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A Closed School in Scranton Opens a New Window on Aging

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:00am

Audubon Elementary School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has long been scheduled for demolition. The school has sat empty for four years ever since mold was discovered in the old...

Why the U.S. Can’t Trust Iran

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 12:15am

It appears we have a deal to have a deal with Iran. That’s the upshot of months – years - of negotiating, including some frantic last-minute sessions aimed at preventing Congress from punishing Iran’s intransigence by imposing further sanctions. President Obama,...

What Smart People Get Wrong About Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 2:22pm

Rare diseases – such as Alzheimer’s in anyone under age 60 – are heart-wrenching and tragic. But they don’t get vast public attention, unlike communicable diseases such as TB, malaria, Ebola or, more recently, cancer, heart disease...

Netanyahu Arguments Bolstered by Protests in Iran

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:38pm

Today’s news backs up the main points of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent address to Congress. In his controversial speech this week, the Israeli leader stressed two arguments, both of which were casually dismissed by cheerleaders for President Obama’s proposed nuclear...

Why the Alzheimer’s Fight Has Only Just Begun

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:00pm
The Oscar-winning film 'Still Alice' only tells half the story. Left unchecked, Alzheimer’s is poised to become the social and fiscal nightmare of the 21st century.

If Jeb Bush Panders to the CPAC Crowd, He’ll Lose Votes

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:15pm

Here’s what Republicans hope will not emerge from CPAC — more candidates. GOP hopefuls will pack this year’s annual conservative get-together like a Mario Buatta living room — overwhelming the senses. There will be voices from across the right-leaning spectrum,...

Why ‘Silver’ Actors Could Grab Some Oscar Gold

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:00am

As you watch the Academy Awards this year, it’s worth keeping in mind that the annual AARP ‘Life at 50-Plus’ event isn’t until May. It would be easy to get confused. With Clint Eastwood (age 84), Michael Keaton (age 63), J.K. Simmons (60), Julianne Moore (54), Meryl...

Why Throwing Money at ‘Infrastructure’ Won’t Fix It

By Alexander Rader
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00am

America’s infrastructure has a problem. That seems to be the only thing everyone can agree on anymore. But ask how to fix the problem, or pay for the fixes, and you simply open another front in the ongoing war between, well, any two groups on the American stage. ...

One More Way Today’s Workplace Is Changing

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:45am
Union membership is slightly down again, while other iconic symbols of 20th century work remain, even as huge demographic changes occur in the U.S.

The Silver Economy’s Golden Opportunity

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 4:30am

As 2015 dawns and the first quarter unfolds, retailers are fretting about the post-Christmas spending purge. But on Oxford Street in London one retailer is not sitting back. Department store group Selfridges has launched a groundbreaking campaign called...

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