and Dick Cheney - Vietnam Timeline

    05/11/2004 2:42:11 PM PDT · by FairWitness · 12 replies · 1,067+ views
    various | 5-11-04 | FairWitness (vanity)
    The subject of President Bush's National Guard service and how it compares to John Kerry's service record in Vietnam is relatively quiet right now, though there were a couple of relevant threads as recently as a week ago: Bush's flights of fantasy fail to crack Kerry's rep [Guard Service = Draft Dodger!] and Gaps remain in Bush Guard Service (Barf Alert! CBS tries to help Kerry) . However, I think it would be too good to be true to think we have heard the last of this subject. This "vanity" is something I put together for my own benefit to...
  • Jobs are Back - And It Looks Like They'll Last

    04/25/2004 2:32:49 PM PDT · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 136+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 4-25-04 | Eric Heisler
    <p>It's happening in an aging factory in south St. Louis, and it's taking shape in a shiny glass office building in Town and Country.</p> <p>In these places and others, the economy - after inching along, sputtering and then flashing some promise late last year - is finally showing signs of producing what many Americans care about most: much-needed new jobs.</p>
  • Historians critique sourcing in Woodward's book

    04/25/2004 6:17:52 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 17 replies · 188+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 4-25-04 | Harry Levins
    <p>Talk radio and cable news have eaten up hours in chewing over Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack," debating its insider look at the decision-making before the war in Iraq - who said what, and when.</p> <p>Less energy has been spent on a more basic issue: Can a book that reconstructs events without naming its sources be trusted as real history?</p>
  • Once hostile Iraqis turn hospitable

    04/23/2004 6:38:09 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 149+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 4-23-04 | Ron Harris
    <p>HUSAYBAH, Iraq - As Marines commemorated the lives of five of their fallen comrades Thursday, some say that they may have turned a corner in their relationship with residents of the troublesome city of Husaybah.</p> <p>Marines say formerly truculent residents have begun waving and greeting them cordially, just days after some of the fiercest fighting and after Marines conducted harsh door-to-door searches of homes.</p>
  • "O'Franken Factor" is nonexistent in land of Dittoheads

    04/19/2004 10:01:05 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 45 replies · 233+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 4-19-04 | Elizabethe Holland
    <p>Listening to comedian, best-selling author and, as of last month, radio talk-show host Al Franken describe a comedy skit has to be nearly as funny as listening to the real thing.</p> <p>The skit, produced for one of the outspoken liberal's shows last week, was based on a hunting trip involving Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia that critics maintain was a conflict of interest. According to Franken, the bit went something like this: Cheney and Scalia are together in a duck blind awaiting their prey. Every once in a while, a few ducks happen by, prompting extended bursts of automatic gunfire. When the noise subsides, there's a pause before one of the two mutters, "Crud."</p>
  • Stalin and The Unknown Stalin (Book)

    04/18/2004 4:29:08 PM PDT · by FairWitness · 16 replies · 96+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 4-18-04 | Joseph Losos
    <p>Simon Sebag Montefiore has written a supremely important book about Joseph Stalin, a biography that other scholars will find very hard to equal.</p> <p>There is a bit about Stalin's life before 1932, setting the stage for the years when he became, as the author remarks, a "red tsar." The story really begins when Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (the dictator's birth name) had climbed to the top of the greasy pole (to use Benjamin Disraeli's wonderful analogy), having pushed aside Vladimir Lenin's expected successor, Leon Trotsky, and then cleverly defeated first the leftist group and then the rightist group. He was the No. 1 man, but Montefiore shows how he was still merely first among equals, a leader but not the leader.</p>
  • Recent fraud-free elections (Missouri) were no accident

    03/03/2004 8:43:50 AM PST · by FairWitness · 4 replies · 72+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 3-3-04 | Matt Blunt
    <p>I appreciate the recent attention the Post-Dispatch has given to the importance of election reform in our state and nation, particularly in light of the fraud and irregularities that plagued Missouri in the November 2000 election.</p> <p>I have been working on a bipartisan basis on changes to state laws that have made the ballot more accessible to registered voters than at any other time in our state's history. At the same time, there are now more stringent anti-fraud measures in the law to combat those who attempt to manipulate the process. Through the administrative rules process, I set uniform voting standards for all three kinds of voting systems used in Missouri to prevent a Florida-style election crisis from occurring here.</p>
  • Couple fend off home invader (Wife grabs barrel of rifle as husband finds gun, fires)

