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Date: 12/30/2007
Title:  OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; Forgotten Step Toward Freedom
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; Forgotten Step Toward Freedom WE Americans live in a society awash in historical celebrations. The last few years have witnessed commemorations of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase (2003) and the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II (2005). Looming on the horizon are the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth (2009) and the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of
View Article By line: By ERIC FONER



Date: 12/30/2007
Title:  CONSUMED | EDWARD F. BOYD B. 1914; Pepsi Ads
CONSUMED | EDWARD F. BOYD B. 1914; Pepsi Ads Pepsi Ads In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a certain unease could be detected about the American drift toward a culture of selling, marketing and consumerism. Even Fortune magazine opined in 1947 that ''the American citizen lives in a state of siege from dawn till bedtime,'' seeming to echo the sentiments raised in the best-selling novel ''The
View Article By line: By ROB WALKER



Date: 12/26/2007
Title:  OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Original Subprime Crisis
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Original Subprime Crisis WHILE critics of today's mortgage crisis call for government intervention to suppress subprime lending, few are aware that government intervention created subprime mortgages in the first place. The National Housing Act of 1968, part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, provided government-subsidized loans to expand home ownership for poor
View Article By line: By LOUIS HYMAN



Date: 12/26/2007
Title:  Hospitals Chase A Nuclear Tool To Fight Cancer
Hospitals Chase A Nuclear Tool To Fight Cancer -- in hospitals. Medical centers are rushing to turn nuclear particle accelerators, formerly used only for exotic physics research, into the latest weapons against cancer. Some experts say the push reflects the best and worst of the nation's market-based health care system, which tends to pursue the latest, most expensive treatments -- without much
View Article By line: By ANDREW POLLACK



Date: 12/23/2007
Title:  The Clinton Referendum
The Clinton Referendum Winter's first storm punished the White Mountains of New Hampshire on the Friday before Thanksgiving, rendering the terrain all but impassable. And yet in Gorham, a small town 50 miles from the Canadian border, hundreds of people shuddered patiently in the snow, in a line that snaked halfway around Gorham Middle-High School, while Secret Service
View Article By line: By MATT BAI



Date: 12/23/2007
Title:  AUTHOR; The Message Behind a Message Leads to a Series
AUTHOR; The Message Behind a Message Leads to a Series IT'S hard to say which tale is more compelling: ''Marvelous Effect,'' the first installment in a fantasy book series begun this year by Simon & Schuster, or the back story of its author, Troy Tompkins, 31, who self-published an initial paperback edition and freely admits he used every trick up his sleeve to attract attention to it. ''Who here knows
View Article By line: By ANN FARMER



Date: 12/20/2007
Title:  It's Not Just 'Ayes' and 'Nays': Obama's Votes in Illinois Echo
It's Not Just 'Ayes' and 'Nays': Obama's Votes in Illinois Echo In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature -- to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate. In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against
View Article By line: By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and CHRISTOPHER DREW



Date: 12/18/2007
Title:  St.Clair Bourne, Filmmaker, Dies at 64
St.Clair Bourne, Filmmaker, Dies at 64 St.Clair Bourne, a documentary filmmaker who recorded American black culture, produced portraits of eminent African-Americans and, in one stark film, drew a parallel between the civil rights movement and the ''troubles'' in Northern Ireland, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 64 and lived in Brooklyn. The cause was a pulmonary embolism, said
View Article By line: By DENNIS HEVESI



Date: 12/16/2007
Title:  OP-ED COLUMNIST; Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah
OP-ED COLUMNIST; Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah THIS campaign season has been in desperate need of its own reincarnation of Howard Beale from ''Network'': a TV talking head who would get mad as hell and not take it anymore. Last weekend that prayer was answered when Lawrence O'Donnell, an excitable Democratic analyst, seized a YouTube moment while appearing on one of the Beltway's more repellent
View Article By line: By FRANK RICH



Date: 12/16/2007
Title:  That Fresh Feeling
That Fresh Feeling THE DIRT ON CLEAN An Unsanitized History. By Katherine Ashenburg. Illustrated. 358 pp. North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24. In 1927, worried that the advent of paved roads, automobiles and electric power would lead to a less dirty citizenry, America's soap manufacturers banded together to create the Cleanliness Institute. With ads
View Article By line: By SARA IVRY