Alexandra Gekas

Interview: When Mothers Kill Their Kids

What drives a mother to kill her own children? Gabriel Estrada did not leave any real clues about why she hanged her four young daughters before taking her own life in their Texas trailer home on Tuesday. (Three of the girls, aged 5, 3 and 21 months died; her 8-month-old baby survived.) Estrada, 25, brought to eight the number of Texas women who have murdered their children since the 2001 tragedy in which Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub.  But while gruesome multiple...

Is Title IX Sidelining the Boys?

In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was made law. It requires that "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance," giving equal opportunity to women in school activities for the first time.

Is Pet Food Good For Fido?

Is pet food good for your animals? After the deaths of 15 cats and one dog from commercial products that had been contaminated by rat poison, some pet owners wondered whether any store-bought food is really safe.

Vomit Comet: What Hawking Can Expect

British cosmologist and gravity guru Stephen Hawking will be living every space geek's dream when he gets his first taste of zero gravity. The wheelchair-bound author of best sellers like "A Brief History of Time" is planning to fly weightless aboard the Zero Gravity Corp.'s specially modified G-Force One airplane, better known as the Vomit Comet, in April.

No Child Left Untested?

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced last week that it will be holding four regional summits promoting random student drug testing in public middle and high schools.