    02/09/2004 6:36:14 AM PST · by FairWitness · 34 replies · 151+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 2-9-04 | Bill Bryan
    <p>James and Suzanne Butler had retired for the night Friday when a man who they say had been harassing them for a year kicked in their back door and rushed into their bedroom, armed with a rifle and a handgun.</p>
  • Online reference site Wikipedia emerges as credible resource (encyclopedia created by volunteers)

    02/03/2004 9:52:47 AM PST · by FairWitness · 8 replies · 315+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 2-2-04 | Dan Gillmor
    <p>In the next few days or weeks, one of the world's most comprehensive online reference sites will publish its 200,000th article. More accurately, one of the site's contributors will publish the article.</p> <p>Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), an encyclopedia created and operated by volunteers, is one of the most fascinating developments of the Digital Age. In just over three years of existence, it has become a valuable resource and an example of how the grass roots in today's interconnected world can do extraordinary things.</p>
  • A lack of creativity clogs up our doctors' offices

    01/19/2004 8:40:54 AM PST · by FairWitness · 22 replies · 157+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 1-19-04 | Dale Dauten - Corporate Curmudgeon
    <p>There is a huge opportunity to improve costs and care during routine patient visits.</p> <p>"When the guy who was making the first drawing board got it wrong, what did he go back to?"</p> <p>Play along with me here. Picture a 1950s television set. Next, a 1950s shopping center. Now the old 1950s computer, the Univac. Picture a '50s telephone in its "phone niche," then an old grocery store. Quaint, no? OK, now for the point: Picture a 1950s doctor's office.</p>
  • IOWA REALITY CHECK

    01/15/2004 10:27:55 AM PST · by FairWitness · 168+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 1-15-04 | Amy White
    <p>Presidential suitors are vying for the affections of Democrats in Iowa, and the fair state's rigorous caucuses -- this year's take place Monday -- are not for the faint of heart. It takes some passion to stand for hours in cramped spaces just to declare one's preferences.</p>
  • Pipeline for antibiotics is running dry

    01/11/2004 8:19:32 AM PST · by FairWitness · 15 replies · 227+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 1-11-04 | Tina Hesman
    <p>A dramatic shortage in the number of new antibiotics could create a public health crisis soon, infectious disease experts warn.</p> <p>Major pharmaceutical companies have abandoned or scaled back research and development of drugs that kill bacteria in favor of anti-viral drugs, such as those to combat HIV, and medicines for chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.</p>
  • What this country needs is catchall term for those in military uniform: Any ideas?

    12/27/2003 10:03:37 AM PST · by FairWitness · 128 replies · 788+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 12-27-03 | Harry Levins
    <p>Each year, Time magazine picks the "Person of the Year" (formerly known, in less sensitive times, as the "Man of the Year"). This year, that person is "the American soldier," and the magazine's cover shows three of them, all from the Army's 1st Armored Division.</p>
  • Answer to redistricting: Enlarge Congress

    12/19/2003 7:26:07 AM PST · by FairWitness · 71 replies · 410+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-19-03 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, when everyone who understands the First Amendment was rightly having conniptions over the Supreme Court's ruling that political speech can be severely regulated under the rubric of "campaign finance reform," the court also heard arguments in a major redistricting case brought by Pennsylvania Democrats. They're upset because they have a statewide advantage of some 445,000 votes but Democrats hold only seven of the state's 19 congressional seats. Their claim: Congressional districts are being drawn unfairly. Truth be told, I don't particularly care much about the details of this case. The Democrats complain that the Republicans redrew the map...
  • Pulitzer Inc. Wants to Cripple and Kill its Largest Union

    12/17/2003 8:48:55 AM PST · by FairWitness · 152+ views
    PostGreed.com ^ | 2003 | Newspaper Guild
    Anti-Union actions conflict with P-D's editorial philosophy and past stances.Management's demands would be the first step to breaking the St. Louis Newspaper Guild, which has represented the bulk of Post-Dispatch employees for over 60 years.Hypocrisy, pure and simple.  The Post-Dispatch has a long and honorable history of championing the rights of unions and ordinary working people. The newspaper is proud of the support it has given over the decades to the development of the union movement. That is why the newspaper's current position in bargaining with its own employees is so glaringly contrary to its own stated beliefs, and why our...
  • Sharpton on 'SNL' thrusts equal time (FCC equal-time rule) into spotlight

