Kate Dailey

Stories by Kate Dailey

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    Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

    An ongoing look and who and what you can rely on as the oil spill continues. Today: Lisa Jackson's defense of dispersant and Tropical Storm Alex's disruptive path
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil-Spill Edition

    An ongoing look at the most and least reliable people, players, and forces at work in the gulf oil spill. Today: can we trust the new face of BP?
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    Why Condoms for Kindergartners Makes Sense

    The Provincetown, Mass., policy to make condoms available to all students is good for kids—as long as you look beyond the catchy headlines too the facts.
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    Who Can You Trust, Oil Spill Edition: volume 10

    An ongoing look at the most reliable – and unreliable – players in the Gulf oil spill. Today: the containment cap gets back to work, Ron Paul stands up for oil companies, and BP tries to get back to deepwater drilling.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil-Spill Edition, Volume 9

    "Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. This week: BP starts a new organization, and a judge with oil-spill interests rules against the drilling ban.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

    As part of an ongoing look at the players in the Gulf Coast oil spill, their biases, successes, and failures, we examine the officials mentioned by President Obama in his Oval Office speech. Who is Michael Bromwich, and what has Steven Chu been doing all this time?
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    The Case for Marriage—at Least Mine

    Marriage isn’t the problem—nor is it the solution. But it is a legitimate—and joyous—decision for many women. Including me.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

    "Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. We analyze the media appearances and public statements of those covering, controlling, and combating the spill to determine who's spinning for personal advantage, who's playing to the crowd, and who (or what) we can truly count on.  
  • Natural-Gas Pipeline Explodes in Texas, but Energy Industry Remains Strong

    Earlier today, a natural-gas pipeline in Texas exploded, killing at least three people and injuring several others. It's a very bad blow to an industry currently crippled with a terrible public-perception problem: despite the limited success of the containment cap, the oil spill in the gulf continues to wreak havoc in the water and on the coastlines. But it's nothing the industry can't overcome.
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    Is the Containment Cap Now Trustworthy?

    The containment cap, Google, Jon Stewart, and Tony Hayward are some of the players who make an appearance in our updated guide to reliable figures in the oil-spill coverage.
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    The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Can You Trust?

    As the spill in the gulf continues to spread, how credible are the major players? Here's a guide to the recurring figures in the ongoing disaster.
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    Why Don't Fetal Ultrasounds Prevent Abortion? The Answer Depends on Your Politics.

    Today, The New York Times looked at the increasing popularity of fetal ultrasounds as a regulation for women seeking abortion. As NEWSWEEK noted in 2009, these laws—which are seen by anti-abortion proponents as a way to restrict abortion—have "been their most popular tactic and [have] been on an upswing in recent years." But the article points out that as a restrictive measure, fetal ultrasounds may miss the mark.
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    The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Can You Trust?

    The news is full of experts, pundits, politicians, and PR flacks trying to explain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. How do you know who to trust?
  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Doping, Training, and Human Evolution, and How Sports Change as Players Get Huge

    Floyd Landis's admission that he did indeed take performance-enhancing drugs is one of the least shocking sports headlines in recent memory. In fact, the idea that doping scandals are still making news might be more surprising: illegal drug use exists in all major sports. It's a vicious cycle: players get bigger as the sport evolves, others feel the need to take performance-enhancing drugs to compete, and they get even bigger as a result. The good news: doping is down, according to David Baron, professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral science at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital. During this year's Olympics, where he helped coordinate the drug screening, no athletes tested dirty. "I don’t think we learned to be better cheaters," he says. "The culture is there are other things we can do: you can get fairly close [to the effects of steroids without the side effects] with high-end training techniques available now that didn’t exist." ...
  • Autism Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Divorce, But What Does?

