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  • From Libya's Qaddafi to Sudan's Bashir: Key International Criminal Court inquiries

    The International Criminal Court today announced it would investigate Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and several members of his inner circle for crimes against humanity in Libya’s ongoing uprising. It is the second-ever ICC investigation into a sitting head of state, and one of only a handful of inquiries into crimes committed by world leaders. Below, a look at ICC cases:
    03/03/2011 06:51 pm

  • Gas prices out of control? Seven ways lawmakers could help – or hurt.

    Gas prices are approaching $4 a gallon and oil prices are above $100 a barrel, leading politicians in Washington and statehouses to propose a flurry of legislation. Some proposals strive to quell voter angst while others might balance budgets by raising gas prices. Meanwhile, wind, biofuel, nuclear, and oil industries are lobbying Congress to support more domestic energy production. Many of the proposals are longer-range and thus unlikely to affect short-term gas prices, energy economists say.
    03/03/2011 05:44 pm

  • Bestselling books the week of 3/3/11, according to *IndieBound

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.
    03/03/2011 12:36 pm

  • Libya uprising: 5 steps the world is taking

    The international community is struggling to respond to the escalating Libya conflict. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has warned of “bloodshed” if other countries intervene, and the opposition rebels have yet to formally request military assistance. Here's what's been done so far.
    03/02/2011 02:51 pm

  • Just promoted to manager? Here are 11 ways to shine.

    “I’ve just been made a manager and I haven’t a clue what to do!” This was what went through my head more than 20 years ago when I found myself suddenly in charge. My focus should have been on what I could do to shine. Executives and managers shared similar stories of dread and insecurity when I was researching my book. But your bosses clearly saw something in you that caused them to promote you. Your job is to build on these strengths, while you try and master the other skills necessary to be a successful leader. Here are 11 ways you can shine from Day 1:
    03/02/2011 02:42 pm

  • Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    As violence in Libya increases, US officials have promised that the administration is exploring “all possible options for action” against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Yet Pentagon officials emphasize that they are also weighing the adverse risks of US military action aiding rebels, such as the possibility that Mr. Qaddafi could galvanize support in the name of anti-imperialism. What are steps the US military could take to aid rebels, and how feasible are they?
    03/01/2011 07:14 pm

  • Oil reaches $100 a barrel: Five winners, five losers

    With the price of energy soaring – oil passed $100 per barrel on Tuesday ­– long-haul truckers are hurting, but hybrid manufacturers are smiling. Californians feel the pinch at the pump while Midwesterners, closer to large fuel inventories, wonder what all the fuss is about. With gasoline now at $3.37 per gallon – 20 cents higher than last week, and rising daily – who is profiting from higher prices and who is not?
    03/01/2011 06:47 pm

  • Libya uprising: Key cities

    As Libya's antigovernment rebels take hold of more cities, the nation no longer appears divided between pro-government West vs. rebellious East. Now, with embattled leader Muammar Qaddafi facing dwindling support from traditional western strongholds, the situation increasingly appears to be Almost Everywhere vs. Tripoli. Here’s a look at some key cities. (Last updated March 1)
    03/01/2011 03:00 pm

  • 3 short story collections: some of the best I've ever read

    When it comes to short stories, the best insight on how to read them I've ever found came from a new book on writing, “Unless It Moves the Human Heart,” by Roger Rosenblatt. One of Rosenblatt's graduate students said, in effect, that the writer begins by saying, “And so, we have come to this.” Of three new collections out this winter, two rank among the best I've ever read. If this is what we've come to, 2011 should be rich indeed.
    03/01/2011 08:05 am

  • Tax deductions for bingo? One of five strange IRS write-offs.

    Tax deductions ... er, income taxes are on Americans' minds as the April filing deadline approaches. Here are five of the more offbeat tax deductions the IRS allows you to include. Hey, maybe you even qualify!
    02/28/2011 10:18 pm

  • How to draft a constitution

    Egypt’s military has suspended the country’s Constitution and tasked experts with overhauling its fundamental law. Other countries in the region may also soon be in line for such a make-over – redesigning government institutions, enshrining individual liberties, entrenching guarantees of democratic accountability. But not all constitutions are created equal. Here are a list of six big issues to consider when creating a Constitution from scratch:
    02/28/2011 05:38 pm

  • Vote for the 5 best Dr. Seuss books

    Okay, let me be honest. There are no "5 best" Dr. Seuss books. Theodor Seuss Geisel published 44 children's books and each one is a marvel in its own way. However, I do have my own personal "5 best list," just as I'm sure that you have yours. Please help me to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday (he was born on March 2, 1904) by listing your own. In the meantime, here are mine.
    02/28/2011 12:38 pm

  • The Oscars 2011: How real are the reality-based Best Picture nominees?