    12/09/2003 4:48:48 AM PST · by FairWitness · 2 replies · 105+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 12-09-03 | Jon Sawyer and Eric Morath
    <p>WASHINGTON - As Al Sharpton proclaimed "I feel good," then sang and danced to the James Brown anthem on "Saturday Night Live," fans in St. Louis saw a rerun instead.</p> <p>Saturday's guest-host appearance by Sharpton, the civil rights activist and Democratic presidential candidate, brought the weekly comedy its highest ratings this season. But in St. Louis and 31 other metropolitan markets, the show wasn't seen at all.</p>
  • WAR: Shock and awe have their limits, as history has shown. (by Michael Bellesiles)

    12/08/2003 7:53:51 AM PST · by FairWitness · 29 replies · 148+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 12-8-03 | MICHAEL BELLESILES
    <p>Military techno-hype, reflecting a long-standing Anglo-American faith in technological quick fixes, has frequently fed expectations of a "clean" victory. But we have found that the latest technology does not always shorten wars.</p> <p>As early as 1609, John Smith, a leader of colonial Virginia, told his troops that if they just discharged their muskets at the Indians, "the very smoake will bee sufficient to affright them." Unfortunately, Smith was wrong. Virginia's Indians developed tactics to circumvent the colonists' technological advantages. Smith returned to England, proclaiming his mission accomplished, but the Virginia Indian wars lasted for decades.</p>
  • China's oil use is changing world energy markets

    12/07/2003 8:05:48 AM PST · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 2,116+ views
    STLtoday.com (WSJ) ^ | 12-7-03 | PETER WONACOTT, JEANNE W HALEN
    <p>With its factories working overtime, and its consumers on course to buy almost two million cars this year, China is developing a world-class thirst for oil. And its hunt for steady supplies is reshaping the global energy scene.</p> <p>China this year surpassed Japan as the No. 2 petroleum user after the United States. It is increasing its oil purchases even faster than it is pumping up its brawny economy. Imports for the first 10 months of 2003 were up 30 percent from year-earlier levels. The International Energy Agency expects imports to double to some four million barrels a day by 2010. By 2030, China is expected to be importing about 10 million barrels a day, roughly what the United States does now. Domestic oil output, meanwhile, is flat.</p>
  • Why Gorby went from Red to Green

    11/09/2003 11:13:13 AM PST · by FairWitness · 11 replies · 175+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | 11-9-03 | Lyric Wallwork Winik
    After stepping down as the last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev went from red to green. In 1993, he founded Green Cross International (www.globalgreen.org), devoted to improving the environment worldwide. On a recent U.S. visit, Gorbachev, 72, told us his passionate environmentalism began as a child, when his family's crops were ruined by dust storms from poor land use. "When I became a political leader," he said, "I saw how badly nature was suffering. Technology has resulted in a major conflict between man and nature." Gorbachev cited a lack of fresh water as the most pressing global issue. "Two...
  • Race Plantation Politics is alive and well and fostered by Democrats

    10/30/2003 7:09:19 AM PST · by FairWitness · 8 replies · 167+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 10-30-03 | La Shawn Barber
    <p>The left continues to manipulate black partisans by pitting them against each other.</p> <p>Based on my skin color, white liberals generally presume that I'm a left-leaning, Congressional Black Caucus-supporting, racial preference-loving, pro-abortion pal. I usually excuse such transgressions because it's natural to quickly size up people based on information readily available. When I rebut these presumptions and share my deeply held conservative beliefs, however, I get open-mouthed stares.</p>
  • Campaign finance law (Missouri) can't stop big money

    10/23/2003 9:32:52 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 5+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 10-22-03 | Virginia Young
    <p>S.W. Creekmore Jr. of Fort Smith, Ark., isn't listed on Gov. Bob Holden's latest campaign finance report. But he's one of the governor's biggest donors.</p> <p>Nursing homes affiliated with Creekmore gave the governor $20,000 on Sept. 30. The money came in 20 separate $1,000 donations from companies that own buildings where nursing homes are located.</p>
  • We are all "Disenfranchised" (Too Few Representatives)--Vanity

    09/26/2003 11:06:57 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 30 replies · 473+ views
    9-26-03 | FairWitness
    I can already hear the chorus: We have too many politicians now! They already cost too much! Why would we want more of them? (and those will be the polite comments). The fact is, however, compared to the first half of our history, and to most of the rest of the major countries of the world, we currently have too few representatives for our population (see tables below). This idea is not particularly original; a quick search turned up the following article which says the same thing at more length and with more eloquence than I can muster; (THE REAL...
  • Pay and daily quota for voter registrars is recipe for abuse (St. Louis vote fraud)

