"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
—Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman statesman, orator, philosopher
- California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:38 -0400
- California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.
- After Quarantine, Ebola-Free Dallas Residents Face New Challenges Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:38 -0400
- In Dallas, the first round of people that came into contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are free from quarantine and trying to get back to their daily lives. But the ordeal has taken a logistical and emotional toll.
- U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:38 -0400
- Japanese and American negotiators have been trying to shore up an agreement on agriculture and automobile tariffs. The two allies are the biggest players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, if passed, could pull together 12 nations in one trade pact. But talks haven't been going well lately.
- The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:38 -0400
- Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?
- Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?' Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:38 -0400
- The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.
- What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:00 -0400
- Eleven years ago, Benton Harbor, Mich., was a lot like Ferguson, Mo. It was a small town where racial tension with police reached a boiling point. Afterward there were promises of change for the city.
- After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:35:00 -0400
- Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012. Now front-runner, she could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.
- Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:48:00 -0400
- Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.
- When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:00 -0400
- Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.
- One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy' Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400
- When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.
- Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:46:00 -0400
- Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.
- Indiana Officials Say Man Has Led Them To Multiple Bodies Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400
- Suspect Darren Vann confessed to one murder, with which he has been charged, and subsequently led police to six other corpses in northwestern Indiana, authorities say.
- In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:53:00 -0400
- Thanks to a quirk of history, New Orleans has long had a Honduran population, but it exploded post-Katrina. Nearly a decade later, Hondurans have created a vibrant, if underground, culinary community.
- Hong Kong Leader Blames 'External Forces' For Joining Protests Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:21:00 -0400
- Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who student activists have demanded step down, says "different countries in different parts of the world" are helping stoke unrest in the Chinese territory.
- Latest Developments In The Ebola Story Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:14:00 -0400
- The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.