This Fourth of July weekend, flames and smoke will rise over backyards across the country. And that means grilling. In the best-case scenario, you get a tasty meal. In the worst case, you get an awesome story of how you turned hamburger into charcoal briquettes — or maybe how you got grill marks on your hand.
Steven Raichlen, author of the Barbecue! Bible, wants to help you stay on the right side of that line.
The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended Monday significantly altered the nation's legal topography, making it much more difficult for people to sue big business. At the same time, the court continued its First Amendment march, making clear that at least five justices, and often more, prize the First Amendment guarantee of free speech over other constitutional values.
Dr. Emil Oweis is ready for anything Washington Hospital Center throws at him. One year out of medical school, the tall 26-year-old internal-medicine resident often works up to 30 hours at a time. He sees it as a necessary part of his training.
"You're definitely going to be tired," Oweis acknowledges, but with coffee and occasional showers he remains "alive and functional."
Bob and Alice Gerold adopted their daughter, Aimee, from China when she was a baby. Now 14, Aimee has many questions about how her parents met, and why they decided to adopt. She spoke with her father recently to get the answers.
"How did you meet Mom?" Aimee asks.
"I can tell you the date: Sept. 14, 1984," Bob says.
Interrupting him, Aimee asks, "Back when dinosaurs roamed the land?"
"Yeah, I was protecting her from the dinosaurs," Bob says.
More specifically, Aimee asks, "So, when did she like, decide to date you?"
Steeped in a debate that sounds a lot like the one happening on the national stage, Minnesota is hours away from a government shutdown. State lawmakers have been unable to reach a compromise on how to close the state's $5 billion budget gap.
July 1 is traditionally the day many new state laws take effect. This year it's also the day the spigot officially turns off for $90 billion that Washington has been funneling to the states since 2009 to help them cope with the ballooning costs of the Medicaid program for the poor.
You don't have to look very far to find a governor complaining about the high cost of Medicaid or what it's doing to his or her state's budget.
A school district in Florida just released a 130 page report that details how one high school principal hypnotized between 70 and 75 students since 2006.
The school district began investigating Dr. George Kenney, the former principal at North Port High School in Sarasota, after he admitted that he had hypnotized Wesley McKinley, 16, a day before he killed himself in April.
Show-biz celebrities just gravitate toward someplace in Washington: Capitol Hill, the White House, certain restaurants. But on Thursday, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert showed up at the Federal Election Commission, which was weighing his bid to launch a political action committee.
TV camera crews turned out, Colbert tweeted, and a crowd gathered. And along the way, the FEC made two significant decisions that could affect players in the 2012 elections.
Anytime they're talking about your town on the Colbert Report, 9 times out of 10 it's not for a good reason. Wednesday evening, the host cited a new study by Men's Health Magazine declaring Lexington, Kentucky as the most sedentary city in the United States. Men's Health deputy editor Matt Marion says numerous factors were considered.