    09/21/2003 9:10:14 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 5 replies · 163+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-21-03 | Bill McClellan, Jo Mannies
    <p>If ever there was an idea that started out as a good thing and evolved into a bad thing, it's the idea of a voter registration drive.</p> <p>There was a time, years ago, when black people were not allowed to vote in certain of our Southern states. That did not change until civil rights workers - mostly college students - went to these states and registered black voters. These young people were heroes. They brought the gift of citizenship to people who had been disenfranchised. In that time and place, voter registration was a good thing.</p>
  • Dolan (Missouri State Senate) leaves Cuba to cast critical vote on guns

    09/11/2003 5:54:13 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 141+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-11-03 | Paul Sloca
    <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State Sen. Jon Dolan, back in Missouri on military leave, said he will vote Thursday to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a concealed weapons bill.</p> <p>Whether Dolan would be allowed to leave Cuba, where he is stationed at Guantanamo Bay, was a key question as the Senate prepared to vote on the Holden vetoes of that and other bills. The Republican from Lake St. Louis is a public affairs officer with the Army National Guard and was among those deployed for duty in Cuba. But he got the leave and returned to the state.</p>
  • In a public dialogue on race, I'll take a pass this time around

    09/10/2003 6:53:34 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 10+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-10-03 | Bill McClellan
    <p>Everybody is talking about race.</p> <p>For this, we can blame Post-Dispatch reporter Ron Harris, who earlier this year was embedded with the Marines in Iraq but this week trod on some truly dangerous ground. He wrote about race and trust in St. Louis, and how those elements have played out in the recent fracas about public schools. So absorbing were those stories that a number of people have begun to call for a public dialogue about race. That might be a terrific idea, but count me out.</p>
  • Compassion isn't a function of politics (advocates should drop labels; work on solutions)

    09/04/2003 11:08:08 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 1 replies · 146+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 9-4-03 | DAVID C. MASON
    <p>One of the more recent additions to the American political lexicon is "compassionate conservative," a phrase used by conservatives who want people to know that they're concerned about the suffering and oppressed people of the world.</p> <p>When I hear it, I can't help but wonder why some conservatives feel the need to emphasize their compassion, while liberals seem to enjoy a presumption of compassion.</p>
  • Good executives touch the lives of their workers

    08/18/2003 8:16:21 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 1 replies · 100+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 8-18-03 | Dale Dauten (Corporate Curmudgeon)
    <p>What is success? How about Bill Clinton - is he successful?</p> <p>Those are questions that Bob Chapman, Chief executive of Barry-Wehmiller Cos., the St. Louis-based maker of packaging equipment, has been asking. He's found that the typical reaction when asked about Clinton and success is laughter.</p>
  • Publishers struggle despite blockbuster books

    07/29/2003 6:43:09 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 18 replies · 210+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 7-29-03 | Hillel Italie (AP)
    <p>NEW YORK - This would seem to be a great time for the book world.</p> <p>"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" has set sales records. Hillary Clinton's memoir, "Living History," has sold more than 1 million copies. Other recent successes include Oprah Winfrey's book-club pick "East of Eden" and Walter Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin."</p>
  • Sex is increasingly more hazardous to our health

    07/17/2003 9:11:40 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 16 replies · 345+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 7-17-03 | Amy White
    <p>Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court reminded America that sex is private. In fact, there is very little privacy in our sexually saturated culture. From cybersex in chat rooms to discussion of sexual positions on HBO's "Sex and the City," there is little mystique left.</p>
  • Influential economists helped end the draft 30 years ago: Volunteers both cheaper and fairer

    07/10/2003 9:00:26 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 7 replies · 221+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 7-10-03 | Russell Roberts
    <p>If all the economists in the world were laid end to end, they still wouldn't reach a conclusion. So goes the joke.</p> <p>Most of that reputation for wishy-washiness comes from economists trying to predict things like next year's interest rate. You might as well toss a coin.</p>
  • Anti-abortion group sees gains after years of work

    07/03/2003 7:36:52 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 5 replies · 273+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 7-3-03 | Ron Harris
    <p>As members of the National Right to Life Committee gather in downtown St. Louis today for their 30th annual convention, President Wanda Franz feels pretty good about where the organization and the anti-abortion movement stand.</p> <p>"I think you could say that we're at our strongest since Roe v. Wade," she said, reflecting on the movement's growth and influence since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.</p>
  • Abortion could play crucial role in 3rd District race (House seat that Gephardt is vacating)

