Adoption fairs, where foster children and prospective parents mingle, are like 'speed dating.' They're ineffective and damaging. I would know, as I was adopted by parents I met at one of these fairs. States should instead use 'arranged marriages' to match children with well-prepared parents.
Small businesses that foster a productive environment are eligible for a national prize. Deadline for application: Jan. 14.
The nation's entrepreneurial prowess may be the best hope to stem 9.7 percent unemployment. Companies from a laser-tech firm to a baby-sitting network are harnessing new ideas – and helping reinvent the economy.
Nancy Traversy took on the big chain-store dragons to rule her own realm – Barefoot Books for children.