Daniel Stone

Stories by Daniel Stone

  • Stone: For Obama, It's Easy Being Green

    The next time you see Barack Obama, he might look a little greener.Early this weekend, Obama picked up one of the first nods of support from...
  • Television: 'Sesame Street' Takes on the Iraq War

    After three decades of trying to make basic math and reading fun, "Sesame Street" is tackling a more serious subject: war. Its new series, "Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes," uses Elmo, the lovable red puppet, and his pal Rosita to teach children of military families how to cope when a parent is deployed—or returns home wounded. "Military children serve alongside their parents and they suffer just as much as their parents do," says Gary Knell, president of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the PBS show.The four videos, developed with input from military and childhood psychologists, are the second phase of Sesame's military initiative—available free by request. The first installment, released in 2006, addressed parents going away for long periods of time. The new chapters go deeper, tackling the baggage of a spiraling war by teaching children how to adjust to redeployments and the scars that soldiers bring home. In one clip, Rosita asks how she can still...
  • Benedict XVI, the Green Pope

    Benedict XVI has embraced environmentalism. How he's using church teachings to urge Roman Catholics to take care of the earth.
  • Wuerl on Pope Benedict’s Visit

     How will the pope handle questions about the church's sex scandals and academic freedom at Catholic universities? Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl discusses the challenges.
  • Why Congress Pushed Air Safety

    Rep. James Oberstar explains why Congress began investigating the airline industry's safety record--and what's next for weary travelers.
  • Colleges: The Waiting Game

    High-school students just survived what experts say was the most brutal college-admissions season ever—but now it's the colleges' turn to sweat. A record number of applications, a wobbly economy and changes to financial-aid and early-decision programs have made it difficult for many of the most selective colleges to gauge how many of their accepted students will actually enroll. To hedge their bets, some schools accepted more students than usual and also assembled longer wait lists (graphic).Institutions rely on historical models to determine their acceptance totals, says Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and "most of the time [the models] are amazingly good. But we run into problems during periods of turmoil." This year's dilemma was generated by a record number of high-school seniors—the classes of 2008 and 2009 represent the tip of the baby boom's baby boomlet—who are all competing for...
  • Green Tea vs. Superbugs

    Green tea is thought to be a cancer-preventing superfood; now researchers say it may also be a weapon against deadly superbugs like MRSA.
  • Digging Into Hillary's Records

    Is Hillary Clinton dragging her feet over the release of her First Lady documents? A presidential historian offers some perspective.
  • The Future of Oil Prices

    An expert says the market for oil is growing, while the power of the dollar will shrink.
  • Six Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

    A bad sunburn, stomach bug, or booze-related blunder can ruin any vacation. Here's how to stay healthy and happy on your trip.
  • Five Secrets of Salon Safety

    Ever worry where that stylist's hair brush or nail file has been? Here's how to avoid common salon mishaps and germs.
  • Vegetarian Convictions

    When Luther Hill was sent to prison in 2001, he knew there'd be some lifestyle changes. But he didn't expect his diet to be one of them. "I was surprised by the availability of better, healthier food," says Hill, 42, who is serving time in Idaho for drug possession. So he became a vegan: no animal products in his diet. Luckily for Hill, he's behind bars in Idaho, which boasts the country's most vegan-friendly state prison system, according to a new study by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which receives dozens of complaints each year from inmates about the lack of vegan prison food. PETA examined menus in every state, rating options like tofu cacciatore (Pennsylvania, No. 3) and vegetable fajitas (North Dakota, No. 10).Vegan cuisine costs about as much as regular fare, according to multinational food provider Aramark, which serves most of PETA's favorite facilities, and it may even save taxpayers money in the long run because it can help reduce the bill for treating...
  • Book Deals

    College students have a new alternative to shelling out hundreds of dollars for textbooks, then getting little in return when they resell them at the end of the semester: renting. Textbookflix.com lets online users rent books for a fraction of each book's retail price. The iconic "Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach," for example, which usually costs about $100, rents for $39 (plus shipping) a semester. The company keeps up with quick-changing inventories by partnering with Amazon.com and other book-swapping partners, which provide more than 2 million books for rent. Students who need an extended rental or just a quick research-paper reference can find flexibility at BookRenter.com, which has rental periods ranging from one to four months. Users return the book with a prepaid shipping label on time, or the book becomes theirs with an automatic payment of the remaining retail value. Some things to remember: both services allow minor markings, such as writing and highlighting,...
  • Parks Get Greener

    The Bush administration's plan to provide a funding boost for America's National Parks is a good start—if the program continues.
  • How We Work Now

    Trailblazers: They're freelancers and entrepreneurs, low-key bosses and border surfers of the global marketplace. Some work for big corporations, some work only for No. 1. These savvy, self-directed folks are facing new challenges, forging their own paths--and reaping surprising rewards. ...