    Oscar has always loved films based on true stories – 100 out of 485 Best Picture nominees since 1927 would qualify – but never more than this year. Four of the 10 features on the Best Picture slate are based on real characters and events: “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter,” “The Social Network,” and “127 Hours.” Eavesdrop on departing moviegoers and you will inevitably hear, “I’d love to know what really happened.” Here are some facts behind the “true-life” stories contending for this year’s Best Picture Academy Award.
    02/27/2011 09:47 am

  • Five Academy Awards surprises

    The Oscar-winning Best Picture has not always been what people expected. Here are five films that defied the odds at the Academy Awards.
    02/26/2011 11:43 am

  • Oscar predictions 2011: Keep your eye on The King's Speech

    Oscar predictions 2011: The Monitor's film critic Peter Rainer picks which movies, and which actors, should win in five major Oscar categories. Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and best documentary. Do you agree?
    02/25/2011 05:06 pm

  • How Mideast turmoil affects oil prices. Six questions answered

    From the first spark of Middle East unrest in Tunisia in December until the violent suppression of protests in Libya in late February, the price of a barrel of crude oil rose from $88 a barrel to more than $100. But rising demand – from oil-hungry China and other fast-growing nations – was pushing prices up even before the turmoil. How much prices rise depends largely on whether supplies flow unimpeded from the Middle East. Here’s a rundown on oil supply-price issues affecting the US.
    02/25/2011 02:59 pm

  • George Harrison: 5 best books for his 68th birthday

    The one they called the "quiet Beatle" was born on Feb. 25, 1943 – which would have made today his 68th birthday. If you've been missing the man ranked at No. 21 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," you can of course simply turn up the volume on "All Things Must Pass." Or you can pick up a book. I'd advise one of the five below.
    02/25/2011 10:37 am

  • Sanction Qaddafi? How 5 nations have reacted to sanctions.

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is earning widespread condemnation for his brutal tactics against a populist uprising. As the international community wrestles with how best to show their disapproval, one suggested option is imposing sanctions – a step French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the European Union to take. But their effectiveness is hotly contested. Here’s a look at how useful sanctions have been in changing the behavior of other nations.
    02/24/2011 06:13 pm

  • Bestselling books the week of 2/24/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.
    02/23/2011 04:10 pm

  • Muammar Qaddafi: Five ways Libya's leader has held onto power

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has long elicited chuckles abroad with his outlandish attire and over-the-top rhetoric, but his brutal crackdown this week is no laughing matter. This backgrounder offers a look at how the eccentric dictator came to power – and how he's held on to it for more than 40 years.
    02/23/2011 12:57 pm

  • 7 books to help you understand Libya

    What to read for background on Libya? The shelves of English-language libraries and bookstores are not exactly crammed with options. However, there are a handful of works – from histories to fiction to travel literature – which offer a good general grounding in the country's background and culture. Here, at least for starters, are some interesting suggestions.
    02/23/2011 11:57 am

  • Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    For 30 years, the space shuttle launch has served as the centerpiece of the US space program. But Feb. 24 will mark the last shuttle launch of Discovery, with the final flight of Endeavour to follow in April and – if there's enough money – Atlantis's last flight of the entire program in June. Here are five questions about what the shuttles have – and haven't – accomplished.
    02/23/2011 11:21 am

  • How absolute is Qaddafi's power? 4 key questions.

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has long elicited chuckles abroad with his outlandish attire and over-the-top rhetoric, but his brutal crackdown this week is no laughing matter. This backgrounder offers a look at how the eccentric dictator came to power – and how he's held on to it for 41 years.
    02/22/2011 04:30 pm

  • Baseball books: 9 personal favorites

    Baseball has been very very good to books. Sure, people like to read about football, basketball, and even (gasp) golf. But no professional athletes seem to have inspired as many words between covers as the boys of summer. The sheer volume of baseball books makes it hard to put together any kind of "best of" list. But I decided to give it a try, enlisting the help of two professional sportswriters (both women, for a fresh perspective). They suggested three personal favorites and then I added three of my own.
    02/22/2011 11:55 am

  • To celebrate Washington's birthday: 5 best books about George Washington

    If you're an American, you know that George Washington was "the Father of Our Country." But how many of us really know what that means? As we celebrate his 279th birthday, here are five outstanding books that help to bring George Washington and his accomplishments to light.
    02/20/2011 01:19 pm

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Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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