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  • Valentine's Day: cost of romance rising for flower delivery, 4 other things

    When you arrange for flower delivery or take a special someone out for dinner this Valentine's Day, it'll cost more than it did a year ago. That's the cold hard fact about a warmhearted and festive day, according official US inflation data.But the rising cost may actually be a relatively small one: Those chocolate or flower prices haven't been rising at gas-pump-fast rates. Here's the official inflation tally of five common Valentine's Day activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • The Monitor's View 'Petraeus scandal' as a mirror on marriage

    As the 'Petraeus scandal' widens with probes and politics, it should also throw a spotlight on the state of marriage.

  • Interracial marriage rate doubles in 30 years: how US attitudes have changed

    About 15 percent of all new marriages in the US in 2010 were between spouses of different race or ethnicity, according to a Pew Center report. In 1980 it was 6.7 percent. 

  • Valentine's Day: cost of romance rising for flower delivery, 4 other things

    When you arrange for flower delivery or take a special someone out for dinner this Valentine's Day, it'll cost more than it did a year ago. That's the cold hard fact about a warmhearted and festive day, according official US inflation data.But the rising cost may actually be a relatively small one: Those chocolate or flower prices haven't been rising at gas-pump-fast rates. Here's the official inflation tally of five common Valentine's Day activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • The Monitor's View Listen to the kids of Brad and Angelina

    Cohabiting couples such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on the increase, but studies show children of unmarried parents too often suffer – more than kids of divorce. No wonder the children of Brangelina want them to marry.
    09/29/2011 04:15 pm

  • Father's Day: why dads are more engaged ... and more absent

    Two distinct trends characterize fatherhood on Father's Day: Educated fathers are spending more time than ever with their kids, but poorer fathers are often absent altogether.
    06/17/2011 05:57 pm

  • Valentine's Day report: seven ways marriage is changing

    It seems Valentine's Day, when 10 percent of all marriage proposals take place, is one of the few constants in the institution of marriage. Fifty years ago, marriage was between a man and a woman barely into their twenties, of the same race and social class, till death did them part. But marriage today is wildly different. In increasing numbers, Americans no longer feel the need to marry to have sex, have a baby, or even to have financial stability. In short, Americans are redefining what marriage is and why they marry. Here are seven marriage trends in the US.
    02/14/2011 02:03 pm

  • Report: Marriage is crumbling in blue-collar America

    A new report suggests that the commitment to marriage among moderately educated blue-collar Americans has dropped precipitously since the 1980s.
    12/07/2010 06:53 pm

  • Recession's silver lining: falling divorce rate

    The US divorce rate declined for the first time since 2005, suggesting that more Americans may be sticking with marriage as a financial safety net, according to a new report.
    12/08/2009 12:00 am

  • Marry Your Baby Daddy Day: Activist marries unwed parents

    Maryann Reid holds mass weddings for black couples who have children.
    02/14/2008 12:00 am

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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