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  • Playing With a Concussion Might be a Thing of the Past

    Headbanger's Windfall

    This might be the last Super Bowl played with doctors making bad guesses about whether a player has a concussion
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    Send in the Browns

    Cleveland’s hapless and mind-bogglingly mediocre NFL franchise can’t even be bad enough to be interesting.
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    You Know the Drill

    Taxpayers aren’t just giving away their natural resources – they’re paying Big Oil to haul them away
  • Go, Diego, Go!

    A new exhibit of Velázquez’s late paintings shows why he is Spain’s premier Golden Age artist
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    An Iconoclast’s Next Act

    Noreena Hertz was the darling of the anti-globalization set for her 2001 bestseller ‘The Silent Takeover.’ Now, with her newest book, she’s looking to shake up a whole new field: the expertise industry.
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    Apology Not Accepted

    When fighting with your partner, think twice before resorting to ‘I’m sorry.’
  • Cuddle my world

    Maybe the first night of your freshman year was awkward. At least you didn't ask a stranger if you could caress his shoulder. But, according to REiD Mihalko and Marcia Baczynski, founders of Cuddle Party, that's your loss."We need more touch in our lives. Period," Mihalko says. Since 2004, his answer to this problem has come in the form of Cuddle Party, a company devoted to throwing self-described "affectionate play events for adults."This February, the University of Southern California invited them to join its Gender and Sexuality week. In Cuddle Party's campus debut, 20 students in pajamas transformed a regular dorm common room into the site of nuzzling, spooning, backrubs and the signature Cuddle Party puppy pile finale.The parties are facilitated by certified Cuddle Lifeguards who ensure consensual cuddling. Questions like, "Can I hold you now?" and, "May I touch you here?" are encouraged, and their website states clearly that erections should be embraced. ...
  • Weddings: You, Me and Poochy

    Fido's more than man's best friend: increasingly, he's the best man or a groomsman, too. Incorporating pets into wedding ceremonies has become this year's hottest wedding trend--and one that experts predict is unlikely to tail off. Mindy Weiss, a wedding planner in Beverly Hills, Calif., says 40 percent of her clients now include pets in their big day, up from just a handful three years ago. Dogs usually serve as ring bearers, though brides will sometimes carry lap dogs or small cats in lieu of bouquets. Either way, couples want to honor their animal. "Pets represent an important link in a couple's relationship," Weiss says.Pet boutiques and suppliers have responded to the boom with new formalwear ranging from pooch pearls and tiaras to leopard stoles and top hats. Alexis Creations, a pet-supply manufacturer in San Antonio, Texas, distributes popular canine tuxedos--$85 for Chihuahuas, $135 for Great Danes--and will introduce a red velvet suit this month. Using pets takes some extra...
  • Keep On Truckin'

    Stephen Fraser, 38, is earning a college degree--and without even leaving his Freightliner. He's one of 500 students enrolled at In-Cab University, the first accredited college catering to the trucking community. Drivers, whose classes start this week, listen to lectures while on the road and submit assignments at rest stops and loading docks using cell phones and Wi-Fi. "Rather than driving all day and dreaming about lottery winnings, I'm actually using my mind," says Fraser, a business-management major.As an additional perk, five major fleets have agreed to cover the $225-per-credit-hour tuition in exchange for long-term commitments--an effort to reduce the industry's 120,000-driver shortage. Besides science, business and humanities courses, drivers can enroll in "personal-growth electives" that address issues like navigating long-distance relationships. Now, that's learning for the long haul.
  • Bosnia Reborn

    Elvir Causevic left sarajevo in 1990, just before the war engulfed Bosnia and smashed it to smithereens. Now 33 and educated in America, a member of Yale University's research staff, he recently moved back --and continues to be amazed at the town's transformation. The city he had seen so often on TV during the dark years was devastated, full of scarred and burned-out buildings, bereft of its once vibrant cosmopolitanism.But no more. Sarajevo today is the very image of a thriving European capital, chockablock with chic restaurants and upscale art galleries. Cranes punctuate the skyline, erecting offices and putting a new face on, among many other things, Bosnia's postmodern Parliament, ruined during the war. Strolling the cobbled streets of the capital's ancient Old Town--a twisty maze of bars and tourist shops selling everything from Turkish coffee sets to T shirts reading i'm muslim, don't panic--Causevic is positively boosterish. "Now is the time for this country," he exults. His...
  • The Classroom: Other Schools of Thought

