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"The trucks full of paperwork come every day," wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend "into the earth" to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight "supermarket"-sized caverns …
DEMOCRACY BLUES Wednesday, April 2
U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews announced his retirement in February, after 23 years of representing his New Jersey district, and in "tribute," The Washington Post suggested he might be the least successful lawmaker of the past two decades, in that he'd …
BEST MAN FOR THE JOB Wednesday, April 2
November election returns for the city council of Flint, Mich., revealed that voters chose two convicted felons (Wantwaz Davis and Eric Mays) and two other candidates who'd been through federal bankruptcy. Davis never publicized his 1991 …
San Francisco's No. 1 Problem Wednesday, March 19
The ecology-conscious city (having recently encouraged routine composting of dinner leftovers) is considering environment-friendly public urinals like the PPlanter created by engineer Brent Bucknum. Users urinate into a ceramic basin and flush the …
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Wednesday, March 19
Branko Bogdanov, 58, his wife, Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, were arrested in March and charged in a 10-year shoplifting enterprise run out of their upscale Northbrook, Ill., home, which they allegedly used as a base while prowling stores in …
Pay Up or Die Wednesday, March 19
A trauma victim arriving at a hospital emergency room but requiring specialized intensive care would usually be transferred promptly to a qualified "trauma center," whose success rate with such patients is believed to be 25 percent better than that …
Beauty Takes Pain Wednesday, March 19
Cosmetic surgery is expensive, but beauty-conscious Japanese girls and women (especially those obsessed with a more "Western" look) have low-priced workarounds to choose from — as uncovered in January by the fashion blogger Liz Katz. To wit: $63 …
Technological Know-How at Work Wednesday, March 19
Hard-core pornography fans are split (according to a January report on Salon.com) on whether they want male actors to use condoms, but California's Falcon Studios has the technology to serve both audiences. Falcon's actors wear them, but in some …
Science Fair Wednesday, March 19
Security and law enforcement agencies are looking beyond traditional biometric identification techniques (such as the accurate but obtrusive fingerprint and iris scans and unobtrusive yet questionably accurate facial-recognition) and, based on …
Leading Economic Indicators Wednesday, March 19
Farming continues to be a noble but grueling existence for rural residents of China, who work for only about $1,300 a year, but in one village (Jianshe, in southwest Sichuan province), farmers have established a co-operative capitalist model. In …
 
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