    Marriage, as everyone knows, is hard work. And couples who face undue stress—a lost job, a foreclosed home, the death of a child—have an even harder time staying together. That's what make the results a new study of parents with autistic children so interesting. There's long been a statistic that's floated around the autistic community: parents whose children are diagnosed are 80 percent more likely to get divorced. "You can imagine the impact of getting a diagnosis of autism, and immediately following that getting a diagnosis of divorce," says Brian Freedman, Ph.D.,  who wanted to find out if such a dire prognosis was true....
  • Pesticides, ADHD, and Personal Health: Why We Can't Always Control What Happens to Our Brains and Bodies

    If a study found that Acme Brand Cleaning products led to cancer in kids, you'd better believe that parents would step up: they'd boycott Acme Brand, they'd write angry letters to both the CEO and the government, and they'd create such an uproar that the cleaning products would be pulled from the shelves. The PR would be so bad that Acme Brand might even have to change its name.Consumers have a lot of power when they vote with their wallets. But when it comes to things like pesticides and chemicals, the ability of individuals to enact change becomes a lot less likely. And still, after the study linking ADHD in children to pesticide exposure was released yesterday, several articles followed up by telling parents "what you can do" to keep kids safe. Although the study is one of the more comprehensive takes we have on how exposure to chemicals can alter children's brains, it has a few flaws: first, it doesn't prove anything—because we can't...
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    America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

    The pill has turned 50! The first mainstream form of birth control that empowered women to control their reproductive systems without the consultation, cooperation, or even knowledge of men. But even considering all its accomplishments, Elaine Tyler May argues that the pill was no game changer.
  • Lena Horne: A Life in YouTube

    The amazing Lena Horne died yesterday at 92, but thanks to the power of the Internet, it's still possible to catch glimpses of her incredible talent online. Here are some of our favorites. ...
  • Eating Disorders Affect People of All Weights

    In college—away from her family, overwhelmed by the responsibility of creating her own meals and absorbed in a culture that stresses weight loss and thinness—Marianne Kirby stopped eating. Sure, there was the occasional dinner party with friends, but most days she’d down a bag of chips and a can of soda and figure that was enough.
  • Oil-Spill Answers: What the Heck Happened? A Visual Guide.

    Good magazine linked to a great visual explainer from Al-Jazeera that shows exactly what happened on the Deepwater Horizon rig to cause the spill, how the oil is leaking, and what options exist for stopping it.Right now both the oil company and the military have robotic devices trying to turn on the shutoff valve, but navigating so deep under the sea can be difficult, and getting the valve to function can be complex. The valve, which should have shut automatically after the collapse, may not even work: it's possible it jammed in the fall. Crews are currently building the containment dome, which could be in place by the end of the week, and BP has started to drill a relief well, which could take up to four months to complete.
  • Dick Cheney's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Poor Dick Cheney. Ever since George W. Bush's presidential term ended, all the former veep has wanted to do is spend some time at home, kick back with his grandchildren, and publicly criticize and undermine the authority of our current commander in chief as often as possible. And yet, it seems that no matter what he does, he can't stay out of the headlines. Specifically, the terrifying and tragic headlines dominating today's news. First, Alex Pareene at Salon's War Room notes that the giant, toxic, seemingly unstoppable oil spill headed toward the fragile and vulnerable Gulf Coast could be construed as kind of Cheney's fault. The Wall Street Journal reports...
  • Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Has Company: Some of the Best Military Music Videos

    If you've been anywhere near a computer for over the past week, you've probably caught a glimpse of the "Telephone" video created by military members stationed in Afghanistan. What first looks like goofing off by two bored soldiers is later revealed to be a big production, complete with costumes, elaborate choreography, and not-bad editing....
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    Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee share an inside look into the cluttered brains of compulsive hoarders. Through profiles of their patients, the authors, both of whom have studied hoarding for years, provide a comprehensive view on the disorder that leaves its sufferers buried in junk—and sometimes literally trapped in their own homes.
  • Secret Teenage Sex Codes Revealed!

    At least, that was the promise of a press release that landed in the NEWSWEEK inboxes this morning. "Secret texting codes: Are kids having sex and getting high under your nose?" asked the release. It's true: Under Your Nose has become a popular make out spot for today's youth. The solution, says this e-mail, is an interview with two authors willing to discuss both the perils of sexting and the value of good manners. The authors can also help parents decode the secret texting codes teens use to talk about sex, drugs, and, presumably, bad manners. To wit: LH6 . P911 . 8 . Al Capone . if your kids use secret texting codes like these, they just said "let's have sex (LH6)", "alert—parents coming into the room (P911)", "oral sex (8)" and "heroin (Al Capone)" Make no mistake: that would have been one hell of a text. But what's more shocking is the continued attempts to rend garments over sexting, or the assumption that...