Matthew Philips

BELIEFWATCH School Veil

There's a new fashion on college campuses, but it's not one you'll find at Abercrombie any time soon. It's the higab, the traditional Muslim headscarf that denotes modesty and reverence to God, and it's being worn by increasing numbers of young Muslim American women.

Visions Of Hell

Worlds collided last month in Brooklyn. In a dark neighborhood of warehouses called DUMBO, in a theater usually reserved for edgy bands and performance artists, real actors performed, straight up and without irony, "Hell House," an evangelical Christian version of a haunted house.

OK, Sister, Drop That Sandwich!

Walking around downtown Orlando, Fla., feels like strolling through "The Truman Show" 's fictional town of Seahaven. But spotless sidewalks, a tidy business district, lush parks and lakes belie a real city with real problems, in particular a burgeoning homeless population that local officials are struggling to control.

Keystone Combat

Pennsylvania's junior senator, Republican Rick Santorum, is fighting for his political life. After narrowing the lead of Democratic challenger, state treasurer Bob Casey, to single-digits in August, Santorum was hopeful that a post-Labor Day boost would carry him to a third term.

Cali who?

When President George W. Bush starts using fifty-cent words in press conferences, one has to wonder why, and on Wednesday, during his Rose Garden appearance, he used the word "caliphate" four times.

They're Seeing Red Over Greens

Since 1990, Don Patterson has grown and sold nearly 50 million pounds of conventional fresh market spinach from his small farm in Cranbury, N.J. No one has ever reported getting sick from eating it, and he's never been cited by the FDA.

Early Advantage?

Cutting against a major trend in the college-admissions game, Harvard grabbed national headlines Tuesday by announcing it would eliminate its early-admissions program—big news from a school that fills two fifths of its class with early applicants.

MIDEAST RELATIONS: After His Son's Death, A New Life's Work

Judea pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and former Pakistani diplomat Akbar Ahmed are among the winners of the inaugural Purpose Prize, an award created by think tank Civic Ventures to honor seniors who take on "society's biggest challenges." For the last two years, Pearl, 70, and Ahmed, 63, have done just that, engaging in a traveling dialogue where, in front of interfaith audiences around the world, the two men sit on a bare stage and discuss conflict in the...

Tragedy and Opportunity

Sitting at their kitchen table on a recent summer afternoon, Ruth and Judea Pearl think back to another day four and a half years ago when an FBI agent sat across from them with tears in her eyes.

Radical Exec

In 2003, Duke Energy asked its former president, Paul Anderson, to come out of retirement to help lead the Fortune 500 company out of the post-Enron ditch that much of the energy industry had fallen into.

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