    06/22/2003 11:12:29 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 7 replies · 156+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 6-22-03 | Jo Mannies
    <p>Expand the public's access to health care.</p> <p>Fully fund state mandates for public education.</p> <p>Work for fairer trade policies to protect American jobs.</p> <p>Get rid of most of the Bush administration's tax cuts, which Carnahan declared "are more about greed than they are about need."</p>
  • Creve Coeur startup develops method of making human plasma (using tobacco plants)

    06/20/2003 7:48:34 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 2 replies · 216+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 6-20-03 | Rachel Melcer
    <p>In a twist on the "Little Shop of Horrors," with its blood-eating plant, a Creve Coeur startup is developing a way for tobacco plants to produce human plasma.</p> <p>Chlorogen Inc., which recently set up shop in the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise incubator, is commercializing technology that uses the cells in tobacco leaves as a factory for pharmaceutical proteins.</p>
  • Largest U.S. anti-abortion group will meet here (St. Louis)

    06/19/2003 6:46:47 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 4 replies · 191+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 6-19-03 | Jo Mannies
    <p>National Right to Life, the nation's largest anti-abortion group, will celebrate its 30th anniversary by holding its national convention in St. Louis over the July 4 holiday.</p> <p>At least 1,000 anti-abortion activists are expected to attend the three-day event, scheduled to run July 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency at Union Station.</p>
  • The Fine Art Of Bean Eating (Teasing as a Tool for Societal stability?)

    06/17/2003 6:31:23 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 9 replies · 455+ views
    I've only been stationed at my Peace Corps site for a month now --Katierela, a village of 700 in Mali's South -- but I've already run into a serious problem. You see, I am a closet bean-eater. Even when they catch me red-handed (or bean-handed), I have to deny it, of course. "No, I don't eat beans," I say, taking another forkful. "You eat beans." Illogical as such an exchange may seem, the words represent one of Mali's most important traditions, as well as the basis for its stability and famous hospitality: the "joking cousins" relationship. Like many African countries,...
  • In Search of Deep Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life

    06/09/2003 9:42:52 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 22 replies · 5,576+ views
    Book | 1999 | Henry Gee
    Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? Why did fishes evolve legs and learn to walk on land? How did birds become airborne? Is humanity the culmination of evolution? Apart from their perennial fascination, questions like these--evolutionary questions, about 'how' and 'why'--are united by an implication of a narrative in which cause and effect are linked: dinosaurs became extinct because of the after-effects of an asteroid impact, or because they were rendered obsolete by mammals. Chains of cause and effect may also be animated by purpose: fishes evolved legs for walking on land; birds evolved feathers for flight; human beings evolved...
  • Gephardt: The worth of a man

    06/06/2003 6:27:21 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 10 replies · 258+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 6-6-03 | Deirdre Shesgreen
    <p>Disclosure forms and recently provided tax returns show that Gephardt lands on the low end when it comes to financial assets among Democratic presidential candidates. He never became rich, the congressman says, because he hasn't wanted to.</p> <p>Source: Candidates financial disclosure forms. Sen. Kerry estimates include $700,000 to $2,400,000 in assets held by Kerry or jointly with his wife; the balance is his wife's, according to Boston Globe.</p>
  • Marine first sergeant learned some lessons in the Iraq war

    05/31/2003 10:21:27 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 19 replies · 360+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 5-31-03 | Harry Levins
    <p>After a military campaign, good armies list the "lessons learned." In our e-mail age, such lists get distributed widely.</p> <p>One was drawn up recently by the first sergeant of a Marine heavy weapons company in Iraq. A retired lieutenant colonel in St. Louis shared his e-mail copy with me.</p>
  • Foundations object to bill requiring increased payouts

    05/19/2003 7:36:41 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 13 replies · 189+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 5-19-03 | Stephanie Strom
    <p>NEW YORK - The U.S. House is considering a bill that could force the nation's foundations to give away more of their money to charity each year, creating a potential windfall of billions of dollars for nonprofit groups.</p> <p>The bill has created a furor in the philanthropic world, with foundations warning that they could be forced to squander their assets and spend themselves out of existence.</p>
  • European Union's own scientists found new (GM) crops safe

    05/17/2003 9:24:44 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 2 replies · 281+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 5-16-03 | Alan McHughen
    <p>Why is the United States taking the European Union to the World Trade Organization court because of its longstanding moratorium against genetically modified crops?</p> <p>Are we simply bullying European consumers by forcing unwanted food down their throats as some suggest? Hardly. The United States, Canada, Argentina, Egypt and nearly a dozen other countries are merely reminding the EU to live up to the contractual provisions it agreed to years ago.</p>