    Since the publication of "Origin" in 1859, Darwin's theory of evolution has brought trouble to American classrooms. In 1925, 15 states considered legislation to forbid public schools to teach the theory. In Tennessee that year, high-school teacher John Scopes was found guilty--in the so-called Monkey Trial--of teaching evolution. More than 60 years later, in 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that Louisiana's Creationism Act, which promoted the teaching of creationism in public schools, was unconstitutional. Today, the God vs. science debate still rages--now often under the guise of "intelligent design," an argument that proposes that living organisms are so complex that some supernatural entity must have been at work.One current hot spot is the tiny town of Dover, Pa., where parents sued the school board last year after it mandated that teachers read a one-minute disclaimer pointing to gaps in evolutionary theory and steering students to the pro-ID book "Of Pandas and People" (by...
  • No Kitchen, Water Views

    When Justin Omps, 28, moved aboard the Tycho Brahe last September, he transformed the timeworn tugboat into a floating frat house. Docked on the Potomac River at Washington, D.C.'s Gangplank Marina, Omps's 60-foot boat boasts an electric barbecue and a thatch-roof tiki bar lit by jumbo Christmas lights--and, inevitably, a trash bin overflowing with beer cans. Omps left behind a $1,000 apartment in Baltimore and now pays the marina just $700 per month. Saving money was appealing, but it is the marina's anything-goes lifestyle that keeps him onboard. "There's still a bit of pirate in the people who live here," he says.For Omps and thousands of so-called live-aboards--who include recent college graduates struggling to get by, retirees on a fixed income and divorces starting over--life on the waves has become an increasingly attractive alternative to city living. While there are no official Census counts, live-aboard numbers appear to be climbing. Marinas across the country have reached...

    At the stroke of midnight on Friday, Harry Potter fanatics will descend on bookstores to claim "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of J. K. Rowling's best-selling series. Although Ashley Bernard, 12, says she has read the first five books "at least 15 times each," she will not be among the midnight crawlers. Blind from birth, she has always faced a tortuous delay of at least three months to get a Braille edition. "I don't like to be kept waiting," she says, worried that her friends, who chatter ceaselessly about the book, might give away its ending.Ashley won't have to avoid her pals for long. Thanks to the National Braille Press (NBP), a nonprofit publishing and printing house based in Boston, blind children across the country will receive Braille editions only three days late. Scholastic, the publisher, agreed to give NBP the precious text early this time; last week the press--with all 51 staffers and 23 volunteers began working round the clock to...

    Found on the bathroom floor, the 3-year-old victim of a house fire appeared lifeless. Boynton Beach, Fla., firefighter William Drumm administered oxygen immediately. "She started biting the mask and looking around," he says. Thanks to a canine oxygen mask, Diva, a pit bull, survived the smoke inhalation.Once the province of veterinarians, pet oxygen masks have become a valuable tool for firefighters. The masks fit snugly around animal snouts, providing more oxygen than human masks. Best Friends Pet Care, a Connecticut-based pet salon, began equipping firehouses nationwide with the masks last July; the salon raises funds together with community groups and purchases masks for local fire departments. Each set costs $50 and includes three mask sizes: for small dogs, large dogs and cats. So far, 3,000 masks have reached 154 fire departments in 18 states. But pets aren't the only ones who are breathing easier: firefighters can now avoid mouth-to-mouth.

    Sitting in the back seat of the family van, 4-year-old Lien Fleming plays with her frilly white socks and drops a bomb-shell: "My parents are probably dead." Margaret Fleming, her adoptive mother, doesn't flinch. She's accustomed to somber words from her daughter, abandoned at birth by her HIV-positive mother. Fleming, 69, adopted Lien in 2002 after seeing her picture in an adoption newsletter. The caption? "Baby in AIDS ward, Ho Chi Minh City." Those words frightened away some, but not Fleming. While waiting to finalize the adoption, she received a fax from Lien's doctor. The baby had "seroconverted" to negative. Lien was a healthy little girl.Infants with positive mothers carry their mother's HIV antibodies, which are harmless, for up to 18 months. At that point, a child is said to seroconvert if the antibodies dissipate. New antibodies, however, signal that the child has contracted HIV and is producing his own antibodies. "We can't tell the difference" until then, says Dr. Jane...