Lee Hudson Teslik

Japan's Tidal Wave Vote

Japanese voters rebuked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, turning sharply away from his political party in Japan's July 29 upper-house parliamentary elections. Officials from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) watched helplessly as a twelve-seat majority evaporated into a seventeen-seat deficit (Economist.com), though the party retained its ruling coalition with New Komeito in the lower house of parliament.

Language: How Google Translates

Translation software is notoriously spotty. When Newsweek plugged the phrase "This translation does not make sense" into one popular program, it produced a Russian phrase that, translated back, stated: "This transfer does not make the feeling."But a new technique developed by Google may prompt an industry sea change.

Candy Clash

At first glance, it seemed like business as usual last weekend at the Hershey's store in New York's Times Square. Tourists bought Hershey-themed trinkets, and toddlers shrieked as a worker in a paper confectioner's hat helped them turn the crank of a very Willy Wonka-looking metal machine.

Language: How Google Translates

Translation software is notoriously spotty. When Newsweek plugged the phrase "This translation does not make sense" into one popular program, it produced a Russian phrase that, translated back, stated: "This transfer does not make the feeling."But a new technique developed by Google may prompt an industry sea change.

Rappers & Rebuttals

Forty Seattle teen-agers gathered at the University of Washington this summer to practice for their high-school debate teams. Seminars included break-dancing and deejaying.

Remembering Michelle

For a week she was missing, and then she was lost forever. As word spread through the small city of Burlington, Vt., Friday evening that police had finally found the body of University of Vermont senior Michelle Gardner-Quinn, hundreds of students gathered around "healing fires" on the campus's central quad.

Missouri Melee

Though it may well be the closest Senate race in the country, Missouri's showdown between Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill has been remarkably polite. Talent, the Republican incumbent, and McCaskill, the state's auditor, are both well liked locally.

Easy Targets?

The chemical blaze that erupted Thursday night in Apex, N.C., forcing 17,000 to evacuate their homes, seemed almost poetic in its timing. The fire, which sent households scrambling in the middle of the night to avoid hazardous fumes, came just days after President Bush signed the first federal legislation since 9/11 to address chemical plant safety.

Rumble in Rhode Island

In the increasingly binary world of American politics, Rhode Island has earned its nonconformist reputation. The state has more voters registered as "unaffiliated" than either Republican or Democrat.

New Playbook

Roger Goodell, the incoming commissioner of the National Football League, isn't inheriting a job so much as an empire. The NFL is a financial powerhouse, far outstripping America's other professional sports leagues.

Tattoos: Branded With a Brand

Peter McBride can take off his polo shirt and maintain his preppy image. McBride, 22, has a Polo pony tattooed on his chest. The idea came to him as he was waiting in line behind a man at a D.C. tattoo parlor: "I noticed his polo shirt and made my decision." McBride's whimsy notwithstanding, his decision is increasingly common.

The Easy Way Out

Jade Jurdi and A.G. Leventhal asked cabbie after cabbie to drive them into Beirut. None would, at any price. As a last resort, Jurdi's Lebanese uncle drove them.